Centrify, the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyber threats, today announced the Centrify Channel Partner Network (CCPN) Annual Award Winners, with SoftwareONE winning Global Partner of the Year, Latin American Partner of the Year, Identity Service Partner of the Year in Colombia – and a special shout-out to Juan Alvares, who won the Latin America Partner Rep of the Year in SoftwareONE Colombia.
The annual program recognizes Centrify’s top performing channel partners around the world for outstanding delivery and execution on every level of engagement, including customer acquisition and retention, market execution, sales performance, and sales effectiveness.
Addressing the 3 primary concerns for adopting the cloud
When organizations first consider moving to the cloud, IT must define 3 primary criteria – cost, scalability, and security. Within each of these broad criteria are numerous other considerations which ultimately make or break the cloud adoption strategy. Cost is relatively self-explanatory, but scalability and security are on-going issues at the root of many IT personnel’s sleepless nights.
Scalability and security are inextricably linked, albeit at the opposite ends of the spectrum. As an organization’s cloud grows larger, it becomes increasingly difficult to guarantee its security. Likewise, the most secure environments are those which IT can firmly grasp and monitor to reduce the risk of corporate assets, defeating the purpose of implementing a cloud and BYOD strategy altogether.
Scalability, for cloud based apps like Office 365 to be effective, it must be scalable to add and on-board new users quickly, with access availability anytime, anywhere, and on any device. This leads into several questions:
- User provisioning – Do I as the IT admin have to manually add hundreds or thousands of my employee accounts, assign their licenses, and manage their roles and access controls within these cloud apps?
- Accessibility with security – Will I as the end user have to supply my login credentials every time I try to access Office 365 wherever I am?
- Secure mobile access – If I do find a Single Sign-on (SSO) solution, how can it protect all the devices on which I would access Office 365 from, in the wake of those devices’ theft or compromise?
Identity as a Service – Where scalability meets security
Centrify’s account provisioning functionality enables IT to automatically create user accounts across 2500+ cloud applications and platforms, including Office 365, which can be an easier alternative to tools like DirSync. IT can instantly deploy Office 365 to new users immediately and assign their access to multiple platforms and devices, all from a single enterprise directory like AD. This capability to provision users also allows IT to assign the appropriate permissions and licensing to the user, restricting or allowing access to certain applications based on location, time and endpoints.
Once Centrify is deployed, within a few hours users can continuously enjoy 1-click access to a rich catalog of over 2500 SaaS apps from desktops and mobile devices (Zero Sign On) and get self-service features like the ability to remotely track, lock, and wipe devices through user friendly web portals. Additionally, IDaaS from Centrify includes – at no extra cost – an industry leading cloud-based MDM and MAM solution to offer comprehensive enterprise mobility management (EMM) features that help IT admins secure and protect the mobile devices which are today’s de-facto endpoints for consuming cloud apps.
A proven partnership is a winning recipe for cloud-skeptical customers
SoftwareONE offers a variety of Microsoft Advisory Services (MAS) specifically designed to mitigate all the above challenges through comprehensive cloud readiness and deployment workshops. Check out the below video where SoftwareONE Technical Architect successfully deploy Office 365 with full satisfaction from the customer.
As illustrated by Nathan Adams, Director of Global Channels at Centrify, during Centrify’s Annual Channel Partner Network Awards, “It’s always exciting to have the opportunity to publicly recognize our dedicated partners as leaders in the channel partner community. They exhibit proven success in partnering with Centrify and its Channel Partner Network.”