Wednesday, 17 June 2015 18:44

Centrify enhancements speed up, cut costs of Office 365 deployment

Centrify Chief Product Officer Bill Mann Centrify Chief Product Officer Bill Mann

Unified identity management software vendor Centrify has announced what it says are significant feature enhancements in secure user provisioning, licence management, single sign on (SSO) and mobile device management for Office 365.

Centrify Identity Service (CIS) for Office 365 runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and, according to Centrify chief product officer Bill Mann is the industry’s most comprehensive solution for Active Directory-based SSO, user provisioning and mobility management.

CIS is also Microsoft-certified as a “Works with Office 365” identity partner solution, and Mann says leading Office 365 systems integrators like Perficient have partnered with Centrify to help customers rapidly deploy and fast-track Office 365 service consumption.

Mann said strong interest in Office 365 had organisations scrambling for ways to streamline deployment while maximising productivity and security.

“Centrify simplifies and accelerates migration and adoption of Office 365. Users get single sign-on across all devices and IT can automate provisioning, centralise management and better enforce access policies.”

Mann said new enhancements to CIS’s automated account provisioning allow IT to get the most out of their investment, with automated and granular licensing taking the hassle out of provisioning by ensuring each account receives the right licence and revoked accounts get repurposed as appropriate.

Additionally, Office 365 licence consumption is consolidated and automatically tracked directly within CIS — so IT can save money on licences, and gain productivity by avoiding the manual hassles of matching user accounts with the appropriate licences for both new account deployments, and annual true-ups.

Mann said moving into the cloud with Office 365 takes lots of planning, and hours of execution, and “the typical all-at-once ‘cutover’ to the cloud can be daunting”.  

“With CIS, customers can migrate on their own schedule—typically in just days versus many weeks—with full support for hybrid environments, without impacting user productivity.”

Additionally, Mann said CIS provides flexibility and choice so customers can determine what remains on-premises, and what gets migrated to the cloud.  CIS includes the newly created On-premises App Gateway, which enables organisations to elect to keep their SharePoint deployment on-premises, and move only their mail to Office 365.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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