Report from Oktane19
For anyone working with Okta, the place to be this year was Oktane19 in San Francisco. Oktane itself is two full days of keynotes, breakouts and networking, but there are so many more things going on that it’s easy to turn Oktane into a full week event!
I had the pleasure of attending Oktane this year alongside my colleague Nils Anders Hvinden. Ahead of the conference itself, there are opportunities to take part in training and certification sessions, as well as “mini-conferences” for targeted audiences. We started out by signing up for some Oktane master classes covering different topics, and for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of Okta, I can highly recommend these training sessions.
The first one we attended was about advanced mastering. It was well organized with each student having access to a full lab environment and with a good pace and progression through the various steps and challenges. As far as I could tell, even the teaching assistants in the session had experience comparable to my own. Even though I thought I had some difficult questions along the way, they were always able to provide good insights and useful answers. Double thumbs-up to Okta Educational Services!
It’s all about the people, people!
The training session was a perfect start to Oktane, because it highlights an aspect to Oktane that deserves attention. I’ll be coming to awards and product announcements shortly, but what truly makes Oktane such a great event are the people you get to interact with and hear from. The teaching assistants, the people on Okta’s partner team, the experts in Okta Consulting Services, Okta’s international teams, be they European-based or Australia-based or from somewhere else entirely. From Okta customers telling great stories and presenting interesting challenges we need to help them solve via Okta’s presenters demonstrating functionality and discussing where Okta is headed to keynote speakers that can grab a crowd of 4000 and mesmerize us with their personal stories and experiences, it’s all about the people.
A big thank you to all;
you’re at the very core of why Oktane19 was such a great event!
I wish I could summarize the keynotes delivered by Viola Davis and Frank Abagnale in a few sentences, but I would fail entirely; if you get a chance to see a YouTube recording of them, go for it! It is also worth watching Okta CEO Todd McKinnon’s keynote where he, among many things, talked about his thoughts on Okta as an open platform and how making it as open as possible would provide the basis for increasing the integrations available through it ten-fold, hundred-fold and beyond! And I would be remiss if I didn’t make note of the keynote delivered by the Head of ICT of Norwegian Refugee Council, Pietro Galli, bringing attention to the important work they do at NRC and highlighting NRC as this year’s focal point for Okta for Good.