February 29, 2020
How Having Too Many Cloud Apps Can Hurt Your Organisation (and How to Solve This)
Do you use multiple cloud applications within your organisation? If so, you’re not alone! Many companies have a few apps that for communication, a few for marketing, some for sales, and still more to manage their projects.
At its core, technology is great for organisations of all shapes and sizes! It allows you to do so many things that you wouldn’t be able to do without it. It lets you provide a high level of service to your customers while running your business more efficiently. Whenever you need to save time or resources, technology is hard at work for you in the background. Cloud apps let you harness the power of the Internet in unprecedented ways.
However, there are a few issues that may arise over time. Here are some of the ways that having too many cloud apps can hurt your organisation:
- It takes time to manage your cloud apps
With a steady stream of notifications and regular updates required, it can become a headache to manage multiple apps at once. Sometimes, it begins to feel like you’re working for the apps instead of the apps working for you! Time is valuable no matter what your job is. Don’t waste it managing an unruly crowd of web applications!
- It’s difficult to keep track of what you have
Most organisations don’t have visibility of what is in use and therefore are unable to make changes to reduce spend and make their operations leaner. Are you paying for something that nobody’s using? Is there a gap in your workflow where something could be automated, but instead you’re adding overhead expense by doing it manually?
- It’s hard to access data across your organisation
When data is fragmented across various platforms, it’s hard to get a comprehensive, birds-eye view of everything you need to know. It becomes a big mishmash of tangled information instead of a cohesive flow of valuable data.
- People don’t know which tools to use (or they don’t know how to use them)
When you have multiple software products going on at once, there are so many tools that your employees don’t know which ones to use and when. They may not know how to use all these apps, meaning that they go underutilised while your employees find less efficient ways to accomplish tasks instead.
Create Processes to Better Manage Your Cloud Apps
While each individual app promises to make your job easier in one way or another, having too many can begin to pose a problem. HOWEVER… the solution isn’t to simply get rid of your apps and switch to something completely new! Don’t go back to the old ways of doing things! Instead, find a way to integrate all the apps that are valuable to you in a way that makes them even more streamlined and helpful.
Creating and maintaining an active list of cloud apps in use across an organisation is the first step to building cloud app management practices within an organisation. Once you’ve done that, you have the power to solve all these problems.
Here at CloudHappy, we make it easy to squeeze every last drop of ROI out of every cloud app you have. Get in touch with us today to learn more or to get started!
Jeremy Whale is your martech assistant who understands his skill set just as well as he knows the deep blue ocean. He feeds on an abundance of plankton which he prefers to call “knowledge” and is more than happy to share everything that he knows with you and your business.