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How ConductorOne saves 100s of Eng hours while raising the bar on DevEx

At ConductorOne, the team is hyper-focused on supporting their customers by providing diverse integration options and delivering a friction free developer experience. With Speakeasy the team is able to deliver on these objectives for their customers, all while maintaining their development velocity and achieving significant cost and resource savings.

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ConductorOne helps you secure identity in your cloud apps and infrastructure through least privilege access controls and automation.

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Key Takeaways

Go, Python, Typescript SDKs and a Terraform provider launched in weeks, not months

650 hours of upfront development saved -- plus ongoing maintenance

Fully automated pipeline: from spec all the way through to package manager

Founded in 2020, ConductorOne (opens in a new tab) is dedicated to providing secure identity for the modern workforce. Companies today suffer from identity sprawl, with accounts and permissions spread across multitudes of SaaS and IaaS apps. Identity compromise is the leading cause of data breaches, with orphaned and over-provisioned accounts posing serious risks to organizations. ConductorOne provides an automation platform for managing the lifecycle of permissions and access across SaaS apps and cloud infrastructure, providing a valuable tool for organizations of all sizes looking to improve their security posture and reduce the risk of unauthorized access.


At ConductorOne, a key element of their company philosophy is to meet customers where they are. To roll out an enterprise API to their customers, that meant ensuring maximum accessibility.

The first decision they had to make was what protocol they wanted to use to expose their API: REST or gRPC. Internally, their teams built and consumed gRPC services. However, for the public API, they decided to expose a RESTful interface to appeal to the greatest number of users. They built a custom plugin (opens in a new tab), forked from gRPC gateway (opens in a new tab) that generates a Go server with a REST gateway exposed to their users.

“When we're exposing an API, it's important to us that we make it accessible to the highest number of people using the highest number of tools.”


Logan Saso, Senior Software Engineer at ConductorOne

To ensure maximum accessibility, the ConductorOne product and engineering teams knew they wanted to provide SDKs to lower the barriers for integration. They knew that well-crafted SDKs and documentation equates to happy developers.

ConductorOne also wanted a Terraform (TF) provider to allow Terraform code to interact with their API to automate the setup/configuration process and ensure stability of the customer's infrastructure.

The team realized that signing up for the creation of SDKs and Terraform providers meant potentially taking on significant development overhead and an ongoing maintenance burden.


The team had prior experience with SDK generators, and recognized that the in-house approach often requires significant rework. In addition, SDK generators don’t create documentation for the SDK – so this would have to be built by hand also.

With Speakeasy they were able to automatically create a Terraform provider and idiomatic SDKs across multiple languages, with in-repo documentation – all while radically reducing development time.

Time is an important dimension, but for ConductorOne, SDK and Terraform provider quality are even more important. As the primary interface for APIs, ConductorOne understood that their SDKs are perhaps the single most important component of their developer experience. With Speakeasy, ConductorOne is able to ensure their SDKs are type safe and idiomatic and that they are able to provide a best-in-class developer experience.


Developing 3 SDKs and a Terraform provider, coding by hand, would take a team of developers weeks to produce.

By their estimation, utilizing Speakeasy, ConductorOne was able to save between 400 to 500 hours of development for the SDKs, and another 150+ hours for the generation of their Terraform provider.

Time Savings

"If we had to write multiple SDKs ourselves, manually, even with a spec, we'd be looking at multiple weeks of work for multiple people. With Speakeasy, it saves us 100s of hours, a heck of a lot of time, without a doubt!"


Logan Saso, Senior Software Engineer at ConductorOne

And the savings continue to compound over time. With Speakeasy, they are able to automatically regenerate their SDKs, provider, and docs each time they update their API.

Aside from cost and time savings, one of the greatest ongoing benefits realized by ConductorOne has been eliminating the developer toil and onerous release process involved with updating every SDK whenever the API changes. With Speakeasy, the SDKs and Terraform providers are always up-to-date and versioned. They have peace of mind that every time the API changes, SDKs/TF providers are updated and republished automatically.

"Auto-generating updates makes me a lot happier,it means that I can get off work on time and still get everything I need to do, done for the day!"


Logan Saso, Senior Software Engineer at ConductorOne

To see the results first hand, take a closer look at ConductorOne's SDKs and Terraform provider here:

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