craig burton.per Craig Burton
Distinguished Analyst

As the creator of breakthrough concepts like NetWare Open Systems, The Network Services Model, metadirectory, and The Internet Services Model, Craig Burton is one of the leading visionaries and analysts in the computing industry. He is a frequently consulted expert on new technologies and the process of making software infrastructure ubiquitous.

Craig’s visionary understanding of new technologies and his familiarity with the needs of technology users led him to identify the market for a metadirectory product and allowed him to articulate the essential attributes of such a product. Craig invented the conceptual basis for metadirectory over 20 years ago while leading Novell, Inc. to success.

Craig was one of the founding members of Novell, where he served as senior vice president of corporate marketing and development. During his eight years with Novell, Craig’s unique market strategies (which included the development of concepts such as file server technology, hardware independence, fault tolerance, Universal NetWare Architecture and NetWare Open Systems) resulted not only in market leadership for Novell, but also served to accelerate the movement toward transparent multivendor computing.

When he co-founded The Burton Group (TBG) in 1989, Craig began to study the concept of metadirectory in earnest. As CEO, president and principal analyst of TBG, Craig provided independent market analysis on network computing technology and industry trends.

At Prognosys, The Burton Group’s 1996 Conference on Network Computing, Craig presented the criteria for measuring whether a technology meets the metadirectory requirements set forth by The Burton Group.

Craig’s contributions to computing have earned him recognition as one of the industry’s most influential analysts.

Since 1997, Craig Burton has been an independent analyst consulting with many industry vendors and concentrating on the Internet Services Model and the paradox of selling software infrastructure.

Craig Burton recently joined KuppingerCole as a Distinguished Analyst.


European Identity & Cloud Conference 2013
05/14/2013 14:25-14:40 The Future of IAM More
05/15/2013 10:30-11:30 Moving from Confusion to Clarity:
Next Generation Cloud and Mobile Identity Management
05/15/2013 14:00-15:00 SAML, OAuth, SCIM, XACML
OASIS Panel: ID Protocols – Out with the Old and in with the New?
05/15/2013 17:00-18:00 Identity Management as a Service (IdMaaS) – the Dope or are we Duped? More
05/15/2013 18:40-19:00 Life Management Platforms Evolution More
05/16/2013 10:30-11:30 The API Economy—Understanding the API Ecosystem More
05/16/2013 11:30-12:30 API Security
Using and Abusing APIs: an Examination of the API Attack Surface
05/16/2013 14:00-15:00 Life Management Platforms, Personal Data, Private Cloud – Standards and Initiatives More
05/16/2013 15:00-16:00 Architectural & Strategical Considerations
From Risk to Value: The Future of Social Media and their Role as Catalysts in Enterprise IAM
05/16/2013 16:30-17:30 The Life Management Platform Prototypes
Architecture and functionality of the “EIC App”
European Identity & Cloud Conference 2012
04/18/2012 10:30-11:30 The Business Value of IT
How IAM can Catalyze the Secure Enterprise
04/18/2012 11:30-12:30 The Future IT Organization
Winds of Change in your IT Organization: Get ready for the Future
04/18/2012 14:00-15:00 Cloud Information Security
The Cornerstones of Information Security in the Cloud
04/18/2012 15:00-16:00 SCIM
Is SCIM a Scam?
04/18/2012 17:00-18:00 One IT, One IAM
Why you should not believe in Cloud-only Solutions
04/19/2012 10:30-11:30 Intention Economy
VRM and the Intention Economy: Now What?
04/19/2012 11:30-12:30 The KuppingerCole IT Model and the API Economy
How the API Economy Leverages our Capabilities for Delivering Business Services
04/19/2012 14:00-15:00 Virtualization
From Virtualization to the Cloud and Beyond
04/20/2012 09:00-10:30 Agile Business: What your Business Expects from IT today More
04/20/2012 11:00-12:30 Agile Security: The Services you Need to Provide in your Identity and Security Infrastrucutre More


European Identity & Cloud Conference 2013
How to Build your IAM/IAG Infrastructure the Right Way – and Support Business Today More
Identity and the API Economy More
Life Management Platforms, Personal Data, Customer Managed Relationships More
European Identity & Cloud Conference 2012
OAuth, OpenID Connect, SAML, SCIM – How to Deal with all the Identity Providers and how to Federate? More
Planning, Managing and Governing IAM & Cloud I More
Planning, Managing and Governing IAM & Cloud II More
What to Focus on for Future-Proof IAM More
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