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Standardization in authentik: where we embrace guardrails and where we’ve kept flexibility

· 8 min read
Jens Langhammer
CTO at Authentik Security Inc

authentik is an open source Identity Provider that unifies your identity needs into a single platform, replacing Okta, Active Directory, and auth0. Authentik Security is a public benefit company building on top of the open source project.

How to be great? Just be good, repeatably.

Consistency is often credited as more important to success than bursts of inspiration. However when we’re talking about startups, standardization and innovation are often presented as conflicting mindsets. Standardization is for scaleups and enterprises, introduced around the same time as red tape and bureaucracy. Innovation is for scrappy startups, along with “move fast and break things” and “do things that don’t scale”.

Authentik Security is just over a year old, you can still count our team members on your hands, and we do a bit of both. Here are some things we’ve standardized that have helped us be more efficient (and where we’ve kept things fluid).