engineering

CTOs Should Embrace, Stick to a No-Meeting Day

You know the feeling: You open your calendar in the morning to find a completely booked day, back-to-back meetings and not even 15 minutes of time to complete any of the items on your to-do list. In fact, your day tomorrow and the day after look just as booked. An HBR study conducted last year found that face-to-face requests are 34 times more…

Leading Okta’s Innovators: Cindy Wu (Women @ Okta Series)

I love the challenge of finding innovative solutions to complex problems. I was a developer for several years before I joined Okta. At the time, Okta’s product offering was much more limited than it is today but in identity, I saw an opportunity which knew no bounds to a developer. Little did I realize that joining Okta would become such a large…

Okta Q1 Hackathon: Engineers Push Seamless Processes

When we flip the page on our calendar at Okta and begin a new quarter, our engineers know it’s time to get creative! Our engineering hackathons bring friendly competition, collaboration and best of all, improvements for our customers and our own internal infrastructure. The hackathon couldn’t have come at a better time after all of our engineers…

Okta’s EKO Empowers Engineers in 2016

Engineering is at the core of what we do at Okta each day — always focusing on customer success by delivering new functionality to make our customers successful. The members of the engineering team are on the front line in building great products and shaping the enhancements made to each component of Okta’s infrastructure. Okta just wrapped up its…

Okta Innovation At Our Quarterly Hackathon: Our Engineers Explore Wearables, Polish Flags and Better User Experiences

It’s not every day that you’ll find Okta engineers talking about Polish flags in the name of a better user interface. But if you stopped by our HQ earlier this week, you may have seen the bold red and white stripes of Poland waving among our team. Why? Well, our engineers have always been among the most creative in the business. This team…

Update from Okta - Heartbleed

You’ve likely read about the Heartbleed vulnerability that has affected much of the Internet. The short version: Heartbleed is a bug that affects the way online services encrypt connections between their service and their users, and if not corrected can lead to sensitive information being revealed. Most services and sites on the Internet use…

Lessons on Building a Great Engineering Team (and Why Rockstar Sales Teams Aren’t All That Different)

With Adam Aarons (SVP of worldwide sales) and Hector Aguilar (VP of engineering) joining the Okta team, I thought I’d reflect on what makes a great engineering team — and how that philosophy also applies to building a rockstar sales team. I’ll get into sales next week, but first here are some thoughts on what makes a high performing engineering…

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