Okta Adds Two New Execs, Announces Killer Cloud SSO Momentum
Cloud identity and access management (IAM) provider Okta had a good first year of operations, tripling its customer base and increasing customers by a factor of six in the second half of 2011 alone. And to keep that momentum going, BMC Software veteran Adam Aarons has signed on as SVP of Worldwide Sales and ArcSight exec Hector Aguilar has joined as VP of Engineering.
In its momentum statement, Okta claimed big growth thanks to new customers including Nestlé Purina, ShoreTel, Pabst Brewing Company (is there a SaaS application that can make Pabst Blue Ribbon palatable? If so, sign me up) and Informatica. I’m surprised Okta’s release doesn’t mention LinkedIn at all, given that the social networking company was the subject of an Okta cloud savings cost study.
Meanwhile, those new execs are joining up just in time for Okta’s second full year in operation. Aarons, a 15-year industry veteran, led BMC Software to 300 percent revenue growth during his tenure as VP of Sales. His team was also a leader in SaaS revenues, according to the press release. Judging by Okta’s wording, Aarons will be heading up Okta’s channel relationships, and we’ll be watching closely for updates on that front.
And Aguilar, who brings 16 years of experience to his new position as VP of Engineering, “holds several U.S. patents in networking, security and software architecture,” according to that same release. Previously, he was with ArcSight, and Okta credits his R&D leadership with the company attracting HP’s interest ahead of the acquisition.
“Our swift growth, fueled by the combination of an exploding market opportunity and our maniacal focus on customer success, drives home the need for Okta’s service. Enterprises everywhere need a robust, enterprise class on-demand identity and access management service to secure, manage and scale their adoption of the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, CEO of Okta, in a prepared statement.