Leveraging Active Directory as your single source for authentication and authorization across the heterogeneous computing environment enables you to eliminate the burden associated with administering multiple identities. It also enables you to standardize security controls and policy across various computing platforms, making auditors and security teams smile in response. Your role as a facilitator of productive business enablement depends on your organization's ability to efficiently administer and effectively secure your computing environment. To do such, go beyond the native capabilities provided by Active Directory and your other systems by instituting controls, auditing activity and offloading the common administrative tasks to automation.
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