By Ryan Squires Posted January 3, 2019
Is it possible to manage both Office 365™ (O365) and G Suite™ from a single platform? Ultimately, that depends on what exactly you’re trying to manage. For the most part, the answer is no, you will need to leverage the O365 and G Suite™ specific management consoles created by Microsoft® and Google™, respectively. But, there is one area of Office 365 and G Suite management that can be done centrally, across both platforms. That area of management is user access.
Individual User Management Platforms
Both Microsoft and Google have built their own user management platforms for each productivity platform. The challenge is that IT admins who leverage both platforms are hard pressed to be able to manage user access with a single set of credentials. They could use the legacy, on-prem identity provider (IdP) Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD or AD). The problem with this solution is that for organizations looking for an all-cloud solution, they’ll still be cuffed to an on-prem Active Directory implementation. Second, by choosing this route, you’ll have to deal with more integration points and servers—and all the maintenance that comes along with it.
What IT Admins Want
Utilizing a single set of credentials for both services is a very compelling idea, but let’s ratchet that thought up even further. IT admins ultimately want to be able to utilize a single identity to enable access to just about anything a user may need. That includes systems (Windows®, Mac®, and Linux®), on-prem and web applications (Jira®, Slack), files on-prem and in the cloud (Box™, NAS/Samba file servers), and networks protected by RADIUS. But, given the disparity of all these sources, what identity provider from the cloud can connect users to all these resources?
Identity Management Reality
Unfortunately, without a third-party cloud identity management platform, O365 and G Suite identities are pretty much good for only their respective platforms and select web applications. While Microsoft did surprise everyone and allow @gmail.com domains to log into the Azure platform, that capability is extremely limited in that not everybody has an @gmail domain. Companies that utilize Gmail™ most likely have their own domain name, so that means a significant chunk of users will require both Microsoft Azure® and Google Cloud™ Identity credentials. This is far from an ideal situation when you consider the fact that employees are already suffering from password fatigue, and they may resort to reusing the same weak passwords in order to makes their lives simpler.
You Can Manage Both O365 & G Suite
Fortunately, there is a third-party solution that is enabling IT admins to provision a single set of credentials for both O365 and G Suite accounts, plus a lot more. It’s a cloud-based identity management platform called Directory-as-a-Service®, and it is connecting users to far more than just O365 and G Suite. With True Single Sign-On™, users can access their systems (Mac, Linux, and Windows), file servers on-prem or in the cloud (NAS/Samba devices, Box, Dropbox™), applications (Jira, Salesforce®, Slack), and RADIUS-protected networks via a single username and password combination. Directory-as-a-Service also allows IT admins to provision existing O365 or G Suite accounts and extend those to virtually every resource their users need. Or, you can create O365 and/or G Suite accounts directly from within JumpCloud.
Sound Too Good to Be True?
Give JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service a shot today for free and see just how powerful leveraging a single identity can be for your organization. You’ll be able to manage both O365 and G Suite with a single set of credentials and so much more. When you sign up for a free account, you get to manage up to 10 users for free, no credit card required. If you like what you see, visit our pricing page to get an idea of how your organization can grow with JumpCloud. If you need help getting the most of your account, pay our Knowledge Base a visit. Additionally, our YouTube channel is a great source of whiteboard videos, best practices, and helpful tutorials.