SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/15/11 -- Today, Okta , the leading on-demand identity and access management service, announced the availability of powerful new Self Service capability to the Okta Application Network . This release marks the unprecedented ability for enterprise IT organizations to easily publish a custom app catalog to their organization and for end users to seamlessly discover and get single sign-on  to the cloud apps they rely on to get their work done.
Employees, accustomed to popular consumer and enterprise app stores, have come to expect easy access to the apps they need and want. With instant access to more than 1,200 cloud and web apps via Okta, employees can easily find the consumer and business apps that they need to use on a daily basis and self-configure to achieve single sign-on across all of their apps from their Okta homepage. It makes it easier for employees to get up and running with the cloud apps that matter for their job and accelerates the secure adoption of cloud apps throughout the organization.
The customizable Self Service catalog also enables IT organizations to expose all or just some of the 1,200+ cloud and web apps that are pre-integrated with Okta to support single sign-on, user provisioning and deprovisioning . By extending this app catalog to their users, IT gets a bird's-eye view of application usage throughout the business. With this visibility, they can identify popular cloud apps and work with the appropriate app vendors to ensure the company is getting the best value from their cloud apps.
Employees can easily discover and install the apps they need, from any device, which fundamentally improves productivity. With employees now able to search apps and request access on their own, IT is able to get out in front of the business and focus on leading, not impeding, cloud adoption. And with Okta Self Service, IT can enhance the secure adoption of cloud by leveraging the deeply pre-integrated apps that Okta provides.
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"Okta's new Self Service capability is a big leap forward for both enterprise IT and the end users they serve. Employees are using more cloud apps than ever before, and they've grown accustomed to finding these apps through online catalogs," said Todd McKinnon, CEO, Okta. "Okta now brings that capability to business users, in conjunction with their IT departments, making it easier than ever for employees to find and install the apps they require but may not have known existed -- all without ceding IT's need to ensure the secure adoption of cloud throughout the organization."
"As the number of cloud apps in our organization continues to increase, our employees have demanded fewer barriers to using the apps they want and need," said Ben Doyle, Director of IT Applications, Enterasys Networks. "Okta's Self Service capability has enabled our employees to easily incorporate both personal and business apps into their Okta homepage resulting in increased Okta adoption, greater user satisfaction and thus, greater value to our business."
Okta is the market leading on-demand identity and access management service that enables enterprises to accelerate the secure adoption of their web-based applications, both in the cloud and behind the firewall. Okta delivers a complete solution addressing the needs of IT, end-users, and business leaders; no customization required.
Okta's initial service is built on a secure, reliable and extensible on-demand, multi-tenant cloud services platform. That platform will be the foundation for a growing set of core Okta and partner services that empower businesses to eliminate cloud adoption barriers and unlock the potential of the cloud for enterprise users everywhere.
The Okta team has built, deployed, and supported market leading, on-demand and enterprise software solutions from companies including Salesforce.com, SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, Microsoft, Sun and HP. Okta is backed by premiere angel and venture investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, FLOODGATE and Ron Conway. For more information, visit us at www.okta.com  or follow us on www.okta.com/blog .