Alex Simons is Corporate Vice President for Identity & Network Access Product Management in the Microsoft SCIM Group. He’s responsible for strategic planning, product roadmap, and feature definition for Azure Active Directory and the Microsoft account services which are used by over 20 million organizations and over 1 billion users each month and for Microsoft’s new network access services. A career Microsoft employee, Simons joined the company as an intern in 1992 as a partner evangelist for Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Upon returning full time in 1993, he worked as a product manager on Microsoft Home products, such as Encarta, Bookshelf, Dinosaurs and Automap. He then transitioned to program management working on the MSN online content services. While working in MSN, Simons led the incubation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, serving as its first product unit manager. After seven years running the CRM business, Simons moved to the Windows Division, where he led the reengineering of the group’s development practices and engineering systems. He joined the Identity Division in January of 2012. Simons has a degree in marketing and strategic management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a self-taught computer programmer.