Friday, November 09, 2007


Federated Identity and Social Networking

I am attempting to kick off an initiative for my industry vertical in the federated identity space and would appreciate assistance in making contact with industry peers...

One of the more interesting behaviors that I have ran across is a failure on my part in terms of using social networking to make contact with industry peers. Generally speaking, social network sites such as LinkedIn and even the blogosphere itself still doesn't enable certain types of interactions.

Part of the problem is that the days of being genuinely helpful and not expecting to get something out of a small effort are long gone. Industry analysts hide behind non-disclosure agreements while software vendors only participate in social networking sites and blog to propose thinly veiled sales pitches.

We will be having our first meeting this month where major players in the Insurance Vertical will be discussing ways to implement Federated Identity for our vertical. If you happen to be an EMPLOYEE of a major carrier and would like to participate, please do not hesitate to contact me on LinkedIn.

We are NOT entertaining requests for participation from consulting firms, industry analysts or software vendors at this time, it doesn't mean that you aren't welcome to forward contacts that you know could benefit from this initiative. Besides, it is important to understand that you don't always have to be a degree away in order to achieve your goal as networking is just that, networking...

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