LinkedIn was looking to better secure and manage its growing set of apps and integrate them with the company’s existing Active Directory infrastructure.
“We are strong advocates of cloud computing, but our rapid adoption of SaaS solutions required us to rethink how we secure and manage our cloud apps and integrate them with Active Directory. We knew we wanted a service to solve these issues—not more on-premises software that we would need to manage,” stated Mike Jennings, senior director of technology at LinkedIn, in a recent company-issued press release.
And as with many companies today, LinkedIn also was looking to more easily on-board new employees, deprovision and track terminated employees, and, lastly, address employee complaints and help-desk calls, according to Eric Berg, the vice president of products at Okta.
Okta, which provides a cloud-based identity management service, was able to solve some of LinkedIn’s IT challenges. The company offers multifactor authentications into its service starting with a simple security question, while also offering a mobile smartphone soft token application that allows organizations to add an authentication factor to their single-sign-on process.
According to Berg, “LinkedIn has leveraged Okta successfully to increase the security of their cloud and Web applications, increase the productivity of their end users to the tune of $240,000 annually, reduce IT provisioning costs by 30 percent and cut their Active Directory to cloud app-integration costs by $87,000 annually.”
LinkedIn is a high-profile company that is growing quickly, and as a part of that growth, it was bringing on new applications and employees at a high rate.
“Just connecting their employees with their cloud-based applications was a challenge that they looked to us to solve, but our relationship with them was focused on security,” said Ryan Carlson, the director of product marketing at Okta. Security is the main downfall of cloud, according to today’s skeptics, but Okta seems to have that weakest link secured tightly.
Cloud continues to be a key trend in the middle-market IT industry today. Many middle-market CIOs are beginning to deploy more cloud apps than they first realized and this is a trend that is only moving forward faster. “Cloud applications used to be deployed along the periphery and used to be used for non-key or non-mission-critical applications, but that has greatly changed,” said Carlson.
Middle-market organizations, like LinkedIn, are jumping on the cloud bandwagon as this trend of cloud application adoption is on the increase.
“Okta has helped us increase security, reduce costs and make our users’ lives easier,” Jennings stated.