Federated SSO, A Primer (SAML, OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect)

Federated single sign-on (or SSO) is a modern way to solve the problem of having multiple logins between different services and applications. Let’s take a look at three of today’s common federated identity protocols: SAML, OAuth 2.0, and OpenID Connect. SAML The first of the authentication methods that I’d like to talk about today is SAML, which stands for Security Assertion Markup Language. SAML is the oldest of the free main federated identity protocols, with its last major revision in 2005. There are three major players in SAML – the user, the Identity Provider (or IdP) that authenticates the user, … Read More

VMware hosted on AWS?

Some exciting news came out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMware last year with the announcement of VMware Cloud on AWS. VMware has been the bedrock of enterprise virtualization and the leading software-as-a-datacenter for years. AWS presented the world with a new way to think about datacenters and quickly became a leader in cloud computing. A limiting factor in using AWS was the vast differences in how AWS and VMware worked to accomplish similar tasks. You will find the same buzz words, such as snapshots, but not the same actions from them. This has presented the industry with a … Read More

Learn About Industrial IoT Platform Services for Analytics and Machine Learning at BIWA Summit 2017

This week a team from M&S is at the BIWA Summit 2017 at the Oracle headquarters in San Francisco. The BIWA Summit focuses on topics such as Internet of Things (IoT), Data Warehousing, Advanced Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Cloud Computing. We are excited to have one of our Big Data and IoT practice leads, Jay Mason, invited to present a session on “Industrial IoT Platform Services for Analytics and Machine Learning.” A number of IoT platform offerings have recently entered the market. IoT platform applications began with Machine to Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) in 2006, and the M2Mi platform is … Read More

Oracle Cloud DevOps and Cloud Native Applications

Ever heard of DevOps? Well, if you’ve been in the hip scene of agile development then you might have heard this term. Development Operations is a consolidated platform of tools that are meant to promote communication between developers and IT operations while giving the ability to provide a quick development response in the form of continuous delivery. Those who have adopted the agile methodology have seen the benefits of quick delivery with the ability to adjust to rapidly changing business requirements. Oracle is trying to build on top of that type of methodology and consolidate the tools surrounding it with … Read More

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

One choice that faced institutions implementing Ellucian’s Banner ERP was deciding between the proverbial “vanilla” install, where schools conformed their processes to Ellucian’s pre-packaged solution; and a highly customized environment that better suited existing business requirements, but required coding customizations not only at the outset, but on a recurring basis… because customizations needed to be re-coded each time Banner re-released a particular form. Ellucian is promising to take some of the pain out of this choice with Banner XE. The “XE” stands for eXtensible Ecosystem, and a key feature is a complete redesign of their administrative and self-service forms. Simpler … Read More

Google Cloud Rebranding Summary

Google has updated it’s branding of Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform, and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services, not just logos in this case, but also some of the formal names as well. What was once “Google for Work” is now called “Google Cloud”. The update has caused a little confusion, so we’ve reviewed the information and hopefully, we can bring you some clarity. Within Google Cloud, we have:     Previous Name New Name Google for Work Google Cloud Google Apps for Work G Suite Google for Work Partner Program Google Cloud Partner Program Google for Work Partner … Read More

WebLogic Security – Critical Vulnerability Impacts All Recent Versions

Oracle recently released its Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2016, and there is a vulnerability addressed by this CPU that WebLogic administrators need to know about. At M&S Consulting, we have been facilitating the application of the appropriate patches required to address this and other vulnerabilities. It is very important to apply this most recent CPU as soon as possible, as one of the vulnerabilities it addresses, CVE-2016-3510, is relatively easy to exploit and can cause serious problems. About CVE-2016-3510 CVE-2016-3510 affects all versions of Oracle WebLogic Server since 10.3.6. So major versions such as 10.3.6, 12.1.3, and 12.2.1 … Read More

What is Salesforce.com?

I find that this kind of defining question seems simple enough, but so many people (even supposed experts) really do not have a grasp of the words they seem to use each day. Words they take for granted. You’d be surprised what kinds of answers I get when I ask people to define the word “shirt”. And you’ll really enjoy watching as I ask them what Google is. Even before the restructuring and introduction of Alphabet, very few people would say (or recognize/internalize) that Google is a company — as opposed a website or search engine — a brand with multiple offerings. In … Read More