Welcome!

News Feed Item

Okta Delivers Enhanced Office 365 Integration to Extend "Single Source of Truth" for Identity Across All Microsoft Products

Cloud-Based Identity Management Leader Doubles Down With Partners Slalom Consulting, Softchoice, Intellinet and Convergent Computing to Accelerate Customer Success Across Microsoft Environments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/10/14 -- Okta today announced an enhanced integration to Microsoft Office 365. This new offering enables enterprises to quickly and securely deploy Office 365 and eliminates the need for multiple on-premises tools and software products to connect the Microsoft Cloud with Active Directory and other services in the enterprise. Users can now easily access all Microsoft offerings, as well as any other application or service, through one secure, cloud-based entry point wherever and whenever they need to get work done.

"Okta is at the center of the dramatic shift IT is making to cloud and mobile architectures, and Office 365 has become a key application driving that move," said Eric Berg, chief product officer at Okta. "Our 'Works with Office 365' integration provides the most comprehensive and lowest TCO solution for integrating Office 365 to Active Directory or any LDAP directory and can be used to manage identity across all Microsoft applications, whether on-premises or cloud, in addition to other vendor offerings. As a Silver Certified Microsoft Partner with a growing ecosystem of Microsoft system integrators, Okta offers the identity solution of choice for companies everywhere to streamline their move to Office 365."

Significant Benefits for IT and End Users Alike

Okta's enhanced integration to Office 365 builds on its ability to centrally manage and maintain a single identity profile for any user across any combination of on-premises or cloud-based systems in real time. As a single solution that offers significantly lower TCO than services offered through Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Azure Active Directory Sync, and in many cases, Microsoft Identity Manager, it also provides greater security, flexibility and IT efficiencies by eliminating the need and overhead associated with maintaining identity profiles on a "per app" basis.

The integration enables organizations including Seton Hall University, Post Foods LLC, Workday, HomeAway, Enterasys, Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Colfax Corporation to tie everything back to a "single source of truth" for identity, with profiles mastered in either an on-premises directory or in Okta's Universal Directory. Additional benefits include:

  • Automatically managed user licenses across Office 365 applications, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, increasing license usage efficiency;

  • Zero downtime and instant failover for Active Directory integration to ensure continuous efficient operation without requiring IT to manage uptime;

  • Real-time provisioning and de-provisioning of user accounts and group memberships in Azure Active Directory, with rich profile synchronization to easily ensure employees receive access when needed and are automatically removed if necessary;

  • Support for connecting multiple untrusted Active Directory domains to a single tenant of Office 365, enabling large enterprises or companies going through mergers and acquisitions to easily add all users without changing their directory architecture; and

  • A secure, application-agnostic identity service that can be leveraged just as easily and deliver the same set of benefits for non-Microsoft applications.

"In moving our user mailboxes to Office 365, we realized the immediate need for cloud-based identity management to reap the agility and business continuity benefits the cloud has to offer. After exploring several options, including hosting Microsoft Active Directory/ADFS in the public cloud, we selected Okta for its simplicity and reliability," said Stephen G. Landry, CIO, Seton Hall University. "Implementation was an absolute breeze. Almost immediately, we enabled single sign-on to our full suite of Office 365 applications, including OneDrive and Lync, as well as other hosted applications, such as our campus portal and Blackboard LMS. Not only is Okta a great convenience for our students and faculty, but it allows most instructional work to take place fully in the cloud, ensuring that our core business of teaching and learning can continue independent of campus technology services."

Partnership with Microsoft and Leading Microsoft SIs

As a Silver Certified Microsoft Partner for Identity and Access Management, Microsoft has verified Okta's full support for Office 365, including Integrated Windows Authentication for access to web applications, in the "Works with Office 365" program to ensure customer success. Okta also commits to coordinating with Microsoft and resolving any issues for Office 365 customers using Okta.

In addition to Okta's partnership with Microsoft, Okta has partnered with leading Microsoft system integrators, including Slalom Consulting, Softchoice, Intellinet and Convergent Computing.

