Hints of FIM's Future: Azure Active Directory (AAD) Sync

April 17, 2014

For years I have been trying to predict the future of Identity Management, but every time I look in my crystal ball it is just too cloudy to see anything. In fact anytime I look in my crystal ball on just about any technology topic the only thing it shows me are clouds! I was beginning to think it was broken.

But then, yesterday, I watched Andreas Kjellman present at the FIM user group
Andreas unveiled the AADSync, the Azure Active Directory Sync that will replace DirSync to sync¬†from your Active Directory to the cloud. I finally got it! My crystal ball wasn’t broken!

AADSync is built on the next generation of the Sync Engine. 80% of the scenarios for syncing with Azure (Office365) will be handled with a wizard, including Multi-Forest. For more advanced scenarios you will be able to use a significantly upgraded function library to do “declarative provisioning” with sync rules. In fact no code for rules extensions will be permitted.

What does this mean for FIM?

I speculate that eventually FIM will follow this path. Since this next version seems to support the same connector framework, I think we will continue to see connector development as well as continued cloud capabilities ala Azure Access Enhancements and Azure AD Premium.

Thanks to the user group sponsor –¬† the FIM team, hosted by Carol Wapshere for putting it together and eventually providing the recording found here: http://thefimteam.com/fim-team-user-group/

AADSync is available now in Preview.

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