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OPEN TALK: Realizing Agility and Velocity with a Neutral Approach to Identity


Chris Gustafson
Okta, Senior Solutions Engineer

Chris is a Senior manager, architect, thought leader, influencer and speaker who has worked in a variety of industries while delivering on technology-based projects.


Chris’ roles most recently have centered around setting corporate direction and vision for technology-based capabilities through both influencing relationships and outright organizational ownership. This includes thought leadership, partnership, mentorship and executive guidance.


Why neutral foundational elements like identity can unlock a future of agility.

Modern applications require neutrality and flexibility. Long gone are the days where a developer could rely upon a single vendor’s technology stack or assume that connecting systems would share the same language, platform, geography or timezone. Organizations have evolved from on-premises, to cloud to multi-cloud strategies and with this complexity comes the added requirement that development go faster, user stories become richer and code lives longer. Teams must demonstrate agility through neutrality in order to achieve increased velocity.

Okta is rooted in the concept that proprietary methods and restrictive ecosystems are contrary to the precepts of the modern developer. In this session, a discussion will revolve around why identity is the common thread that allows for interoperability and extensibility across systems, infrastructure and technologies. Identity isn’t a component of an application, but rather a fundamental attribute of all applications.