By Alec Woodward and Louay Bachir
Right now, cost optimization is king. And while using more SaaS apps is already a component of many general IT cost optimization strategies, how do IT leaders ensure costs are optimized across the SaaS portfolio?
We’re hearing it from all directions:
Every contract, every license, and every dollar counts
With budgets tightening, IT leaders need to find effective ways to manage their SaaS costs and maximize app ROI while maintaining business objectives. It’s a road that’s riddled with challenges as:
- Most SaaS apps aren’t visible to IT
- Companies have duplicate and redundant apps
- License usage metrics are unavailable or incomplete
- Employees don’t use all the apps available to them
Sound familiar? The good news is, with the right tools, you can turn these roadblocks into stepping stones on your path to success. That’s where our new framework comes in. And it’s going to change the way you think about SaaS management.
Introducing the SaaS Intelligence™ Cost Optimization Framework
It’s time to transform your cost optimization initiatives with the power of SaaS Intelligence. Productiv SaaS Intelligence Platform is the only solution that brings together system data with employee usage insights to align business leaders around the truth that matters.
Armed with those insights, you can follow this comprehensive framework to continuously optimize costs across your SaaS portfolio. From discovering shadow IT and deduping apps to analyzing usage and proactively approaching renewals, this framework covers all of your high priority use cases — and even some that may not be on your radar yet.
Your ticket to continuous cost optimization
The 3 steps of the cost optimization cycle
Now that you’ve seen the big picture of the SaaS Intelligence Cost Optimization Framework, let’s dive into some of the use cases you’ll be able to solve at each step. Taking this data-driven approach with unprecedented granularity will help you effectively reduce SaaS waste across your portfolio.
1. Spend Visibility
Challenges today: Line-of-business (LOB) leaders are often buying SaaS in silos and on an as-needed basis, creating a major visibility gap. In fact, 56% of apps were owned outside of a company’s IT department in 2021. Many also lack an integrated system of record to help mitigate the risks of unmanaged apps.
With Productiv, you can: Combine data from SSO, finance, contract, and HR systems with employee app usage insights to give you the full picture of your SaaS portfolio. Understand the feature-level usage of existing apps. Identify new apps not currently tracked by IT (shadow IT) via expenses, payments, networks, and SSO activity.
2. Spend Rationalization
Challenges today: Frequently teams purchase different apps that solve the same need or end up purchasing the same app, due to information silos. IT and LOB leaders subsequently make app consolidation decisions with limited insights into impact.
With Productiv, you can: Bring new or discovered apps under IT management. Track app expenses by department, division, and employee and manage them against your IT and Procurement policies. Consolidate apps in similar categories through engagement insights and benchmarks. Track team- and employee-level spend and usage. Get app usage benchmarks to see how your performance compares. Remove underutilized licenses. Downgrade license tiers for less active users.
3. Renewal Management
Challenges today: A company’s license needs are always evolving in response to employee movement. IT must be on top of ongoing license acquisition, utilization, upgrades, and downgrades as well as planning for future demand to optimize licenses. With an average of 250 SaaS apps per company, the constant renewals are difficult to manage effectively.
With Productiv, you can: Ingest contracts. Centralize and manage vendor, spend, and contract information. Validate license costs against pricing benchmarks. Proactively manage renewals across contract lifecycles with a calendar, alerts, and recommendations for cost savings and avoidance opportunities.
Reduce SaaS waste by up to 33% with Productiv
By following the cost optimization framework above, companies have experienced up to 33% reduction in SaaS waste across their app portfolios.
Leading companies like Databricks have been able to optimize spend by as much as 35% on key business apps. Also, a global toy manufacturer leveraged SaaS Intelligence insights to identify a discrepancy between provisioned and active users in one app, and avoided spending $950k on unnecessary additional licenses.
When your boss starts questioning how the department can reduce waste and better optimize costs, you want to be armed with the right data and able to provide the answers they’re looking for. Discover how SaaS Intelligence is helping companies like yours better optimize SaaS costs and maximize app ROI.
Schedule a demo to learn more about how Productiv SaaS Intelligence Platform enables you to fully optimize your growing SaaS portfolio.