In a 2012 survey conducted by Windows IT Pro, 55 percent of respondents said they needed more training in cloud computing technologies. This collection of Sean Deuby's articles, which introduce you to different aspects of cloud identity, will jump start you on that road. View eBook Now>>

Identity management, once a niche technology of interest mainly to propeller heads in large IT departments, is becoming a core building block of every company’s IT infrastructure. Why is this?

The use of information technology in all aspects of our lives has exploded, and this trend is dragging businesses along with it. What was once a clearly defined security perimeter for companies—the Windows domain and the corporate firewall—has been blown apart by web services, both on-premises and in the cloud. Employees are subscribing to Software as a Service (SaaS) providers in ever-increasing numbers. And many are doing it without the help of already overburdened IT staff.

Cloud identity, the integrated management of user identities both on-premises and in the cloud, has become an area that every IT department must understand and take advantage of. Without a cloud identity strategy, your own users will overrun your well thought out security and identity strategies and put your corporate assets at risk.

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Sean Deuby, technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, has over 25 years’ experience in enterprise IT. He began his IT career running Texas Instruments’ IBM VM systems, then helped design, deploy, and support TI’s first Windows NT 3.5 worldwide infrastructure. He spent 10 years with Intel Corporation, where he was one of the architects of Intel’s corporate Active Directory forest and the design engineer of the directory services team. A longtime contributing editor before joining the magazine, Sean has written many articles and a book on Windows Server and Active Directory, and he speaks on these topics at conferences around the world. Microsoft has awarded Sean the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) distinction for directory services every year since 2004.