The IT Strategy Letter
A digest of Doug Kaye's weblogs for the week ending September 30, 2002 (Subscribe)


Consumer-Centric Form-Fill. Do we really need single sign-on, or is a simpler solution a better one? [Another of my essays on identity.]

A few weeks ago, in the midst of the debate over the Liberty Alliance 1.0 specification, Russ Jones of Glenbrook Partners asked me, hypothetically, "Doug, design a system that makes it easy to fill out forms with personal information and works consistently across cell phones, PDAs, game consoles, PCs, and Unix workstations."

Posted Sunday, September 29, 2002 9:18:47 PM 

Out of the Box. My copy of John Hagel's new book, Out of the Box: Strategies for Achieving Profits Today and Growth through Web Services, arrived Friday, just in time for my trip to New York today. Looks like good reading. If you're willing to wait another month, you can buy from Amazon for only $20.97. Or if you're in a hurry like me, you can buy from Harvard Business Online for $29.95.
Posted Friday, September 27, 2002 7:46:25 PM 

More on Liberty. Continued follow-up regarding the Liberty Alliance 1.0 specification:

Liberty Alliance Plans Interoperability With Passport. "We see opportunities for interoperability between Passport and Liberty Alliance; this option could be part of a 1.1 specification, possibly later this year," said Paul Madsen, product manager at Entrust."
Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2002 11:08:31 AM  

Jiri Ludvik's side of an email exchange last week.
Posted Friday, September 27, 2002 8:15:33 AM  

Fred Langa on Federated Identity. I just came across this Information Week article from nearly a year ago in which Fred raised concerns similar to mine regarding Passport and Liberty. He even suggests RoboForm (as I did more recently), "Why do we need Microsoft, Sun, or AOL stepping in to take over this simple, yet sensitive, function?"
Posted Tuesday, September 24, 2002 5:22:39 AM 

The Role of Community-Based Support. [My latest column for The Web Host Industry Review.] FAQs, forums and chat. Whether you're a customer or a vendor with customers of your own, these are valuable support channels you should keep near the top of your own checklists.
Posted Friday, September 20, 2002 12:58:50 PM 

CNET Conference: Building a Web Services Foundation. Just learned of this conference in San Francisco, December 10-11, 2002. [Source: Steve Kovsky]
Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2002 8:10:31 PM   

Forrester on Securing Web Services. "Without security, web services will remain hidden in the back office...or worse yet, blow a hole below the security water line...Security-ignorant developers are building web services now." The premise: "With tools like Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET, novices are easily building and deploying web services interfaces to critical data and unknowingly exposing their firms to security risks."
Posted Monday, September 23, 2002 7:52:27 PM  

Utility Computing: ASP Redux? Will web services create a new software-as-service business model? We already outsource credit-card payment processing, shipping-cost lookup, and other small-granularity services, but will we outsource larger chunks of our IT infrastructure over the wire? The debate is beginning.

In Is Utility Computing a Viable Business Model? IBM's Dev Mkherjee and Trinity Ventures' Alex Osadzinski square off, taking opposite sides.

In IBM Eyes Hosted Web Services, Bob Sutor of IBM touts the coming features in WebSphere that support monitoring, logging and billing. Jason Bloomberg of ZapThink expresses skepticism with regard to the timing.
Posted Sunday, September 29, 2002 7:54:38 PM 

Web Services Reality Check: A Roundtable Discussion <--Wednesday in NYC!
Internet World Fall 2002
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City
October 2, 2002

Hear from a variety of web-service vendors and their customers as they discuss how web services will change the way we do business forever. Discuss the benefits of online services including fast ROI, low TCO, no software implementation or maintenance costs, updates and upgrades in real-time, increase in employee productivity and the pros and cons of Web service products.

Moderator: Doug Kaye, RDS
Panelists: Annrai O'Toole, Executive Chairman, Cape Clear
Patrick Grady, CEO, Talaris
Craig Donato, President and CEO, Grand Central

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