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Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS)
September 2022
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Director, Device Management at IT-palvelutalo Valtti at Valtti, part of Advania
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Top 20
Secure and multifeatured with trusted device, SSO, and MFA features; integrates well with other solutions
Pros and Cons
  • "What I found most valuable in Okta Workforce Identity is that it worked together with VMware Workspace One, so there was this device check at the same time. My company used the trusted device method that enabled you to define that only the trusted devices including the Workspace One agent were able to access the applications directly without an additional authentication step."
  • "A room for improvement in Okta Workforce Identity is its price. It could be cheaper. The biggest benefit of the solution is that everything works securely without extra steps, so you're saving on your workforce's time and effort because your applications work smoothly and securely, but you'd need to pay some amount of money for that. Another area that could be improved, though not necessarily regarding Okta Workforce Identity, is the SSO applications because so many of the source applications charge extra money to put the SSO to work, which means you have to buy a more expensive license. Nowadays, SSO is a mainstream functionality and it should be out-of-the-box in those applications because it's so easy to set up."

What is our primary use case?

We used Okta Workforce Identity for SSO, MFA, life cycle management, as well as the external identity and access management for external customers. We used the solution internally for accessing all applications, so we had an Okta software portal where we could then start any application we wanted.

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest benefit my company gained from Okta Workforce Identity is that everything just works securely so that all your managed devices can access all your applications without any hassle because they are trusted devices, but if you want to use your father's or mother's PC to access the company application, then it will ask more MFA (multifactor authentication) steps.

What is most valuable?

What I found most valuable in Okta Workforce Identity is that it worked together with VMware Workspace One, so there was this device check at the same time. My company used the trusted device method that enabled you to define that only the trusted devices including the Workspace One agent were able to access the applications directly without an additional authentication step.

What needs improvement?

A room for improvement in Okta Workforce Identity is its price. It could be cheaper. The biggest benefit of the solution is that everything works securely without extra steps, so you're saving on your workforce's time and effort because your applications work smoothly and securely, but you'd need to pay some amount of money for that.

Another area that could be improved, though not necessarily regarding Okta Workforce Identity, is the SSO applications because so many of the source applications charge extra money to put the SSO to work, which means you have to buy a more expensive license. Nowadays, SSO is a mainstream functionality and it should be out-of-the-box in those applications because it's so easy to set up.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've worked with Okta Workforce Identity since 2014, though I just changed my workplace, meaning I left the company where the solution was being used. I did have experience with it within the last twelve months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Okta Workforce Identity is a stable solution. It's always on, though once there's been some hiccup in the US time zone that didn't affect my company.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Okta Workforce Identity is a scalable solution.

How are customer service and support?

There were times I needed to escalate some questions to the technical support team of Okta Workforce Identity, and on a scale of one to ten, with one being the worst and ten being the best, I would rate support a nine out of ten.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

How was the initial setup?

Setting up Okta Workforce Identity has to be done gradually because you have to change the log-in methods for every application, meaning you need to turn them on. For example, now you'll start to use Okta Workforce Identity for Office 365. Next, you'll use it for Zendesk. You cannot do everything at the same time, so you have to make a gradual plan over a couple of months, then you turn on all of the new applications for authentications to be done with Okta Workforce Identity.

Deploying the solution took two months.

What about the implementation team?

The implementation of Okta Workforce Identity was done in-house because my company had a lot of ready-made integrations with the solution, but sometimes you need to ask for help from the third-party software vendor, particularly to turn on some features, so your third-party software integrates with Okta Workforce Identity, for example, you'd need to have the SSO feature turned on, etc.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing for Okta Workforce Identity could still be improved or made cheaper. It costs from 50 to 100 euros a year per user.

Okta Workforce Identity has different packages you can choose from, and my previous company had all of them, particularly the full Okta suite. We went with the full suite because you can also use it in the new employee onboarding process, so when you get a new employee, you can authorize Okta Workforce Identity to provision all the applications automatically so that when you create the new user and you put that user into a certain user group, then he gets all the applications provisioned automatically. For example, for Microsoft 365, the solution creates the user, puts that user in the right place, and also adds licensing, so my company was using Okta Workforce Identity as well for the onboarding of new employees.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In the organization I previously worked for, I also used VMware Identity Manager, apart from Okta Workforce Identity. Those two solutions work together, and though they have a little bit of competition, VMware Identity Manager and Okta Workforce Identity complement each other. Okta is the master identity solution while with VMware Identity Manager and Workspace ONE, you can create the aspect of the trusted device so that when you have a trusted iOS, Android, Windows, or Mac device, it will check whether it's trusted, via VMware, and then transfer the authentication to Okta Workforce Identity and everything works just smoothly, so Okta knows that this authentication comes from a trusted device and it can pass further without any additional MFA.

What other advice do I have?

Okta Workforce Identity isn't an on-premises solution.

My company had three hundred users of Okta Workforce Identity at the time.

In terms of maintenance, you just need to make configurations on the console. There was no scripting or coding, so you just have to use the console and know what you're doing.

I would recommend Okta Workforce Identity to others who may want to start using it. My advice for new users is that it's important to understand the trusted device and zero trust methodology, so that when you have devices to manage, for example, with Workspace One, and you combine that with Okta Workforce Identity authentication through VMware Identity Manager, you'll get the full picture. This is so you can ensure that everything works together because knowing only the identity and access management without the device management and trust would be just half the story.

I'm rating Okta Workforce Identity nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Buyer's Guide
Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS)
September 2022
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