Azure Active Directory Primary Use Case

Martijn Verbrugge
Manager Infrastructure & Architecture at BDO Global

BDO is a network of firms and a firm is what we call a country. So, we are present in about 160 countries. I am involved in BDO Global, which is not really a firm in the sense that we don't deal directly with clients, but BDO Global hosts IT services for all those 160 countries. A couple of those solutions are a worldwide audit solution that our firms use for financial audits for customers. We have a globally running portal solution, which firms are using to collaborate with our customers directly. All these services are basically based on Azure AD for authentication and authorization. This has been a lifesaver for us, because BDO firms are legally independent, so, we don't have a single identity store worldwide, like other big companies potentially do. We created an IAM solution based on Azure AD that ties all 160 dispersed identity stores back into one. We use that to give access to our services that we run globally.

Azure AD doesn't really give you a version. You just need to take the version as-is because it is a service that Microsoft delivers as a SaaS service. So, we don't have a lot of influence over the version that we use.

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Tom Aafloen
IT Security Consultant at Onevinn AB

I use it for managing identities, access, and security in a centralized way. I help other people use this product.

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Product Manager/Architect at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We run in a hybrid model. We have our Active Directory on-premise directory services that we provide. We basically went to Azure so we could provide additional capabilities, like single sign-on and multi-factor authentication.

We are running in a hybrid environment. It is not completely cloud-native. We sync our on-premise directory to the cloud.

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Bharat Halai
Global Head of Identity and Access Management at Adecco

It has allowed us to use other SaaS products that will authenticate with Office 365 as well as other Microsoft products and non-Microsoft products, so we can have a single sign-on experience for our users. Rather than them needing to have multiple usernames and passwords, they just use whatever they have as their main username and password to log onto their machine.

It is SaaS based, but we sync up from our on-prem into Azure AD.

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Principal Service Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

We are using Azure Active Directory (AD) for:

  • Application authentication, which is single sign-on. 
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA). 
  • Conditional access for people coming in from non-trusted networks, which are interlinked. 
  • Azure AD B2B. 

These are the four big items that we are using.

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IAM / IT Security Technical Consultant at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

When we are deploying cloud applications we avail ourselves of the services of Azure AD. At the moment, we are mostly getting the data from on-premises to the cloud, as far as user entities go. We're trying to define policies based upon the company's and our projects' requirements, such as whether we need to make something public or private. This all has to be defined. We also use it for access management.

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Deliver Practice Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

A lot of our clients basically want to go to the cloud and they don't know how to proceed with doing so. The first thing we recommended is to make sure their identity is in Azure AD as a hybrid approach. We're not getting rid of their on-premises environment, and instead basically, if they're planning to go to Office 365,  they will be able to take advantage of the Azure Active Directory.

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Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The use case for this solution is the access to Office 365, Azure subscriptions, and several software as a service platforms as well as other SaaS-developed applications that we provide access to, such as, OpenID Connect, OAuth, or SAML.

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Senior Information Technology Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We use it mainly for our Office 365 files. The integration between the two is interesting. It's been a learning curve.

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Senior Information Technology Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is a hybrid cloud with connectors into Azure/Microsoft 365 cloud.

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Solution architect at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

We primarily use the solution only for the employees. It offers a single sign-on to business applications. Internal modern applications also go through Azure Active Directory, however, we use Active Directory for the legacy ones. (Kerberos).

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Matt Hudson
Enterprise Solution Architect - Security at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

It underpins our application authentication and security requirements for internal users.

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Praveen Raj
Software Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

We are a software development company and solution provider, and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

This is an easy way to give users access to applications. I can share access with other organizations outside of our network.

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IT Senior Consultant and trainer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for business intelligence and analytics.

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Mohamed Fekry
Service Delivery Manager Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions at Nile

Most of my customers use Active Directory Premium for condition and access scenarios that they need to comply with my conditions to access my resources. They also build new environments, virtual machines, and some other products like SQL on the infrastructure as a service. There are some customers that use Microsoft Intune, which is mobile device management. Microsoft Intune is a cloud.

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Michael Ogunlade
Head of enterprise systems at Fidelity Bank Plc

Typically, we have applications deployed within the office network that we need to make accessible to our staff outside of the bank. Some of them are also our clients, but mainly, this is for people working in the region.

So without having to put them behind firewalls, what we opted to do is publish them to the proxy. This means that they can then come in via a secure port and begin to access the resources as if they were internally and securely within the network.

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Pete Fotopoulos
Vice President - Network and Infrastructure at NJA LLC

We just use the solution for the authentication and the provision access control, among other tasks.

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Mikael Ribring
Head of IT at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

We use it to have better security and better control over PCs and clients.

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Jeffrey Attoh
Chief Executive Officer at ZDAPT

This product manages access for our compute space that includes Office 365, Salesforce, and other solutions.

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Security Architect at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for the authentication of people in a hybrid configuration. In most cases,
Office 365 makes companies move to Azure Active Directory.

We have both on-premises and cloud deployments.

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Mike Sax
Vice President, Product Engineering at Logitix

We have an Azure active directory and we also have our own on-prem AD instances.

We basically use the solution for user management, group management, policy management.

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Vice President of Technology at Ecuity Edge

I am using this product for user authentication.

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Solution Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution to extend on-premises Active Directory to the cloud.

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