How to realise the full benefits of Office 365
Despite more and more workloads moving to Office 365, many businesses are failing to take full advantage of Microsoft’s platform. Speaking to CBR TV Ann Maya, Marketing Director for Quest Software said there are many benefits to moving workloads to Office 365 and the adoption has really exploded, though the potential compliance and security risks may not be fully realized. As organizations grow their Office 365 presence, they’ll still need to ensure that the data shared and access granted to users is compliant with business and regulatory compliance mandates and that their corporate data is secure from insider or external threats.
“The really sad thing is we talk to lots of organisations that have Office 365 licences but are not utilising them all,” she said.
Anytime, anywhere access to email and tools such as Skype for Business Online is driving increased adoption in Office 365. “Beautiful integration means that utilities are spreading across multiple devices and users are becoming more remote and able to work from anywhere which is brilliant,” Maya noted. However, security and compliance concerns will persist – and full adoption will not be realised – unless the environment is properly managed.
Specifically, some organisations are neglecting to manage Azure Active Directory users, groups and group membership, said Maya. Every instance of Office 365 is mirrored by an instance Azure Active Directory instance, so as one grows, so does the other. Failure to ensure the latter is fully covered by disaster recovery solutions means organisations will not be able to fully recover Office 365 access if there is an outage caused by accidental or malicious deletions and this will have a negative impact on productivity. Relying solely on syncing from on prem AD to Azure AD leaves out cloud only resources and is not a robust recovery solution.