The Architecture of Identity Systems

Phil Windley

Summary: The architecture of an identity system has a profound impact on the nature of the relationships it supports. This blog post uses terminology and ideas from Sam's paper to classify and analyze three different identity system architectures. Identity Architectures.

The Value of Architecture, Reference Architecture and Architecture Framework (i)

IT Toolbox

The Value of Architecture, Reference Architecture and Architecture Framework. Any system has an architecture. For instance there are Bus and Star styles of architectures. One of these architecturecontinuing. An enterprise does as well.

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Systems Application Architecture (SAA) Part 1

IT Toolbox

Common communications support was designed to interconnect SAA applications, systems, networks, and devices

Systems Application Architecture (SAA) Part 2

IT Toolbox

The only session service protocol family supported in the initial announcement was LU 6.2. As I have noted in previous posts, LU 6.2 is a program-to-program communication protocol

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

DARPA explores new computer architectures to fix security between systems

Network World

Air-gapping, used often now, is the practice of physically isolating data-storing computers from other systems, computers, and networks. Solutions are needed to replace the archaic air-gapping of computers used to isolate and protect sensitive defense information, the U.S. Government has decided. It theoretically can’t be compromised because there is nothing between the machines — there are no links into the machines; they’re removed.

The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference Call for Participation


Friends at O’Reilly Media have just alerted me to a call for participation in the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference, which will be held 17-19 March in Boston MA (see: [link] ). More info is below: The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference Call for Participation. Help amplify the importance of this role in an organization and create a better understanding for what systems architects actually do. New architectural styles. Architecture

The role of Views in Enterprise Architecture

IT Toolbox

Views are representations of aspects of a system, usually illustrated as partial architecture diagrams. They look like slices, sections or computerised scans through a three dimensional architecture representation. Views filter EA to show only the aspect of interest. Most diagrams we look at are Views in fact, since the blueprint of the entire enterprise would take a wall.

IT Enterprise Architecture: How EA Teams Can Support Business Transformation


The traditional role of IT enterprise architecture teams has been to describe the design of an organization, including its operations, information, systems, and technologies, and then use that understanding to reduce technological complexity, speed up the completion of IT projects, and improve employees’ productivity and collaboration. As chart 1 shows, there are four main types of opportunity for aspiring enterprise architecture (EA) teams.

Emerging Technologies To Power Your Systems Of Insight

Forrester IT

In that report we defined a system of insight , which focused big data energy on implementing insights in software using closed loops that create action and continous learning. Add insight-to-execution technologies like predictive model runtimes and you get a platform that is ideal for building closed-loop systems of insight. Enterprise Architecture

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Redefining System Architecture with Data at the Core

Data Center Knowledge

What todays IT teams need is a modern system architecture that has data at its core. To meet the new demands of business, IT can no longer count on the tried and true, writes Momchil Michailov of Sanbolic. Read More. Industry Perspectives

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

The Monthly Summary: Information System and Architecture Feb. 2020

Future of CIO

Information System and Architecture Information System vs. Digital Ecosystem Information is permeating into every corner of the business and becomes the lifeblood of the digital organization. Information Technology System is the "nerve system "of the digital business which is like the switch connected to the dynamic ecosystem continually evolving and expanding in the modern world. The Information Technology system supports the information system.

Reinventing virtualization with the AWS Nitro System

All Things Distributed

A great example of this approach to innovation and problem solving is the creation of the AWS Nitro System , the underlying platform for our EC2 instances. Running a business at the scale of Amazon, we often have to solve problems that no other company has faced before.

IT Enterprise Architecture: Some EA Teams Reinventing Themselves as Innovation Coaches


And a handful of the world’s IT enterprise architecture (EA) teams – whose main task is to describe and document the design of organizations, including processes, systems, reporting structures, and technology – are already developing. Blog Collaborate Across the Organization Enterprise Architecture Information Technology IT Enterprise Architecture

12 Warning Signs of Bad Application Architecture

Social, Agile and Transformation

At a #CIOChat this weekend we were asked about warning signs for bad architecture. Here was my quick response capturing just a tweet-sized summary of architecture that "smells bad" - Too slow making biz needs. Lack of defined integration process (closed system). Too difficult/complex to explain to new technologists. Can’t be deployed to the cloud. Performance or stability issues. #. cio cloud computing it management software development software qa

DARPA explores new computer architectures to fix security between systems

Network World

Air-gapping is the common practice of physically isolating data-storing computers from other systems, computers and networks so they theoretically can’t be compromised because there is nothing connecting the machines. Solutions are needed to replace the archaic air-gapping of computers used to isolate and protect sensitive defense information, the U.S. Government has decided.

