Five Important Questions To Ask About Your Business’s SaaS Tools

July 9, 2019 in SaaS Management, SaaS Spend, SaaS Trends, Security

SaaS Today: More Popular Than Ever.

SaaS usage is accelerating at a rapid pace across businesses of all sizes and types. In fact, the average company pays for 20 times more SaaS subscriptions today than they did five years ago, and uses three times more free SaaS products than paid apps. SaaS has taken root across all functions and departments.

Impressively, non-engineering SaaS spend rose from about 10% in 2010 to over 80% today. Currently, 38% of companies work almost entirely on SaaS. Experts predict that in the next two years that number will go up to 73%, and the SaaS market will reach $76 billion.
Chart of SaaS Spend by Department

More Software = More Chaos.

There is a downside, however: Often, as SaaS tools begin to take hold within an organization, added complexity, lack of visibility across apps and teams, redundant tools and subscriptions, and concerns about data security become more common.

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What is Shadow IT? Answers to Common Questions.

July 2, 2019 in SaaS Management, Security, Shadow IT

A visualization of shadow IT

Shadow IT Explained

Shadow IT is the use of IT hardware or software by an individual without the knowledge of IT within the organization.

With the rapid proliferation of mobile devices and cloud-based services, IT has moved from being a tightly controlled environment to being an open environment with a great deal of stakeholders and movement. Users have become comfortable downloading and using apps and services from the cloud to assist them in their work, and will do so with or without company approval.

According to Cisco in 2016, 80% of end users use software not cleared by IT, 83% of IT staff admit to using unsanctioned software or services, and only 8% of all enterprises actually know the scope of shadow IT within their organization. And shadow IT has only grown since then.
SaaS management software can help by providing both visibility and control of apps throughout the organization.

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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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