SaaS oversight has previously been difficult or impossible. Why?
Too much data hidden in too many places. And no tools were designed to automate and organize the uncovered data.
Alpin focuses on strength and depth of discovery methods because they serve as the foundation for effective SaaS management. Discovering by 1 or 2 methods alone, such as only an expense integration, may only capture a fraction of SaaS subscriptions you have.
Alpin Discovery Methods
Levels of SaaS Discovery
Alpin offers over 12 ways to discover SaaS. Some are more or less intrusive than others. We think about discovery at three basic levels:
1. Instant Discovery
API integrations, connections with SSO platforms, etc.
This fast connection can collect essential information almost instantly. This is limited by the number of apps offering the right APIs and your SSO platform.
2. Financial Discovery
Integration with accounting and expense systems
Connect expenses and subscriptions together to maximize the impact of financial reporting on SaaS.
browser plugins, on-device agents, log analysis, email scanning, etc.
The most data-intensive but exhaustive of discovery methods that help ensure Alpin captures all of your SaaS applications.
Your App Count
For every employee you have, expect about 0.5 to 1 unique SaaS apps.
500 employees? ~500 different, active SaaS subscriptions.
Games – On average, we find 99 different game subscriptions in cloud environments.
Popular App Categories
Project / Task Management – 7 to 9 apps within these categories.
File Sharing & Backup – 6 apps on average.
When Is Discovery Especially Helpful?
Discovery can show you tens of thousands of apps and make it possible to get a full picture of your SaaS estate in one dashboard. Visibility into your SaaS environment can be especially helpful in certain scenarios as well:
- Supporting M&A due diligence by analyzing a target company
- Integrating a newly acquired company
- Preparing for pre-IPO audits