We live in a world of the “as a service” business model, where services are rendered on a per-month or per-billing cycle service model rather than the traditional “buy now, replace later” one. What they don’t tell you, however, is that when you use Software as a Service (SaaS) for multiple purposes, things can get messy pretty quickly. How do you manage all of your software solutions without breaking the bank (and your brain)?
A SaaS management platform can be a great way to ensure that you are getting maximum value from your SaaS applications, as well as optimize aspects of your operations that you may not have considered. Here are four benefits that your organization can stand to take advantage of through the use of a SaaS management platform.
Have you ever wondered how your employees use the solutions you provide them? A good SaaS management solution will give you the ability to see at a glance which applications your employees use the most and how they use them. Doing so can help you make educated decisions about your technology moving forward and whether or not you actually need certain solutions.
The more software your organization uses, the greater the chance that something can go wrong with the licensing. If the license expires, the application might suddenly be unavailable for use, leading employees to find their own solutions. SaaS management allows your organization to get a bird’s eye view of your entire software infrastructure to manage and renew licenses as needed.
It doesn’t matter how little or how much you use SaaS applications. Chances are, at some point, these applications are going to store your organization’s data in some capacity, a practice which can create problems if you do not know what information they are storing and where. If your business is using a SaaS management platform that gives you the opportunity to outline each and every software used for your business, it becomes much easier to shore up weak points in its infrastructure.
SaaS gives you a centralized method of managing your software, a concept that can help to cut down on shadow IT (the practice of employees purchasing or making use of unapproved solutions). If employees have a pool of applications that they can pick and choose from at a whim, they will be less likely to go out of their way to find their own solution that suits their needs.
Virtual Business Solutions can help your business get started with SaaS management by offering a comprehensive network audit. This will help you determine the best path forward for your software management needs. To learn more, reach out to us at (504) 840-9800 ext. 105.