RIP – MVP: Directory Services

Last week Microsoft announced some radical changes to the Microsoft MVP program

Steve Guggenheimer: Moving into the next generation of the Microsoft MVP Award
MVP Website: Award Update – Oct 2015

In summary (there are a few exceptions), MVP’s have been categorised under one of ten new headings. Directory Services now comes under the categorisation of Enterprise Mobility, therefore I am now an MVP for Enterprise mobility.

My initial thought was, Enterprise Mobility? I don’t do telephony

I soon realised Microsoft’s logic in their categorisations, enterprise mobility is not all about mobile telephones and the utilisation of various parts of the radio spectrum, it is in fact about being able to access your enterprise from anywhere and on any device and identity is a key component of Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy.

In an on-premises world the de facto enterprise identity solution is Active Directory (Directory Services) and in the Microsoft cloud it is Microsoft Azure Active Directory. The term hybrid identity is the fusing of the two methods of identity together to create a seamless identity solution be it on-premises or in the cloud.

As I delve deeper into the deeper corners of Microsoft identity, I will share my story to this blog and unlike the 15 year old teenager that is Active Directory, not everything that can be written about the Azure Active Directory and Hybrid Identity has been written yet.

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