Vittorio Bertocci

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  • Blog Post: Cloud Identity Summit: Come to Our Workshop!

    Photo: Skinned Mink In just about three weeks the who’s who of identity in the cloud is going to converge to Keystone, in the beautiful Rocky Mountains , to talk each other into identity-induced stupor. The Cloud Identity Summit , hosted by our friends at Ping Identity , is an event that I greatly enjoyed...
  • Blog Post: Live from TechEd Atlanta: Drew Shows Windows Azure, Windows Phone 7–Uses Identity to Glue Them

    Just few hours ago Wade announced the new release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone , with support for ACS . You can already see the bits in action from the stage of the TechEd keynote – nonetheless – from where a very elegant Drew Robbins is demonstrating Fabrikam Fiber, a really cool scenario...
  • Blog Post: Fun with FabrikamShipping SaaS III: Programmatic Use of the Enterprise Edition via OData, OAuth2

    Welcome to the last installment of the “Fun with FabrikamShipping SaaS” series. The “fun” blogs are meant to help you walking through the demo; once we are done with that, I’ll finally start to talk about what makes the demo tick: architecture, code and all those nice things. The walkthrough I am discussing...
  • Blog Post: Fun with FabrikamShipping SaaS II: Creating an Enterprise Edition Instance

    I finally found (read: made) the time to get back to the “ Fun with FabrikamShipping SaaS ” series. As in the first installment (where I provided a “script” for going through the creation and use of a small business edition instance) here I will walk you through the onboarding and use of a new Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: New Paper: Single Sign-On from Active Directory to a Windows Azure Application

    I knooow, for many of you this is already Not News; but I can assure you that if you would have spent the last few days wrestling with the airlines & bad weather combo in EU, combined with the anechoic force field that seems to isolate my Mom’s house from the Internet,  you’d be lagging behind...
  • Blog Post: Speaking @… PDC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yesterday we released the list of sessions for PDC2010. I am dazzled to be finally be able to say it: I have the honor to be the speaker for the identity breakout session! I had the pleasure to present at PDC09 as well, and speaking at PDC is always a Big Deal; but if you know how PDC10 is going to work...
  • Blog Post: Security Best Practices For Developing Windows Azure Applications

    …aaand it’s out! “Security Best Practices For Developing Windows Azure Applications” , a paper from software security legends such as my good friend Michael Howard , is out for you to grab. Yours truly gave a modest contribution on the claims-based identity parts. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: ADFS 2.0 Ships!

    Administrators around the globe, rejoice: Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 has been released ! On the IdElement you can find the customary special on the event: Active Directory Federation Services v2 Ships! Share Today we are announcing the general availability of Active Directory Federation...
  • Blog Post: U-Prove Community Technical Preview

    Conventional wisdom suggests that if you want to increase security, you need to sacrifice some privacy: if you took a flight in the last decade you know exactly what I mean. We are so used to that tradeoff that you consider it one of the many Heisenberg principles governing computer science. But what...
  • Blog Post: ADFS 2.0 RC is Here!

    The release candidate is always an important milestone for a product: if possible, it is even more so for a component as essential as your identity provider or your federation provider, which must be absolutely rock solid, secure, always available... you know the drill. Well, good news everyone! From...
  • Blog Post: Deep linking your way out of home realm discovery

    Here there’s a very quick post about an often debated topic, home realm discovery. When your web application trusts multiple identity providers, the first task you have when processing a request is figuring out from where the user is coming from. If the user is coming from your partner Adatum, he...
  • Blog Post: Enjoyed TailSpin demo in today’s PDC09 keynote? Get it now!

    Few hours ago Cameron Skinner and Doug Purdy were featured in Bob Muglia’s keynote. They showed great demos, where identity played a no-drama role: Cameron used WIF and ADFSv2 for enhancing SSO capabilities to his MVC application, Doug benefitted by that decision when he didn’t have to worry about authentication...
  • Blog Post: It’s official: ADFS 2.0 passes Liberty Alliance SAML 2.0 interop tests with IBM, SAP, Novell, Ping, Siemens, Entrust

    Well, in the last 12 months we certainly covered a lot of ground! Last October we announced that we were going to support the SAML protocol in ADFS 2 (at the time announced under the codename Geneva Server). Today we are backing that claim (pun intended) with the results of the latest Liberty Alliance...
  • Blog Post: The Id Element: Jorgen Thelin on the Microsoft Federation Gateway (MFG)

    After a long pause, the Id Element returns with a bang : yesterday I sneaked in Jorgen Thelin ’s office, and he was so kind to spend some time with us discussing the Microsoft Federation Gateway . The MFG is absolutely central to Microsoft’s services offerings: this interview will help you understand...
  • Blog Post: DeepZoom & Identity Storytelling

    Call them chalk talks, call them interactive sessions, I love that kind of sessions. You can pull it off only if you have a small audience (or at least if the assertive elements are a manageable number), but they’re the most effective. The interesting/challenging thing about those is that you never...
  • Blog Post: The “Geneva” suite of products get official names

    It’s been a good ride: in all these months I developed some emotional attachment to the code name “geneva”, and like with “indigo” it will take some time for me to get used to the official names. At the same time I am excited to see that the official names are the right ones! Let’s see what changed into...
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