5 Things IT Pros Need to Know About SaaS Governance

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a reality for IT shops of all shapes and sizes. CIOs and other IT leaders need the tools to manage their sprawling portfolios of SaaS applications with the same rigor they use for on-premise software.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a reality for IT shops of all shapes and sizes. CIOs and other IT leaders need the tools to manage their sprawling portfolios of SaaS applications with the same rigor they use for on-premise software.

Here are five SaaS facts of life every tech pro should know.

1. SaaS is here to stay. Software as a service (SaaS) is well past the curiosity stage and the hype cycle, with many companies now using several or even dozens of cloud services to run their business processes.

The IT challenge now is figuring out how to govern a company's growing SaaS portfolios with the same rigor and attention that's given to on-premise software.

2. There's an app for (managing) that. Software vendors are delivering more specialized SaaS products to help CIOs wrangle their cloud applications. Okta, for example, is a startup that provides a cloud-based identity-management platform that lets users sign into all their SaaS applications in one place.

It competes with vendors such as Ping Identity and with identity-management incumbents like CA Technologies. "The big gap I saw in the marketplace was that all the cloud companies were trying to sell directly to the business user," says Okta CEO Todd McKinnon. "It became clear to me that at some point, the CIO was going to be asked by the company to adopt and manage all this stuff."

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