Keeping SaaS Sprawl in Check: Three Key Questions to Ask

May 29, 2018 in SaaS Management

By: Ariel Diaz

The widespread use of SaaS software is a good thing for organizations. People feel empowered to buy and use the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. On the other hand, SaaS usage can quickly get out of control from a workflow, spend, visibility, and security perspective if left unchecked. If there’s no dedicated IT person in an organization, it can be tough to even know where to start.

No need to stress; we’ve pulled together the three key questions to ask yourself to keep SaaS sprawl in check. Hint: it’s all about the relationship between people and apps.
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The New IT: From Helpdesk to Business Operations

May 24, 2018 in SaaS Management, Security, Shadow IT

By: Matt Tharp

A recent study from Cisco showed that the average organization has 15 to 22 times more cloud applications running than have been authorized by the IT department. The question is, if everyone’s installing their own SaaS apps, who’s responsible for the role of IT at an organization? This question challenges every business, from startups to enterprises, and can serve as a major point of frustration for those assigned the role of IT management. Let’s take a look at why the problem of IT ownership exists, and how smart organizations should be handling it today.

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SOC 2 and Data Access Controls: What You Need to Know

March 29, 2018 in Compliance, SaaS Stack, Security


Guest post by Schuyler Brown, co-founder strongDM

As a part of our Blissfully SOC 2 compliance series, we invited strongDM to write a guest blog post about the challenges of data access controls, and why database management is important in the scheme of completing a SOC 2 audit. Blissfully used strongDM in our SOC 2 technology stack, mapped to the audit requirement of logical and physical access controls. Read more in our recently published SOC 2 Compliance Playbook.

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How to Build a People-Centric Employee Onboarding Process

January 25, 2018 in Employee Lifecycle, HR, SaaS Stack

Employee onboarding is one of the most important experiences in someone’s time at your organization. Onboarding is when they not only receive the tools they need to do the job they’ve been hired for, but also form their first impressions of what it’s like to work with you and begin acclimating to your organizational culture.

In fact, a strong employee onboarding program can increase retention by 25% and performance by 11%.

So while it’s easy to oversimplify employee onboarding as a technical process that involves things like email setup and benefits enrollment, it has much bigger implications from a culture and productivity standpoint. Therefore, it not only makes sense, but is imperative to your and your employees’ success to take a people-first approach as you bring new hires into the fold.

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The RIGHT Way to Configure Google Drive

November 26, 2017 in G Suite

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Dropbox has long been the gold standard for how file syncing should work. However, since Google Drive launched, and comes with 30GB free with Google Apps accounts, it’s been steadily replacing many companies file sharing platform. The problem though, is that Google Drive’s default organizational framework is confusing and broken.

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