Much of how you and your users experience user profiles in Share Point Online is directly related to how well you manage this part and then present it to your organization.
As with most software platforms, it doesn’t do much good to turn on platform features if they get in the way of how people work, the processes under which they are most comfortable working, and the inputs and outputs of their daily routines. Yet I am hard-pressed to explain, except in the smallest of environments, how a robust use of user profiles will cause damage or slow processes down. User profiles organize expertise and experience—two elements that reside inside people and that cannot be easily codified.
He looks at how to create new user profiles and why you might want to create user subtypes to make unique profiles or different profile types in your environment.
My Sites are essentially personal portals that give individual users the ability to have a one-to-many collaboration path with the enterprise.
My Sites are where the social features of Share Point Online are consumed (for the most part) and represent a type of personal space that can be individualized directly by the user.
Active Directory information goes in only one direction—from the on-premises Active Directory server to Azure Active Directory, which is then synchronized with Share Point Online.
This ensures that user information in Share Point Online reflects the most current and accurate state of your user data in Active Directory.
New profile properties created within Share Point Online can pull from various systems, but these custom properties cannot write back to those systems. Audiences enable organizations to target content to users based on who they are when they come to the page.
Audiences are built at the profile layer but applied at the site and web-part layers, depending on how the audience is used.If your organization manually created user accounts in the Office 365 directory service, users will receive Microsoft Azure Active Directory credentials for signing into the Azure Active Directory service.Similar to Share Point 2013, Office 365 performs only authorization.In this chapter, we’re going to dive into the management of user profiles and I’ll explain why user profiles are important to larger organizations that use Microsoft Office 365 and Share Point Online.User profiles can be the bane of your existence or one of the big wins for your organization.Compare Figures 2-1 and 2-2 and you’ll see that I won’t be covering any synchronization topics that you might normally expect to see in a Share Point administration book, because those tasks have been deprecated in Share Point Online for the Information Technology professional (IT pro).