A very informative and useful course.  It helped me to better understand my institution’s MIM implementation, which in turn has expanded my troubleshooting knowledge.
Studying online in my own time gave me a chance to replay and review any parts of the course I didn’t quite understand first time, which was useful. I had more time to process the content in comparison to a classroom-based course, in which you’re limited.

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Brilliant from beginning to end. The videos were highly informative, I genuinely enjoyed learning from the tutor in these videos. The delivery, information and explanations provided throughout were excellent.

The high standard of tuition in the videos made the experience very enjoyable. Normally I would prefer to be taught in a classroom but on this occasion self-paced really worked. I was able to take more time and revisit areas I didn’t fully grasp first time around. The labs and VMs were also excellent, it was great being able to do the labs at my own pace.

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The Azure AD Connect Masterclass goes into great detail about Azure AD Connect, and this information is not found anywhere in the Microsoft documentation that I have seen so far. Through the access that OCG has with Microsoft, the Masterclass goes to the bones of AAD Connect and gives you great insight into what’s going on underneath.

I have used this product for a while, but there are some things I do where I don’t really have a good understanding of what’s going on. But this class makes it clear.

The instructor, Hugh, is very good – he has great insight, and hands-on experience. The way he explains it you know he’s been in identity management for a long time. He has a great understanding of the product.

This course will help me in a lot of ways – the most important being what I should and should NOT do, disaster recovery and so on. The class goes in to great detail about what to avoid doing so that I don’t get trapped later on… an insight into the future.

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Hailemichael A, Programmer/Analyst, US Attended Azure AD Connect Masterclass, 2018

This course is what I needed to better understand how Azure (AD) works and interacts with on-premise directories/applications. The enthusiasm and professionalism of our instructor Paul more made more than up some drawbacks due to local infrastructure restrictions (out of OCT’s control). Thanks Paul!

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This course was very clarifying, I learned a lot.  It gives more insight in provisioning and connectors to O365. The self-paced experience was good. The course materials were very clear and informational. Labs were very well organized.

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Roy C, ICT beheerder Server & Storage, Netherlands Attended Azure AD Connect Masterclass, online, self-paced, 2018
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In the past I’ve used Azure AD Connect to do really basic installations for customers, but going on the Masterclass has shown me the possibilities of doing larger scale implementations. It’s shown me some really exciting concepts.

The course has been written by masters of identity management who have brought really in-depth knowledge to the course that is hard to find anywhere else. Andreas Kjellman’s knowledge is second to none when it comes to Azure AD Connect, and this shows in the content.

This Masterclass is for anyone in identity management who’s looking to deploy AAD Connect in a large organisation. Whether you’ve used MIM or Azure AD Connect in the past, the Masterclass is for you.

The course goes through the differences between MIM and Azure AD Connect, and gives you a lot of things to look out for when deploying it for the first time. There’s lots of information that will save you time.

The hands-on labs have been really good, and there were some real light bulb moments for me on the course. One of the biggest eye-openers was how you deploy your infrastructure. Before I went on the Masterclass, I had a concept in my mind of how we would do it, but that’s been turned on its head by this Azure AD Connect course!

The course did exactly what it said on the tin, and it changed how I viewed Azure AD Connect from being a simple install, to a product which has a lot more flexibility to meet customer needs.

I will recommend the Masterclass to all my colleagues. The knowledge the course writers bring from their previous roles is invaluable, and it’s information you won’t find anywhere else.

 

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This online, self-paced MIM course was well-presented and structured in a logical way. It was very easy to do modules one at a time working around a busy schedule!

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Chris G, Senior Solutions Specialist - Identity and Access Management, UK Attended MIM Foundation online, self-paced, 2018
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The MIM Foundation online course was more dense and fact-filled that I could consume in three days. I actually took five days to complete the modules. I was able to complete the training without much, if any, assistance from my online instructor, Andi, but I appreciate that the resource provided.

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Tom H, Application Integration Engineer, US Attended MIM Foundation online, self-paced, 2018
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This was an online self-paced course, and the material and course layout were well presented in way that met my learning goals and style. The experience was great – self-study/paced courses have always worked well for me, especially in situations where I already have some knowledge of the course and just need to focus on specific concepts.

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Celso L,Identity Management Engineer, US Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2018
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Fantastic! We did a ‘Sync Service only’ course which involved part of the MIM Foundation and part of the MIM Advanced, course.  Best tutor for a course I’ve ever attended, it is clear Paul really knows his stuff!

It was a private course for our team, which meant we felt more comfortable asking questions, and it was nice to do it in a familiar environment.

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I enjoyed the course and now I need to keep practicing what I’ve learned to get the information to stick. Hugh, my online tutor, was very responsive to my questions and provided lots of useful links when I needed help.

Studying online was useful to be able to fit the course round my other commitments. And I think it gave me more time to absorb the material.

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Anne C, Information System Architect, UK Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2018
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Before the Azure AD Masterclass started I was wondering why it would take 3 days to talk about a small, free product … but it was amazing how many topics were in there! Really in-depth and technical.

I was most interested in the synchronization rules – that’s what I wanted to get out of it. Now I know what to do.

James and Hugh are perfect teachers – whatever question you asked, no question was too difficult for them.

