You’re busy. You don’t manage all the SaaS in your company’s ecosystem, as only a handful of the largest SaaS contracts (like Salesforce) may be under your purview.
Perhaps the vast swath of shadow SaaS that exists has not been something you have been aware of, or concerned about.
Why would you want to find and manage shadow SaaS?
We thought of a few reasons:
- Raise your internal profile (become more important)
- Use data to demonstrate effective SaaS deployments
- Justify smart software investments by reducing SaaS costs
Raise your internal profile
SaaS presents several opportunities to expand internal influence:
Step into security – Did you know your security team is likely not paying attention to security vulnerabilities associated with SaaS? Trust us. Automatic monitoring and security alerts for SaaS vendors, with you as the “owner” of a SaaS management product, gives you views the security team has not even imagined — but will appreciate.
Get a bigger budget by illustrating the scope of your shadow SaaS – If you discover 10x more SaaS than anyone expected, then managing software is a bigger job requiring a bigger budget. The best part? That initial discovery is entirely free. You can start a 14-day trial with Alpin and use the resulting data to justify your desired SaaS management strategy and budget.
Use data to demonstrate effective SaaS deployments
Chances are, you know how to execute a smooth deployment to hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of employees. Despite that, it may only take a few complaints to cause you trouble. Management may expect perfection, as they often do for IT.
The data you need to show your effectiveness at SaaS rollouts may not be available in a traditional SAM software suite.
Alpin can give you the data you need to prove your effectiveness. Create reports that demonstrate:
- How fast rollouts took place by department, division, or company-wide.
- Which departments followed instructions most promptly.
- Whether users received notification emails and if they completed certain activities in the software.
- Who continues to use any legacy software that was replaced so you can work to migrate them fully.
The bottom line: data-rich reporting on successful SaaS deployments will help prove that you’re doing your job efficiently and effectively.
Justify smart software investments by reducing SaaS costs
If you have worked in SAM for long, you know it can be difficult for some people to understand that software investments can reduce costs overall. (You can’t have ROI without the “I”!)
What if you could have stronger arguments by bringing cost cuts to the conversation?
We help companies save up to 30% on SaaS costs. That can be a significant number.
Use SaaS cost reductions to justify some other investments you have wanted to make, creating a small cascade of optimization. All started by a SaaS management initiative.
If you’re looking to get more serious about SaaS spend management, we have even more financial and automation features to show you. Contact us for a demo or start a 14-day trial. You’ll see how Alpin can work for you. Get started by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.