Microsoft’s identity solutions are still very much alive!

Recently, Gavriella Schuster announced changes to MPN competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network Blog. With the technology giant retiring Identity and Access, and the introduction of new competencies, there have been whispers that Microsoft has lost interest in identity.

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What is Microsoft’s real plan for identity management?

Rather than signalling the start of the end for Microsoft and identity, Alex Simons has responded by explaining it’s very much the opposite. He has expressed that identity is more important now than ever before, and that identity and access will combine with mobility. Microsoft is making significant technology investments in this area, which will be shown in the coming months.

“It was clear to all of us that Microsoft is innovating and investing.”

I visited Microsoft, Redmond in April with some of OCG’s architects. This gave us the opportunity to catch-up on identity-driven security, learn more about the latest developments in MIM and Azure AD, and find out what new security technologies the company has in store. It was clear to all of us that Microsoft is innovating and investing.

Microsoft’s identity and access solutions are developing extremely quickly in order to respond to digital transformation and security requirements, both in the cloud and on-premises. We are seeing developments in identity-driven security and feel privileged to provide secure, robust identity and access solutions to our customers. We have seen increasing demand and are excited about the prospects.

Customers are investing in Microsoft’s identity and security solutions and so are we. With MIM, Azure AD and Microsoft identity and mobility technologies, we have an identity management platform we respect. With a proven track record, and with further investment around enterprise mobility and new identity and access solutions, we can provide excellent solutions and services.

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Alex Simons (Director of program management, identity division): “This focus area has just been combined with mobility. We believe the overall category is merging as part of the shift we are seeing amongst customers to a modern end-user productivity model. This merges identity, mobility and information protection together to enable workers to get their jobs done wherever they are. So don’t let the merger fool you! We have more engineers working on identity and access management today (600+ across the cloud and on-premises) than we have ever had before at Microsoft!”

Microsoft’s response 

Hugh Simpson-Wells: Identity and Access is dead! Long live Identity and Access!

David Steadman: Identity within Microsoft not Dead!!

Watch our recent Privileged Access Management webinar to learn more about MIM’s new security feature. We also have a recording available from OCG’s annual European Summit, where Alex Simons discusses what’s next for identity and mobility.