We are a progressive company (about 100 employees) and would like to hear other's input.
In today's XaaS/cloud world where most of the services and applications are in the cloud (file sharing, calendar, crm, cms, erp, email/gmail, etc...) do you still need Active Directory?
The entire notion of getting Windows Servers to manage single sign on, software updates, restrict user access to their machines, seems all very IT 1.0.
If you assume that 80+% of your applications/services are in the cloud, and you run a mixed environment (win, mac, linux) what value does Active Directory, and the rest of the Windows stack really bring?
Other than employ more Windows IT VARs/Consultants?
Aren't these desktops basically just thin clients that have a web browser? Sure you will have some applications such as MS Office, or perhaps some Graphical tools like Photoshop or alike, but other than that most everything that is "mission critical" is in the cloud. These desktops are essentially disposable.
Why would one need Active Directory?