For Enterprise Apps, It’s a Renter’s Market

If you had any doubts that the shift to the cloud is now, read Aaron Ricadela’s post on Businessweek. The headline, “Oracle Losing Ground as More Business Look to the Cloud,” pretty much says it all. “I don’t want to do plumbing,” is how Robert Schmid, CIO at video game maker Activision, explains his preference for cloud-based apps as opposed to…

Bring Your Own Apps: For Consumers, and Businesses Too

Identity and access management is an important issue for businesses, and one that is becoming even more critical as they move applications to the cloud, support access from a myriad of mobile devices and are engaging more deeply online with their customers and business partners. But what can businesses learn about identity from consumers? People…

How the Cloud Impacts the Whole Business (IT Included)

In a recent Forbes piece, SAP’s Jacqueline Vanacek states a bold claim: Cloud computing will create more jobs than the Internet did because the cloud will alter the entire IT landscape. In the piece, Vanacek touches on the cloud’s impact on business growth, specifically: Capital efficiency: It’s easier and more affordable for businesses to build…

A Future Free From Passwords?

Passwords are a problem. The most secure passwords are robotic, nearly impossible for humans to remember and can lead to high IT costs through password resets or, worse, can pose serious security risks as employees take shortcuts to remember them. Imagine that familiar sight of a password pasted to a desktop with a Post-It note. In a recent…

More Security Chatter from RSA

The RSA Conference, the largest IT security show of the year, ended two weeks ago, but the conversations that took place are still reverberating. Chris Preimesberger, editor at eWeek, has identified a few of the major themes that are likely to impact IT departments in 2012: Web application firewalls. With the number of cyber data hacks rising,…

With Okta You Get More Than Technology (Though the Technology is Pretty Good, Too)

It’s common practice to evaluate a company primarily on its product and features -- and for good reason: often technology companies and their products are one and the same. This is especially true in Silicon Valley where the race to newer features and the latest technologies is never ending. But it’s also worth taking time to evaluate the people…

Two Sides of Identity Management: Corporate and Consumer

Online identity is emerging as a major theme with increased cloud adoption in business. In his piece after last week’s Montgomery & Co. investor conference, New York Times reporter Quentin Hardy explores identity management from both the corporate and consumer perspectives. Corporate: Hardy identifies a few of the primary drives toward…

Managing Customer and Partner Identities in the Cloud with Okta

As enterprises today move more aggressively to the cloud — and as their employees increasingly want to use anything but their desktop (laptops, tablet, smartphones) to access applications — IT organizations have to find new ways to manage identity and access across mobile devices and applications that are no longer within their four walls. But for…

Recapping RSA: Online Security in the Era of iPads, Mobile Adoption

The RSA Conference wrapped up last week in San Francisco. Tons of vendors, journalists and security-minded folks (the Okta team included) converged to discuss the latest trends in online security and how companies can best protect themselves from cyber attacks. Below we’ve recapped several journalists’ takes on the show’s key themes. Redrawing the…

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