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Azure Active Directory - Capabilities and Business Benefits (1)

Azure Active Directory provides single sign-on to thousands of cloud (SaaS) apps and access to web apps that an enterprise runs on-premises. Built for ease of use, Azure Active Directory features Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), access control based on device health, user location, and identity and holistic security reports, audits, and alerts. Azure Active Directory is available in 3 editions: Free, Basic and Premium.

Benefits of Azure Active Directory

Single sign-on to any cloud and on-premises web app

Azure Active Directory provides secure single sign-on to cloud and on-premises applications including Microsoft Office 365 and thousands of SaaS applications such as Salesforce, Workday, DocuSign, ServiceNow, and Box.

Easily extend Active Directory to the cloud

Connection to Active Directory and other on-premises directories to Azure Active Directory is available in just a few clicks and it helps maintain a consistent set of users, groups, passwords, and devices across both environments.

Works with iOS, Mac OS X, Android, and Windows devices

Users can launch applications from a personalized web-based access panel, mobile app, Office 365, or custom company portals using their existing work credentials—and have the same experience whether they’re working on iOS, Mac OS X, Android and Windows devices.

Protect sensitive data and apps

Application access security is enhanced using rule-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication for both on-premises and cloud applications. Security reporting, auditing, alerting, and “shadow IT” application discovery helps protect the business. Business can also take advantage of unique machine learning-based capabilities that identify potential threats.

Protect on-premises web apps with secure remote access

Users can access their on-premises web applications from everywhere and can be protected with multi-factor authentication, conditional access policies, and group-based access management. They can also access SaaS and on-premises web apps from the same portal.

Reduce costs and enhance security with self-service

Admins can delegate important tasks such as resetting passwords and the creation and management of groups to their employees. Providing self-service application access and password management through verification steps can reduce helpdesk calls and enhance security.

Enterprise scale and SLA

Azure Active Directory Premium offers enterprise-grade scale and reliability. As the directory for Office 365, it already hosts hundreds of millions of users and handles billions of authentications every day. The high availability service is hosted in globally distributed datacenters in 17 regions, with worldwide technical support that provides a 99.9% SLA.

Empower Users

Business enterprises can enable users to work from any location – corporate office, home office, on the go, using any device – desktops, laptops, tabs, smartphones. They can give the users always-on access to all their work resources using a single set of credentials protected with Multi-Factor Authentication. After a user has signed in, they get single sign-on access to their apps and data.

Self-service capabilities

Enterprises can minimize support costs and keep users up and running by configuring self-service experiences. With web-based tools such as Access Panel and Password Reset, users  can be given a personalized, company-branded portal to access SaaS applications.

Users create and manage their own groups

Admins can empower users to create their own groups, assign members to groups they own, approve join requests, and more.

Users change and reset their own passwords

Businesses can give all users in their directory the capability to change and reset their passwords – whether they are in the cloud or on-premises.