Okta Partners with Workday to Deliver Cloud-Native, HR-Driven Identity Management Solution for the Enterprise

Pre-Integrated Solution Accelerates HR-Driven Identity Lifecycle Management with Increased Security and Employee Productivity, Dramatically Lower IT Costs Than On-Premises Alternatives

San Francisco, CA – September 5, 2012 – Okta, the leading on-demand identity and access management service, today announced a partnership with Workday, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance, that spans joint product development and go-to-market activities.

Together, Okta and Workday are harnessing the power of the cloud to provide enterprises with an accelerated path to greater integrated value with dramatically lower upfront and ongoing costs than previously possible in the on-premises world. The first result of this collaboration is a cloud-native, HR-driven identity lifecycle management solution that leverages workforce data in Workday to provide seamless, secure employee access to their business applications and gives IT the ability to centrally secure and control their cloud infrastructures.

Transforming the HR-to-Identity Connection in the Cloud

Large enterprises have spent years — and millions of dollars — integrating their on-premises HR solutions with their on-premises identity management software. And the results have been less than satisfactory. The integrations have been extremely brittle and costly to maintain, and enterprises have struggled to adapt as core IT infrastructure has swiftly migrated to the cloud.

For mid-sized businesses, deploying and integrating these complex on-premises systems has been cost prohibitive. They have had to live with less functionality, reduced security and error-prone, manual processes to integrate IT systems and secure employee access to applications. With the migration to the cloud that many companies are now making, these manual processes have hit a wall — and as a result, security and end-user productivity have been negatively impacted while management costs have soared.

Okta’s Identity Lifecycle Management Solution integrated with Workday leverages the power of the cloud to deliver increased functionality at dramatically lower costs for large enterprises. It also makes it possible for mid-sized businesses everywhere to gain access to enterprise-level HR and identity management functionality that was previously unattainable.

"As we've begun to adopt more cloud applications, identity has become a key piece of our IT infrastructure," said James Vander Heyden, Director of Infrastructure, Operations and IT Risk, Brady Corporation. "The Workday and Okta integration will give us a secure, reliable and cost-effective solution to manage identity and employee provisioning seamlessly through Workday. Plus, through Okta, employees will have immediate access to the apps they need to get work done -- not only creating a great experience, but increasing productivity at the same time."

Workday-Driven Identity Lifecycle Management & Secure Access from Any Device

As a result of Okta’s integration with Workday, joint customers can more deeply leverage their investment in each solution, to the benefit of IT, HR and employees alike. Features of the Identity Lifecycle Management Solution include:

  • Workday as Master Source of Employee Data, Integrated with Okta: Okta easily connects Active Directory and other IT systems directly to Workday, leveraging Workday’s HR system of record as a ‘single source of truth’ for employee and workforce data.
  • Flexible, Secure Access to Workday and Other Cloud Apps: Through Okta, IT organizations can provide employees seamless and secure access to Workday and other business applications from any device. Integrated multifactor authentication in Okta ensures secure access to the most sensitive HR data.
  • Automated Employee Provisioning and De-Provisioning: Enterprises can manage provisioning and de-provisioning of Active Directory and other IT services directly from Workday through Okta, ensuring employees have access to apps when they need it, not when they shouldn’t.

“One of our primary goals at Workday is to help our customers remove complexity with better solutions that drive their businesses forward,” said Stan Swete, chief technology officer, Workday. “Okta’s identity management solution integrated directly into Workday gives users easy and quick access to the critical business applications they need from any device, while helping our joint customers reduce IT costs, improve security, and increase productivity for their workforces.”

A Rapidly Growing Base of Joint Customers

The partnership between Okta and Workday is generating a rapidly growing list of enterprise customers that includes Gilt Groupe, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., Informatica, Point B, ServiceSource, T.D. Williamson and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. In addition, Workday is also using the Okta solution internally for their identity management needs.

Workday and Okta have also enabled the community of Workday implementation partners, including Appirio, Collaborative Solutions, DayNine Consulting, Meteorix, OmniPoint and OneSource Virtual to deliver this joint solution.

“CIOs have spent many years — and millions of dollars — trying to connect their legacy HR systems with their business applications via a portfolio of on-premises identity management products,” said Todd McKinnon, co-founder and CEO of Okta. “Together, Workday and Okta are leveraging the power of the cloud to deliver a pre-integrated HR-driven identity management solution that is totally disruptive to the on-premises status quo. The combined solution enables Workday customers to leverage their system of record for people, and through Okta, provide seamless, secure access to business critical applications from any device — all with dramatically lower upfront and ongoing costs.”

For more information on Okta’s Identity Lifecycle Management Solution, please visit: http://www.okta.com/what-we-do/workday-integration.html.