Briefing: What CIOS should know about SaaS sprawl in 2022

The growth of SaaS applications will lead to increased costs and security risks, as well as difficulty in managing and integrating all of these applications. ThreatKey recommends that companies take steps to address these issues now, in order to avoid problems in the future.

As the world of work continues to evolve, so too must the way we think about the software that powers it. In a recent survey of CIOs, over half of respondents said they are planning to increase their investment in software-as-a-service (SaaS) in the next three years. This is a clear indication that the business world is moving towards a more cloud-based, subscription-based model of operation.

However, this increase in investment can also lead to something called "SaaS sprawl."

This is when a company has too many SaaS applications and it becomes difficult to manage them all. This can lead to wasted spend, duplicate functionality, and a general feeling of being overwhelmed.

As a CIO, it's important to be aware of this problem and take steps to avoid it.

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Here are a few tips:

1. Keep track of all the SaaS applications your company is using. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's easy to let things slip through the cracks. Create a central repository where all applications can be tracked and monitored.

2. Educate your team on the dangers of SaaS sprawl. Make sure they understand the importance of using only the applications that are absolutely necessary.

3. Evaluate your SaaS applications on a regular basis. This will help you identify any that are no longer being used or are duplicative.

4. Implement a governance policy for SaaS applications. This will ensure that all new applications are vetted and approved before being implemented.

By following these tips, you can avoid the pitfalls of SaaS sprawl and ensure that your company is using only the applications that are absolutely necessary.

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