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Briefs Current and Future Business Opportunities (and tries to redefine history)


Over 400 Industry representatives met in Charleston on 30 July 2014 for the Small Business Industry Outreach Initiative Symposium (SBIOI) where SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT) briefed their current and future opportunities. Architecture CTO Cyber Security DoD and IC Research Charleston Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command SSC LANT

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Design vs. Architecture

Future of CIO

All architecture is design; not all design is architecture. Without architecture, a designer can start to lose the bigger picture. Architecture could be the navigator of strategy management. Functions, processes, capabilities, and services are all elements in the Business Architecture that should be cataloged and managed proactively. A digital enterprise is never going to be architected and designed like a mechanical system.

A Customer Centric Architecture

Future of CIO

Customer Centricity should always get reflected in organizational design or architecture. The organization has to continuously understand its customer needs and business requirements, develop a customer-centric architecture, and have a clear understanding of how customer-centric approaches enhance the business model and extend profitability. Simplicity may either refer to an architectural constraint or to a business requirement.

IT Enterprise Architecture: How to Become a Digital Strategy Consultant to the Business


This is certainly true of IT enterprise architecture (EA) teams, who have traditionally looked to describe the design of organizations – including processes, systems, reporting structures, and technology – and then use this understanding to help the IT function do its job more efficiently. Blog Collaborate Across the Organization Enterprise Architecture Information Technology IT Enterprise Architecture

Context on D-Wave Systems from President and CEO Vern Brownell


I recently caught up with D-Wave Systems President and CEO Vern Brownell and asked him to provide a bit more context for our readers on what this very unique system is and does. The system is designed around qubits rather than bits. It is also in a very high vacuum, like a bigger vacuum than that found in our solar system. The current use of the system is on optimization problems. For more see the website of D-Wave Systems. By Bob Gourley.

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Innovation Architecture and Competency

Future of CIO

Managing innovation to fit the market often requires strategies, architecture designs and product introductions that build towards the long-term perspective. The right set of rules is not for limiting your imagination, but for framing a structural management system to identify opportunities and mitigate risks. It requires an Innovation Architecture that involves strategy view, process view, capability view, governance view, etc.

5 architectural principles for building big data systems on AWS

Tech Republic Big Data

If your company is looking to make a bet on big data in the cloud, follow these best practices to find out what technologies will be best for your AWS deployment

CMA Hosts Federal Cybersecurity Solutions Reference Architecture Meeting


Creating the GWACsolutions COE Cybersecurity Reference Architecture. More than a dozen solution providers participated in the work session contributing their knowledge, technologies, and expertise covering capabilities ranging from initial cyber threat risk & vulnerability assessment, to IT Infrastructure and systems/network security, to data security, along with tools to manage an organizations entire risk /cyber solution portfolio. Katie Kennedy.

Gaining Insight of Solution Architecture

Future of CIO

Solution architecture could be an effective tool to enable strategic and systematic problem-solving. Solution architecture is the process of developing solutions based on predefined processes, guidelines and best practices with the objective that the developed solution fits within the enterprise architecture in terms of information architecture, system portfolios, integration requirements and many more. The architecture is abstract.

The Goals of Business Architecture

Future of CIO

Business Architecture contains the organizational context and is strategic in that it gives direction to the business design and transformation. What are the goals of business architecture? And which role Business Architecture should play to design and manage future businesses that can respond to multidimensional factors impacting business model, business operations, and business reputation?

The Value of Business Architecture

Future of CIO

Business Architecture (BA) contains the organizational context and is strategic in that it gives direction to the business design and transformation. Business Architecture is a practical tool for organizational leaders to blueprint the vision and recognize the transformation, have a very clear understanding of why their businesses exist, the value they bring to customers and the very reason for digital transformation.

Bring More Analysis to Your Data: learn key architecture lessons learned over breakfast in Tysons Corner VA


Current architectures, unfortunately, segment these efforts into distinct, separate systems, requiring costly duplication to provide these capabilities. Analysis Architecture Big Data CTO Cyber Security Events ApacheHadoop bigdata Cloudera Security information and event management SQL By Bob Gourley. To register see: [link]. Cloudera Breakfast Series – Washington, D.C.

IT Architecture & Creative Problem-Solving

Future of CIO

Architecture could be a problem-solving framework that consists of multiple aspects, and the multiple aspects could be architected in their own right. Architecture is an ingredient of planning and designing for creative and systematic problem-solving. Many organizations seem lacking appreciation of cost savings in a problem that never happens due to the stiff organizational culture in conjunction with the lack of architectural perspectives. Architecture is an investment.

Jumpstart Your Architecture Modernization Efforts With Repeatable Big Data Blueprints


Systems integrators, consultancies, and government architects and executives can easily apply these blueprints to enhance the application of data to mission. By Bob Gourley. Enterprises everywhere have been seeking improved ways to make use of their data.

