Okta Delivers New Identity Offerings to Power Cloud-Based Services

Okta Delivers New Identity Offerings to Power Cloud-Based Services 
Jive Software and Advent Software Among Cloud Service Providers Using
Okta to Address Range of Identity-Related Needs for Innovative Cloud
Offerings 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/20/14 --  Today, Okta
announced enhanced functionality that enables software providers to
address identity management challenges associated with the delivery
of their own cloud-based services. Advent Software (NASDAQ: ADVS) and
Jive Software (NASDAQ: JIVE) are among leading companies leveraging
Okta as an embedded component to accelerate customer adoption,
increase security, and reduce time to market. By using Okta's rich
set of APIs, native user store, and pre-built integration to
on-premises directories, organizations can now manage user access to
their products through Okta and provide customers, partners and
administrators with a consistent, secure experience across entire
product suites.  
"This is a compelling and highly strategic use case of our service
that is relevant both to traditional and non-traditional software
providers looking to grow their business through the cloud," said
Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta. "In addressing a very complex and
critical component of the modern product stack, we're not only
helping our customers rapidly deploy new business and customer
engagement models, but also taking an important step in our mission
to securely connect any combination of people, applications, devices,
and organizations." 
A Comprehensive Identity Platform  
The Okta platform now addresses many identity-related issues specific
to the development and delivery of cloud-based applications. These
include the ability to integrate to customer and partner directories,
create a core directory that centrally manages users and
applications, as well as deliver a unified experience through single
sign-on, user provisioning and federation. Enhancements include: 


 
--  Embeddable Directory Integration: Okta's integration with Microsoft
    Active Directory or LDAP can be automatically configured in
    conjunction with any cloud-based application, giving customers a
    seamless way to securely connect the application to their on-premises
    directory.
    
    
--  Okta's Cloud Directory: 
Okta's Cloud Directory can be embedded to
    store users and credentials. Using the Okta API, customers can create,
    read, update or delete any data in the directory, and manage processes
    such as password resets, seamlessly. Developers can easily manage
    users by organization, providing an added layer of security and
    customizable user experience for each customer.
    
    
--  Provisioning APIs: Once users are in the directory, Okta can be used
    to provision and de-provision users across multiple products or
    embedded applications, allowing tiers of users and their access to be
    managed based on subscription or other factors.
    
    
--  Programmatic Access to Single Sign-On: Okta creates a single point of
    authentication to provide a seamless user experience across entire
    product portfolios. Vendors gain a single view of customer usage
    across all applications, whether on-premise, dedicated
    instance-hosted, multi-tenant SaaS, or third-party SaaS.
    
    
--  B2B Federation: Okta enables software providers to easily accept
    federation (such as SAML) from their customers for a wide variety of
    identity providers. It provides the functionality to enable federation
    for cloud service providers, and to manage a large number of customers
    requiring federation.

  
Many software providers are leveraging elements of this new Okta
functionality to address a variety of identity challenges related to
their cloud offerings, including Jive Software and Advent Software.  
Jive Software Embeds Okta to Provide Seamless Directory Integration 
Jive, a leader in social business, is embedding Okta's directory
integration into its SaaS offering to provide enterprise customers
with an integrated capability to connect their on-premise directory
to Jive. 
"Enterprises often face the challenge of integrating directories
across the firewall to new cloud solutions," said Christopher Morace,
chief strategy officer, Jive Software. "We saw many of our customers
using Okta and it was clear they were becoming a leader in solving
this pain point in the industry. By embedding Okta in Jive Cloud
deployments, we are solving a significant problem and giving our
customers a seamless solution that increases security and accelerates
the adoption of our service." 
Advent Software Selects Okta as Identity Layer Across Products,
Including New Cloud Platform Advent Direct(TM) and Advent Direct(TM)
Community 
Advent Software is a leading provider of software and services for
the global investment management industry. Advent works with more
than 4,400 client firms in nearly 60 countries -- from established
global institutions to small start-up firms -- to help them grow
their business and thrive. Advent technology helps firms minimize
risk, work together seamlessly and discover new opportunities. In
building new cloud-based solutions, including its newest platform
called Advent Direct(TM), the company sought out a cloud-based
software provider to create a consistent, single point of entry for
all users, regardless of the identity infrastructures users already
have in place and where their application data is housed.  
Advent has implemented Okta as the identity layer for users of Advent
Direct(TM) Community, the company's online client portal, and will
continue to roll it out on Advent Direct(TM), as well as on multiple
on-premise and hosted applications. Okta's Inbound Federation and
Directory Integration capabilities will be used by Advent to enable
client access to Advent with a client's own corporate credentials. 
In adopting Okta, Advent is making it easier for its clients
worldwide to use their applications. With Okta, the user experience
is Advent-branded, making the authentication layer across products
and community seamless and invisible to clients, while being powered
by Okta's zero-downtime cloud architecture.  
"We are excited to be working with Okta to provide our clients with a
single point of entry for our solutions," said Todd Gottula,
executive vice president and chief technology officer, Advent
Software. "This relationship will enable our thousands of clients to
manage their Advent product users beyond the firewall and with one
central point of administration. Our collaboration with Okta also
helps support our expanding global footprint by ensuring a consistent
user experience for all of our clients."  
For more information about these new Okta enhancements, please visit
http://www.okta.com/problems-we-solve/identity-layer-for-web-and-saas-apps.html. 
About Okta 
Okta is an enterprise-grade identity management service, built from
the ground up in the cloud and designed to address the challenges of
a cloud, mobile and interconnected business world. Okta integrates
with existing directories and identity systems, as well as thousands
of on-premises, cloud-based and mobile applications, to enable IT to
securely manage access anywhere, anytime and from any device.  
More than 700 enterprises, including Allergan, LinkedIn, MGM Resorts
International, Western Union and SAP, use Okta to increase security
and employee productivity, as well as lower IT costs and improve
compliance. The hundreds of enterprises, thousands of cloud
applic
ation vendors and millions of people using Okta today also form
the foundation for the industry's first Enterprise Identity Network.
Okta is backed by premier venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz,
Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. To learn more
about Okta, visit: http://www.okta.com. 
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Media Contact: 
Sara Schulte Pallas
press(at)okta(dot)com
415-625-8555 
 
 
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