Infrastructure as a Service

Novell Identity Management and SIF

Doing some research on industry Identity Management (IdM) solutions and stumbled upon Novell’s Identity Manager (3.5.1) which has a SIF Agent plug-in.  The following case study may be of interest…

Alvarado Independent School District used Novell Identity Manager to automate user provisioning, and reduced administration time by 45 percent using Novell ZENworks @

Education, Skills and Children’s Services: Interoperability Review

F2MKE Logo

I have read and digested this, re-read and re-digested… My initial thoughts are that, while the overall premise is absolutely correct in terms of the potential savings that an open interoperability standard can deliver across the sector, it doesn’t seem to present any logic in the suggested dismissal of SIF as a strong contender for development to meet the requirements.

I agree that SIF does have some shortcomings at present, but these are clearly recognised by the community and the will and swell of collaborative activity between schools, LAs, RBCs, Government departments and very importantly, suppliers, is without doubt there! The community approach, of which I have been a part since mid 2007, is an extremely refreshing and productive one. Indeed, it is the only approach that I can see being plausible in the development of a truly open standard. Just look at the make-up of the W3C and that clearly works!

The work of the is critical and there is no reason why the SIF standard cannot mature to deliver on the business and data standards set out.

The report provides examples of the current weaknesses in the SIF standard, but does not mention any of the positive aspects – aspects that I can clearly evidence as already delivering tangible and intangible benefits in terms of efficiencies and education. 14 to 19 is not excluded here either!

Finally, for now, the report fails to mention any alternative standard with which to ether compare or build upon.

Have a look at the following link for the full story and in the meantime, I will digest some more 😉

SIF Case Studies and Presentations

If you are interested in increasing efficiency, saving time, improving data security and of course a better ICT experience for all, then check out the case studies and presentations below…

Solving data issues with SIF.  Examples of SIF in Norfolk, Warwickshire and South West Grid for Learning.  (Double sided A4)

Norfolk County Council – 20 January 2010.  Norfolk’s Proof of Concept (PoC). (Double sided A4)  Presentations from the SIF Association UK’s quarterly conferences.

Okay, so I’m interested in SIF… What should I do next?

You should seriously consider becoming a SIF Association UK member. The following highlights just some of the benefits of joining: SIF Association UK sees continued growth.

Introducing the Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF)

The Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) is an international open standard that enables near real-time sharing of information between resources.

Because SIF is an open standard, any services using it can share information without the need for any bespoke integration.

The benefits are many…

  • Information about me is kept safe;
  • I’m more likely to access the valuable resources available to me;
  • The resources I use can be personalised;
  • Pluggable – all my systems, applications and resources work together;
  • Time is saved with information added once and reused many times;
  • Errors are reduced – information is reused many times and any changes are made only once then shared as relevant;
  • Near-time information sharing – I can update information once and it is shared in near-time with all of the relevant subscribing services;
  • Information sharing is controlled and secure;
  • Éducation sans Frontières!