LeanIX SaaS Intelligence GA
SaaS Intelligence (SI) delivers both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) management and
Application Portfolio Management (APM). IT leaders can now gain visibility and
governance of all applications in use across the entire IT landscape, as SaaS
increasingly plays a critical role in digital transformation initiatives.
"Our work with CIOs and CTOs revealed that a secure and well-managed cloud
architecture is crucial, and modern Application Portfolio Management must now
include automated SaaS discovery and cataloging," said André Christ, LeanIX CEO
and co-founder. "SaaS now represents more than 50 percent of software investment
for enterprises, and it continues to accelerate due to digital transformation
and remote work. With our acquisition of Cleanshelf and the addition of LeanIX
SaaS Intelligence, we are redefining how automatic and unified discovery for
SaaS and Application Portfolio Management can accelerate the effectiveness of IT
Whether Zoom, Slack or HubSpot, SaaS applications have become an indispensable
part of the corporate world. Experts estimate the current SaaS market at more
than 15,000 providers and counting. While SaaS brings flexibility, cost
efficiency and scalability, its promise is in danger of turning into the
opposite. With freemium and low-barrier product-led growth business models, SaaS
providers now bypass traditional IT procurement processes. This independent
access to licenses is now a growing challenge for finance and IT managers.
Today, many companies know only half of their existing SaaS applications and
accounts, resulting in rising and unclear costs, increasing security risks and
LeanIX SaaS intelligence uses machine learning and the most integrations
available on the market, more than 3,800, to automatically capture, analyze, and
report all SaaS applications within the enterprise. It automatically identifies
unmanaged contracts, duplicate licenses and wasted cloud software subscriptions.
For IT managers and finance teams, it provides SaaS discovery and cataloging,
utilization and user engagement metrics, cost and subscription optimization,
access, vendor management and security, and renewal management.
LeanIX acquired Cleanshelf in March 2021. "The same vision unites us: we make
companies capable of acting in the future with the right tools," said Dusan
Omercevic, founder of Cleanshelf and now VP Product/SaaS Intelligence for LeanIX.
"With LeanIX, we have re-engineered SaaS management to meet the needs of some of
the largest enterprises in the world, such as Adidas, Bosch, and Volkswagen. Now
that we are part of the LeanIX family, our customers will receive the best
product and technology offering in the industry."
SaaS Intelligence will be available to companies as a standalone solution of the
LeanIX Continuous Transformation Platform®. Cloud-native startups and scaleups
will benefit from managing their SaaS applications just as much as large
corporations with mature infrastructures. Enterprise architects will have the
SaaS discovery and cataloging functionality available as a free component of the
LeanIX Application Portfolio Management module in July 2021.
"In the future, there will be no enterprise architecture management without
automated support for managing SaaS applications," said Christ. "We enable
companies to make their IT landscape fully visible and easily manageable and
thus establish smart governance - instead of erecting new barriers with
restrictions. Independent access to software has positively changed the working
world and accelerated processes. Companies need precisely this agility to be fit
for the future - it's part of the continuous transformation we're seeing."