"We work with hundreds of companies using Microsoft solutions and need to be able to offer them an identity solution that easily and securely connects on-premises software like SharePoint and Active Directory, or cloud-based applications like Office 365 and Azure Active Directory. As an Okta partner, we're able to offer our customers a complete solution that does just that," said Rich Dorfman, VP Sales and Services, Convergent Computing. "Okta is the perfect complement to Microsoft's cloud and on-premises solutions, empowering IT to worry less about managing multiple user stores and focus more on creating efficient, productive and secure workflows for all users."

- Find out more about using Okta for Office 365: https://www.okta.com/office365/
- Become an Okta Solution Provider: https://www.okta.com/wpc/
- Visit the Okta for Microsoft Community: https://community.okta.com/groups/microsoft

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 1,200 enterprises, including Allergan, LinkedIn, MGM Resorts International and Western Union, use Okta to increase security and employee productivity, as well as lower IT costs and improve compliance. The hundreds of enterprises, thousands of cloud application 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.

Subscribe to Okta's blog: http://www.okta.com/blog
Follow Okta on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/okta
Follow Okta on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OktaIdentity

Media Contact:
Sara Pallas
press(at)okta(dot)com
415-625-8555

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
What is the best strategy for selecting the right offshore company for your business? In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, will discuss the things to look for - positive and negative - in evaluating your options. He will also discuss how to maximize productivity with your offshore developers. Before you start your search, clearly understand your business needs and how that impacts software choices.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SIGMA Corporation will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. uLaser flow inspection device from the Japanese top share to Global Standard! Then, make the best use of data to flip to next page. For more information, visit http://www.sigma-k.co.jp/en/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that NetApp has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. NetApp provides a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with their partners, NetApp em...
Agile has finally jumped the technology shark, expanding outside the software world. Enterprises are now increasingly adopting Agile practices across their organizations in order to successfully navigate the disruptive waters that threaten to drown them. In our quest for establishing change as a core competency in our organizations, this business-centric notion of Agile is an essential component of Agile Digital Transformation. In the years since the publication of the Agile Manifesto, the conn...
There is huge complexity in implementing a successful digital business that requires efficient on-premise and cloud back-end infrastructure, IT and Internet of Things (IoT) data, analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Applications. In the data center alone, there are physical and virtual infrastructures, multiple operating systems, multiple applications and new and emerging business and technological paradigms such as cloud computing and XaaS. And then there are pe...
Real IoT production deployments running at scale are collecting sensor data from hundreds / thousands / millions of devices. The goal is to take business-critical actions on the real-time data and find insights from stored datasets. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Walicki, Watson IoT Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud, will provide a fast-paced developer journey that follows the IoT sensor data from generation, to edge gateway, to edge analytics, to encryption, to the IBM Bluemix cloud, to Wa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MIRAI Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MIRAI Inc. are IT consultants from the public sector whose mission is to solve social issues by technology and innovation and to create a meaningful future for people.
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, will discuss how data centers of the future will be managed, how th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Keisoku Research Consultant Co. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Keisoku Research Consultant, Co. offers research and consulting in a wide range of civil engineering-related fields from information construction to preservation of cultural properties. For more information, vi...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Most of the time there is a lot of work involved to move to the cloud, and most of that isn't really related to AWS or Azure or Google Cloud. Before we talk about public cloud vendors and DevOps tools, there are usually several technical and non-technical challenges that are connected to it and that every company needs to solve to move to the cloud. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Stefano Bellasio, CEO and founder of Cloud Academy Inc., will discuss what the tools, disciplines, and cultural...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusic will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Fusic Co. provides mocks as virtual IoT devices. You can customize mocks, and get any amount of data at any time in your test. For more information, visit https://fusic.co.jp/english/.
With the rise of DevOps, containers are at the brink of becoming a pervasive technology in Enterprise IT to accelerate application delivery for the business. When it comes to adopting containers in the enterprise, security is the highest adoption barrier. Is your organization ready to address the security risks with containers for your DevOps environment? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist, NA West at Red Hat, will discuss: The top security r...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enroute Lab will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enroute Lab is an industrial design, research and development company of unmanned robotic vehicle system. For more information, please visit http://elab.co.jp/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Mobile Create USA will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Mobile Create USA Inc. is an MVNO-based business model that uses portable communication devices and cellular-based infrastructure in the development, sales, operation and mobile communications systems incorporating GPS capabi...