Microsoft Identity Manager Review

A solution with good tracking functionality and security in an enterprise-level environment


What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the solution is the fact that I can use it to track who is sending which email, who is accessing which documents or which files, etc. These tools help me improve security within the enterprise environment.

What needs improvement?

Support needs improvement. It is very easy to get somebody to help with the implementation of the Microsoft product itself, but when it comes to support it's a challenge as an IT team. You have to tell people, "Well we need to get back to Microsoft" and that can take forever.

Sometimes the waiting process really gets you stuck. If you have deployed a feature in your environment and you're using it and you cannot get the necessary support to be able to get back aspects of it, then it's as if Microsoft has whet our appetite, but then we can't use it any more. It's frustrating for everyone.

I want to be able to have access to somebody from Microsoft to be able to help me when I have challenges.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have a lot of end users and a few admins. Right now, we have about 180 users on the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

On a scale of one to ten, I'd put technical support at seven. There's a lot of room for improvement. What really has helped us is the reviews that are put out by other admins who have been able to resolve the same problems. You can find an identical problem and see its resolution. If you are able to access those reviews, it helps you to navigate and try to solve your problems. That's what helps a lot of the time, as opposed to speaking with an actual person from technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The difficulty of the initial setup is always different. It depends on which application you deploy. Some are complex, some are straightforward. If you're deploying Microsoft XG, it's quite straight forward. If you're deploying something like MGM it's a little more confusing, and you always need somebody to help you to be able to do that. SharePoint is also a little bit confusing to handle. 

Likewise Identity Manager looks a little more confusing in terms of its implementation process. There are other products from Microsoft that are more straightforward to implement or deploy, however.

What other advice do I have?

Over the years Microsoft has improved a lot. We don't have problems like we used to have in previous versions. There's still more room for improvement, however. They have begun listening to their customers, and they are bringing out features that customers are asking for and if I can get that from an OEM it gives me the assurance that everyone is being taken care of.

I would recommend the solution, however if a person is considering implementing it, they need to have a plan. Otherwise, they might start off and only after realize that there are options that weren't implemented well. It's good to always have a plan of what you want to implement something new. Review it and let your team query it, so you know exactly what you are deploying. 

I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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