Organizations are adopting Office 365 to enable email, collaboration and voice messaging in the cloud. The intended goal of office 365 is to drastically reduce the operations and maintenance cost of IT infrastructures – but to move without ‘getting your ducks in a row’ may actually add more complexity to your infrastructure rather than less.
Organizations understand that Office 365 comes integrated with Azure AD but they aren’t sure how it relates to and integrates with their current on-premises AD structure.
In this webinar, Microsoft MVP Darren Mar-Elia and Matt Nelson of Dell will discuss:
- The differences between on-premises AD and Azure AD and how they relate to each other in a hybrid environment
- Some of the pitfalls IT will likely run into as their organization takes on this new, cloud-based identity service
- Why modernizing and improving management of your on-prem AD will increase security and pay dividends as organizations migrate to Office 365
- Key areas where modernization is imperative for a successful Office 365 deployment
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Darren Mar-Elia is the CTO and Founder of SDM Software, a Microsoft systems management solutions company. Darren has 30 years of IT and Software experience in the Microsoft technology area, including serving as a Director of Infrastructure at Charles Schwab, IT Architect at Autodesk, CTO of Windows Management Solutions at Quest Software, and Senior Director of Product Engineering at DesktopStandard.
He has provided architecture and engineering for solutions ranging from private cloud to virtual desktop to network engineering. He has been a Microsoft MVP in Group Policy technology for the last 11 years, and has written and spoken on Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policy and PowerShell topics around the world. He has been a Contributing Editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine since 1997. He has written or contributed to 13 books on Windows and enterprise networking topics. Darren also speaks frequently at industry conferences on Windows infrastructure topics.
Matt Nelson is a Strategic Systems Consultant and Evangelist at Dell Software with more than 16 years of experience in IT and systems management on a global basis. With his vast international exposure he acts as a thought leader, providing customer-driven solutions to Dell’s largest Microsoft Platform Management customers. He works closely with Dell account teams to oversee sales engagements including technology presentations, customized product demonstrations, proof-of concept exercises and architectural/solution documentation.
Prior to joining Dell, Matt worked at several large enterprises where he was an integral part of the infrastructure and AD teams. Understanding the needs of today’s ever changing business climate, the consolidation, automation and optimization of these technologies has always been a top priority for Matt. He also loves sharing his many real world experiences with customers to help them better align their technologies to the needs of their organization.