Most companies depend on a number of SaaS resources to keep themselves operational on a day to day basis. While such services are critical, things can get quite complicated, disorganized, and costly, as the list of SaaS keeps getting longer with time.
To keep software solutions from multiple providers in sync with each other and properly organized, steps such as the ones mentioned next should prove to be particularly useful.
Enable Two-Way Syncing between Multiple Business Applications
In order to properly manage the data inflow from multiple applications simultaneously and seamlessly, two-way syncing must be enabled between various cloud-based software applications provided by different companies. It saves time, improves efficiency, and removes the need to check different cloud apps individually.
By acting as a two-way communication service in between otherwise uncommunicative SaaS applications, PieSync helps in organization, management and real-time data exchange among the different services. You can learn more here about how to enable two-way syncing between iCloud and Mailchimp using PieSync; there are also hundreds of other web apps for businesses that are also supported by the service, which you can find out more about on PieSync.
Learn about the Concept of Shadow IT, and Eliminate It
Shadow IT is a loose term generally used to describe software services and applications that a company pays for, without having any practical use for it or knowledge of its existence. This is generally a result of employees signing the company up for IT services, without permission from management.
It could very well be that you are paying for a service that’s overpriced or underutilized, while in other cases, the shadow IT service could be costing the company money, without even doing anything for the business in return. Such instances could be avoided or eliminated by adopting the following steps.
- Payment records should be checked to identify and cancel existing Shadow IT subscriptions first
- Authentication must be made necessary from an appropriately placed management head before any paid subscription is authorized
- Each new subscription should be automatically or manually recorded, by making it a mandate via company policy
Security as a Service Should be a Priority
The smaller a company is, the fewer resources it will have to defend itself against cyber threats, which is a fact that the cybercriminals know all too well. Then there is also the misconception about a company being too small to be targeted by hackers, which is also part of what makes SMEs easy targets
Keeping company/client data and insider control from being compromised by outside interference is essential to even have a functioning business, so be sure to implement all necessary steps to keep every aspect of cybersecurity organized and updated at all times.
- All apps used must be authentic and from reputed sources, kept updated with patches regularly
- The company should be subscribed to at least one, reliable and comprehensive security SaaS
- There should be a failsafe or damage control policy in place to minimize the potential damage from a successful hack
If a company does not have proper plans in place for managing, securing, monitoring, and interlinking their most important resources and databases on the cloud, the ensuing confusion can work in reverse. It would then begin to reduce the business’s productive capacity, instead of boosting it.