About Ian

DSCF0103-2I am the Senior Director for Identity, at Salesforce. My responsibilities include product strategy, identity standards development, field enablement, analyst relations, and mindshare generation. I am also involved with major customer initiatives, briefs C-level executives, and coordinates industry-wide identity efforts.

I used to be a research vice president and agenda manager on the Identity and Privacy Strategies team at Gartner, where I oversaw the entire team’s research. I arrived at Gartner by way of Gartner’s acquisition of the Burton Group. I led the team’s coverage for authorization and privacy; topics within these two main areas included externalized authorization management, XACML, federated authorization, privacy by design, and privacy programs. Other topics I researched include user provisioning, identity and access governance, access certification, role management, identity data quality, and national identity programs.

My other work experience includes program management at a financial controls and governance, risk and compliance startup, director of identity strategy at a network-based admissions control company, and product management at IBM.

I am the current Vice-Chair of the Management Council and member of the Board of Directors for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) – the private-sector lead body described in the US National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. I am also the Editor for the Kantara Initiative Identity Relationship Management Working Group.

During my decade plus time in the identity industry I have co-authored a patent on federated user provisioning, co-authored the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) Version 2 specification, contributed to the System for Cross Domain Identity Management (SCIM) Version 2 specification, and am a noted blogger, speaker, and photographer of my socks.

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania cum laude with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Computer Science. I studied artificial intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. I currently resides in Washington DC.