Edit: Here are quick links to the other parts:
Good question. In the era of spiraling SaS costs, companies want to know how to rein in cloud software.
What’s the solution?
Well, we think Alpin is at least part of the solution, and most likely, it’s all you need. What Alpin does has been called many things: SaaS Management. SaaS Optimization. SAM for SaaS. ITAM for cloud software. CASB lite.
We’ve tried our best to lay out the benefits for you here. There’s a lot to cover, so this is part one of a multi-part series. Here, we’ll quickly summarize the benefits in various areas:
It’s an interesting time to be a vendor manager. The number of vendors, often SaaS providers, continues to grow.
And much of that growth is shadow IT, where department heads or front-line employees are managing those SaaS relationships — if you can call signing up and setting up credit card auto-renewal “managing.”
“SaaS vendor management” has sometimes meant “crowdsourced vendor management.”
Why is that? As we’ve seen from research from Gartner and others, even CIOs have little clue just how much shadow IT exists at their own companies.
Firms have also been permissive of departments seeking out their own solutions, keeping themselves agile.
The reaction to that permissive attitude has begun. And whenever the next recession or correction hits, we should expect the pace to increase quickly, as the focus turns to rapid-fire cost-cutting initiatives.
And what will help SaaS vendor managers face this challenge? Ironically, more SaaS. But it only takes 1 app to bring order to the chaos.
In the area of SaaS optimization, these two important functions find their interests closely aligned. Alpin is a tool used by finance and procurement execs to automatically manage cloud applications. If you want to know how to take back your day and get rid of mundane tasks, read on!
You may be reading this now because you’re ready to tackle shadow IT before it becomes worse. You know about it and need to do something, or you risk looking negligent.
Acting alone, you may not be able to prioritize shadow IT. But working together with the relevant stakeholders and educating the right people can get you far.