If you have not automated Active Directory, maybe you should
An article published a couple of days ago in the online blog for Redmond Magazine by Greg Shields had a tongue-in-cheek description of why you might need to fire your IT staff. I had a good chuckle and then found myself in agreement with the truism that this article represented. In too many circumstances in consulting with companies, we encounter resistance to concepts that should have long been overcome. The premise is that too many Windows IT pros are complacent when it comes to progress.
I recall the analogies made in a former professional life whereby shifts in technologies and culture required that professionals accept the change or get left behind. For example:
When building early predecessors to today’s ERP platforms a comparison was made against paper ledgers and other tools bookkeepers might maintain to track transactions, accounts, cash-flow details, etc. It did not take long before companies of any significant size turned to computerized software solutions to index and track all of the accounting processes. That led later to manufacturing, human resources, payroll, and other aspects of the business as well. If you are a bookkeeper, accountant, manufacturing manager, etc. that has not made the transition to a computerized system, you are probably losing your employability.
The same analogies were made to the old-style disconnected communication systems with analog PBX systems and voice mail that was disconnected from the computer network. Compared to the modern day where phone systems are just a device on the data network. Or that of fax machines that generated paper to receive a fax, or required the printing of paper documents to send a fax. Fax is now a communication medium that integrates natively with your messaging environment. Communication integrators who failed to make the transition from punch-down phone specialist to a data networking, you are probably not finding much work these days.
When it comes to managing Active Directory, the same resistance is found these days to automating groups, delegating group membership management, and more. If any of the following scenarios describes you or those within your organization, you may be like those people who once resisted change in their respective field of specialty and now find themselves behind the times.
- Active Directory group creation is done only by a member of the IT staff.
- The business stakeholder for the content in which a group manages (security group) must contact an IT professional to make changes in membership.
- HR must verbally communicate or use a ticketing system to create user accounts in Active Directory instead of using an automated provisioning tool that HR controls.
- Membership in groups is not automated based on roles.
- You do not delete Active Directory groups because you are not sure what process it might break.
- Employees call your IT helpdesk to reset passwords.
- You are manually managing distribution list for your office locations.
- You are writing scripts to provision users in Active Directory.
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