Friday, September 19, 2008

Managed Identity Services Survey relaunch - iPod touch Giveaway

I launched the Managed Identity Services Survey just over a day ago. Once again, thanks to those of you that have completed it thus far.

Upon the release of the survey, Ash Motiwala got in touch and asked if his company (Identropy) could help encourage people to participate in the survey. He suggested a "giveaway" where Identropy would provide the prize. We both agreed that we didn't want this to turn into a sales or marketing exercise and that I would maintain full control. Identropy's interest in the survey is in line with mine - to better understand the state of the market with regards to Managed Identity Services. Remember, the plan is to make the results freely available here.

Without further ado, I'm happy to launch (again) version 1.2 of the Managed Identity Services Survey in conjunction with the "iPod touch Giveaway" (courtesy of Identropy).

For those that don't want to read the fine print, here's an overview of the giveaway:
  • Participation in the giveaway is optional. You can complete the survey and simply leave the contact details empty.
  • I am ineligible for participation in the giveaway, as are Identropy employees.
  • The survey results will only be released when there are 50 or more responses.
  • The survey will be closed at 11:59pm GMT (London time) on Sunday 5th October 2008 unless the target number of 50 responses has not been reached. (Update, 6th October 2008: The deadline has been extended to 11:59pm GMT (London time) on Sunday 12th October 2008 - full details here).
  • The giveaway draw cannot be conducted until the results of the survey have been published.
  • The draw will be made by an impartial 3rd party.
  • The core questions of the survey remain the same. Nothing has been changed with each iteration of the survey except for modifications made to support the logistics of the giveaway.
The obvious question here is: "what about those of us who filled in the previous versions of the survey?!" (I didn't give anyone the option to leave their details in the previous versions of the survey)

Answer: If you don't want to participate in the giveaway, you don't need to do a thing. I'm planning to keep all versions of the survey running and will aggregate the results (i.e. your responses still count). If you do want to participate in the giveaway, you can do one of 2 things:
  1. Tell me the approximate time you submitted the survey and your answer to any 2 questions. If you really can't remember, just contact me and we'll see if we can work something out.
  2. Complete the new survey and don't forget to provide your details. It would be nice if you could tell me approximately what time you submitted your first set of responses so I can make a note not to include them in the results.
You can contact me via the "Email Me" contact form on the far right column of my blog.

If you have any questions, please let me know (you can do this via the comments too).

Note: You might have noticed I've changed the survey engine. The old one (Pollograph) was just too buggy and unpredictable. Hopefully this new one works better (please let me know if you run into any issues).

Here's a link to the survey once again for good measure. What are you waiting for? An iPod touch awaits (potentially)!

For those that like fine print, here are the full details of the giveaway:

iPod touch Giveaway Details

A "giveaway" will be conducted when the results of this survey are released. Identropy have kindly offered a brand new Apple iPod touch as the prize.

Disclosure: Identropy provides consulting, integration and managed services for Identity Management technologies. For more information, please go to

If you would like to be enrolled into the "iPod touch Giveaway", please provide your details in the relevant section of the survey. Note that this is optional and you do not have to enter if you do not wish to.


  • Each individual is limited to a single entry in the giveaway. Please do not answer the survey more than once as this may skew the results.

  • The giveaway is open to participants worldwide (except where your own local laws prohibit you from participating).

  • Participants who reside in a state or location that considers participation in research as "consideration" in exchange for chance to win, or requires license, permit or similar legal permission to conduct giveaways are disqualified from the "iPod touch Giveaway".

  • Ian Yip is not eligible to receive the prize.

  • Employees of Identropy are not eligible to receive the prize.

  • The survey results will only be released when 50 or more responses have been captured.

  • The survey will be closed at 11:59pm GMT (London time) on Sunday 5th October 2008 unless the target number of 50 responses has not been reached. (Update, 6th October 2008: The deadline has been extended to 11:59pm GMT (London time) on Sunday 12th October 2008 - full details here).

  • The draw to determine the recipient of the iPod touch will be conducted upon release of the survey results by an impartial 3rd party (the identity of the individual will be disclosed after the draw has been completed).

  • Further announcements regarding this survey will be made at


  • The questions within this survey have not been modified in any form since the original release on 17th September 2008 (before Identropy's involvement). Additions (e.g. this page and the contact details form) have been made to support the logistics required to conduct the "iPod touch Giveaway".

  • Ian Yip is in no way employed by or associated with Identropy. Identropy are not paying Ian for their involvement with this survey nor is he benefitting financially in any way (directly or indirectly).

  • Identropy do not have access to survey results (until publication) or contact details (except for those of the iPod touch recipient). Ian Yip is the only person with access.

  • Widgix Software (SurveyGizmo), the company providing the survey engine can potentially access the information as it is hosted on their system. It is highly unlikely they will access the survey results or related details, but this possibility cannot be completely discounted as neither Identropy nor Ian Yip are associated with Widgix Software in any way.

  • Any personal details captured as a result of this survey will NOT be retained beyond the publication of the survey results and subsequent giveaway.


  • This survey is version 1.2 of Ian Yip's Managed Identity Services Survey. Versions 1.0 and 1.1 are still available on the original survey hosting site ( The decision was made to move this version of the survey to a different platform due to the numerous minor bugs found within the survey platform.

  • There is a limit of 250 responses for this survey. This is not a limitation set by the author. It is a software limitation due to the fact this survey is hosted on a free account.

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