We're using at least 19 apps company-side right now:
We use the following to power our site: Google Analytics, Amplitude, Segment, Agolia, GitHub, AWS, Stripe, Twilio, and Typeform
And then these power our team’s work: Slack, Notion, Zoom, G Suite, Customer.io, Gusto, Figma, Brex, Sendgrid, and Front.
And I'm almost sure there are more that I'm forgetting there, plus tools we each picked and use individually in our work. It's rather incredible how much software it takes to power a modern team—though at the same time, how much those services let you do without having to build from scratch.
Then, for some role or industry focused stacks from across the community, here are some stacks from earlier Capiche discussions:
Those are more focused on what a particular team would use, but still give a bit of insight into what people pick.
I know of these: Github, ZenHub, Notion, Hubspot, Moz, Slack, Zoom, Dropbox, SalesForce, Office 365, Grammarly, Google Analytics, Postalytics, Prospect.io, Uplead, SurveyMonkey, WriterAccess, CrazyEgg, Basecamp (with vendors), Integrify (we use our own app internally for workflow automation).
Looks like a great list—and sounds like a lot when you list it all out, but I'd struggle to see where you could reduce the list without, say, re-creating a project management or CRM app in Notion where you'd lose features vs. Basecamp and HubSpot.
I think if you look at most mid to large companies they are easily using 50+ SAAS apps across the organization. That's why there are SAAS apps for 'SAAS Management' lol. We need another SAAS just to manage all our SAAS!!!
I am in a company of 20 people. I can count 20 apps we are paying for and I'm sure I'm missing a few.
Great point! Do you feel like the 20 apps your team is using is overkill, or does that feel about right? With what @-c- said, almost makes you wonder if at a certain point almost every new employee brings with them a new tool.
I've written about the SaaS stack we use at Zluri on hackernoon.
Latest update: We are now 14 employees and used 40+ tools.
Wow, that's quite the list of software. Do you use any tools to help manage all of the software in use in your company?
Unless you're running a farm or an Uber competitor or you're clueless. This is impossible. Whats your company?
@Captnphilip Considering we're using 19 apps for a 4 person team, I'd say if anything it's more common than not to have that many SaaS products for a team.
Excuse me what's impossible? The number of apps for the employee ratio?
About 40 people in our division but we are part of 1,000+ employees. Over 100 tools, half SaaS, half enterprise i would say. Because pretty hairy to manage over time, get equipped with the right tool to build and maintain the inventory.
Does your team use any tools to help manage all of your applications and the data spread across them?
Yes. Like many others, we tried managing all the tools using a spreadsheet but it was not sustainable. We tried Google Sheets, Confluence, etc. but reached the limits when we needed more functionalities from it (like email renewal reminders).
I started working on a platform about two years ago which we now use, https://www.martechguru.com
Managing tools in a stack is a common problem, a "growing" problem. We have CRMs for our customers, why not having a CRM for our technologies? :)
Hey, Sivan from Spike,
In terms of internal tools, we only rely on Spike (and this is not a shameless plug). We used to use Jira, but moved everything to Spike, which is an all-in-1 email inbox that lets us plan projects, create to dos, team chat, video calls, schedule meetings all from Spike. Any time a task or collaborative doc is updated, it just jumps up in the feed. It's super streamlined and keeps our team of 20 on top of everything.
I'd have to say one of the main benefits of that is that we don't need a tool to manage our tools.
For things not related to internal comms or collab, the marketing team uses tools for ASO/SEO analysis and CRM for client success and management.
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Has your company tried to consolidate and streamline, or generally just see the wide number of software tools being used as part of the cost of doing business?
We've tried to streamline a bit, but so much of it is very embedded into current structures and workflows. We're trying to be better at heading it off at the start and choosing tools that are more useful across multiple departments.