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What is Identity Management?

Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
1:30 pm

While attending a business luncheon sponsored by the Arizona Management Society today, I was reminded that Identity Management is not yet a household term. Several people I met, ranging from a sales executive with a large telecom equipment manufacturer to an owner of a small business that makes swim suits for scuba divers looked at me quizzically and said, “What is Identity Management?”

When I explained the concept in terms of User IDs and passwords, they either understood a little bit or politely played like they did.

It is easy to become so immersed in a particular topic that we can begin to imagine that our daily work is much more pervasive than it actually is. I’m sure that Dinah Lundell, who made scuba diver swim suits, thinks her work is a whole lot more important than Identity Management. For her, it probably is.


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