On June 21, 2013, Southern Alberta was hit with devastating floods – the impacts both financially and emotionally will be felt for years. Despite being a relatively small team, the flooding has impacted all of us at Nulli. Some of our colleagues were temporarily evacuated from their homes, seeking shelter with colleagues, friends or neighbours until the dangers had passed. Others had to stay evacuated until waters subsided, power was restored and cleaning out of contaminated belongings could be completed. Yet others have family and friends who have had their homes and possessions completely destroyed and live day-to-day while they wait on flood policy and recovery decisions to determine their next steps for getting themselves into a home.
Flooded Neighbourhood - Sunnyside
The magnitude of the destruction is overwhelming and it is hard to comprehend the amount of resources that will be required to rebuild. For many, the decision to rebuild or move out of flood prone areas will be uncertain for weeks to come as government guidelines and other factors come to fruition.
Nulli showcased our views on IM KISS - "Keep IAM Simple Stupid" demo at the ForgeRock Open Identity Summit. Presenting identity management in a visible and open format with nothing to hide is a key principle of the open community that Nulli and ForgeRock support. The demo highlighted a rapidly deployed suite of the ForgeRock Open Identity Stack running on 4 Raspberry Pi computers.
ForgeRock Open Identity Stack running on Raspberry Pi
A few hundreds of dollars in equipment was all that was needed for Nulli to be able to demonstrate the use of OATH2 credentials from Google, Amazon and Facebook for accessing protected apps, provision accounts using the OpenIDM workflow engine and providing directory failover using OpenDJ. All of this neatly packaged in a picture frame illustrating the process flow and server interaction.
Anthony and Lisa were in Denver April 7-11 for the Collaborate 2013 conference, for networking, education and to discover the latest in PeopleSoft technology. Collaborate Conferences are annual, user-group driven technology and application forums for the Oracle community.
The following news article published in the Globe and Mail prompted me to write about the perception of IT Outsourcing as discussed with me by Information Technology professionals employed by companies in India, Canada and the United States.
India’s IT outsourcing giant Wipro takes aim at Canada Add to ...
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 13 2013, 5:59 PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 14 2013, 1:49 PM EDT
Interesting article and very telling with regards to how business and government globally need to consider IT Outsourcing and impacts it has on community, country and long-term viablility of the knowlege based economy.
It is also telling that he views, correctly I think, that university grads need to be brought up to speed on application of technology beyond the academic training delivered in Canada. This highlights the concern that is facing most companies here in North America of having shipped our knowledge and expertise base offshore to the cheapest labour source, we have now a steep path to climb to bring this knowledge back onshore and localized for use where it is needed daily. His sending grads to India for 6 mths training used to be the other way around not 15 years ago. It is more then just the indoctrination of the WiPro methodology, it is to give them practical experience with IT technology which isn't' readily available here as companies (other then Nulli) are afraid to invest in their people due to the fear of poaching and more importantly the cost to their bottom line in the eyes of shareholders and the management accountants that mostly have run corporations over the past 20 years.
I heard him speak last year at Oracle OpenWorld where he clearly indicated that the world would need to work with WiPro in the area of IT since the world had lost the knowledge that WiPro had cultivated and grown and now sold back to the companies at increasing cost and with lower productivity. The latter was shielded from companies here since the premise was, I am getting 3 workers doing the same job as one of mine for the same price as one therefore I am better off since I am getting a 3 for 1 deal.
Anyway, it is worth a paper of thought for certain. WiPro needs to continue to grow markets like Canada to allow for it to continue to leverage the model that worked in the past and is now loosing appeal as results are not there and governments, read USA, are creating incentives for companies to repatriate the skill economy to America.....
Just a few quick thoughts,
For years we have been recommending that clients never share a password or create group accounts that are used by multiple people. It is always best to create separate accounts for each user that is using a service, or in this case when applications are using a service. Turns out that Twitter has given multiple applications the same OAuth credentials to use, so it is going to be hard to find out who leaked the key, and hard to change the key without updating all the application owners.
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