Okta expands partnership with Field to incorporate enterprise mobility administration
Okta, an organization principally recognized for cloud id administration made a foray into enterprise mobility administration (EMM) on the finish of 2014. At this time, it introduced a partnership with Field to help gadget-degree safety for the Field cellular app.
The corporate is hoping that is the beginning of a collection of partnerships with enterprise cellular app distributors that may allow them to apply a set of insurance policies on the system, akin to requiring a tool PIN earlier than you need to use any of the managed apps.
Okta’s EMM answer additionally consists of built-in id throughout collaborating apps with Single Signal-On (SSO) together with unified provisioning throughout all units, based on the corporate.
Okta and Field have an extended historical past collectively however this expands the friendship, Okta CEO Todd McKinnon advised TechCrunch. “The factor that’s vital is that it’s a know-how partnership round mobility and mobility administration, which is an extension of our lengthy enterprise partnership,” he stated.
Whereas Field has all the time dealt with safety on the software degree, this separates the safety from the app, McKinnon stated. “We’re going from safety on an app to safety and id being utilized persistently on all apps,” he defined.
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With out this strategy, every app has to deal with safety and id individually as an alternative of in a federated approach. In fact, it finally requires that greater than Field enroll, however Field CEO Aaron Levie says that he’s believes that may occur.
“I’m very assured that they may get the help they should make this profitable,” he stated, including he’s very snug being an early adopter for these new capabilities.
“All of these controls [are designed to] guarantee safe entry in a cellular world. It’s a fair extra profound shift from cloud to cellular than from shopper-server to cloud, and it’s much more necessary to regulate entry and what apps can run on totally different [mobile] platforms,” Levie stated.
As we transfer from a world of some vertical stacks to considered one of a number of cloud distributors, many operating on cellular units, Levie believes having that federated safety and id is more and more essential. Field works with numerous distributors on this area together with Okta.
Okta is at present in dialogue with different enterprise cellular app distributors to increase this program, McKinnon stated.
Okta has raised virtually $230 million together with $seventy five million final summer time. It additionally scored a unicorn valuation of over $1 billion with that cash, and it’s nonetheless listed on the CrunchBase Unicorn Leaderboard.