What do you get when you add the #1 SaaS Management Platform (SMP) for Office 365 to the leading management platform that works across all SaaS solutions? The best of both worlds — the ability to go deep in managing, securing and drive adoption of critical Office 365 services with an added view of all other SaaS solutions – both company-approved and Stealth IT. One plus one equal three.
That is the simple but powerful math behind the acquisition of broad-based SaaS management vendor Alpin by Office 365 management, security and adoption leader CoreView.
The combination of CoreView and Alpin provides rich integrations with leading SaaS solutions into CoreView’s Office 365 platform. This brings deep visibility into usage, costs, renewal schedules, policy enforcement, security and configuration vulnerabilities, as well as the ability to identify unapproved SaaS applications used within an organization.
One CoreView customer sees the benefits of adding Alpin SaaS management to his CoreView O365 solution. “CoreView has provided us with tools to efficiently and securely manage our Office 365 infrastructure while integrating the deep insights necessary to maximize ROI on our software licensing,” said Stephen Chris, COO, Baker Tilly Canada. “The ability to extend this functionality to other SaaS applications would allow our professionals to implement the tools necessary to complete their work while identifying potential risks and maximizing software investment within the larger business operations.”
Deep SaaS Savings
CoreView’s and Alpin’s platforms deliver near-instant return on investment (ROI) through immediate license and subscription savings – reducing these costs 30% on average, economic benefits that will only increase as an integrated offering.
Together, the unified platform handles application discovery, license spend optimization, security alerting, policy enforcement, workflow automation, SaaS security, and adoption and learning across an organization’s entire cloud environment.
“Businesses often aren’t able to maximize the return on their SaaS investments because they don’t even know what SaaS applications are in use and they don’t have the ability to easily take actions on insights into their SaaS environment,” said Julien Denaes, co-founder and CEO of Alpin. “Together, CoreView and Alpin offer organizations the ability to get granular reporting into their SaaS environment and realize significant cost savings through best-in-class SaaS management, monitoring, and security capabilities.”
The Shadow IT Angle
CoreView Office 365 customers stand to benefit by discovering Shadow IT applications, as Alpin can find more that 40,000 SaaS tools. Cisco research finds the average large enterprise uses over 1,200 cloud services and 98 percent (1,176) of them are in essence Shadow IT. Many of these Shadow apps are a waste of money since there are already corporate standard apps that handle these functions, and in too many cases the Shadow tools are either malicious or present other security vulnerabilities.
CoreView now offers granular user-specific and application-specific controls that identify all SaaS applications in use, monitor activity, and offer additional features such as “Blacklisting” (blocking admin-selected SaaS applications from use), “Lockdown” (blacklisting every existing and/or new SaaS application in emergency situations), highlighting file and email data leakage, showing vendor security certifications, and more.
“One of the greatest strengths of our Office 365 platform is the breadth of insights we provide because we manage the deepest level of detailed information related to an organization’s Office 365 environment. With the addition of Alpin, CoreView offers an organization unparalleled insight into all of its SaaS applications to identify cost-cutting opportunities, mitigate potential vulnerabilities, and drive adoption,” said Michael A. Morrison, chief executive officer of CoreView.
To learn more about this acquisition, or see a demo, please visit www.coreview.com/alpin.