Simplify and streamline your business applications
Tech stacks vary greatly in
size and complexity depending on the organization. The one thing they have in
common, however, is the fact that without proper management and strategy, they
can lead to severe inefficiency and waste.
Tech stacks are pretty simple
in the early days of a business. A few select applications will take care of a
small group of employees and a small but growing number of customers. As the
enterprise expands, however, applications expand right along with it.
If the tech stack expands
gradually, managing the complexity is easier. Departments can work together to
select the applications they need to function, figure out the appropriate number
of licenses, and decide whether they need each application to integrate with
If technology expansion is
sudden and drastic, however, it’s difficult to see the forest for the trees.
Departments use whatever applications they need to get through the next period
of time without giving much thought to whether those tools perform the
functionality they truly need, whether they’re purchasing the right level of
performance, and whether these applications need to communicate with any others
in the enterprise. This leads to wasteful subscriptions and purchased apps that
are severely underutilized.
This short-sightedness can
cause a very unstable and inefficient technology stack. Unfortunately, it’s
happening in organizations worldwide, and at a rate that surprises even
technology professionals inside the organizations themselves.
For example, on average, CIOs at large enterprises believe they are paying for 30 to 40 cloud apps when in reality, it’s almost 1,000.
Every organization experiences
this to some degree. It’s so easy to purchase a subscription or sign up for a
free trial that businesses find themselves buried in applications and licenses
before they know it. This also leads to a divided team that operates in silos
with non-integrated technology.
The bottom line is, a poorly
managed technology stack means waste for enterprises. Understanding your
current system and developing a clear strategy for management will reveal the
true potential of your business applications.
Evaluating your tech stack
A tech stack is meant to
optimize the integrations, efficiency, and operations of a business. In order
to make improvements, you have to honestly evaluate your current stack
situation. You may be surprised by what you find.
First, make a list of all the
applications, programs, and software your organization uses. This should be a
comprehensive list, including applications that are used constantly as well as
those that have only been used a handful of times. Some departments are
probably using applications that others are not aware of. There are also
probably programs on the list that are still being paid for long after they
This list should also include
the licenses and permissions involved with each program. Who has access to it,
what do they have access to, and how much is the company paying for each
Part of this initial
investigation will be determining how well each application meets the needs of
those using it. Is the application doing what the team hoped it would, or has
it lost its purpose? Are the licenses being paid for the most appropriate
option, or is there a lower level that would fulfill the same need?
Lastly, take a look at
integrations. Which integrations already exist between applications, and which
applications should be connected but aren’t?
Once you have a full
understanding of your current tech stack, it will be much easier to make
decisions moving forward. Take this time to re-evaluate your needs as a company
and how your tech stack fulfills those needs. What integrations are available
to simplify processes? Are there more advanced programs available to address
multiple pain points? Are there robust licenses you can scale down or obsolete
applications you can delete?
Answering questions like these
will set you up for success in managing your business applications with a more
dynamic and agile approach.
4 ways to get a handle on your tech stack
Once you get a lay of the land, you can start to make improvements. Here are some of the things to consider along the way.
- Accessibility: Who needs access to applications, what level of accessibility do they need, and how will they access the application? Organizations waste billions of dollars every year on unused or inflated licenses. They also waste time and money on solutions that aren’t easily accessible to employees, and thus, get pushed to the side.
- Features: What application features are truly necessary? It’s very common for enterprises to purchase software with the intent of using all available features, only to use a handful in reality. By accurately understanding the features they need, companies can reduce costs significantly.
- Expertise: Who will be the internal expert for each application? An internal person or team should take ownership of each application to ensure uniformity and productivity. They can share their knowledge with others to provide guidance and make the team more adept at using the application.
- Integrations: What applications should be integrated, and which integrations are available? To have the most efficient system, key applications need to talk to one another to provide employees with real-time and accurate information. Not doing so will lead to redundancies and inaccuracies.
As you address these areas,
build your stack accordingly. By eliminating excess and waste, you can map a
tech stack that gives the enterprise a window into which tools are being
utilized, how they’re performing, and what the overall impact is on the
Simplify with enosix
Integrations are one of the largest considerations when managing a tech stack. Systems may be feature-rich, but organizations leave a lot on the table if they aren’t communicating with the other systems at play.
SAP and Salesforce, for
example, are highly effective systems designed to maximize business operations.
But managing them separately means time and effort wasted for everyone in your
organization, from sales and marketing to operations and order fulfillment.
enosix’s bi-directional integration removes the complexity surrounding these two systems by allowing your team to access SAP functionality through your front-end Salesforce interface. Accelerate your internal operations and provide a superior customer experience by approaching your business applications from an intelligent enterprise point of view.
Contact us today to schedule a demo and learn how enosix can give you and your tech stack a dynamic edge.