Understanding Readium – Features, Architecture and Alternatives


In addition, EDRLab is also the driving force behind the LCP (Licensed Content Protection) system, which is a significant new development of Readium. The Readium project aims to develop a robust, high-performance, cross-platform, and standards-compliant ePUB reading system, which can be used by the native applications of both mobiles, tablets as well as desktop systems. Provide functional and innovative ePUB reading systems for web use. Architecture of Readium.

Three Perspectives of Software Architecture

Future of CIO

Software Architecture intuitively denotes the high level structures of a software system. It can be defined as the set of structures needed to reason about the software system, which comprise software elements, the relations between them, and the properties of both business elements and relations. Software architecture is not a solution in itself, but rather a component of the overall business objective. Here are some perspectives of the software architecture.

Accelerated PCAP: An Architecture for Precision Packet Capture and Analysis on High-­?Speed Networks


Are you a system engineer or administrator charged with protecting your network infrastructure from attack? Using programmable logic and open source software deployed on commodity servers, a novel architecture can be conceived that can meet the demands of PCAP on high-­?speed To download a white paper showing a complete reference architecture and solution description, click here. By Charles Hall.

New ISACA Guide Explores Turbulent Cybersecurity Environment For Industrial Control Systems


ISACA, a global professional association serving 140,000 professionals, has published a new guide about the current cybersecurity threat for industrial control systems (ICS). Titled “ Industrial Control Systems: A Primer for the Rest of Us ” the guide takes a deeper look at ICS and why security practitioners face a daunting challenge in defending an infrastructure that is often full of antiquated technology. It defines: Architecture and all of its components.

Nutanix Granted Patent for Its Software-Defined Storage Architecture

Data Center Knowledge

Nutanix is granted a patent for its storage architecture for virtualized data centers, Nimble Storage advances its Infosight analytics with new forensic capabilities, and Avere Systems launches the FXT 4800 edge filer for enterprise storage. Storage avere systems nimble storage nutanix

Business Model, Business Strategy, and Business Architecture

Future of CIO

Today, “business model,” “business strategy,” and “business architecture” are among the most sloppily used terms in business; they are often stretched to mean everything and end up meaning nothing. Business models describe, as a system, how the pieces of a business fit together. Business Architecture contains the organizational context and is strategic in that it gives direction to the business design and transformation.

DDN raises the bar as data intensive analytics push storage systems


It is no secret that today’s data intensive analytics are stressing traditional storage systems. Every so often these systems will collectively pause their work to save their progress and ensure the resilience of the task; this is known as checkpointing. Now consider what this means: hundreds of terabytes of data being flooded at the storage system from thousands of individual compute nodes (tens of thousands of processes)! Analysis Architecture Big Data CTO

Apply Business Architecture to Solve Wild Problems

Future of CIO

Problem-solving has a very wide scope today, digital leaders and professionals can leverage Business Architecture (BA) as a problem-solving framework and practical tool for taking multifaceted disciplines to solve problems effectively. Business Architecture is a useful tool to gather inter-related data and facts, analyze and frame the right problems, if needed, break down the large problem to smaller pieces, in order to solve problems effectively.

Leverage Business Architecture to Orchestrate Strategic Transformation

Future of CIO

Thus, the business architecture could become a great executive communication tool, particularly when the architecture discussion is kept at a higher level, keep all executives at the same page by walking through the discussion about strategy planning, governance, transformation. Business Architecture as a strategic planning tool: Business Architecture contains the organizational context and is strategic in that it gives direction to the business design and transformation.

IT Architecture as the Visualization of Strategy

Future of CIO

To improve IT organization maturity from functioning to delight, IT architecture as a practical tool provides a strategic framework and set up the environment for implementing IT-enabled and well-designed solutions and make value-added deliveries that make the organization different and competitive. IT architecture is the visualization of IT strategy: Too often business strategy and IT strategy are developed mutually exclusive of each other.

The Value of Business Architecture (Part II)

Future of CIO

Business Architecture (BA) should play a critical role in designing and managing future businesses that become truly proactive and move up the organizational maturity level by turning multidimensional factors impacting business models, business operations, and business reputation. BA is a facilitation tool to get timely & meaningful Business intelligence: All data, from wherever it comes, is legitimate and reflective of the systems that provide it.

The Focus Areas of Information Architecture (IA)

Future of CIO

Information Architecture describes through a set of requirements, principles, and models, the current state, future state and guidance necessary to flexibly share and exchange information assets to achieve effective enterprise change. There are three focus areas of Information Architecture (IA), specializing in different areas and complementing each other and overlapping from time-to-time depending on the work structure in an organization.