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How Microsoft Azure AD Can Benefit Your Business

How Microsoft Azure AD Can Benefit Your Business

As many businesses have begun to invest in the infrastructure to handle a remote workforce, many are leaning to the cloud to handle more and more of their typical in-house IT. It makes sense--the cloud is inherently designed to make it easy to access from anywhere, even if that isn’t your office. Best of all, the cloud is capable of handling most, if not all tasks that used to require a lot of in-house hardware and overhead.

What Is Azure AD (Active Directory)?

Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based directory and identity management system. Most office networks are already using Microsoft’s Active Directory to dish out policies and permissions, and Azure puts that capability into the cloud. It has a wide range of features including multi-factor authentication (MFA), device registration, security monitoring, team collaboration such as with Microsoft SharePoint and more.  

Like most of Microsoft’s cloud-based solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365, Azure AD is cost-effective, scalable, and easy to use. Microsoft Azure AD can help small to medium-sized businesses improve collaboration, productivity and security; whether your team is in the office or working remotely, when they access your network.

How Azure AD Benefits Remote and Mobile Users

As remote work has come to the forefront for many businesses, issues of communication, collaboration, productivity and of course, security have all become top-of-mind. This brings up a lot of questions about managing a remote workforce, and Azure AD can help alleviate these concerns by making it easier and safer for your team to use their cloud-based applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox and Zoom, while they are out of the office.

Four ways Azure AD solutions support your business:

  1. Single sign-on for multiple applications: Instead of requiring multiple sign-ons to access their suite of applications, Azure AD allows for one log-in. This reduces password compliance issues, as your team doesn’t have to remember multiple sign-ons for all their applications. This also applies to in-house Active Directory, which creates a seamless working environment between in-house and remote workers.

  2. Azure AD works with a variety of products: Azure AD works with more than just Microsoft software. While Microsoft makes some of the best productivity solutions in the world, we know some businesses have other products in their office. With Azure AD, you don’t have to be locked into using solely Microsoft products. Azure AD supports other operating systems and virtual tools, including a variety of cloud collaboration tools and popular cloud services such as Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365, and even corporate social media, allowing businesses to mix and match which solution works best for them.

  3. Azure AD provides real-time monitoring: Azure AD reduces security threats to your business’ data by identifying unusual user behavior and enacting “just-in-time” access to your data. This, in conjunction with Azure AD’s multi-factor authentication and conditional access, allows your business to benefit from improved application security and management control. Finally, Azure AD provides comprehensive reporting enabling your business to monitor application usage and boost security needed to protect your business’ data from threats.

  4. Azure AD makes collaboration easier: The big-time benefit of cloud computing is that it allows your team to access, share their files, and collaborate regardless of their location as long as they have internet access. Microsoft Azure AD provides global access from their 28 worldwide data centers, meaning Azure AD is available wherever you or your team are.

It’s Time to Learn More About Microsoft Azure AD

As remote work continues to grow as a viable alternative to working in-office, Microsoft continues to offer small and medium-sized businesses cost-effective, cloud-based solutions to keep your team in touch and productive. As a Microsoft Cloud Solution provider (CSP) KT Connections is positioned to give your organization the best practices and solutions to take advantage of Microsoft's wide range of offerings, including Microsoft Azure AD. 

While Microsoft Azure is ready for you, you may not be sure if Azure is right for you. Not sure if Azure or Azure AD would be the better fit for your business? Call our qualified Microsoft CSP consultants to help your business find the perfect cloud solution designed specifically for your organization. If you have questions about transitioning to or learning more about Microsoft Azure or Azure AD, give us a call at 605-341-3873 to get started.

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