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Peter R, IT Service Manager Leader, Belgium Attended Azure AD Connect Masterclass, 2018

It was great! Learning online worked out very well for me.

It opened my eyes to see that we perhaps have an unusual implementation of FIM here… I look forward to digging in deeper now that I have the necessary tools to understand what I’m looking at!

 

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Jeffrey P, Identity Management Analyst, US Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2018
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The instructor was great. It’s obvious he knows this system inside and out. If we bring in a consultant he would be brilliant!

The documentation and labs were spot on. Best lab documentation I have ever used.

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Chris B, Infrastructure Engineer, US Attended MIM Foundation course in the classroom, 2018
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I enjoyed the combination of labs and lessons. The labs did a good job of reinforcing the lesson content.

I studied online, and the ability to take the course a few hours a day made it easy to complete while still performing other duties.

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Excellent! Paul [the instructor] did an incredible job getting everyone through the course. Since our company is new to MIM, he took the time to work with each of us on the critical aspects of what is possible with MIM. He understood that there were people in the room that didn’t fully understand what MIM was, even though they went through the basic course of materials. We had a big learning curve, but he was able to get us over those issues.

He is an amazing instructor with a depth of understanding in the materials, that made it a joy to be his student. My favorite quote from Paul: “With MIM the answer is always yes. But should you?”

Doing this as a private course allowed us to share our reasoning and our thoughts on architecture, innovation, procedures, policies, and best practices as they relate to our needs not just generalized concepts or assumptions.

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Frank J, Application Integration Engineer, US Attended MIM Advanced private course in the classroom, 2018
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The course, although densely packed, was helpful to understand the scope and configurability of MIM 2016.

Taking the course privately as a team was the best way to learn since we all support the same system and can contribute to cross-team support and suggest new ways to use the system.

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Thomas H, Application Integration Engineer, US Attended MIM Foundation private course in the classroom, 2018
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Fantastic as always.

Paul is an amazing teacher and really takes the time to help you understand inherently complex technologies. This is the first time I have attended a class ‘remotely’ (via Skype). It’s a very nice and convenient way of learning.

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Callum P, Identity & Access Management Specialist, UK Attended PAM course in the classroom, 2018
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I found the training very informative and right to the point. The advantage of me attending this course via Skype was that I could carry on  with labs and revision after the classroom session had ended.

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Excellent. The MIM Advanced course gives insight into the internal logic of MIM – its components and processes – and full coverage of how it integrates in and delivers common IT processes.

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Wouter D, Application Infrastructure Developer, The Netherlands Attended MIM Advanced course in the classroom, 2018
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Paul [the instructor] has been, as always, very knowledgeable in all areas related to IDM. His experience as well as delivery has tremendously helped in my understanding and in my next steps.

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Instructor had excellent teaching skills and amazingly profound knowledge of the matter. And yes, he’s always right! The course was well balanced, and it was very good to learn with colleagues.

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Hanspeter B, ICT Systems Architect, Switzerland Attended MIM Advanced private course in the classroom, 2018
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The instructor Paul is the right one for MIM courses! His knowledge and his personality are amazing. Thanks Paul!

Doing a private course is recommended. When doing this with your own team and there are different knowledge levels between attendees, the instructor can flexible.

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Paul [the instructor] made a very complex subject interesting and very entertaining. He has a wonderful teaching style and personality. Paul was able to use the terminology that is familiar for us to help connect what he was teaching to what we are doing.

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Pamela P, System Administrator, Texas, US Attended MIM Advanced private course in the classroom, 2018
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Paul [the instructor] was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions. As it was a private course, it was more relaxed and discussions about the course material were more relevant to our network.

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Very useful. It filled in gaps in my knowledge that I wasn’t aware that I had, and for greater depth around Azure AD and AAD Connect capabilities, and ADFS. Paul was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic as always.

At it was a private course we could share our joint knowledge and experiences.

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The training was very thorough and detailed. I initially approached the training assuming it was probably going to be overkill learning key concepts and a UI, but I was pleasantly surprised!

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It was a great course and I liked both the depth and breadth of coverage through a mix of instructor-led sessions followed by hands-on labs. It really solidified my understanding of AADConnect, how customers use it and what are some of the common issues they run into.

The instructor, Hugh, did an excellent job through all 3 days of the Masterclass. He is very knowledgeable and what I liked was how he was doing the hands-on labs along with us and helping us patiently with the issues.

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Chetan D, Senior Programme Manager, US Attended Azure AD Connect Masterclass, 2018
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This course was awesome. I learnt a lot and I feel more confident now. I have already started using these skills at work and my supervisors are very happy. The course, lab, demo and the quiz are simply great.

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Vikram P, Senior Programmer Analyst/Systems Developer Analyst, USA Attended MIM Foundation online, self-paced course 2018
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Good environment, friendly atmosphere, knowledgeable instructor who engaged well with the class.

The way the course material was presented meant that the notes weren’t really referred to [during the class] except for the labs – which is good as it wasn’t ‘death by PowerPoint’.

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I was very impressed with the quick setup and guidance with the technical process for getting started. The course itself is very well organized and the presenter did a wonderful job explaining what was important, the differences between FIM/MIM (my organization is running FIM, but plan to upgrade to MIM, so this was very useful), and explaining that certain concepts which may or may not be important, were beyond the scope of the course.

