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How to Integrate More Applications Into Otka's Application Network

02.19.2014
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[This article originally written by Courtney Skay.]

The consumerization of applications and devices is changing the way businesses approach technology. Companies are putting people first, placing emphasis on the user experience rather than the technology itself. IT departments are seeing an even greater proliferation of specialized applications, helping each user be as productive and efficient as possible with the app that best fits their needs. With this growth of applications and focus on the end user, we wanted to be sure our users could easily and quickly integrate and access the applications that best helped their businesses – so after getting various pieces of customer feedback, we created the Okta Integration Wizard a couple months ago.

To date, Okta has integrated thousands of applications into the Okta Application Network (OAN). As we’ve been extending the depth and breadth of Okta’s service, we’ve opened up the OAN and created an easy-to-use and secure app integration wizard for our customers and partners to add both Secure Web Authentication (SWA) and SAML integrations to the OAN.

One focus of the wizard is to simplify the SWA integrations. While developing this feature, we worked directly with our customers to ensure the integration process was seamless and secure. With their help, we created a tool that allows companies to secure and access any application through Okta and will help the OAN to grow at a much faster rate.

To show you how simple it is, we’re going to run though the process step-by-step.

1: Provide the App Name and login page URL. We also enable you to customize the logo.

2:  Technically you’ve finished the app integration part at this point. (Too easy, right?!) But to make the assignment of your new app to employees easier, Okta has added user sign-in options to this page, allowing the administrator to determine who sets the credentials and username for the new application.

3:  There is no step three, actually. That’s it. (Like I said, crazy.)

We’ll continue to verify each new app addition before it enters the public OAN, maintaining our focus on reliability and customer success. We’ll also continue the proactive network monitoring performed today to ensure all integrations are always working and up to date, and customers will still be able to count on Okta for enterprise-grade service as we continue to ensure our customers can securely connect every application, user and device in the enterprise.

To learn more about the community-supported OAN and how to easily integrate applications, check out our website or visit the Okta Community to learn more.

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