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When Sun was acquired by Oracle, a big slice of Sun’s software portfolio was effectively abandoned. What were the customers to do? We decided to start a new company to provide development continuity for existing users of the identity-related software in the portfolio. To do that, we had to:
That was February 2010. Today we’re up and running with a strong customer base. Hear about the philosophy, the experiences and the strategies we’ve used, as well as a little about the open source software itself – OpenAM for SAML-federated authorization including in the cloud, OpenDJ for scalable LDAP and OpenIDM for provisioning.
Currently Director of the Open Source Advisory Practice at global technology implementer Wipro Technologies, Simon Phipps has engaged at a strategic level in the world’s leading technology companies, starting in roles such as field engineer, programmer, systems analyst and more recently taking executive leadership roles around open source. He worked with X-series standards in the 80s, on collaborative conferencing software in the 90s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM, and was instrumental in open sourcing the whole software portfolio at Sun Microsystems.
As a director of the Open Source Initiative and of the UK’s Open Rights Group, he takes an active interest in digital rights issues and is a widely read commentator at InfoWorld, Computerworld and his own Webmink blog.
He holds a BSc in electronic engineering and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and of the Open Forum Academy.
Allan Foster is a founding member of ForgeRock, bringing skills in the entire Identity management space.
He has proven skills in Access Management, Federation, and Portal Architectures.
Allan is based in Portland, Oregon in the USA, and has worked with the ForgeRock products, as well as prior version of the products for several years. Allan brings 25 years of experience in the development, internet, and Identity management spaces to ForgeRock.
Allan’s career has reached from Apple Computer inc, to Netscape, AOL, Guru Associates, and Sun Microsystems before joining the team at ForgeRock.
Allan has spoken at numberous technical conferences within the USA as well as internationally.
A powerhouse of tireless can-do enthusiasm, Lasse brings a unique blend of business, technical and people skills to leading Forgerock. His twenty-plus years of experience in the software industry include leadership roles at both Sun Microsystems and Texas Instruments, most recently as CTO for Sun Central and Northern Europe. His passion and vision combine to ensure ForgeRock is always ready to execute and deliver. 2000-2003 Co-Founder and CTO of www.gravityrock.com.
Lasse has also played keyboards in several bands.
His special skills spans being an entrepreneur, the network is the computer (cloud computing), identity and access management, web 2.0, infrastructure software, open source, distributed organizations, and leadership.
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