Sunday, August 13, 2017


I've been writing this blogs for many years now and I typically use it as a means of recording snippets of information that ideally I would like to refer back to and snippets of information that I think others would be interested in.

So, what are you guys interested in?

Well, the beauty of running a blog like this for so long is that I get to see which posts are popular and which are not! I get to see which products you guys are using and abusing. And I can tell you that the popularity of these IBM security products can be easily ranked. In reverse order (by popularity):

IBM Security Identity Governance & Intelligence (IGI) is the new kid on the block so it is understandable that not many people are interested in what I have to say about IGI. Maybe, over time, this will change. Fingers crossed!

IBM Security Access Manager (ISAM) has been around forever but it seems that nobody is interested anymore. That's probably a sign that organisations have shifted their focus elsewhere and that federated security (which ISAM handles really well) is the way forward and freebie tools that are SAML and OpenID:Connect ready are preferable?

IBM Security Identity Manager (ISIM) has been around forever too, but it has always been a heavyweight beast of a product that requires significant investment and therefore is used by huge organisations only. I don't know how many ISIM customers there are out there, but I'm guessing it is a dwindling list given that IGI is seen as the long-term replacement.

And then we come to IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator (ITDI). Of all the things I've ever blogged about, it seems that TDI generates the most interest - and by a country mile! As an example, the last time I mentioned TDI, it managed to gather more than 300 times as many page requests as everything to do with IGI put together! One single post!

TDI is still a tool I go to on a daily basis. It is truly wonderful and flexible and easy to get to grips with. Maybe I should focus more on TDI topics?

In any case, I'd be interested to hear from whomever out there reads the stuff that I write. What topics would you like me to cover? What products do you think deserve focus? Do you still find any of this information worthwhile?

I still hope there are plenty of you IBM Security specialists out there helping to deliver a smarter, more secure planet.

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