European Identity Conference – Day 1

OK, back in the hotel after the first day of this years European Identity Conference in Munich.


My colleagues have a booth on the ground floor presenting SAP’s Compliant Identity Management solution.
This year, I’d say conference attendance is a lot higher than last year. That would also correlate with our experience that Identity Management is getting traction in the market; we’re seeing a lot of interest from customers.


The keynote presentations were reasonably good, I’d count Kim Cameron and Dave Kearns as the most interesting ones, as they are very much forward thinking and not directly product related (at least not with a commercial interest). They also had lots of quotable stuff for my own presentations ;)


Back on the expo floor, I had two interesting encounters.

Next to the bar, a company called “SecurIT” had a batch of Pokens on the counter, and they were nice enough to give me one! A Poken is a small USB device that links to a profile that you can link all your social network identities to. When you meet someone who also has a Poken, you hold the two together as a kind of handshake and your Poken profiles are being exchanged. Let’s see if I can find someone else who has one….

The conference material also had a voucher for another small identification device called the “YubiKey“. This one blew me away – it acts as a USB HID (human interface device) and on the press of a button, it emits a 40 character generated password. That again links to a server that you can implement for your infrastructure which will verify your authentication. The company is called “yubico” and originates from Sweden. Their web site has a free SDK and offers many implementation paths. Integration into SAP Netweaver should be pretty straightforward, maybe that might be an option for some customers. If you’re an SAP developer interested in playing with it, let me know.

All in all, a very exciting day. I met lots of people, and I’m looking forward to networking even more over the next days – after all that’s the best part of taking part in a conference.

The Twitter backchannel is quite active, the hashtag is “#eic”. Let’s see how that develops over the next few days.