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Managing Consumer Identities in the Cloud

At Cloud Expo, Ajit Sagar to discuss the standards, best practices, and patterns to manage the users’ identity in the cloud

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Cloud environments have created situations that allow users, customers, consumers, and employees to access Public, Intranet, and Extranet applications from different locations, devices, and as different personas. The focus of all the Internet and enterprise front-end applications today is to enhance the user experience. In addition, with advances in mobility and BYOD, the line between public and private becomes a deep shade of gray.

At the same time, organizations are leveraging SaaS applications, such as Google Apps and DropBox, for their internal business communication and collaboration. This opens up challenges in providing a universal identity for the user, while at the same time retaining the flexibility to segregate access depending on the scenario. While cloud computing environments may offer different levels of abstraction to its users, federated identity management does not leverage these abstractions; each user must set up her identity management solution. This situation is further aggravated by the fact that no identity federation solution is able to integrate all abstraction layers (i.e., IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). The overwhelming challenge is to manage the user's identity effectively and in a compliant manner while retaining the richness of the user experience.

In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Ajit Sagar, Associate VP, Digital Transformation Practice at Infosys, will focus on the technologies and mechanisms available in the industry to address this problem. As with any new technology, the challenge is to leverage and apply it appropriately to specific scenarios in the industry. He will cover the standards, best practices, and patterns to manage the users' identity in the cloud, while consolidating the users' 360 degree persona that is relevant across the multiple omni-channel digital touch points through which the user interacts with cloud applications.

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Speaker Bio:
Ajit Sagar is Associate VP, Digital Transformation Practice at Infosys Limited. A seasoned IT executive with 20+ years of experience across various factors of the industry including consulting, business development, architecture and design, he is architecture consultant and delivery lead for Infosys's Digital Transformation practice. He was also the Founding Editor of XML Journal and Chief Editor of Java Developer's Journal.

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