Okta on Stage at BoxWorks

I was thrilled to appear with Box.net CEO & co-founder Aaron Levie yesterday during his keynote at BoxWorks, the company’s user conference. What better place to talk about our vision for a cloud-first world, lead by a new generation of IT, than BoxWorks, a fantastic gathering of vendors and users who are all committed to building smarter…

You Are The Weakest Link. Goodbye.

The Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler posted a piece yesterday that caught our eye. I think the title “What's a Company's Biggest Security Risk? You” speaks for itself, but the crux is that corporate networks are no longer the big enterprise security threat. Instead, users have become the primary entry point for security attacks. While that’s…

Time for Enterprise IT to Embrace B.Y.O.D.

The New York Times’ Verne Kopytoff wrote this week about the proliferation of employees’ personal mobile devices in business and how once-resistant IT departments are starting to embrace the change. Kopytoff is quick to point out that IT departments’ change in tack has been forced by a variety of factors, notably employee complaints about inferior…

Constellation Research Recognizes Innovation in Enterprise Cloud

We’re excited to share that Enterasys, one of our earliest customers, has been named a semifinalist – rather, a Protostar – in Constellation Research’s Inaugural Supernova Awards. Ben Doyle, the director of IT at Enterasys, a global provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, is one of 29 individuals selected from a pool of more than 70…

The Anatomy of a SaaS Reseller

We recently signed up our first official reseller. We partnered with a company named Cloud Sherpas, one of Google’s top resellers. Although we’ve only been working together for a month, the relationship is off to a great start as we’ve been able to train and integrate our sales and support processes and have a healthy pipeline building. Through my…

What IT Needs to Know to Not Become Irrelevant

The cloud’s upending old world IT, forcing modern departments to rethink how they view themselves and their role within their business — or risk irrelevancy. Here are a few suggestions for how IT can change tack to adapt and regain influence: Users Are Always Right In our business, the customer is always right. In a world where the job of running…

This Week in the Cloud: The ‘All Cloud’ Vision; Benioff Chimes in on the Public/Private Debate

Now that Dreamforce (and summer) is behind us, it’s back to reality. Here’s a look at some of the week’s cloud stories that caught our eye: Cloud Forcing IT’s Hand ITBusinessEdge’s Mike Vizard recently wrote a telling piece on how the cloud’s forcing IT departments to modernize. Vizard explains how a well-thought-out cloud implementation can save…

Okta Customer Profile: Amag Pharmaceuticals' Cloud First Approach to IT

Ellen Messmer over at NetworkWorld recently wrote a nice profile of one our customers, Amag Pharmaceuticals, and how they are leveraging the cloud to evolve their IT operations. Nathan McBride, the executive director of IT for AMAG, truly has a “Cloud First” mentality and his approach has been very successful thus far, so I wanted to share it as…

No More ‘Dr. No’: A New Helpful, Empowered IT

The cloud is certainly impacting IT’s role in business, as departments grapple with the influx of cloud applications in the enterprise. In a recent post in CIO, Bernard Golden does a nice job articulating how the cloud is changing IT’s role in the enterprise — and how the cloud presents a tremendous opportunity for IT to remake itself into the…

Talking Cloud with our Investors

I recently sat down with two of Okta's investors, Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz) and David Weiden (Khosla Ventures), to talk all things cloud: the biggest opportunities they see in the space, what it means for business, what's next and why Okta's such a great investment. The consensus of the conversation? The cloud is dramatically impacting…

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