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The move to Office 365 (O365) requires IT departments to make some tough decisions regarding how and where to manage users and authentication. To confuse the picture further, there are many different options an organization can take, from out of the box Microsoft to using a third party solution.
Most organizations will connect their existing on-premises Active Directory to O365 – a process also known as directory synchronization – to use existing user management and authentication processes.
This whitepaper compares the Microsoft components required to achieve directory synchronization, single sign on and multi-factor authentication against third party solutions to aid the decision making process.