Mark Settle is no stranger to shadow IT. In former roles as CIO of research firm IHS and BMC Software he had to combat employees consuming cloud software without his permission. That’s one thing he doesn’t have to worry much about in his new role as the first CIO of security software maker Okta, where the IT operating model consists of 150 SaaS applications.
At a time when most of Settle’s peers talk about getting out of the business of running IT infrastructure and data centers, he’s joined a startup that runs entirely on SaaS applications as well as cloud infrastructure from Amazon Web Services. That means Settle will no longer have to beg for cash to upgrade storage or lease more data center space.