Okta Engineering with Hector Aguilar

A new employee at a software company needs access to a variety of tools. In order to get started working, the employee might need Slack, email, Google Docs, and Amazon Web Services, and all of these require an account with a username and password.

Setting up all of these accounts can be time consuming, because the company needs to go into their admin portal and create the accounts. The accounts need to have the right security policies and configuration settings. And when the employee leaves the company, all of these accounts need to be shut down.

Okta is a company that builds identity and access management software, such as an “SSO (single-sign on)” tool that allows users to log into all of these different types of accounts using only an Okta login. Okta was started in 2009 and has grown steadily since then, going public in 2017.

Hector Aguilar is the president of technology at Okta and he joins the show to talk about the software stack of Okta and how the company has evolved over time as it has become a core infrastructure provider and hired a large engineering team.

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