Auvik, a provider of cloud-based network management software, released a solution that provides deep visibility into a firm’s SaaS environment. Auvik SaaS Management (ASM) provides IT professionals with greater security, operational efficiency and cost management capabilities as organizations become more dependent on software as a service.
“Auvik’s core competency in network management places us in an ideal position to understand the challenges organizations face when transitioning to hybrid work,” said Doug Murray, CEO, Auvik. “Many of the same organizations grappling with network monitoring and management are coping with shadow IT, making SaaS management a natural extension of Auvik’s product suite as we evolve from a single product company to a platform approach.”
Employees with small and medium-sized businesses have adopted cloud and SaaS tools. In fact, in the first quarter of 2023 Auvik SaaS Management has recorded 559.2 percent growth in usage of ChatGPT. The fast rise of popular generative AI tools such as ChatGPT have contributed to this trend.
These tools are typically not deployed through central IT teams and instead are sourced directly by business stakeholders, often going unreported. The resulting “shadow IT” is challenging to centralize and manage, introducing business risk.
Most businesses rely on manual spreadsheets, employee questionnaires, and web history analysis for managing SaaS, which is often error-prone.
“Organizations rely on the flexibility, security, and centralized management capabilities of cloud and SaaS to support an increasingly complex and dynamic IT landscape,” noted Frank Della Rosa, research vice president, SaaS, Business Platforms, and Industry Cloud, at market intelligence firm IDC. “Visibility and management tools such as ASM are designed to address the challenges these organizations face, balancing the needs of an agile hybrid workforce with the demand for security and efficient resource allocation.”
To address this problem, in 2022 Auvik acquired Saaslio, a SaaS discovery solution enabling managed service providers (MSPs) to manage applications securely. The company has invested in engineering and product development to align SaaS management with Auvik’s network monitoring and management capabilities.
ASM offers a more accurate, automated approach for MSPs and internal IT departments to gain greater control over their SaaS use. ASM allows organizations to easily discover, manage and secure SaaS environments.
- Security – Shadow IT, user access, and Software + Account Inventory Management for every environment with alerting on critical events. ASM has been used to analyze 25 million security logs, resulting in 2.9 million SaaS security recommendations.
- Management – ASM provides application, client, employee and account lifecycle insights across all business applications.
- Discovery – Discovery is essential for management and security. ASM manages 2.6 million business applications across all of its users. ASM builds an organization’s SaaS inventory based on the way employees work, providing data to elevate SaaS management, reducing IT risk, eliminating wasted SaaS licenses, and enabling more efficient routine SaaS operations. Auvik has discovered more than 125,000 applications with ASM.
ASM delivers an accelerated time to value with its Quickscan feature, which enables customers to see historic data and discover online SaaS applications adopted within the past 30 days.
Auvik SaaS Management is licensed per user on a monthly basis, and is available. For more information, visit www.auvik.com