I thought the lab setup was an excellent touch, though I must admit that in the interest of time, I ended up relying on the demos, since I found that they covered the same material as the labs. I still intend to go back and complete labs that I did not do, but I wanted to be sure to get through the training material within the time I had available.

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Jeffery P, Identity Management Analyst, USA Attended MIM Foundation online, self-paced course, 2018
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A compelling and comprehensive deep-dive into the subject matter. The instructor, Hugh, commanded a very impressive handle of the subject manner, and was prompt with answering all questions.

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Sam E, Infrastructure Engineer, US Attended Azure AD Connect Masterclass, 2018
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I really enjoyed the Masterclass because of the depth of subject matter, the high quality of the instruction and the training materials. The instructor really knows his stuff! I was also very surprised by the depth that is available in Azure AD Connect that I wasn’t aware of before. The course will give me a great foundation of knowledge for the future.

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Chris K, Systems and Support Engineer, US Attended Azure AD Connect Masterclass, 2018

I’ve been a MIM administrator for several years, but only really work in the production environment so there’s not a lot of opportunity to really dig into it. This is the first formal training I’ve ever had and Paul [the instructor] connected a lot of dots for me and gave me quite a few “Aha!” moments.

I attended live via Skype. It was a very helpful and enjoyable class!  

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I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It’s given me more confidence to make the changes I need, and made me braver with Azure AD Connect.

One of the highlights was to see the owners of the company (Hugh and James) delivering the training, and the knowledge that they have! They know the product inside-out and their knowledge and experience comes across in the session.

These 3 days of training have deepened my understanding and I’m ready to make the changes I need to make.

My expectations have been surpassed! I would definitely recommend this Masterclass.

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Pennie C, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, UK Attended Azure AD Connect Masterclass, 2018

One of the best external trainings I have ever had. The course materials were very easy to understand and the instructor gave us pictorial representation of everything descriptive in each module which helped a lot to depict the concepts in our brain.

Paul was very helpful and a great knowledgeable person, and most interesting and witty person who kept the training sessions interactive and lively which helped to keep us glued through the hours.

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A good overview from basic to in-depth of AAD Connect, authentication and synchronization rules. It covered a lot of areas – some good deep dive stuff in there. Very knowledgeable instructors. Highly recommended.

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The course was very good, and lived up to its name of being a ‘masterclass’. It was very in-depth from start to finish.  The instructors had superb knowledge and experience of this technology.

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Great course! As a company adopting MIM functionality, this course provided a great introduction and hands-on labs to aid in our technological transition. Great instructor who used a combination of technical knowledge, real-world application and relatable brevity to maintain class attention.

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Anthony Q, User Services Specialist, Texas, USA Attended MIM Foundation private course in the classroom, 2018
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Paul [the instructor] excelled at presenting complex material in a logical well thought-out manner. He was engaging and entertaining. Through humor and example he made otherwise dry material a fun learning experience.

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Timothy H, User Services Advisor, Texas, USA Attended MIM Foundation private course in the classroom, 2018
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Very happy. The course went into way more detail than I had anticipated. The modules were logically built up making more and more sense. Doing the course online at my own pace worked perfectly for me.

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Attila H, Technology Analyst, Australia Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2018

This was an *epic* week. Can’t tell you how many years I’ve wanted to do something like this. Hands down the best course I’ve ever attended. If you work in the identity industry and you’re somewhat aligned to Microsoft Azure, do yourself a favour and get yourself on this course!

John delivers an *incredible* quantity of context and detail. The course is very well scoped – mostly covering identity standards, so the knowledge we take away from this is not only applicable to Microsoft platforms but any identity solution.

The course is very well structured, starting gently by introducing terms and high level processes then nicely ramping up the level of detail and troubleshooting labs – all the while referring back to the overall picture to keep things grounded.

I leave this course feeling very well equipped to deal with the challenges I’m facing, have a quality dialog with technical partners in this space, and stay with the industry as the platforms we all consume continue to develop at pace.

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First of all, I would say “Excellent!” I have dreamed about taking a lesson from you, John, and you have provided an excellent lesson as I expected.

Lessons and labs are better than I have ever experienced before. Protocol in detail is remarkable. How each protocol works is useful for troubleshooting.

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I’ve seen John at different conferences and I always wanted to join his Identity Masterclass. Now I’m here, and I’m very happy. John Craddock is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He’s great at explaining difficult things – it was worth coming here. For me the best thing is to learn how to troubleshoot federation stuff; to see how the communication works between the parts, the browser and the application.

Doing this course will definitely help in my work, because I am involved in such projects and when something goes wrong, now I know how I can help and what to look for, and that’s great.

John is great, and also the team I met here – nice guys, all on the same level, and we have exchanged experiences. So I’ve learned not only from John but from my colleagues here, and that’s great. A great experience to be here.

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This was a wonderful course, one of the most interesting and definitely with the best teacher I ever had. He has a deep and very accurate knowledge, a lot of real-world information and experience, and very nice teaching skills.

All subjects were interesting and well covered. The people attending this course were also very interesting and skilled, and shared a lot of their own experiences and recommendations, which was also very good.

