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The Secret to Innovation? Architectural Excellence

The heat is on for organizations everywhere. Customer needs and expectations are ever-evolving—and for many companies, that means a constant push to develop new product features. While this is a natural response in a competitive marketplace, it pays to remember the bedrock of software success: strong architecture. For solution providers looking to…

Celebrating Our 2020 Customer Award Winners

Since 2015, Okta has celebrated the innovation of, and collaboration with, our exceptional customers. And now, in 2020, the word “collaboration” takes on a new resonance, as our personal and professional lives are merging in ways they never have before. It’s collaboration that has allowed us to transform this year’s Oktane conference into Oktane20…

Microservices vs. SOA—What’s the Difference?

There are a number of things that help make an application what it is—the most fundamental of which is the architecture it’s based on. To date, most technology has been built on monolithic architecture, with all components existing within one complex application. More recently, however, developers have started compartmentalizing each component or…

Introducing the Okta Identity Engine

Today, we are excited to announce that Okta is unlocking the foundation of the Okta Identity Cloud. We’re turning over the Okta Identity Engine—a set of customizable building blocks for any identity experience—to you and your teams so that you can build trusted, seamless customer experiences that are tightly coupled with the rest of your…

How to Use Progressive Profiling as a Privacy Tool

User experience is top of mind for developers building customer-facing applications—and an important element of that is collecting user information. When developers avoid lengthy forms and overwhelming data capture as part of the onboarding process, users have a more seamless experience, right from the outset of using a new application. This…

The Battle Between Build vs. Buy

Every development team must decide which components to build in-house and which to offload to a 3rd party vendor. This decision is often difficult and hotly debated. After all, most developers chose this career in order to build cool things! Choosing to relinquish that control to buy a solution can seem contrary to their raison d’etre. But…

Your Official Guide to DEF CON Threats

As the head of security for DEF CON, I’ve seen a lot of articles (and a bit of scaremongering) around the threats at the event. While DEF CON is a technically hostile environment, I promise, it is not a dystopian wasteland. A little common sense goes a LONG way. Here’s your basic guide for how to stay safe: Don’t bring your work devices. Use…

256 Reasons to Celebrate Programmer’s Day

Programmer’s Day is celebrated on the 256th day of the year, and this year, it’s on Wednesday, September 13. This number is important in the binary space, the mathematical foundations that computer science is built on. Computer values are stored in bits, and 8 bits form a byte. With all its binary combinations, a single byte can store amounts from…

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