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What is Tech Stack Management?

Now that you know the difference between tech, app, and software stacks, the next question is “Are you and your company managing your stacks or are they managing you?” If you’re not sure, you may want to consider a tech stack management solution.

As the name implies, tech stack management aims to help companies build, evolve, and administer their stacks, whether they’re considered tech stacks, software stacks, or app stacks.

The goals of stack management include:

  • Identifying the multiple components that make up a stack
  • Assessing the need for and cost of each stack component
  • Evaluating new components (applications) to add to a stack
  • Understanding the user and data interactions among apps in a stack
  • Sharing stacks (and related information such as training assets) with other teams

The recent explosion in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings has helped to popularize stack management tools, and Lenovo has entered the field with our new Lenovo Airstack subscription service.

Managing Your Tech, App, and Software Stacks

Stack management software can help companies more fully exploit the potential of their stacks for team onboarding and learning, cross-departmental knowledge sharing, and (most critically) optimizing company-wide spending on software tools and applications. Existing technology can be vetted and organized to maximize integrations, and new tools and services can be evaluated against what the company has already bought.

Here’s some of what you can do with stack management software:

Visualize
With a few clicks, you can build your stack or adapt someone else’s stack for your team, with everything grouped in intuitive blocks based on company function, user type, and more.

Collaborate
Visualized stacks can be shared with other teams pursuing similar goals, speeding their adoption and integration of new tools. Stacks can also help with onboarding, giving new staff a quick view of the tools they’ll need to learn and use.

Understand
Stack management software helps you put context behind each app or service. Who uses it? What processes are supported? How does each item in the stack affect bottom-line return on investment (ROI)?

Plan
Learn what different departments or even other companies are using to meet similar needs. Lenovo AirStack, for example, works with G2 Crowd, an aggregator of business software reviews, to recommend products for your stacks based on what others use in theirs.

Manage
As more teams in the company use stack management software to optimize their tech usage and spending, IT managers can establish and enforce transparent policies for compliance and security.

You can’t buy one SaaS solution after another and expect them to work together seamlessly without creating new issues around spending control, knowledge sharing, and user training. Stacks are a great way to visualize and organize the apps and services you use, and now, stack management software can help you elevate your stacks from simple charts to full-fledged IT management tools.