This is a highly recommended course.

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Fabrice B, System Architect, Switzerland Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018

Wow! Probably the best course I’ve ever been on. John knows his stuff! I’ve learned more about authentication in the last week than everything I learned in the last 10 years. John is incredibly knowledgeable and shares his knowledge readily.

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The only thing better than being in a top class training session with a fantastic coach is being in that session with top class attendees. The Identity Masterclass is very detailed and at a very high technical level. The knowledge of everyone – John Craddock especially – is also at a very high level. #mindblown

The course is very much a deep-dive into Identity and Authentication. The course material is very detailed and covered every question I had. Basically this course has been translating what I’ve been doing over the past year or so by myself and enlightening me on many of those subjects. Most of what we have been looking at here are things my organization is looking to implement in the short term – as in next week – or over the next year. So almost everything I’ve learned will absolutely be useful.

John is charismatic and has a great ability to explain and understand anything presented to him.

Best hands-on labs I’ve done. You can tell it takes a long time to maintain them since the documentation never diverges from the labs.

If you’ve been thinking about doing the Masterclass I’d say definitely go!

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Richard G, Identity Architect, Switzerland Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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It helped me to understand some complex topics which are generally not well understood by IT pros, and are considered more of a development area.

The experience I gained will 100% help me in my day-to-day job and also benefit my business overall.

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Paul B, Active Directory Contractor, UK Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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This was a great course, and it completely met my expectations. It filled the gaps in my knowledge.

John is a fantastic instructor – he is so passionate about the subject – which makes it so much easier to pass knowledge on to students.

The course was perfectly targeted at the audience and gave the right amount of information that was needed.

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I greatly enjoyed the course experience. Paul, the tutor, has a great personality and is easy to get along with. He helped talk us through how MIM could be used in our current system and how it could be built in the future to maximize productivity and automation. I enjoyed the real world examples and use cases.

5

This is an amazing course that is truly designed to move an enterprise forward in the Identity and Access Management space. Paul is a phenomenal instructor and always went the extra mile, in teaching our group the best practices for MIM, including completely understanding the contexts and techniques in to best leverage this technology.

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Dawit K, Data Security Analyst, Indiana, USA Attended MIM Advanced private course in the classroom, 2018

Excellent course! Instructor was very knowledgeable on the topic and added real-world examples to emphasize the class examples. I learned a tremendous amount of useful information. Paul [the instructor] is fantastic! I hope we will be able to get more of his knowledge in the Expert course!

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I studied online at my own pace and that worked out fine for me. I could schedule some learning in the weekends or evenings if I was too busy at work to do so. The courses were clear and there was a lot of things to learn by yourself in the labs.

When I had few questions about credentials for the lab, the answers always came back very fast.

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Steven van P, Application operator, Netherlands Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2018
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Very informative class – lots of good stuff. I’ve been working with Microsoft Identity Manager for about 10 years, and on the first day I wasn’t sure what I’d pick up but it’s been an eye-opening experience!

(The instructor) Paul is great. He takes a very dry technical subject and keeps it lively and keeps us all engaged. He’s very detailed in answering our questions.

This course is going to be a big help in my work.

I’ve been troubleshooting and managing FIM, MIM, MIS from an operations standpoint – users having problems syncing from one environment to another- and my job was to figure out why. Now I’m going to be able to help some of our senior engineers when it comes time for deployment and configurtions because now I know what’s happening underneath the covers.

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The class was awesome – I can’t wait to take the next course. It filled in a lot of gaps for me – and for my colleagues who are anxiously waiting for my return so we can start making some changes in the environment. It’s awesome – very informative.

Paul is great – very knowledgeable and he’s funny. Identity in general is very boring thing, but he made it very very exciting. The class was awesome.

Me doing this course will help the business – we’ll be able to tie more systems into a single identity platform and make everyone’s life easier because we’ll have fewer passwords and usernames for systems. It’ll help with reporting an security, and the fact we’ll have a central identity will make the business run a lot more efficiently.

I can’t wait to do the MIM Advanced class and the Expert class!

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John T, Enterprise IT Architect, USA Attended MIM Foundation course in the classroom, 2018
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Covered all of the bases and helped lay solid groundwork for implementing and supporting MIM.

I am very pleased with what I’ve learned, the way the course was put together – doing a lot of slides, and the hands-on labs work was very beneficial.

I mentioned to my wife last night that some people were doing the course remotely by Skype. But definitely for me being in person in the classroom, kept me accountable and didn’t let my attention drift. It was definitely worth flying here to do it.

Paul’s great! I’ve enjoyed his British accent! He was very knowledgeable and very helpful when we ran into any issues.

We currently only have one person that does MIM right now, so having done this course, I’ll be able to assist him with his work and give us, as a company, some more opportunities with other customers. There’s a lot of MIM work in the pipeline so I can be an asset to our company.

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With my busy work schedule it was great to take this course at my own pace, and allowed me to go back to review sections that I had difficulty grasping all of the concepts. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn how to administer the MIM platform.

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Jason W, Access Administrator, UK Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2018
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Paul has been a great instructor, and he provided excellent explanations of areas where we needed clarification. Everything we learned will definitely help us with our production MIM implementation.

