About this website
This blog is about all things identity and identity adjacent in the Microsoft ecosystem.
When working with several Microsoft customers (and by several, I mean hundreds of their largest), a commonality I noticed was the guidance, or lack thereof, to help customers understand what adoption looked like in the real world. Many identity technologies from Microsoft are much less complex than perceived, and many organizations do not seem to leverage them because of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). I hope to take these topics and help distill them, bring some clarity, and help empower others to do more with what they have.
These days it is a joint effort between the IT Pros and the C-Suite to walk through these complex journeys together. And as cliché as it may seem, most cloud technology is a journey. When it comes to identity, and the importance it holds these days, it’s more important than ever to figure it out together, share our learnings, and work as a community. To that end, this is my little sliver of contribution.
Eric is a Product Technical Specialist, working as part of the Product team at Semperis. There he focuses on Active Directory and Azure Active Directory security. He also participates in the Microsoft Identity Advisor program and is a member of the Entra Technical Contributor Program for Identity & Access management, a community of partner and field experts providing feedback and contributions to Microsoft.
Prior to Semperis, Eric worked as an Identity & Security Architect at the Microsoft partners Ascent Solutions, Avanade, and Edgile. There he focused on several facets of Microsoft identity in corporate ecosystems – Azure AD B2C, Identity Governance, hybrid identity, multi-cloud identity, security hardening and best practice development, and passwordless authentication.
Before his time with Microsoft partners, Eric was a Senior Customer Engineer/Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft, where he was able to build his depth of knowledge on Azure AD. Frequently on the “short list” of engineers for some of the most complex engagements for Microsoft’s largest customers, he specialized in Conditional Access, Passwordless/Windows Hello for Business, and AD FS to Azure AD migrations. During tenure at Microsoft, he led a Microsoft Tech Talk on Windows Hello for Business, was heavily involved in development of identity workshop materials used for customer engagements for Unified/Premier Support customers and was recognized for his contributions to the launch of the Security Solutions Area. He was a runner-up for the Technology Solutions Excellence Award for Customer Success for his efforts launching a Customer Engineer driven methodology for application migrations to Azure AD.
Eric has experience as a customer of Microsoft as well, having worked from 2005 – 2019 for the State of New York Unified Court System. He spent ten of those years managing the Windows Server Infrastructure Group, responsible for the statewide deployment and management of Active Directory and Windows server deployments. When UCS went to the cloud, he was principal in the architecture and management of O365 and helped lead the foundations for Azure. Prior to UCS, he cut his teeth on Active Directory with Server 2000 – deploying and managing AD for Time Warner Cable Northeast Ad/Sales. His roots in IT were firmly planted working as a Unix Engineer for BiznessOnline.com during the dotcom boom.
With a desire to give back to the community, he has worked with CanCode Communities, speaking to classes about coming into IT with a non-traditional background. He also has donated his skills to organizations on Catchafire and is active on Reddit in r/Azure. Eric currently serves on the IDPro Body of Knowledge committee.
Eric is passionate about the human aspects to technology and is a strong proponent of understanding the psychology behind change management – and change resistance.
He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and holds certification for:
When not buried in tech, he enjoys his time with his fiancé, Melissa, who is a Visual Designer for DG+Design, their two children, four cats, one dog, and dreams of getting himself into better hiking and kayaking shape.
The contents and posts on this site are my own, and not reflective of my employers, prior or present.