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Setting the Identity Standard: Okta named a Leader in Forrester IDaaS Research

Ryan

Today, Forrester, a leading independent analyst research firm, recognized Okta as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Identity-As-A-Service (IDaaS) for Enterprise, Q2 2019. In this report, the analysts evaluated vendors for both “market presence,” “current offering,” and “strategy” categories—and we’re proud to announce that Okta ranks the highest among the ten IDaaS vendors evaluated in both the “current offering” and “strategy” categories.

We’re also honored to have earned the highest possible score in twenty of the evaluation criteria for this report, including “access management policy administration,” “API security and solution APIs,” and “identity management plans.”

You can check out the Wave graphic and get the full report here.

Proven, Unwavering Leadership

As technology has evolved significantly since Okta’s inception ten years ago, we have seen many shifts in the identity vendor landscape. In fact, since industry analyst firms first began evaluating the IDaaS market in 2012, there have been countless mergers, acquisitions, and new entrants in the market. We see our continued industry analyst recognition in this space as a testament to the strength of our vision for the future of identity.

Over the past decade, we've been singularly focused on setting the standard in identity and access management, and making our customers successful. In our view, industry research firms such as Forrester and Gartner have continuously validated Okta’s strategy and have highlighted the breadth of our offering. But even more so, we’re honored that our customers trust us to connect their workforce to their business-critical technologies, while securing and protecting the identity of their users. We’re thankful for their continued conviction in our ability to deliver best-in-class, cloud-based access management.

We’re Only Getting Started

2019 has undoubtedly been an exciting year for Okta. In April, we held our annual customer conference, Oktane19, where over 4,000 attendees joined us in our hometown of San Francisco.

On the keynote stage, we proudly announced new products and functionalities that enable our customers to address their increasingly complex identity challenges in an increasingly less secure world:

Okta Access Gateway
Advanced Server Access
Okta Hooks
The Okta Identity Engine
Risk-based Authentication

These announcements show we’re pushing the boundaries of the Okta Identity Cloud. By extending our platform to new resources, such as critical infrastructure, and opening up the capabilities of our platform to developers, we’re allowing our customers to address infinite new use cases.

Outside of Oktane19, we also announced our global office openings and data center expansions, celebrated our 10-year anniversary, and announced our acquisition of workflow automation vendor Azuqua.

We’re honored by this recognition from Forrester, and for the continued validation from our over 6,550 global customers. We’re incredibly thankful for their support, and for trusting us to help solve their critical identity challenges. As some of the most innovative organizations in their industries, they inspire us as we drive towards the future of identity, together.

Ryan

Ryan Carlson is the CMO of Okta, overseeing demand generation, brand, customer marketing, public relations, analyst relations, partner marketing, and corporate communications. Ryan has worked in technology and startups for more years than he cares to tell everyone reading this blog post. Before joining Okta (back when the team was just a few dozen strong), he ran product for Redwood Systems and he has held various product and marketing leadership roles at Xilinx, Velio, and Cypress.

Ryan holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two young daughters. A few of the hobbies that he has given up include backpacking, fly-fishing, and exercise.

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