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Access Certification CBT/video for non-IT folks

I’m always in catch up mode with my reading. I finally got to Ian Glazer’sAccess Certification and Entitlement Management” on a plane to California. If you are in the market for access certification, trying to understand how to construct and approach to managing entitlements or just want to understand the moving parts of access in any reasonably complex organization, then this is a must read. What got me thinking most was the tone of the paper. Essentially it boils down to the good advice to make sure you define boundaries for tasks well and get the people from the business who should own the information to become the owners by the end of the process. Ian also encourages you to use whatever resources you can, even if they make strange bedfellows. It reminded me very much (and I’m going to mix analyst firms here so forgive me) of Earl Perkin’s thoughts about making the auditor your friend and making sure you “care, but not too much”, which he communicated at the Gartner IAM Summit last week (and blogged about previously as well).

All this got me thinking about the actual content of such IT to business communication regarding access certification. And, since I was trapped on a 6+ hour flight with a power outlet but no internet, I came up with this small, tongue in cheek video. I know the terms will feel like nails on a chalkboard to some since they are not exact. But I really tried to exercise that “it’s more important that they get the right ideas and not the exact right terminology” notion as best I could.

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  1. November 20, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Nice and succinct. Well done.

    In general, vendors talk a lot about communication being key to a successful IAM implementation, yet we don’t go the extra mile to help our IT customers with a framework for their communication plan to their customers. It’s nice to see some focus on the true end users.

    When you release your next set of slides for Day 1 of the certifications, you could include descriptions of all the nice features you’ve added to make their decisions about access as easy as possible: http://bit.ly/1fY1Da
    ^^Shameless Plug

    Cheers,

    Mat Hamlin

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