The 3 Best Practices for a Cloud-First IT Strategy in 2019

June 28, 2019 in SaaS Management, Shadow IT

There was a time when IT (Information Technology) was a naturally centralized function. Information technology experts made decisions about everything from the phone on your desk to the screensaver on your computer. They controlled budgets, conducted troubleshooting, and served as the “buck stops here” department for all things tech.

If you work at a modern business today, you know this is rarely the case anymore. Read on to learn about the best practices for Cloud-first IT in 2019.

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3 Steps to Effective SaaS App Onboarding

May 31, 2019 in Employee Lifecycle, SaaS Management

The one thing that remains constant about SaaS apps is change. According to Blissfully’s 2019 SaaS Trends research, more than 40 percent of the average company’s SaaS stack has completely changed in the last two years. If that’s not complicated enough, the typical midsized company uses 120 apps overall, and sees an average of 2,700 app-to-people connections in their SaaS Graph. Companies need to master SaaS app onboarding to ensure that people know how to properly and securely use their applications, and are aware of their roles and responsibilities.

Here are some tips on where to start.

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Inside The SaaS Graph: The Hidden Relationships Transforming IT Management

May 8, 2019 in SaaS Management, SaaS Trends

The relationship between apps and people is far more complicated than most organizations realize. Much like Facebook’s “Social Graph” for people-to-people relationships, the SaaS Graph illustrates people-to-app relationships and the complexity they can introduce into the organization. Each SaaS Graph relationship could represent a potential point of security vulnerability or unnecessary efficiency. A new approach to SaaS management can minimize these risks and optimize once-cumbersome workflows. Let’s dive into how.

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Why You Should Optimize Your SaaS Stack for Flexibility

May 2, 2019 in SaaS Management, SaaS Stack

There’s a good chance that at least one of those hot new SaaS apps you’re about to implement organization-wide is going to be replaced in a year.

Whether due to acquisition, funding woes, or a well-publicized security breach, some apps simply don’t stand the test of time. Others will serve their purpose for a while but then you need new features, so you make a switch. In still other cases, a product already in use at your organization will expand its feature set to cover the territory of another app; it can be wise at that point to consolidate.

Regardless of the reason, the reality for modern businesses is that app turnover is very common. In fact, the typical mid-sized company saw 39% of their SaaS stack change in 2018. According to our research, it’s safe to assume that within two years, roughly half of your tech stack will be different than it is today. While it’s easy to interpret this as bad news and look for strategies to avoid app turnover as much as possible, we argue a better approach is to embrace change and build your business for SaaS flexibility.

The ease with which your organization can adopt new apps, and switch out old ones, is critical to maintaining a strong technology stack. The rapid pace of change in SaaS feature sets makes it nearly impossible to predict which apps you will keep for the long term, which will disappear, and which ones you’ll want to replace with a better, more innovative option.

Rather than trying to predict the future, focus on optimizing for flexibility and process. This will empower your team leaders to experiment and give your organization leverage to adopt the best tools at any given point in time.

Here’s a look at how to prioritize a flexible SaaS stack at your organization.

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5 Practical SaaS Vendor Management Tips for IT Leaders

April 4, 2019 in SaaS Management

The task of SaaS vendor management has become a lot more challenging over the last few years, since the CIO and IT team don’t always have direct visibility into the apps employees are using across the organization. A variety of trends — including team members directly testing and purchasing new apps themselves — have made the “Command and Control” (or highly centralized and restrictive) role of IT management virtually impossible. The following SaaS vendor management best practices can help CIOs and their teams get a handle on the growing SaaS boom, while giving team members the freedom and flexibility to choose the tools they want and need.

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Ditch the Spreadsheet: Track SaaS Subscriptions the Smart Way

January 18, 2019 in SaaS Management

Did you know that the average mid-size business has 100+ SaaS apps in place? Even with numbers that high, the majority of businesses still track their SaaS apps with an Excel or Google spreadsheet. If you’re one of them, then you probably know first-hand how unwieldy and inefficient managing a SaaS program manually with a spreadsheet can be.

In this post, we take a deeper look at why tracking internal SaaS usage with a spreadsheet has become increasingly difficult, and offer a more effective approach going forward.

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6 Common SaaS Management Challenges High Growth Companies Face & How to Address Them

December 20, 2018 in SaaS Management

Managing IT in the era of SaaS proliferation can be difficult, especially since the command-and-control model of old no longer works for most companies. A Collaborative IT approach, to contrast, involves team leaders, employees, finance, HR and IT in collectively solving SaaS management challenges. Here are six of the challenges high growth companies most commonly face, and how Collaborative IT can help address them.

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How to Address SaaS Spend Optimization with Blissfully

August 21, 2018 in SaaS Management

By: Ariel Diaz

Both SaaS spending and the amount of app subscriptions per company are expected to double by 2020. That means people are choosing their own technologies at massive scale because it’s good for business productivity. On the flip side, a lack of visibility into your team’s apps creates chaos down the road when it comes to SaaS spending, security, compliance, onboarding/offboarding, and more. Continue reading »

SaaS Spending to double by 2020. Will you be ready?

June 24, 2018 in SaaS Management, SaaS Trends

SaaS adoption has dramatically transformed the workplace. The apps we use have become one of the most personal parts of our jobs. This trend might have started with marketing teams pulling away from IT to make their own software decisions, but It turns out every team wants the freedom to choose the SaaS tools that work best for them. While SaaS has been growing at an insane rate over the last decade, our latest analysis predicts that SaaS growth is still a rocket ship.

As a SaaS management platform, Blissfully provides real-time visibility into SaaS app usage and spend across the entire organization. This gives us an incredible perspective on the impact of SaaS proliferation on organizations of all sizes and on a quarterly basis we analyze more than eight years of data across a sample of hundreds of companies of all sizes. In our latest report – Blissfully Q1 2018 SaaS Trends – we came away with three incredible key take-aways:
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