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David C, Senior Systems Engineer, UK Attended MIM Advanced course in the classroom, 2018
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The course is laid out great, and John is a great instructor. I really like his teaching style and the way we built up the material from protocols all the way to implementing Azure solutions.

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John was great in the way he taught the class, and his knowledge is excellent. The labs were so helpful to understanding the course material. Any other class I take in the future, I will hope to have John as the instructor.

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Kevin P, Enterprise Identity Engineer, USA Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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The material covered is exactly what I needed to learn to be effective in my work. John really drives home the concepts and encourages active learning methods through hands-on exercises. His method of teaching and infinite patience make the learning experience worth the struggle that comes with absorbing new technology. Very happy to have been a part of this course. Hats off to OCG and John for brilliant execution.

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Donny D, Information Security Engineer, USA Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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The class is an extremely technical hands-on deep-dive into the internals of the Azure AD. (Is there a level 500?) Seriously… this is a great training class. Thank you so much for putting it together.

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BH, Enterprise Systems Specialist, USA Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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This is an excellent course whether you are at entry level or advanced level. John takes his time to present logic and explanation from the basic then build the knowledge. He is very patient when it comes to troubleshooting. The class atmosphere is quite friendly due to John’s humor, and it helps build the class relationship.

Thank you very much, John, for such a delightful week during which I have learned a great deal of under-the-hood logic.

I would say John is probably the best trainer I have had in the past 16 years!

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Gloria L, Senior Identity Engineer, USA Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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A very good experience!

The course materials are well thought out and provide just the right amount of guidance. The training ‘virtual environment’ was error free and easy to manipulate and, unlike most advanced courses did not require intervention from the instructor. The various network connections for both the course and user access, were stable and trouble free.

Paul the instructor just makes it look too easy! His knowledge of the subject matter and the products was second to none! He was willing to go the extra mile to find out answers he did not know right away, he even took the time to consult with other professionals at Oxford on a few questions. That was very impressive and added to the sense that Paul genuinely wanted us all to succeed.

Perhaps the highest praise I can offer is that Paul gave me the desire to continue my growth as a professional, with a newfound curiosity and passion, in the identity management space. Very thankful and highly recommended.

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Keith R, Senior Systems Architect, Colorado, USA Attended MIM Expert in real time over the internet, 2018
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Excellent, very useful. I enjoyed the course and the material it covered. It filled in some knowledge gaps I had since we had installed FIM/MIM in our organization. With what I have learned I will be able to improve on our setup and expand what it can do.

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Eric C, Systems Administrator Programmer, Florida, USA Attended MIM Expert in real time over the internet, 2018
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More energy and engagement from the trainer than I have experienced on any other course. The subject matter was presented in a generally understandable way at the right level for the target audience.

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Owen W, Service Delivery Administrator - System Administration, UK Attended MIM Foundation private course in the classroom, 2018
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The course experience was fascinating and the comments, labs and instructor really helped me to gather all the pieces together and get a very good picture of how things work. The guidance and the answers to my questions were 100% satisfied.

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Nikos F, Software Engineer, Greece Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2018
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Excellent fast-paced course that covers just about every possibility of Microsoft authentication and authorization protocols. John is an excellent instructor with deep understanding of the material he is presenting. He interacts with the class in a professional, open manner that greatly facilitates learning in such a fast-paced course.

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Curt N, Microsoft Technologies Engineer, USA Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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I thought it was a good course that required you to think and not just follow the steps in the book.  John did a really good job of explaining the material and was quick to help when I hit a spot that caused me confusion. Labs were very helpful to understand the course material.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and feel I have so much to take back to what we do with Azure AD. I liked spending time on protocols and looking at it from an app dev perspective because it helps us ensure the applications implement the protocols the right way.

John is so knowledgeable, patient and extremely engaging. I am so glad I was able to attend this class.

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The integration of tools and troubleshooting into the course really helps. The reasoning and mechanics did not take a back seat to the lab (how to) portions. The course touched on a lot of elements of Azure that are extremely relevant to my work in Azure, and had deep dives that really helps in discussions. Well put together, requires you to think more than other lab manuals.

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Aaron H, Identity Management Engineer, USA Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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Overall, the class had a lot of info and helped me connect the dots for concepts and terminology I had only a surface level understanding previously.

John was a great instructor, kept a good pace and could quickly answer any questions that came up. I would be interested in attending his courses in the future.

The labs were solid, but in the interest of time, some of the more repetitive aspects might be able to be trimmed back a bit in order to expand the breadth of focus (although, it’s arguable that the repetitive tasks might help with retaining the info more effectively).

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Doran W, DevOps/Site Reliability Engineer, USA Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2018
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The overall experience was wonderful. OCG took care of everything which allows students to focus on learning. John does a great job answering questions from the room, and is happy to discuss topics in depth.

The class is taught assuming you have a base knowledge of Active Directory and other identity solutions, this is great, since there is no time wasted teaching the basics. Having a full personal virtual environment ready for us to set up through the course of the class (and after) is extremely useful. The labs do a good job of explaining a configuration or concept in depth once and then trusting a student to remember how to do this later; this helps re-enforce concepts.

