Saturday, December 16, 2017

PIAM, CIAM, PAM, it's all IAM

During my career I noticed abbreviations are used all the time in IT.
When I started this blog it was all about SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and some other aaS-variants.
It quickly became all known as the cloud, another fancy marketing word for the internet.
First people got headaches on finding out what all those different aaS-variants meant and then suddenly they were confronted with a new word: the cloud.
People, it's all marketing mumbo jumbo, inventing new words for already existing phenomena.

Ok, the internet as it is known now, is more complicated and interactive (especially mobile) than in the beginning, but it's still the internet, the digital highway.

It's all IAM

Why I am saying this?
Recently a infosecurity peer of mine, Andre Koot from Nixu (great guy and company!), shared on LinkedIn an article about PIAM with the remark: 'IAM, CIAM, PAM, now introducing PIAM... '.
That triggered my engagement, and especially when I saw the domain the article was posted on: 
Aha, another new abbreviation and it's published on a sales-site.
PIAM is like CIAM just a way of Identity and Access Management (IAM), embodied in a product to sell. Nothing more, nothing less.

Just like the cloud, nothing more than internet.

IAM, CIAM, PIAM, keep cool!

So the next time you read: 'With this PIAM solution, by SaaS vendor X you can safely do IAM in the cloud', just keep cool and don't get worried that you do not know all the abbreviations in the sentence.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Explain SaaS through storytelling

A year ago I announced I was going to do a blog series on ‘Big data, tell it as it is!!
Well, due to a relocation and a new job that took a ‘bit’ more time.
But, I keep a promise.


As my readers know, I try to explain SaaS as it is in a readable manner.
I also like stories, so why shouldn't I use Storytelling to deliver my message and start interaction?

So last week I published on Sweetcode about Geordie and his use of R to analyze Apache error logs.
Why not publish more posts about Geordie and his employer ‘G’day’, an Aussie content marketing firm?
By doing this I can explain SaaS, datascience, infosec, forensics and QA in a ‘tell-it-as-it-is’ manner, readable for a broad audience.
Because that’s my mission, explain SaaS without the marketing and technical terms, or at least explain them.

I need your help!

Inspiration for the adventures of Geordie at ‘G’day’ I can retrieve from my own experiences, but why not use crowdsourcing?
TestingSaaS is read globally by SaaS enthusiasts from different sectors like finance (banks, accountants), government, software dev, IT consultancy and many more.
These fellow SaaS enthusiasts work in disciplines like identity, infosec, data science, digital marketing and forensics.
With storytelling we have an instrument to explain SaaS in a simple way, as it is!
But I need your input.
Are you interested or want to give feedback on my TestingSaaS storytelling?
Let me know through the TestingSaaS social media channels.

Let’s work together to explain SaaS through storytelling, as it is!!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A day at the office: Configuring Identity in the cloud

The past half year I did not blog that much on TestingSaaS.
With good reason!
I started a new job as a technical consultant at iWelcome and I was quite busy with relocating too.

Why iWelcome?
It is Europe's Identity Platform in the cloud.
iWelcome provides Identity & Access Management as a Service (IDAAS) for organizations, so they can manage the identity lifecycle of their consumers, employees, business customers, partners and suppliers in a secure, simple and efficient manner.

How cool is that?
Since 2010 I have been studying IDAAS (thanks UMA :-) ) and now with the hype of data science (event logging !!) and data privacy (GDPR) I can all combine these disciplines in one job. Who dares wins!

Mind you, I already had some IAM experience at Essent and Onegini, but this was software related, now it's implementation, a complete other ball game with other stakes and rules.

Just one step at a time.

So stay tuned for my further adventures in IAM told on TestingSaaS, eForensics Magazine, Fixate and the iWelcome blog.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Big data, what's in a name?

Last week I announced I am going to do a blog series about big data items and explain them in a straightforward way.
Well, naturally I have to start with big data because everybody talks about it, but nobody can exactly say what it is.

You can find many definitions of big data online.

Gartner explains Big Data as

 "Big data is high-volume, high-velocity and/or high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing that enable enhanced insight, decision making, and process automation."

This a very business-driven definition.

Technology vendors like Microsoft define it as:

“Big data is the term increasingly used to describe the process of applying serious computing power—the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence—to seriously massive and often highly complex sets of information.”

Lots of tech-talk in a definition about data.

A more straightforward definition is given by big data expert Bernard Marr:

 "Big data refers to our ability to collect and analyze the vast amounts of data we are now generating in the world."

In other words, all definitions above state it's not about the data itself , but the way we utilize the data which is now generated in a huge amount.

Mind you, big data today is small data, or just data, in a few years from now.

Big data, it's just data, only we now learn how to use it.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Big Data, deep learning, neural networks. Blimey, now I'm confused!

Yesterday I went to the BI-Podium Event 'De achterkant van Big Data' in Amersfoort.
A great event with fascinating presentations about big data, technology and even ethics.

Many Dutch companies in data science like Big Data Lab, Xomnia and Many2More were present.
Also a great endnote by Donna Burbank, which was a great boost for starting data scientists.
Awesome to see there are a lot of Dutch Big Data enthousiasts and there was enough time for networking.
Thank you Visser & Van baars Recruitment for this opportunity.

As a data scientist with a bio-informatics and software testing (also lots of analysis) background I was able to follow the presentations.
A lot of terms were not new for me, but is that also true for my fellow SaaS enthusiasts from my TestingSaaS-community?
I  already wondered why big data terms like deep learning, neural networks, machine learning etc.are mostly explained from a marketing (too easy) or development (too technical) viewpoint?
Luckiliy, this was not the case at this BI-Podium Event.

So, I got the idea for a blog series on explaining these big data terms in a straight forward way without the marketing and technical phrases.
This way I want to help new big data enthusiasts not too get scared of all these terms, but give them a starting point to explore this new sexy discipline data science.

That's why I founded TestingSaaS, to explain the world of SaaS in a straightforward way.

Stay tuned for my blog series on Big Data as-it-is!