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Okta + Azuqua to Join Forces

Frederic Kerrest.
Frederic Kerrest
Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Todd McKinnon and I have always strived to make Okta an iconic technology company, and we know our relentless innovation and laser focus on customer success are what will set us apart. Today, we’re happy to announce a step forward in our vision to enable any organization to use any technology — we’ve entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Azuqua, a leader in no-code, cloud-based business application integration and workflow automation.

Why Azuqua? Together, we will provide organizations with a neutral, independent control center for automating the flow of identities between applications and services for everyone in an organization — from employees to partners, and customers. Only a neutral, independent platform like the Okta Identity Cloud can tightly unify and integrate every app in an organization, so businesses can optimize their productivity and deliver delightful customer experiences.

Plus, as organizations of every size and in every industry move to the cloud, they often struggle to make all of their different applications and technologies work together, and to manage them at scale. According to Okta’s 2019 Businesses at Work Report, the average Okta customer has 83 cloud apps, and 9% of customers have more than 200 cloud apps. Typically, IT organizations are forced to build and maintain custom integrations or rely on manual processes — and the cost and friction involved has been a huge barrier to the adoption of new technology. With Okta and Azuqua, IT teams will be able to use pre-built connectors and logic to create streamlined identity processes and increase operational speed. And, product teams will be able to embed this technology in their own applications alongside Okta’s core authentication and user management technology to build delightful, integrated customer experiences.

We’re thrilled to bring the Seattle-based Azuqua team’s decades of collective experience building enterprise technology products at companies like Microsoft, Tableau, VMware, Telstra and IBM to Okta. Nikhil Hasija, founder and chief product officer, will join our engineering team to help lead the company’s workflow automation strategy, beginning with the integration of Azuqua’s workflow offering into our Lifecycle Management product.

Above all, we look forward to driving value for our customers. Take PlanGrid for example: PlanGrid is used on more than 1.5 million construction projects, and teams around the world rely on our software to collaborate and increase productivity. As Tracy Young, head of PlanGrid at Autodesk, explains, "Okta and Azuqua play an integral role in connecting the people and technology that brings PlanGrid into field workers' daily workflow. Azuqua helps us break down data silos and Okta provides unprecedented security. Together they will become an industry standard, and deliver the scale our customers demand.”

We’re delighted to welcome team Azuqua to the Okta family and we look forward to continuing our mission to connect everything.

 

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Frederic Kerrest
Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Frederic Kerrest is the Executive Vice Chairman, COO, and co-founder of Okta. He’s responsible for our day-to-day operations, working with employees, partners and customers to deliver on the company’s mission of leveraging technology to make companies more productive and secure.

Prior to Okta, Frederic worked at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He also started and built the Latin America sales organization at Salesforce.com. Frederic currently serves as a mentor at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and the Stanford StartX Accelerator program and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Ocean School in Los Angeles, CA.

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