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John is incredibly knowledgeable and joyfully answers questions throughout the course.  The content was very well organized and well presented. Its structure was well suited to the learning of the concepts, which necessitate revisiting some topics multiple times, building understanding each time.

John does an excellent job. He’s not afraid to point out any “gotchas” within technologies he covers, and again, he is very willing to engage with the attendees, answering questions that may or may not deviate a bit from the intended content. He was very generous with additional supplementary resources, and tool recommendations. And was sure to clarify any examples that were included for “demonstration” purposes only, making sure one of us didn’t naively use insecure or incomplete solutions.

The hands-on labs were excellent! The environment was prepared very nicely. John clearly went to great lengths to preserve tasks that were instrumental to learning, and limiting tedious provisioning. Very thoughtful!  Bonus – the HTML5 resources were great!

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Very happy with the course. Training materials are clear and well articulated and support I had from the training team (Moth, Andi, et al) was fabulous. They answered every question, query and request I had and very swiftly at that. Thanks!

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Yoav S, Global Identity Management Consultant, UK Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2018
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The course provided a thorough introduction to MIM fundamentals. Now, I feel empowered to train my peers on how to perform operational work in the MIM environment so that I can reclaim my time to address additional identity-related challenges.

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Kurt M, Integrations Engineer, WA, USA Attended MIM Foundation course in the classroom, 2018
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The course materials and lab environment worked well together to properly train me in the essentials of MIM operation. It is unlikely that we will implement the portal features of MIM at this time, but the training will greatly aid in the event we choose to do so, particularly if we pursue the PAM aspect of MIM.

Paul, the instructor, was efficient and thorough in providing the training. He did an excellent job keeping the class engaged despite the MIM material being somewhat “dry”!

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Robert V, Systems Engineer, North Carolina, USA Attended MIM Foundation course in the classroom, 2018
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The course was well structured, with the labs providing excellent practical experience to supplement the theory. The course material was exceptionally good, providing a great learning experience & a brilliant reference for my future work in the identity management arena. Course support was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this course to my colleagues.

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The instructor, Paul, was great. Very informative. Our morning ‘Brain Storms’ were good. Well structured labs with loads of information. Sometimes too much at one go to retain, but the lab work helped in retaining this knowledge. Best way of learning.

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The lessons were well explained and easy to understand. I did enjoy the labs and the lab manual was very good at explaining not just how but why the labs were done a certain way.

I have taken many courses online over the years and this has been one of the better ones. I really appreciate how quickly your customer support contacted me when I had an issue getting registered for the class.

The VMs worked great and were configured so that I could get right to the task at hand. Well done.

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Being able to study at my own pace helped me take the MIM Foundation course in manageable chunks. The explanations and diagrams in the materials booklet helped me visualize the complex mechanics of MIM and what was going on. The instructor was clear and precise. The labs were helpful too in that I could experiment with various configurations.

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Patrick M, Senior Identity Management Engineer, Texas, USA Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2017
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The Masterclass easily met all my expectations. John’s very good – I’ve come into contact with him before with his courses and books.

The course covers pretty much exactly what we need – it’s hitting the sweet spot. There’s three of us from the same organization here, but we’re not all doing the same role. One is a developer and it’s all new to him – he needs to know this stuff as we’re looking to move to Azure-based apps so the course content is all relevant. And another is our directory and FIM person, so it’s extremely relevant. Very useful!

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Duncan B, Infrastructure Engineer, UK Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2017
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This course is excellent. I learned a lot because the instructor is very professional and has great knowledge of MIM. He provided a very joyful and exciting class which was my first experience in MIM. I did enjoy this class and would recommend it to both non and experienced MIM administrators.

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Calvin T, Technical Support Engineer, USA Attended MIM Foundation private course in the classroom, 2017
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It was great to learn from an expert, and to play with implementing and troubleshooting hands-on. It has equipped us with the knowledge to design and implement our own system, and ensure that we can support it in the future.

The hands-on labs were excellent, and even included issues and errors for us to troubleshoot so that it wasn’t just a ‘click by numbers’ exercise.

5

Everyone on the course was well prepared for the material. John started at a fairly deep level and all the students were up for it. Having the virtual machines and cloud instances available for a time after the class will be helpful to review and retest the things we learned.  John brought extensive experience with him and he freely shared that vast knowledge with all of us!

5

Absolutely brilliant course! Learning the subject from John Craddock himself was a very enriching experience. I gained valuable knowledge of Azure AD and related technologies. The best way to learn.

John is a mountain of knowledge when it comes to Azure AD, Authentication, MFA, SSO, etc. He has a very pleasing personality and is a very helpful teacher.

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Asif R, Senior Solutions Architect, Kuwait Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2017

Excellent and very meaningful labs, working lab environment, brilliant instructor, and great course materials. HUGE PLUS for the ability to use the lab files later on in your own environment for further tests/labs and learning. This really sets this course apart from many other ones.

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Robert W, Federation Services Product Specialist, Sweden Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2017

I’m very happy! John was excellent. My knowledge on several subjects in the course was sometimes limited. John explains tremendously and answers every possible question. The hands-on labs were very well prepared and so easy to practice effectively. They were of real added value.

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Incredible instructor! There are assumptions that one already has some experience with managing Windows Server components, but as a person who has does not have a lot of experience with Windows Server, I managed to navigate my way through the hands-on exercises without any problems.

