Menu
Okta's API access product targets the trend toward services

Okta's API access product targets the trend toward services

The company has also updated its provisioning software to manage privileges as an employee's roles change

Okta has changed key parts of its product portfolio to attract new users to its corporate identity management and access control platforms. The startup is launching a new API access management product and revamping its provisioning service to make it easier to change employees' permissions within a company.

The changes, announced at the company's Oktane conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, were designed to give Okta more ammunition against a growing field of identity-management rivals, including Microsoft and OneLogin.

Okta API Access Management builds on Okta's existing tools for developers who manage application logins. It lets administrators control how users of those apps access business systems that are surfaced through APIs.

For example, the new service would make it easier for businesses to control who can access which features in a scheduling service that's being delivered to end users through an API. Consumers could be given one role, with privileges to request appointments, while service workers and schedulers could have a different set of privileges that would let them view and manage a list of those appointments.

Simplifying API access management is important because more companies are now deconstructing large, monolithic applications into services that are delivered via APIs.

It's important to secure access to those services, which is where this announcement comes in. It's an extension of Okta's platform push, in which the company is working to give developers a way to control how people access applications -- whether they're only for internal use or are deployed to the public.

In addition to the API Access Management announcement, Okta is also rebranding and tweaking its provisioning software to help companies manage employees throughout their time at an organization. Now they can set up the provisioning service using workflows that automatically give or revoke users' access to certain services.

For more manual processes, the service can also be set up to send emails to people who will then take manual actions like setting up someone's desk or revoking access to services that Okta can't assist in managing.

All this comes at the same time Okta announced that it's now Google's preferred identity management partner for enterprises using large deployments of Google Apps for Work.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments