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Okta Workforce Identity Room for Improvement

Samarjeet Tomar - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Solutions Lead at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are many things that Okta has to improve on. I understand that Okta has a lot of apps, like any other provider, e.g. Microsoft apps, IDP apps, or cloud identity apps.

The problem with Okta is that they create the app and they never update. In this fast-paced industry where versions keep getting updated, Okta is really slow at times.

None of the Okta applications that they create, for example, in my case: I have used the cloud identity of Microsoft apps and now I'm using the off tabs. What I found is none of the single Okta apps that we have worked and did not create an issue. They are not fully mature. So it's that aspect that can be improved, which Okta is investigating. Their application support and not having updates for those applications also need to be improved. These are the things that surprised me and I was not able to understand from Okta.

Okta's customer support should be improved.

Okta should work with certain providers, e.g. the Google cloud, the AWS cloud, the Microsoft cloud, and they should evaluate the integration point because what happens is if your organization has SSO which relies on Okta, all of these three clouds and the Okta app are far from perfect. You are not able to get the right setup based on how your security is trying to define it vs what the application can support. You'll end up using the default interface Okta provides with those apps.

I understand Okta could say that if they shouldn't worry about it because if AWS wanted to support Okta, then AWS should be the one providing us the app and support, but Okta should try to understand the users, do surveys from the different automation using Okta, and use different apps because those apps are very critical. They are far from perfect, so Okta has the worst implementation.

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SH
Managing Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

It would be pricing, which is a tough one because it goes against Microsoft. A lot of companies say they're a Microsoft partner, and they get all their software for free.

Okta is like a luxury product, and it's not the most affordable one. I would say if they could work on pricing, it would help. Other than that, they've done great strides in developing a product that is really good. The companies that do see the value tend to invest in it.

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Rama NagaSusarla - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director - Principal Architect at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

It's not compatible with on-premises installations, unless you host it as a SaaS. We were not able to do that. For example, imagine a scenario where the cloud is not available. Then, Okta will not work for you. That use case will readily fail because it doesn't have an on-premises installation that you can use to authenticate or provide identity and access management. If you have a purely on-premises solution that is not connected to the internet, then this will not work. This is one area that can be improved.

I would also like to see more intelligent analysis of the identity and access management from Okta.

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Sales Executive at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution needs to improve its own marketing. It's a great solution, however, most people don't know what it does. It should be first in line for onboarding employees. 

The solution should continue to work to improve its interface and make it more user-friendly.

The initial setup can be complex at first.

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Tom Foale - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO at Klaatu IT Security Ltd

We've not come across anything missing. It's under continual improvement. It is actually very good. We've not had any problems with Okta. I'd have to think hard to find anything that was badly implemented.

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DW
Security at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The only aspect in which it can be improved is that the interface could be cleaner. I found this even when I was trying to do my certification exam because the certification is hands-on. You find yourself fumbling around a little bit to find simple things. This happens even when you start to get familiar with the product.

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PG
Customer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Okta can consider to become also a password vaulting manager. We also didn't find an option to setup access to web services that require second factor authentication. Also it's hard to figure out which license is responsible for which features and how are they correlated.

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SuryakantKale - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at Windval Technology Solutions LLC

The integration with third-party tools needs to be improved. Mainly, the open-source APIs for Splunk would be helpful, as that is where they aggregate most of the data. If this process can be streamlined then it will definitely help.

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Thiago Lopes - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The pricing could be improved. Right now, it's a bit expensive. They should work to make it more affordable.

In general, the solution isn't really missing any features. It's rather complete. I can't recall anything that would need to be added into future updates.

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SR
Information Technology Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

They also have single sign-on (SSO). When we bought Okta Workforce Identity a year and a half ago, I was also looking at SSO, but not much documentation was available for SSO. The documentation for SSO should be a little more robust for somebody who is implementing it for the first time. 

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Berkley Lamb - PeerSpot reviewer
Access Integration Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Okta Workforce Identity could improve provisioning it can be made simpler.

They are implementing in one of the newer releases certification, attestation, and some role-mining abilities, but I don't know how far along that's going to be. That's a statement that they said they are going to have in the future.

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JS
Senior Director of Application Services at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The guest user access could be improved. How do we authenticate people that aren't in our Active Directory?

In the next release, I would like to see passwordless access.

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JS
Senior Director of Application Services at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

Okta Workforce Identity could improve the way passwords are reset and how it interfaces with Microsoft.

Okta Workforce Identity acquired Auth0 and they should have a solution with integration between the two.

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DD
Global Leader - Application Operations & Opera at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We experienced some technical glitches that need to be resolved. 

I go into further detail below in the 'stability' section.

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ABHILASH TH - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at FOX DATA

API Securities Solution

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Hichem TALEB-BENDIAB - PeerSpot reviewer
CDO & Co-Founder at ELYTIK

It is not very interesting from a marketing perspective. For this, you can use open source solutions to reflect different groups.

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PG
Information Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 5,001-10,000 employees

There are some issues with the interface that can be improved.

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AM
Sector Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I do not see much room for improvement. I have not encountered any issues with the solution, though it may be worth checking this with the technical team involved in its implementation. 

This said, it is scalable for midsize companies and infrastructure but, owing to the regulations we have in place in Egypt, not every enterprise-sized company. This means the solution did not comply with everything in the financial sector, such as with our central bank. As such, one who is working in the financial sector must resort to another solution or, at the least, another one in addition to Okta Workforce Identity. 

The solution should have greater on-premises availability, not just cloud and more package customization in its processing. 

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WK
IT Security Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees

With the device applications, when you are checking the logs, you can't hide the device and that's a feature that's missing. I'd like to see MDM source added. 

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Alexis Tran - PeerSpot reviewer
Responsable Avant-vente at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The lifecycle management part can be improved. It should also have identity governance and the ability to choose a specific factor authentication at the application level.

Its licensing and pricing can also be improved.

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KR
Implementation Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

It's my personal opinion, but it was a classic UI and now the UI is different. I was used to the old UI and when I moved from the old to new, I found it a bit difficult.

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GB
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Okta Workforce Identity can improve by having more features in governance.

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Grijesh Maurya - PeerSpot reviewer
Distinguished Engineer & Senior Technical Architect at Pitney Bowes

The cost per user for this solution is really high and could be reduced. 

We have experienced some challenges in integrating this solution with Scope and Cognito. 

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Roberto Croce - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Architect for IAM Solutions at vantea

This user integration with the Okta integration network could be simplified.

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