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Siegfried N, Senior Software Developer, UK Attended Identity Masterclass with John Craddock, 2017
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The training was very thorough and covered many scenarios that a FIM/MIM implementation would address. The tutors were knowledgeable and responded quickly. Studying at my own pace proved useful in the fact that I could spend more time on unfamiliar, difficult, or important subjects.

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Steve P, Systems Administrator, USA Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2017
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Working online at my own pace works for me. I’m able to stop, pause, rewind, etc. It allows me the flexibility to work in my off hours, and not take time away from the office to come in person for the course.

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I attended the training remotely in a live online environment. The course met my expectations. I enjoyed the fact that each lab was built on the previous lab, with the option of loading a snapshotted VM if you were behind or missed a configuration. The instructor was always available to answer questions.

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I can recommend this course for people who are concerned with MIM, because you get important tips and a good understanding of the processes. This you cannot get if you try to learn yourself.

The instructor was excellent. He has very good knowledge about MIM and can convey this well. The course was very good, but the whole information was so much to take in four days.

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I enjoyed working at my own pace and being able to go over certain sections again that I didn’t understand initially. I liked the convenience of not having to travel for this training and the flexibility of being able to study either in the office or at home. My only difficulty was completing the training alongside my busy day job and trying to make time for it.

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Francis G, Systems Administrator Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2017
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Excellent. Very happy with the training. Course work was well managed and easy to follow. The course took place in a conference room at a golf club instead of an office. This was a good idea and made a pleasant atmosphere. 

5

This was the first time I’d followed a self-paced online training course and I must say I was very pleased with the quality of the material. The course is well-structured and it was easy to plan the training in different sessions and days to fit my agenda.

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Filip C, Senior Manager, Belgium Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2017
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I started by working my way through the written manual and lab course material. After a couple of modules I decided to check out the videos, and I am very happy I did. The rest of the course I watched all the videoed lessons. I also starting watching the lab videos which gave a much richer explanation of the labs compared to the written lab instructions. The voice of the tutor was reassuring, and I liked how he explained things. I liked how the course built up with the various modules, to understand the key elements of the product.

This course has given me a great foundation to get started with MIM and I am now well prepared to learn a lot more about the product in the future.

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Tim Peter E, Senior Consultant, Norway Attended MIM Foundation online self-paced, 2017
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Just as with both the MIM Foundation and MIM Advanced courses, this was great – by far one of the best courses I have ever attended! I’ve learned so much about the possibilities in MIM, and I am looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice in our MIM projects. The course materials, the instructor’s presentations and the labs are of great quality, I really enjoyed it.

The instructor can be summed up in one word: brilliant! Paul is such a nice guy with so much knowledge and experience. His teaching and presentation skills are great! He’s so helpful and he really wants us to learn. He is really humorous as well!

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This was, by FAR, the best training I’ve received in years! I loved how ‘lab heavy’ the course was. I learned so much from working through the labs.

The instructor’s training style was perfect. He didn’t just read from decks, he whiteboarded. He took the time to answer all questions in detail, demonstrating a staggering understanding of the subject matter. He stayed late each and every night working with people that wanted to linger and finish up labs. He was, in short, remarkable. I cannot say enough kind things.

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Eowyn C, Senior Messaging Systems Engineer, California, USA Attended Azure AD private course in the classroom, 2017
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Fantastic course – from how the initial concepts are described, to pulling them all together in the modules and backed up by good labs. Tutor was knowledgeable, entertaining and always good.

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Paul L, Technical Specialist IAM Attended Azure AD course in the classroom, 2017
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Just as with the MIM Foundation course,  this MIM Advanced course was great – I had a really fun time taking this course! Even though the course content was more demanding, it still worked great to study online at my own pace. The course materials were really good. Good structure and great quality content! I am really looking forward to the MIM Expert course!

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Hanne N, System Engineer, Norway Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2017
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The classroom course was good, just a small group of colleagues and a professional teacher. Good theory with good labs.  It was very nice to have Paul as a teacher. He’s a real professional but also very good at making me laugh, it’s a pleasure listening to him talking. Sometimes a little too much text because this is not my native language!

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The training materials were professional and clear. When you are able to take an online course and not think about the mechanics of the delivery until after the course, when you’re asked for an evaluation – that’s a good indicator of quality.

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Wow – lots of detail in the advanced course. Thanks, Hugh, for patiently responding to my questions. I appreciated the quick turnaround and thoughtful responses! Overall, these courses were good and I am glad I was able to take them.

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Kris K, IT Security Specialist, North Carolina, USA Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2017
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It was really easy to use the labs, exercises and pdfs remotely. The connection worked well, very doable with a remote connection. I don’t feel like I missed anything by not being able to attend in person. The instructor was a really clear speaker, very strong on MIM, good at teaching and supporting.

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David L, Senior Support Escalation Engineer, Washington, USA Attended MIM Foundation live class in real time over the internet, 2017
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Brilliant course format. It worked out great. I am doing the course at the same time as a co-worker, and this allows us to help each other when there is something we do not understand and discuss how things relates to our environment. Your staff in general are very attentive. I am impressed by your quick response times on all types of requests. I requested lab access late at night on a Sunday, to have it ready the next morning, but to my astonishment, it was ready an hour later. Way to go!

