Spring 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting

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From Bright Idea to Actual Implementation: A Lifecycle Perspective to Build Trust in Core Middleware Services

Time 05/03/05 08:45AM-10:00AM

Session Abstract

Whether you attempt to implement core middleware services, like identity management or trust networks, on a single campus, across a hierarchically organized state system, or in a loosely coupled consortium, you may struggle, in the first stage, between the Scylla of centralized "power grab" and the Charybdis of multiple "autonomous" implementations. Navigating a wise course is critical at this early stage of middleware implementation. To assist in this process, panel members, who participate together in the Extending the Reach portion of the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI-ETR) have developed and continue to refine a lifecycle framework from which to understand and discuss the implementation of core middleware services.

The panel will present several case studies in the context of this lifecycle approach with particular emphasis given to:

  • factors motivating the initial decision
  • initial project goals
  • strategies to gain buy-in and decrease resistance
  • policy considerations and decisions
  • problems encountered and related adjustments
  • user satisfaction
  • impact of environmental changes (e.g., new middleware releases) on implementation.

For example, in the first stage of implementation, compromise may not work and may decrease trust while increasing resistance. Other methods which may work when compromise fails include reference to "best practices", identification of direct benefits, incremental funding for system-wide collaboration, highly iterative project planning and finding opportunities for added value.

The presentation is sponsored by the NMI-EDIT Consortium of Internet2 and EDUCAUSE.


Speaker Greg Monaco Great Plains Network

Speaker Mark Crase California State University

Speaker David Bantz University of Alaska

Speaker Ann West EDUCAUSE/Internet2

Speaker Miguel Soldi The University of Texas System

Speaker Amy Apon University of Arkansas

Secondary tracks Collaborations Middleware

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