When you deploy these legacy technologies like LDAP or Active Directory or Oracle Identity Management, these things had integrations and connectors to all these services. They were fine the day you got them installed. But as all these services would be upgraded and your enterprise would evolve over time, they'd be out of date. It became a huge pain to keep integrated.
When it was all in your data center, you could take shortcuts -- maybe what we'll do is just use network security and that will be good enough. But now you're in this world where it's not in the data center anymore. It's federated. You're consuming things from all over. We built Okta as a cloud service and we manage it centrally so that we can keep it up to date. We know when there's a new version of this stuff. We know when there's a new version of Salesforce. We know when there's a new version of Concur. If something does break, we fix it quickly. We don't leave it to our customers to fix it themselves.
We have more than 500 enterprise customers. In our catalog of applications we have over 3,000 that come pre-integrated with Okta out of the box.
InfoWorld: To be clear, you're still talking about managing identity for cloud applications, not trying to wrap that around legacy applications as well, or are you going both ways?
McKinnon: We're really excited to announce we're connecting to on-premise as well with our Okta Application Network. Before it was marginally cloud applications, with the exception that we connected very deeply with LDAP and Active Directory. Now we're announcing we can also connect to on-premise applications to really bring that half of the environment inside the data center into the Okta ecosystem. It's a huge step forward.
InfoWorld: In that case, don't you have a lot of development work in front of you, building connectors to the locally installed stuff?
McKinnon: Well, the second big announcement is around how these applications integrations get added to our network. Up until now we have built and maintained all of these applications integrations, all 3,000 of them. But there are a lot more than 3,000 applications in the world. Just last week I was visiting a customer, a big group of about 100 auto insurance dealers across the country. These guys have 35 applications that are very specific to the automotive distribution industry. If you add up all those kinds of applications in different vertical industries, you come up with not 3,000, but 30,000 or 300,000.