Microsoft moves global cloud security product to ADC in Nairobi to reaffirm commitment to Africa

Microsoft has increased its investment in the Africa Development Centre (ADC) by transferring ownership and continued product development of Azure Active Directory Domain Services, a Microsoft Security product with yearly revenue of $40 million and 300,000 enterprise global customers, to the ADC in Nairobi.

This huge milestone forms part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to leveraging and contributing to the advancement of technology skills and talent in Africa via its premier engineering arm on the continent.

Ms. Catherine Muraga, the MD for Microsoft ADC, stated that the increased investment in the centre demonstrates the company’s faith in the existing talent at ADC.

“Not only do we want to grow product ownership within ADC, but we also want to develop more experts in the field. This is an opportunity to highlight the ADC’s growth and impact,” said Ms. Muraga who, as the Engineering Director, will lead the teams that will be working on this product.

Azure Active Directory Domain Services is a group of features that enable Microsoft customers to create and manage their organizations identities on Azure cloud services. These identities enable customers to transfer or operate software applications that are run from their physical servers to Azure cloud services.

An Azure AD DS managed domain lets organizations run applications that cannot use modern authentication methods in the cloud. Organizations can lift and shift these legacy applications from their on-premises environment into a managed domain, without needing to deploy, manage or patch domain controllers.

The announcement came shortly after a visit by Igor Sakhnov, Microsoft’s Executive VP for Engineering, which included a review of the ADC’s operations and a review of its partnerships aimed at building capacity for tech talent.

The centre recently announced the completion of a joint curriculum review process with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and is currently providing skills training to university lecturers as part of efforts to improve the tech talent pipeline.

Microsoft launched the Africa Development Centre (ADC) in 2019 with an initial site within Microsoft offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and another in Lagos, Nigeria. The centre’s goal is to attract world-class African engineering talent to create innovative solutions spanning the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.


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