Last Week in the Cloud: Is It Just Too Easy to Implement Cloud Applications?

We noticed lots of chatter last week about the rise of cloud adoption and how easy implementations (or so they seem at the time) often create problems down the road. It’s true, of course, but nothing that can’t be solved with an empowered IT department steering the ship. SaaS Adoption on a Tear: Hollis Tibbetts wrote in ebizQ about how cloud…

We have a [cloud] app for that...

InformationWeek’s Michael Biddick expresses the frustrations of many in modern IT trying to navigate a complex environment that often includes a mix of on-premise software and cloud applications. In the article, Biddick offers a clear explanation about how we got to this point: Enterprises’ struggle to successfully integrate on-premise and cloud…

This Week in the Cloud: The Cloud Hits Mars; More on the Public/Private Debate

Here’s our roundup of the week’s biggest cloud stories: Private Clouds Just Aren’t Worth the Trouble InformationWeek’s Jonathan Feldman wrote some spot-on analysis last weekend explaining why the private cloud is just not practical for most businesses. In Feldman’s view, implementation snags are the crux of the problem. He writes: “There's…

This Week: 5 Featured Apps in the Okta Network

With over thousands of applications in our Okta Application Network, it’s hard to play favorites. Still, every few weeks, we’ll attempt to highlight a handful of partners that we’re psyched about – and what makes them unique compared to other applications in our massive (and growing) library. We’ll also call out what kind of integration options…

Quarantine Old IT Thinking, But Don’t Throw the Staff Under the Bus

The new generation of cloud-first IT is fundamentally different from the old world of on-premise. It’s cheaper, leaner, more flexible and far easier to implement – and it requires a new breed of support staff to keep everything running smoothly. That’s the gist of Appirio CTO Glenn Weinstein’s recent article in Forbes (“Next-Generation IT: Why We…

This Week in the Cloud: Private Cloud Pain and Saving Money (and the Environment) with the Public Cloud

Dreamforce may be right around the corner, but before Benioff and Metallica dominate the news cycle, here’s a look at this week’s cloud news stories: Pain in the Private Cloud SearchCloudComputing.com’s Carl Brooks wrote an interesting post earlier this week about how two IT vendors reworked their own internal IT departments — and quickly learned…

Our Cloud Obsession - Public vs Private vs Hybrid Debate

Christina Torode from SearchCIO.com recently published a piece discussing the merits of private cloud versus public cloud implementations, with the consensus that hybrid IT and a hybrid cloud computing approach will become “the dominant cloud adoption strategy.” While we’re not shy about our belief that public cloud is the way to go, we also…

Thoughts on Okta’s Series B Funding – Why Our Investors Participated and How We Pitched Them (Part 2)

Yesterday, I posted about how we pitched our investors for this latest round of funding on our disruption of the IT industry and why our solution is necessary for cloud to work in the enterprise. Today, I’d like to talk more about the larger market opportunity we see and our plans for the new funding. A Fundamental Shift – In Need of a Foundation…

Thoughts on Okta’s Series B Funding – Why Our Investors Participated and How We Pitched Them (Part 1)

As I’m sure you’ve seen, we announced today that we’ve closed our series B financing. Khosla and Greylock, David and Aneel all bring invaluable experience as investors and operators to our team. Needless to say, we are excited. This investment gives us the capital we need to make our current customers more successful, broaden our product and…

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