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8 oct, 2021 • Substly

Why you should use Microsoft Azure AD together with Substly

Microsoft Azure AD

Suppose you have complete control over your company’s subscriptions and are confident that you only use Microsoft-supported services. In that case, you don’t have to worry about much. If not, there is a high risk of losing money on duplicate and unused subscriptions. Also, former employees will have access to old accounts that Microsoft does not support. Because in Azure AD’s marketplace, you only find Microsoft-supported services, unlike Substly, where you find all services, regardless of provider.

The difference between Azure AD and Substly

The big difference between Microsoft Azure AD and Substly is that Azure AD only manages subscription services supported by Microsoft. At the same time, Substly is completely cross-border and handles all kinds of subscriptions and digital services. But the differences are many more than that.

Microsoft Azure


Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory’s primary purpose is to protect the company’s users from cyber attacks. Azure AD provides access to thousands of applications in one place and allows administrators to create accounts and invite people within the organisation to work on various services. You can also delete an account relatively quickly directly on their platform.


Substly’s platform provides a comprehensive overview of all the company’s subscriptions, costs, and users. Substly’s primary purpose is partly to increase security and provide a clear picture of how much the company, different departments, and employees spend on subscription services. Substly, unlike Azure AD, it accordingly includes an economic aspect.

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How to combine Azure AD and Substly in your work

We usually describe Substly as a complement to Azure AD, where Substly becomes a central platform for the company’s entire subscription management. Today, many of Substly’s customers use both Substly and Microsoft Azure AD simultaneously. Here they enter all their subscriptions, recurring costs, and users (including the subscriptions available in Azure). This is to facilitate the On- and Offboarding of employees, but also to be able to take advantage of other benefits of Substly, such as:

  • Get a comprehensive overview of all subscriptions, teams, and users.
  • Identify any overlap between services used within the company to see if there is an opportunity for improvement.
  • See which subscriptions employees use, what they cost, and when they renew.
  • Get an overview of how much money each department in the workplace spends on subscriptions.

Suppose your company today uses Azure Active Directory and only services supported by Microsoft. In that case, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. But suppose your company, like most others, uses services that Microsoft does not support. Consider including Substly or another tool that organises and manages subscriptions and digital services in your work.

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