Ideas

Recently, two of our co-founders, Mark Evans and Ben Soulier, were interviewed by Alex Wood at the popular Colorado = Security podcast.

 

Below, we’ve transcribed the Podcast if you want to scan and get the gist. If you’re interested in listening, look up Colorado Security on your favorite podcast app, listen to episode 102, and jump to about 27 minutes and 40 seconds in to hear the interview with Mark and Ben.

 

What are some highlights?

 

• Learn more about Alpin’s founding and story

• Get the lowdown on why companies use Alpin

• See how Alpin fits in the security landscape with CASBs, firewalls and more

• Listen to Mark and Ben discuss their vision for the future

– Upcoming features for the App

– What’s next for Alpin the company

 

It’s a question more people at more companies are asking – what’s actually happening inside our cloud?

 

Intentionally or not, many IT departments have allowed “distributed software purchasing decisions.” Employees have signed up for, purchased, and expensed software independently. (And of course, a lot of SaaS subscriptions aren’t even paid.) As a result, SaaS has grown rapidly and is expected to continue growing in 2019. However, many IT leaders now wonder if some “collaborative oversight”* may be necessary to ensure security, compliance, and reasonable costs.

 

 

This guide will walk you through the necessary steps for managing all SaaS accounts or subscriptions. If you’re looking to garner support internally for such a project, check out our guide a Shadow IT cleanup initiative.

 

While you can attempt to follow the steps below manually using our free spreadsheet template, this guide assumes you would rather avoid mind-numbing, time-wasting manual efforts, and instead want to automate managing these SaaS accounts. To that end, we describe the process using Alpin – it’s what we built Alpin for!

 

* Most of our customers want to preserve their company’s distributed decision-making for using and purchasing cloud software, augmented with oversight in a central dashboard. And, Alpin opens up new methods of control or management. For instance, G Suite administrators can blacklist applications or revoke user access tokens directly in Alpin, after being shown the offending apps and affected users.

 

Cloud software (SaaS) growth continues to happen at rapid rates.

 

Massive change like the transition to the cloud can leave gaps — in knowledge, solutions, or visibility.

 

How is your SaaS looking lately? Our customers have been surprised at what they discovered in their cloud, even when they thought they knew.

 

In this post, we’ll look at some 2018 Deloitte survey data and some aggregate information from Alpin’s customers.

 

If you’re considering switching to SaaS products or evaluating your digital transformation efforts, these statistics can provide some context and rules of thumb. We hope they enhance your cloud proposals, planning, or projects.

 

Maybe you’re assigned to inventory SaaS after an acquisition. Or, you’re the person that will designate someone to do so.

 

Integration after an acquisition requires intense time commitments and attention to detail, and SaaS inventories are no different. Many companies inventory their SaaS less than they think they do. Or, some staff members may believe they have a thorough inventory without tools to extensively audit those findings.

 

Research from reputable organizations like Gartner and Cisco repeatedly show that more cloud software exists than anyone believed, by orders of magnitude.

 

Anyone who’s been through an IPO knows the intense work and scrutiny it requires. Preparing for an IPO typically results in thorough corporate “house cleaning.”

 

And just like when you’re cleaning house, there’s a junk drawer. What’s the modern junk drawer in most companies? SaaS.

 

Just imagine these are all SaaS brand logos – some are super helpful, some less. But they all end up in one big, expensive bucket.

 

What if your vendor management platform really brought your organization together in a way it had not before?

 

SaaS management can bring strong vendor management features, as well as good reasons for other departments to get on the platform. Take a look at the first post in this series for why.

 

For the company looking for better vendor management or the vendor manager looking for improved visibility, look no further than a modern SaaS management platform.

 

 

The Alpin team recently had the pleasure of exhibiting at SecureWorld Denver 2018. The conference was full of friendly hosts, fantastic speakers with great original content, and new solution providers like Alpin.  

 

Hello from our team!

 

The Alpin team, including an awesome Daenerys Targaryen cosplay rocked by our wonderful Customer Success manager, Laura (costumes were welcome, it was Halloween!)

 

So what did we learn from SecureWorld 2018? Here are a  few takeaways from conversations, presentations, and discussions:

 

Managing SaaS Part 1 – with links to all other parts.

 

The hardest part about working in compliance? People. People create challenges for compliance professionals. Yet, we need the cooperation of others to achieve organizational compliance.

 

Some of the best compliance people I have worked with treated compliance as a team goal. Their role was to help, educate, and guide others. SaaS management, at a minimum, can give you the visibility to know who to help and how urgently.

 

And more importantly, there are now some SaaS management tools that highlight vendor compliance status, and even help automate some compliance tasks.

 

Side note, if you haven’t looked, there’s an unexpected abundance of compliance-related memes (please note the Barbra Streisand one).