Snow Software has released Snow SaaS Management, a new version of its software-as-a-service (SaaS) management solution to support IT leaders’ need to take control of their sprawl, manage surprise SaaS costs, mitigate compliance and security risks, and optimise overall spend. Leveraging Snow’s significant experience in managing SaaS and available exclusively on the Snow Atlas platform, Snow SaaS Management provides complete visibility across an organisation’s IT environment to accurately identify and manage SaaS usage with the most comprehensive discovery engine in the market.
Empowering IT to take control of shadow SaaS
According to a recent Snow survey, 44% of IT leaders said ‘employees adding new SaaS applications without notifying IT’ is a top concern when managing SaaS applications within their organisation. With increasing end-user purchasing power, SaaS vendors have created even more self-service demos, trials and purchasing ability for their customers – agitating and broadening blind spots for IT teams. By removing friction in the purchasing process, end-users bypass most controls that may have been in place previously to assess the suitability and security of an application by IT. Without centralised visibility into SaaS application usage (whether authorised or unauthorised), SaaS cost, application sprawl and security risks can quickly spiral out of control. IT teams can still maintain responsibility for managing these pain points, even if they are not the internal owner of the application itself.
“We believe that organisations need a SaaS management approach that eliminates the silos between users, departments and technologies that yields more insights into what applications are being used – and their overall impact,” said Sanjay Castelino, Chief Product and Customer Officer of Snow. “With our years of experience in SaaS management and rapidly expanding capabilities available on our Snow Atlas platform, Snow is uniquely positioned to deliver further value to organisations for decades to come. This is a significant moment for Snow as we broaden the reach of our SaaS management solution to the market, taking us another step toward achieving our larger vision of delivering Technology Intelligence to all organisations.”
More impact with comprehensive visibility and verified usage
Snow SaaS Management provides market-leading visibility into an organisation’s SaaS environment with the most comprehensive discovery engine – a combination of API connectors, agent, single sign-on (SSO) and browser extension – revealing paid, free, known and unknown SaaS applications to eliminate blind spots.
Along with comprehensive discovery, Snow SaaS Management provides organisations with verified usage data that offers not only data on application logins but details the duration of time spent in the application down to each individual user. This is an essential feature for organisations to go beyond surface-level understanding of license allocations and highlights opportunities for optimisation based on actual usage. In addition to maximising optimisation, this capability supports organisational security by identifying usage of unsanctioned and free applications.
Powered by Snow’s market-leading Data Intelligence Service (DIS), Snow SaaS Management automatically recognises, normalises and augments SaaS application data for more than 23,000 SaaS applications. Armed with this insight, organisations can approach renewals with confidence, eliminate waste and redundancies to save costs and secure their SaaS environment to mitigate risks.
Single, consolidated view into SaaS use
Built on Snow Atlas, the only unified cloud-native platform delivering insights across entire IT landscapes, Snow SaaS Management consolidates comprehensive details on SaaS applications used within the organisation, regardless of discovery method, in one place. With a streamlined user experience, IT leaders can see the organisation’s SaaS application portfolio and act on the insights provided to drive value from their SaaS investments.
Formerly offered as an add-on to its award-winning software asset management (SAM) solution, Snow SaaS Management is now available as a standalone product. As organisations’ Technology Intelligence requirements grow, they can adopt additional capabilities leveraging the shared services of Snow Atlas. Other capabilities and benefits of Snow SaaS Management include:
- Optimise costs for expensive enterprise hybrid applications. Snow SaaS Management provides organisations with optimisation for complex enterprise applications like Microsoft 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud. With hybrid applications, organisations need to understand online as well as installed usage to identify opportunities for downgrading from premium tiers to less expensive tiers.
- Immediate ROI with automated data normalisation, augmentation and configuration of vendor portal API and SSO connectors. In addition to providing usage data for more than 23,000 SaaS applications, IT leaders can configure SaaS API connectors in minutes and immediately see areas for optimisation within their organisation such as licenses assigned versus licenses purchased. Snow SaaS Management also improves time to value by leveraging Snow’s DIS to recognise, clean and enrich SaaS application data from multiple discovery sources.