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Without Further Ado, The Finalists for Our 2014 Oktane Awards

Alyssa Smrekar
Director, Customer and Content Marketing

We’re in the thick of it. Whether you check our Twitter handle, our homepage, the email signatures from our team or recent blog posts, you know you’re in Oktane mode. We’re just one month out from kicking off #Oktane14 – the culmination of a massive year for our company – and also from our second annual Oktane Customer Awards.

Globe_Okta_Awards_13And let’s just say tripling the size of our customer base since our inaugural program last November made selecting the finalists for each of these seven achievements even more difficult. We work with 1,500+ organizations worldwide that use Okta to empower their teams to worry less about technology, and focus more on innovative ways to drive value for the business – so choosing a select few to honor in San Francisco was hardly a simple task.

Without further ado, the finalists for our 2014 Oktane Awards...

 

IT Pioneer Award

These customers push Okta to blaze new trails. They challenge the status quo and drive great technological advancements for their companies – and for Okta. The finalists are:

  • Intel, Carlton Ashley
  • Xactly Corp, Bob Genchi

Evangelist Award

We’re always excited to have a new fan of Okta (we’ve accumulated quite the base in 2014) – but some of our customers take advocacy to a new level. These finalists have earned frequent flier miles on our behalf, referred friends to our service and completed many other “random acts of evangelism” for our company. The finalists are:

  • Overstock, Clint Sorenson
  • LinkedIn, Chris Niggel
  • Rosetta Stone, George Hegedus
  • ServiceSource, Amrith Nambiar

Lightning Award

Many of our customer have succeeded in rolling out Okta to hundreds (even thousands) of users in a matter of weeks. Any seasoned IT professional knows that fast deployments are no easy feat (even in the cloud), so this award celebrates the speed and agility necessary on both our parts to speedily and successfully move an entire organization to Okta. The finalists are:

  • DayNine Consulting
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • RMS Technologies

Innovator Award

This award is inspired by the organizations that have been around for nearly a century – yet move quickly and adopt new technologies to drive modern approaches to IT. These companies have taken big challenges head on and championed cloud- and mobile-centric  strategies to advance their legacy environments. The finalists are:

  • Rotary International (founded in 1905), Peter Markos
  • Western Union (founded in 1851), David Levin and Mike Bartholomy

Builder Award

This award recognizes developers using Okta as the identity layer for their products and applications. Finalists in this category using our platform to to handle all IDaaS challenges so they can focus on building the features their customers care about most. The finalists are:

  • Advent Software, Greg McClellan and Ken Schaff
  • School of Rock, Jonathan Frankel
  • Connectifier, Ben McCann

Believer Award

This award recognizes beyond loyal customers and true believers in what we do every day, our service and the what’s to come from Okta down the road. It also acknowledges customers that have brought the power of Okta with them to a new company and those that have been successful with more than one deployment. The finalists are:

  • Twitter (and formerly Workday), Johan Dowdy
  • Cubist, Matt Dattilo

Partner Impact Award

Our partners go above and beyond when using our service to add value to their business, scaling across new industries and geographies. This award recognizes those that are committed to sharing and improving Okta’s services, in order to spread the benefit to users new and old. The finalists are:

  • Slalom, Rick Koppin
  • Concur, Kelly Colman
  • Box, Daniel O'Leary
  • Softchoice, Eric Broekhof and Jeremy Baynes

Atlas Award

If you’re familiar with Greek mythology, you know Atlas was the primordial Titan who held up the celestial spheres on his shoulders. This category is for the customer teams that have effectively extended Okta and are “doing it all” – taking it all on their shoulders – to cover the identities of their employees, customers, partners or other external users alike. The finalists are:

  • Esri
  • Amway

We’ll announce our winners on November 12 at Oktane. Good luck to our finalists!

Alyssa Smrekar
Director, Customer and Content Marketing

Alyssa Smrekar is our Director of Customer and Content Marketing at Okta. She is responsible for advocacy programs, content marketing, and corporate events. Alyssa’s team manages Okta's annual customer conference Oktane and considers it the best three days of the year! She's passionate about getting to know Okta's customers and highlighting their journeys across a variety of channels, both online and in-person, and building new content to drive awareness for Okta.

Prior to Okta, Alyssa managed field marketing and demand generation programs at VMware, SpringSource, VerticalResponse and BlueBird Marketing. Alyssa graduated from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and currently lives in San Francisco.

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