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CIOs Join CEOs, CMOs in Driving Brand Success

Posted by Emeka Obianwu on 4/21/16 9:42 AM

Digital innovation is advancing to the front in the battle for new and returning customers, and everyone is looking to the CIO. Not too long ago, technology was the behind-the-scenes engine that supported business processes. Today, technology must serve as the foundation of a business while also externally leading the brand.

More businesses see CIOs as strategic hires who have a direct impact on brand perception and success. One example is J.Crew’s recent hire of CIO Michelle Garvey. Part of Garvey’s well-publicized charter is to revitalize the brand, responsibility that was once reserved only for CEOs or CMOs.

Today, organizations are recognizing that brand momentum depends on an innovative technology vision focused on meeting customers where they spend most of their time, in the digital world. Organizations succeed when they can up the ante on digital experiences and provide new services, convenience and business models across multiple technology channels.

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Topics: General, Consumer Identity and Access Management

Countdown of the Top 4 Spookiest Identity Management Challenges

Posted by Keri LeBlanc on 10/30/15 9:30 AM

It’s that time of year when we focus our attention on what terrifies us. Even for the bravest among us who don’t flinch easily during horror flicks or jump at the sight of fake blood in the neighborhood haunted house, there are real-life business scenarios that quicken our pulse and keep us up at night.

IT and business executives are faced with the rapid pace of digital growth, creating a fear-inducing environment of change and uncertainty. As the market landscape shifts, many companies are striving to excel in the digital realm by enabling their workforce with innovative tools and by delivering inspiring customer experiences, two initiatives that depend on identity data. As change brings its share of headaches and panic-stricken moments, there are 4 scenarios that rise to the top of the nightmares plaguing IT and business professionals involved with identity data management.

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Topics: Mobile Apps, Customer Experience, Data Management, General, Identity API's, Legacy IAM Modernization

A Look Back: 2013 Year in Review

Posted by Steve Shoaff on 12/11/13 10:27 AM

It may be cliché, but the end-of-year retrospective is still a good time to reflect over a company’s changes and successes, and a way to chart how the company’s message is resonating in the marketplace. Here’s a quick review of UnboundID in the news over 2013.

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Topics: General

UnboundID DemoFest 2013 – Great Fun and Great Output

Posted by Neil Wilson on 8/15/13 4:49 AM

 

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Topics: General

UnboundID Receives CA Validation for Identity Data Store

Posted by Bjorn Aannestad on 7/9/13 4:00 AM

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Topics: General, Legacy IAM Modernization

Californ–identification: A Summary of IIW XVI & The IDESG Plenary

Posted by Neil Wilson on 5/15/13 4:00 AM

Last week I had the honor of attending two identity events held back-to-back in Silicon Valley: Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) XVI and the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) Plenary Meeting. These two events, while both very important to the identity community, couldn’t have been further apart in their approach to “Getting Things Done”.

On one end of the spectrum is IIW, an “unconference” event modeled after Open-Space Technology. If you’ve never seen this type of event in action, it’s a true marvel in self-organizing chaos. Juxtapose this event against the IDESG meeting – a public-private amalgamation steeped in proper order – and you see a fairly stark contrast between the two. It’s a case of the laid back, self-organizing West Coast mentality vs. the bureaucratic, highly controlled Washington mentality. Not that IDESG can help being what it is – that’s just the way organizations like this must function. In fact, the NSTIC NPO and the IDESG Management Council are doing a good job of herding cats. If herding alone were the end goal, then a “Bravo, well done!” might be in order. But unfortunately, directing the herd to the proper destination – “making online transactions safer, faster, and more private”– still needs more honing. Here are some key takeaways from the 16th edition of IIW.

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Topics: General

The UnboundID Challenge

Posted by Neil Wilson on 10/17/12 4:45 AM

To All Legacy Directory Services Customers:

Whether you love or hate your current solution, you’re invited to take the UnboundID Challenge. With just an hour of your time, UnboundID will show you how we can help you with three key dimensions:

1. Cost – we’ll demonstrate how we provide a more cost-effective directory services solution than what you currently have.

2. Reliability – we’ll show you what a high performance, highly reliable directory services solution really looks like.

3. New Features – we’ll focus on everything a revolutionary new directory service can provide for your business.

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Topics: General, Legacy IAM Modernization

Blazing the Trail: UnboundID and LexisNexis

Posted by Neil Wilson on 9/12/12 4:30 AM

At UnboundID we envision an Identity Economy where customers, their trusted vendors, and third parties responsibly share identity data to build highly personalized services. As with any vision, we cannot be the sole trail blazer. We need other like-minded organizations to join us on the path of delivering on the vision. Today, we have fantastic news as UnboundID and LexisNexis have joined forces to deliver identity services to our customers.

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Topics: General

All You Need – From One Vendor?

Posted by Neil Wilson on 6/6/12 4:36 AM

You’ve probably got cable – for television, or Internet, or both. Do you think of cable companies as cutting edge? Innovative? Thought leaders? No? Neither do I.

While we may use our cable service to power our sleek 3-D TV, our iPads, iPhones, and computers, cable companies have had trouble keeping their business strategies as modern as those devices. Innovation is not something that comes naturally to cable providers or telcos, so they’re jockeying with lots of different ideas to capture and maintain market share. As our smartphones now power millions of applications, and our computers provide streaming music, video and Voice Over IP (VOIP), the companies that own the networks want to be your “everything” provider. Cable companies are attempting to take the lead, and here are some ways that they’re already working to be your single source:

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Topics: General

Let’s Play Ball - What Aspiring Identity Providers Can Learn from Moneyball

Posted by Neil Wilson on 5/29/12 4:30 AM

I am a huge baseball fan (Cardinals are my team) and loved Moneyball, both the book and the movie. So I realized that telecommunications companies, financial services companies, and other service providers have the same dilemma as Billy Beane had with the Oakland A’s as they move toward becoming identity providers. The main issue is that Facebook and Google are quickly establishing themselves as identity brokers and are gaining the “gorilla” position that the Yankees and Red Sox have in baseball.

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Topics: General