Larimer County Enlists Okta + Auth0 to Help Centralize Identity
The team at Larimer began centralizing their authentication systems with 2,200 of their employees so they could move between applications seamlessly. To do so, they engaged Okta to help them transition away from total reliance on-premise systems like Active Directory, integrating Okta’s platform for all 35 of their apps in less than a month.
“Okta made SAML integration really quick and easy. In most cases, it was as simple as connecting things, entering in the right values, and turning it on,” Turnbull explains. “Within about two weeks, we had most of our applications online.”
After seeing the difference centralized identity made for their employees, the county realized their citizens would benefit from a similar experience. Turnbull and the team evaluated various citizen identity systems before selecting Auth0. Auth0 was the best solution for a citizen-facing use case due to the features it offered like social logins, as well as strong developer-focused documentation and modules for Larimer County’s developers.
Shortly after integrating Auth0’s platform, they realized having both solutions was actually more beneficial than they initially thought due to the way each platform complemented the other.
“Both tools worked really well together,” Turnbull explains. “We were able to create a social login connection in Auth0 that made it possible for employees to navigate our applications as citizens or employees without ever switching systems.”