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Jan Kåre L, Senior Systems Engineer, Norway Attended MIM Advanced course online self-paced, 2017
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With a significant PAM project coming up it was critical that I skilled up in this space and OCG has provided me with all the knowledge I need to manage that and also some great ideas for how I might tailor PAM for my particular environment.

5

Very hands-on, easy to follow. Doing the course at my own pace was a double-edged sword, since I procrastinated a lot, but it allowed me to work over a lot of days, which was nice. The videos were separated into manageable portions (not too long).

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It was a very well planned course, and I never felt rushed or overwhelmed by the pace. I attended the UK session from my home office in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Even if I have to get up at 3am for the course again, I know it will be well worth the knowledge I’ll gain.  I was concerned about the time zone difference but the course flow and presentation made it enjoyable, especially the lab work. There were a couple of network issues but Paul (the tutor) stayed late to ensure I did not miss any information. I cannot thank Paul and the rest of the OCG Learning team enough.

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I was a bit skeptical about the online format, as was my superiors, but in retrospect it worked out great. It was good to pause the video to take notes, ponder and look at my production. The training videos and courseware are exquisite pieces of work, in themselves worth the price of admission. The environment vastly enriches the experience, without resulting in me zoning out and missing an important section of the course. It also leaves ample room for reflection, and I guess I cannot blame the course for me playing with labs till very late at night! I am doing the advanced course next, and I will definitely schedule more time for that run.

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Jan Kåre L, Senior Systems Engineer, Norway Attended MIM Foundation course online self-paced, 2017
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Fantastic! The environment with a small number of trainees was the best experience for the hands-on approach to labs, and an opportunity to ask many questions about real-world implementations and challenges. The instructor was very friendly, informative and approachable to discuss particular issues in your particular live environment. Very informative and very approachable in your learning and the potential implementation challenges you may have.

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Mario A, Programme Manager, London, UK Attended Azure AD course in the classroom, 2016
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The course experience was superb. I had already taken the Foundation course and this [Advanced] course provided … enough enhancement on how MIM works that I am very confident that I can more effectively advance our enterprise-wide identity and access management system.

I appreciate being able to participate remotely. [live instructor-led but online in real time] This is the second course I have participated in remotely and highly recommend it. It was just like being in the classroom!

Paul is a natural teacher. He is articulate and knowledgeable. I especially liked how he seemed to intuitively anticipate what questions may arise. Time and time again he would clear up both verbalized and non-verbalized questions I had. I also found him very approachable, attentive to detail, responsive to questions and humorous as well. I would rate him as one of the best instructors I have ever learned from.

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Thank you for an excellent course! Paul, the trainer, is very experienced. What I learned will be of great value to me for IAM planning, architecture and operations in the financial services organisation I work for.

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Thank you very much for that outstanding course! Deep technical subjects and real world examples and recommendations. Instructor has strong teaching and presentation skills, he’s very friendly and helpful.

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The training course covered a lot of material that was very helpful to better understand the product and be able to present it to Senior Management and describe the functionality. The labs made it very easy to follow and understand exactly what they were doing and how FIM works. The instructor was very knowledgeable and made the whole class fun and interesting with real world examples from his consulting work and humor. Overall the best training class I have ever had!

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John C, Senior Identity Engineer, Virginia, USA Attended MIM Expert live class in real time over the internet, 2015
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I learned relevant new skills and the ‘hands on’ makes the recall better when I implement this in the future – the solving of unexpected problems has to be hands on to work. This course is highest industry level for learning with valuable hands on lab.

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I am a medium experienced FIM person. This course gave me a lot of technical depth, it gave me a lot of answers to why particular things are done in a particular way. It also helped me better understand the classic rules that I had inherited from a Microsoft Consultant and knew how to modify, but this gave me a whole new perspective. All the people on the OCG Learning team were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you!

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Sylvester C, Solution Architect, Los Angeles, USA Attended MIM Advanced online self-paced, 2016
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OCG’s courses are excellent at explaining how to implement and maintain the product. That their knowledge is clearly based on real world experience will prove to be very useful to me in my work.

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Sean G, Infrastructure System Admin, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK Attended FIM Expert in person in the classroom, 2015

We were very impressed with the depth of experience and knowledge the instructor had. He actually had more experience than the consultants we engaged to actually run our project! Since our instructor had a decade long background as an IAM consultant, he was able to answer our deep technical questions and talk at length about the product architecture as it related to our environment.

Let’s just say: we got more than our money’s worth!

We decided to opt for the private on-site course because not only was it cheaper, it allowed us to take the time and ask environment specific questions about MIM and our unique installation. This was invaluable to our learning experience.

The course materials were well written, logical and helpful. We are still referring to them. This training helped prepare us for our long and complex MIM project, we could NOT have succeeded without it! If any company is considering MIM, you do not want to proceed without world class training… this is what makes or breaks IAM departments.

[Read more about private MIM 2016 traning for your team here.]

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Very good structure, starting with overview and expanding topics. Language (balance of formal and informal) was better than any other course I have been on and very understandable. From previous experience of OCG, I had high expectations, which were fully met.

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