Of policy and entitlements, managing documents, and virtualization

The Concordia Project has just announced the use case presentation line-up for its first public workshop on policy and entitlements management.

This will be held June 23 at the Burton Catalyst Conference 2008 in San Diego.

Representatives from Cisco, Boeing, Micron, Oracle/BEA Systems and the U.S. Army will present policy management use case scenarios to a panel of Concordia technology and policy experts.

The scenarios will include entitle and fine-grained authorization in the enterprise, and there can be no more fine-grained authorization than in the army, where everything, down to the number of hairs on your head, can be stamped classified.

The Concordia community will then work on prioritizing the next steps involved in developing solutions to meet the requirements that will crop up in the scenarios.

What, you may be asking, is the Concordia project? It’s a global initiative to drive interoperability across identity protocols in use today.

Participants take on a project when a deployer presents a problem that existing identity protocols do not solve, work with the Internet community to document resulting use cases, requirements and interoperability scenarios, record these on the Concordia wiki and feed the use cases and requirements to a technical group which develops applicable specifications.

That ol’ Internet sure gets leveraged.

Rich Internet applications and mashups have made that old saw, ‘Vox populi, vox Dei’ really hit home.

Once users saw how easy it is to do mashups and all that other cool stuff on Google, Yahoo et al, they began demanding it at their corporate desktops.

The vendors are happy to go along because it’s more money for them; but enterprises have to make sure they have at least some idea of the ROI they can expect before jumping on the bandwagon. After all, just because the technology’s there doesn’t mean you have to bankrupt yourself implementing it.

That having been said, digital map and dynamic content provider Tele Atlas has leveraged Oracle Universal Content Management nicely to deploy dynamic, up-to-date region-specific content across its Websites in 14 languages around the world.

It leverages one Oracle-based content repository to repurpose content on the fly; business users can make changes to the site, review the changes online, submit the changes to an automated approval process (remember the old days of automated workflow?), then post them on the live site themselves.

That’s a far cry from the days when any changes would have to be submitted physically to managers’ desks and slowly work their way up through the hierarchy and managers spent a disproportionate amount of their time on simple approvals and other administrative tasks.

Meanwhile, newbie virtualization company Neocleus, which has enhanced and modified the Xen Open Source hypervisor to include a GUI and several connectivity and compatibility options, as reported previously in InternetNews.com, (/software/article.php/3745566) has teamed up with Fujitsu Consulting to provide enterprises with its endpoint IT management solutions.

Fujitsu will provide the system integration expertise and services, and Neocleus its Type 1 open source hypervisor for endpoints.

Neocleus’s premise is that removing IP and security agents outside of Windows so the operating system can be treated as a file will make it install cleaner and be easier to restore.

Also, moving antivirus applications outside Windows will make it more secure as the antivirus applications depend on the same API that Trojan Horses are trying to capture.

Some had voiced doubt that this would work, but it looks as if Neocleus is forging right ahead.

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