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Upcoming events in the IdM/IAM arena

I seem to have gotten out of the habit of telling you about upcoming events in the IdM/IAM arena, although you can always find them at the IdM Journal Events page. So today let me bring you up to date.

Coming in April (17-20 in Las Vegas) is another edition of The Experts Conference. This will be the10th U.S. edition (previously called the Directory Experts Conference) put on by NetPro (now part of Quest). TEC 2011 will deliver expert-led, 400-level training on Microsoft Directory & Identity technologies, Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. Featured speakers include: Uday Hegde (group program manager on the identity and access team at Microsoft), Mark Wahl (identity architect, business online services group, Microsoft), Edwin Yuen (director for virtualization strategy on the server and cloud platform team at Microsoft) as well as perennial favorites Gil Kirkpatrick, James Booth, Pamela Dingle, Guido Grillenmeier and Laura Hunter. Get all the info at the Web site.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: Avoiding 'cloud anguish'

May promises to be really busy, and a challenge for anyone hoping to visit all the venues. First up is the European Identity Conference (EIC) in Munich (May 10-13). EIC is my favorite European conference and one of my two favorites anywhere. This is the place to meet with enterprise technologists, thought leaders and experts to learn about, discuss and shape the market in most significant technology topics such as identity management; governance, risk management and compliance (GRC); and service oriented architecture (SOA), both in "classical" environments as well as in private, public and hybrid cloud environments. I'll be there once again along with many speakers whose names are familiar from this newsletter (Kim Cameron, Tim Cole, Nishant Kaushik, Jackson Shaw, Martin Kuppinger, et al); you should be too. Sign up online so you aren't disappointed.

On May 13, at the same venue as the EIC, the Kantara Initiative will present a Trust Framework Model and IdM Summit. This event (click here for details) is free to EIC attendees.

Following that, the Kantara Initiative will hold its own conference in Berlin (May 16-18). Click here for the full agenda and registration.

Or, you could opt to jet to Las Vegas for the ninth annual Courion Converge conference (May 15-18) This year, Converge will focus on controlling enterprise risk by managing user access. Register online and you'll learn how to develop a comprehensive strategy to manage access in order to ensure that only the right people have the right access to the right resources and are doing the right things with that access.

Round out the month with a visit to Westminister, Colo., for InCommon Advance CAMP: Identity Services Summit III. This "un-conference" (organized like the Internet Identity Workshop) will explore solutions for better provisioning, discovery, authorization and other identity-related problems.

Rest up in June, because July is just as packed as May. More on that later!

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