Why an Accurate Active Directory Profile is Critical

When was the last time you updated your work profile?  In some cases the answer is never, as you may be thinking, “Isn’t that IT’s job and didn’t I complete several HR forms when I joined the company?”  Chances are you’ve updated your LinkedIn profile more frequently than your company bio.  Many of us spend a lot of time on social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, telling the world (or a few friends) all about you.

You may want to think more about your work profile as Microsoft just announced an updated profile experience coming soon to Office 365.  Items such as your manager, teammates, and documents can be surfaced right from your name.   Leveraging the Office Graph and the same engine behind Delve, the new profile experience can make a connection quick and easy.

While some of this profile data is a result of your uploading and sharing of information in Office 365, your primary stats are stored in your company’s Active Directory.  With Office 365, a copy of your AD is synchronized with Azure and for startups and small businesses, their primary directory is Azure AD.  Either way, it is important for your profile to be complete.  In fact, many SharePoint workflows break as the approving manager is not available in the user’s profile.

Xgility has partnered with a new startup company founded by former Microsoft Product Manager and former Nintex CEO, who help organizations collect profile data.  The company is called HyperFish and we’re excited to help our customers improve their employee profile data with this service.

As the administrator, I let Hyperfish analyze my company directory and then schedule their machine learning HyperBot to help collect missing profile data.  Using our company brand, we set the tone of the communications and channels to communicate.  Here it is in action:

At Xgility, we like to come up with new ways to help our customers increase collaboration and productivity.  For our customers, keeping active directory up-to-date may be part of skills tracking, knowledge management, or automated workflows.  If you have ever needed to text a coworker at the last minute due to a conference room change, you will appreciate this tool.  Microsoft has some work to do to make it easier to do skills tracking in active directory, but we believe there are exciting things to come.  Making sure your directory and profile is complete and up-to-date will set the foundation for transformational results.

If you would like to view the PowerPoint presentation on this topic, from SharePoint Saturday DC, you can view it here.

Try the free active directory analyzer and photo tool or contact us for a free 30 minute demo.



Author:  Chris Ertz

Editors:  Kurt Greening and Alex Finkel