When Azure® Active Directory® was released, many IT admins thought they would finally be able to move Active Directory to the cloud. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case. IT admins are not able to manage systems, leverage Group Policy Objects (GPO’s), or implement organizational units with Azure AD, like they have been able to with Active Directory and on-prem. These features were crucial for Leonard Lee, who knew he needed the full power of Active Directory in the cloud (in other words a cloud alternative to AD).
Leonard Lee is the Head of System Solutions & Infrastructure at GMEDES Pte Ltd, a healthcare technology-based solutions provider. GMEDES developed an e-pharmacy medical prescriptions platform, called G-MEDS, that allows doctors to care for their patient’s prescription needs even when their patient is thousands of miles away. Leonard’s roles and responsibilities include driving vendor analysis efforts to quantify functional/cost differences of third party products or services.
With an unmanaged mobile workforce, Leonard was in the market for a solution that could provide Mac device management, offer GPO-like capabilities, and integrate with Office 365™. JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® was the powerful cloud identity management solution Leonard needed for his modern workforce. Below, Leonard shares how JumpCloud is helping him gain control over his IT environment.
Customer Q&A with GMEDES
What was it like managing your mobile workforce with AD?
Leonard: We had a larger problem than that. We had Microsoft® Exchange and Active Directory (AD) hosted remotely. There was no domain controller on-premises to hook up with AD. This meant there was no identity management available. Each workstation was not hooked up to AD like they should have been in good practice. This caused a fair bit of grief when it came down to identity management within the organization, including the enforcement of policies. There really was no issue with managing the mobile workforce specifically. The real issue was we just couldn’t manage the workforce at all!
How is JumpCloud making that easier for you? Are there any time or cost savings?
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/customer-qa-gmedes-finds-cloud-alternative-ad/