Tech stack management might be a completely new concept to you. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t already affecting your business operations. By 2020, more than 73% of organizations are likely to be run entirely on SaaS, making the need to manage the application stack greater than ever.
With the recent launch of Airstack, we’ve developed a number of new resources to help people better understand what tech stack management is, how to declutter various stacks, and how other tech leaders are organizing and maintaining their own tech. But perhaps the best way to understand tech stack management is to learn how it directly applies to you and your organization.
We’ve put together a few prime examples of the reasons why leading companies are using tech stack management and how they’re putting it into practice in various use cases throughout the company.
Wondering how to prepare your business for future growth and innovation?
#1 Manage Out-of-Control Software
It seems a new app is born every day. Sales tech systems now total more than 830. Fintech is on the rise globally. And marketing tech now spans an unprecedented 6,800 tools. How can we possibly keep up?
With numbers like these, you most likely have more tech than you realize. It’s great to keep buying tech—it means that you’re growing. But when it becomes overwhelming, it’s impossible to use each tool to its full potential. Airstack helps you make sense of the madness, mapping out your entire stack in minutes and organizing each application for the best fit so you can regularly manage, analyze, and collaborate over its usage.
Use case: Too much tech? Use Airstack to create an “org chart” for your software so you know where you stand.
#2 Onboard and Collaborate Across Teams
Enterprise tech becomes even more complex when you add people to the mix. Just like the tools you employ, the people who use them are scattered across locations with different motivations, goals, and use cases for each individual tool. When this happens, it puts the organization at risk for subscription/tool overlap, underutilization, and unrealized ROI.
Every user brings their own app experience and expertise to the table. Airstack is the “hub” for congregating that expertise in one place so employees can easily share knowledge, onboard to new tech faster (wherever they are), and use the tools you’ve invested in more efficiently for higher productivity and ROI. Airstack lets collaborators share links, documents, screenshots, and training videos around specific tools so everything anyone needs to know about the app is at their fingertips. Most importantly? Airstack helps you make an expert out of everyone on the team, surfacing knowledge easier, growing the business faster, and outrunning the competition quicker.
Use case: Map all tech across the organization so new and current app users can know what’s available, collaborate on the tools they use most, and squeeze the most knowledge and usage out of each one.
#3 Use Tech to Fuel New Investments and Growth
You might be happy with the state of your stack and confident in how your team is currently using it, but is it helping you grow? Analyzing your current stack is a key component to planning for future tech investments and business growth.
Airstack allows you to plan for future growth by helping you:
- Solidify your foundation. Where does your stack currently stand? You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.
- Analyze your tech usage and ROI. Which tools have the most frequent use? Where is ROI falling short? Use that knowledge to make changes at renewal time.
- Keep or reinvest in better tools. With proper analytics to support your decisions, you can make a case for keeping (or cutting) certain tools and reinvesting in better software that will help you get where you want to go.
Use case: Turn tech stack “management” into tech stack “planning” by using analytics and usage metrics to determine where gaps fall, what tools to keep, and where to reinvest for more growth.
Need a Use Case? Take Your Pick.
People all over the world share and collaborate over the fine-tuned tech stacks that help their business thrive. There are a number of use cases for implementing tech stack management, but perhaps the most compelling is the increased innovation and growth that it brings to your organization. With the ability to fully map out, tweak, and improve on your stack, you’ll have the data and knowledge you need to make wiser decisions for your company’s tech landscape going forward.
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