The Fedlet – ‘Best Innovation’ Award Winner at the European Identity Conference

Sitting next to The Smoking Monkey here at Sun’s Open IAM day in Brussels, I just got word that the Fedlet last night won the ‘Best Innovation’ award at the European Identity Conference 2009. In Kuppinger Cole’s words:

In the category “Best innovation”, the award went to the OpenSSO initative, founded and supported by Sun Microsystems. Their project, OpenSSO Fedlet has provided a lean solution for the Identity Federation.

This capped a fantastic week for us at EIC2009 – our second OpenSSO Community Day, hosted here on Tuesday, was a great success, with about 50 attendees coming together for a full day of presentations and discussions centering on OpenSSO. I’ve started uploading slides to the event wiki page – more will arrive over the next few days as I receive them from the presenters.

Felix Gaehtgens managed to corner me on the Sun booth on Wednesday – here’s what I had to say about the OpenSSO Community Day and the latest Fedlet news:

Thomson Reuters on deploying OpenSSO Enterprise to a Global User Base

About a month ago, Nick mentioned a presentation that Chris Lucock, head of Enterprise Architecture desktop products for Thomson Reuters, had given at March’s Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit in London. The video for this presentation has just gone online and, like the last Gartner video I blogged, by Damo Bashyam of Verizon Wireless, it’s got some great information on a large scale real world deployment of OpenSSO Enterprise.

In the video, Chris explains how OpenSSO is on track to provide single sign-on across Thomson Reuters’ Markets services to 330,000 users worldwide by the end of 2011. In many ways it’s a very different deployment to Verizon Wireless; 1% of the user base in terms of sheer numbers, but far more complex in terms of the services provided. One example: Thomson Reuters have implemented ‘exclusive access’, controlling the numbers of concurrent users of third party services (and thus Thomson Reuters’ costs) by ensuring that each user only has a single session active at any time, for example, terminating a desktop session left open over lunch when a user logs in from their mobile phone. Another good one: single sign-on is provided across services delivered by the public internet and Thomson Reuters’ private network, again allowing cost savings as streaming video can be more cheaply delivered via the internet while sensitive financial data is more tightly controlled.

There’s much more in the video, including integrations with Siebel and the Reuters Messaging product, so spend a few minutes with Chris, exploring OpenSSO at Thomson Reuters…