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How many SaaS applications are in your company stack?

Roughly how many employees are in your company and how many active SaaS applications are in your stack? Is my stack out of control or in line with where most are?

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-c-'s avatar
24d

~185 person company, easily over 150 SaaS applications. It's pretty wild. Some overlap (e.g. Typeform and Woofoo), but not as much as you would think.

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@maguay (replying to @-c- )
24d

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?

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@-c- (replying to @maguay )
24d

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.

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maguay's avatar
26d

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.

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MikeRaia's avatar
24d

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).

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@maguay (replying to @MikeRaia )
24d

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.

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Asmithtx's avatar
24d

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.

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@maguay (replying to @Asmithtx )
24d

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.

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@pendolino (replying to @maguay )
10d

have you found any good SaaS management tools? (ie. a SaaS for SaaS?)

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Charles's avatar
23d

23 for a 60 people company

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@Captnphilip (replying to @Charles )
19d

Unless you're running a farm or an Uber competitor or you're clueless. This is impossible. Whats your company?

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@maguay (replying to @Captnphilip )
19d

@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.

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@Charles (replying to @Captnphilip )
19d

Excuse me what's impossible? The number of apps for the employee ratio?

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darlabosse's avatar

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.

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@maguay (replying to @darlabosse )
19d

Does your team use any tools to help manage all of your applications and the data spread across them?

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@darlabosse (replying to @maguay )
19d

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? :)

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