In my last post, I talk about three ways that the Bandit Project is contributing to emerging Internet identity space. In this post I want to expand on the third area of that post. This area will be an increased focus of the Bandit project this year. Since the Internet identity systems are happening, we are betting that the Bandit components will be strongly needed, and we expect them to be deployed in real world installations. And we want to accelerate that process.
So we are starting to visit deployment sites and validating these concepts, as well as our component designs and project communication. We’ve been learning a lot. What follows is an excerpt from a letter I sent to some enterprise sites to illustrate our reasoning. It was sent to some Novell customers, hence the Novell focus, but don’t take that too strongly either. Often Novell customers write custom code to integrate web applications, and we want to make the identity integration at those points as easy as possible. But we work with non-Novell customers, partners, and other vendors just as well. Bandit components do not require Novell products (though we do try to make them work well together). Here’s part of the letter:
All this makes sense to me and the Bandit team, but we intend to validate and evolve this project vision with the community, customers and partners. Also, we intend to actively explain how and why we believe this project works. We would like enterprise developers to work with us. The project is still in early stages, but real value is there now. We want to provide open source code to access existing and future systems — yet early involvement also will give greater influence in project direction.
The Internet identity foundation is coming together quickly. Useful Bandit components are already available. Over the next year, the Bandit team will be focusing more on integrating our development with the community, customers and partners to validate and evolve the project vision.
It also sounds like great fun to me! I’m looking forward to it.