Requirement #5 for a Modern Directory – Simplicity

Written by Rajat Bhargava on November 6, 2014

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In our final installment of our series of blog posts focusing in on what the key requirements are for a modern directory, we discuss simplicity. A modern directory service has a number of requirements, but we saved a key requirement for last – making a directory service simple.

Let’s Recap the Other Critical Requirements of a Modern Directory:

  1. Cloud-based – A modern directory service shouldn’t be on-premises. It needs to live in the cloud, interact with the cloud, and take advantage of cloud models such as being delivered as a service.
  2. Ubiquitous – A modern directory service must work with heterogeneous environments, including leveraging Macs and Linux systems in addition to Windows, cloud apps, legacy applications hosted on-premises, NAS solution, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, WiFi, and any other IT resource.
  3. Managed – A modern directory service needs to be both easy to manage and it needs to broaden the items that it can manage. Active Directory today can manage Windows devices, but by design, its management capabilities for other device types are sorely lacking. A modern identity provider will manage users as well as devices such as Macs and Linux machines.
  4. Secure – A modern directory service needs to securely provide users appropriate levels of access, protect user credentials, and monitor for compromises. Security is part and parcel of a modern directory.

The Fifth Core Requirement of a Modern Directory Service is Simplicity

Whether it’s Active Directory or OpenLDAP, no admin has ever described them of being easy-to-manage tools. Historically, identity management solutions have required significant care and feeding, taking valuable time away from other critical tasks.

Directory services should be simple. There should be little time spent on the management of software and hardware. Instead, time should be allocated to the management of users. Or put another way, helping your users be more productive. The user interface and experience needs to be clean and powerful. As a directory service scales, it is critical to enable bulk operations versus individual and manual tasks. End users need to be able to manage their user accounts without IT interaction. Not only have end users come to expect this, but it is also more efficient and secure for the organization.

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The simplicity of your centralized user management platform should also extend to your on-going business model. It should be simple to work with your Identity-as-a-Service provider. In addition, it should be cost effective and correlated with the value received.

Connecting your team to the resources they need to get their jobs done is critical to success. A modern directory service is at the core of this objective. It is vital to an organization’s ability to leverage the latest technological innovations such as cloud infrastructure, new devices, and Web-based applications.

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