people gathered at tradeshow booth with the words "Converge & Gartner IAM 2018 Authorization Makes a Splash"

I was at our Chicago office last week, post-Gartner and post-Converge, for a meeting with our US team, sharing stories of great meetings, presentations and parties at Gartner IAM 2018 and Saviynt Converge 2018. It was great to see many familiar faces, have one-on-one meetings with many of you, and grab a few minutes to catch up over cocktails, good food and Vegas entertainment.

There is always so much activity at the conference, so I wanted to note a few takeaways we have from this year’s show.

First, authorization was a hot topic at the show. We’re hearing of more successful implementations, new use cases, cloud migrations and more. It’s great to hear stories of the business impact dynamic authorization, implemented with Attribute Based Access Control, is having across the IT landscape. The requirement for access to any resource, from any device, and from anywhere in the world, but within business and security constraints, resonated loud and clear. We also appreciated the emerging competitive floor presence by authorization vendors.

Second, we had many enthusiastic conversations around microservices and the need to solve issues around bloated JSON tokens and excessive API calls, and sharing how our Cloud Authorization Engine can easily solve this, with a “Sidecar” approach. By deploying the Policy Decision Point in its own container alongside the microservice, several issues can be addressed and streamline the deployment.. If you want to learn more about using containerized dynamic authorization – we can help – it’s fast and will help you “get to the cloud” quickly.  

Lastly, the entire team noted the level of excellence of the Gartner analyst talks and the keynote speakers. I especially enjoyed Eric Wahlstrom’s presentation on the most proficient use of OAuth and OpenID Connect (OIDC). We are helping many customers augment these existing authorization methods with dynamic authorization to employ a more fine-grained approach to the level of access control needed for “API first” deployments. The keynote at Saviynt Converge was also very entertaining, Ed Viesturs, and his outstanding mountain climbing accomplishments. What a great metaphor for managing risk.

A great show, all in all. And a quick shout out to our booth neighbor, @Yubico. It’s always fun to share booth walls with a fast-moving industry player.