August 20, 2015 11:00 ET

It's Business Time: Okta Unveils Inaugural "Businesses @ Work" Report

An In-Depth Look at How We Get Work Done -- Exploring Application, Mobile and Security Preferences Across Businesses, People and Geographies

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 20, 2015) - Okta, the leading identity and mobility management company, today announced the findings of its inaugural "Businesses @ Work" report. Based on data compiled from Okta's network of 4,000 pre-integrated applications and millions of daily authentications and verifications worldwide, the 35-page "Businesses @ Work" report details how we get work done today and the preferences of IT leaders, employees and developers. A full version of the report is available at

"We're seeing companies of all sizes, industries and regions depend on cloud and mobile to propel their businesses forward," said Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta. "Business leaders are making big investments in cloud and mobile, and Okta's dataset offers some insightful trends into the apps, services and security measures businesses are choosing to leverage."

Key findings from this report include:

  • Size doesn't (really) matter in the cloud: Company size is no longer a strong predictor of how many cloud or mobile apps a company licenses -- with medians falling between 11 and 16 off-the-shelf cloud apps. The same goes for businesses using MFA to protect sensitive data -- there has been a 40 percent increase year-over-year in companies protecting their sensitive data with MFA for at least one app.

  • Popular enterprise apps can be easily ousted: Certain enterprise apps maintain early leadership positions -- i.e. in CRM, AWS in infrastructure and Box in content storage -- but others have lost ground to competition, including Google Apps now trailing Microsoft Office 365 in almost every category. Media darling Slack has also come on strong, increasing usership 50 percent in Q2 2015.

  • If software is eating the world, businesses are hungry: Businesses are making aggressive efforts to enable their partners, customers and contractors through new cloud-based applications, websites or portals. The number of the external identities in Okta grew 284 percent from July 2014 to July 2015, while internal identities grew 192 percent in the same timeframe.

  • Businesses look beyond your mother's maiden name to authenticate: Companies are moving away from birthplaces and bloodlines as secondary authentication methods with usage of traditional security questions dropping 14 percent since April 2014. Businesses increasingly prefer SMS, with usage increasing 8 percent in the same timeframe.

  • SAML is finally the security standard it set out to be: With companies putting a premium on security, developers are increasingly creating apps with the highly secure authentication mechanism, Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) baked in from the start. Nineteen percent of applications that are in the Okta Application Network (OAN) today are SAML-enabled, a six-fold increase over the past two years.

To view a full copy of the 2015 "Businesses @ Work" report, please visit:

About Okta
Okta is the foundation for secure connections between people and technology. By harnessing the power of the cloud, Okta allows people to access applications on any device at any time, while still enforcing strong security policies. It integrates directly with an organization's existing directories and identity systems, as well as 4,000+ applications.

Because Okta runs on an integrated platform, organizations can implement the service quickly at large scale and low total cost.

More than 2,500 customers, including Adobe, Allergan, Chiquita, LinkedIn, MGM Resorts International and Western Union, trust Okta to help their organizations work faster, boost revenue and stay secure.

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