When you build something (a house, a building, or even a block set), you don’t start with the add-ons or decorations. You start by building a solid foundation—a skeleton for how the entire structure will function in a cohesive way.
It’s like that with your company’s technology stack.
Every organization has a “stack” of applications that they use—from DevOps technology to marketing and sales tools, your company relies on a number of systems (usually a lot more than you think) to keep it running smoothly. In fact, by 2020, 73% of organizations will run almost entirely on SaaS.
But because SaaS has become easier to purchase (even for the individual business user), the rate at which organizations are adopting tech has proven somewhat troublesome. Without the ability to keep tabs on all the tech being purchased and used throughout the company, IT has no way to properly govern tech, maintain it’s security, or manage licenses and subscriptions.
The Benefits of Tech Stack Management
With a tech stack, all of your existing applications are organized into a system that makes integrating, educating, and sharing easier to understand and use. Think of it like an org chart for your software. Just like employee org charts that show roles and relationships inside a company, a tech stack communicates how your digital tools and critical business functions work together, serving as the foundation for uniting people and driving company success. And just like employee org charts, tech stacks aren’t permanent—they must be regularly updated and accessible in real time to show the new and evolving relationships between each tech entity.
When done right, a company’s tech stack serves as the “central nervous system” that unites teams, eliminates people and data silos, fosters innovation, and supercharges growth. With a better understanding of where tools are, how to access them, and what they’re connected to, we’re able to use them to their full ability, saving the company money and headache.
Proper tech stack management allows you to finally:
- Map out and get total visibility into your digital tools.
- Build team expertise.
- Make smarter software investment decisions.
- Invite team members to view, contribute, create, and share stacks.
Master Your Tech Environment
We’ve seen firsthand the frustration that comes with sprawling software and believe there’s an easier, smarter way for teams to manage their stacks. If you’ve been charged with the role of managing the technology stack at your organization, do yourself a favor and get your house in order from the start. Your users and bottom line will thank you for it.
Download our new 2019 Guide to Tech Stack Management and check out the other posts in this seven-part blog series for insight into everything from evaluating your existing tools to assessing your tech stack needs.