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On the road again: Microsoft Identity Roadshow comes to London

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Des Lekerman


Published: 15 February 2023

Held at the impressive America Square Conference Centre, Kocho’s Microsoft Identity Roadshow rolled into London this month.

A crisp and bright February day. The Shard and Tower of London offering an iconic backdrop. And, identity issues high on the agenda for our first roadshow event of 2023.

It was a day of updates and insight from some of the leading experts in identity and access management (IAM). A day of presentations and workshops dealing with some of the key trends and burning issues that dominate the IAM landscape.

Of course, we also found time to unwind, network, and share a drink or two in the bar. After all, it’d be rude not to, wouldn’t it?

Getting under the skin of Microsoft Entra

Top of the bill was Ian Paramore, Principal Product Manager, Microsoft Identity and Network Access.

His keynote provided delegates with a tour of Microsoft Entra, the new family name for Microsoft’s IAM products.

The keynote covered:

  • Developments within Azure AD and the critical role it plays in security, authentication, and conditional access.
  • Using Microsft Entra Identity Governance for access control, simplified provisioning, and lifecycle management.
  • Managing and securing workload identities.
  • Permission management in a multi-cloud environment.

Ian also took the opportunity to provide an update on Microsoft Identity Manger (MIM).

Still widely used, Ian offered reassurance that MIM will continue to be developed and supported until at least 2029.

There remain legitimate reasons for MIMs continuation and there’s no panic to look at alternative options.

That said, as features grow more available in cloud solutions like Azure AD, it makes sense for MIM users to start thinking about the long-term.


Keeping your organisation secure and your users happy

In addition to the keynote, delegates were also treated to some expert thoughts around the critical role IAM plays in security, governance and user experience.

There was certainly no shortage of knowledge at the podium. Imparting their considerable wisdom were:

  • Kocho Solution Architect and Technology evangelist David Guest.
  • Kocho’s Head of External Identity, Marcus Idle.

Each exploring themes such as:

  • The importance of privileged access management.
  • Implementing zero trust identity management principles.
  • How Azure AD improves security and user experience for customers and external partners.
  • Identity governance made easy, and the cost of getting it wrong.
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Ian Paramore

Principal Product Manager, Microsoft Identity and Network Access

Workshops, demos, and discussion

As well as an expert demo on the features and benefits of Verified ID, delegates could choose to join discussions about:

  • Managing external identities with Azure AD.
  • HCM provisioning and automating identity JML processes.

A chance to network, talk shop, and enjoy a tipple or two

There was certainly plenty of amazing content to digest throughout the day.

But also plenty of opportunity for discussion and the sharing of knowledge from likeminded professionals.

And a glass of something cold at the bar before heading out into the fresh London evening.

Find out more

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  • Improve identity efficiency by 50%
  • Reduce data breach risk by 45%
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Des Lekerman

Des Lekerman is Kocho’s CEO. Des spearheads the company’s growth strategy and vision. He’s passionate about finding ways to help people work smarter and communicate better.

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