Flexera SaaS Manager
Flexera SaaS Manager provides visibility of SaaS in an organization, via discovery of SaaS spend. SaaS Manager integrates to Single-sign On applications to monitor SaaS and report on usage, to expense data to track unauthorized SaaS spend and manages SaaS contracts and renewals.
- Identify more than 32,000 SaaS applications via expense data.
- Get detailed SaaS usage and cost data by user.
- Allocate SaaS investments by department for financial reporting.
- Detect unauthorized SaaS apps.
- Centralize reporting and help track illusive users.
- Protect against unauthorized access to proprietary data.
- Manage the SaaS subscription life cycle for each vendor.
- See full SaaS usage in your organization.
- Understand SaaS usage and make informed decisions on SaaS.
- Cross-charge and allocate SaaS expense accurately.
- Eliminate duplicate SaaS applications and related costs.
- Have central view of SaaS usage and costs.
- Remove access by unauthorized SaaS Users.
- Be aware of SaaS contract renewals and expiry.
- Implementation. Large-scale enterprise implementation measured in days not years.
- Scalability. Can scale to hundreds of thousands of users.
- Integrations. Using web services ensure tight linkages with all systems.
£8.63 per device
- Education pricing available
- Free trial available
|Software add-on or extension||No|
|Cloud deployment model||Public cloud|
|Email or online ticketing support||Email or online ticketing|
|Support response times||
This would depend upon Severity and negotiated Support contract. Typically for Gold Support, responses are elicited within 30 minutes for Sev1, or up to 8 business hours for Sev4.
More information on Support Levels (Gold / Silver) can be found by contacting Flexera.
|User can manage status and priority of support tickets||Yes|
|Online ticketing support accessibility||None or don’t know|
|Phone support availability||9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday|
|Web chat support||No|
|Onsite support||Yes, at extra cost|
Flexera offer two levels of support for FlexNet Manager Cloud - these are 'Gold' and 'Silver'. More details can be found on the Flexera website - https://community.flexera.com/t5/Flexera-Community/ct-p/Flexera_Community.
A 'Customer Success Manager' is provided for customers to drive success at each account. The CSM is typically not charged for.
|Support available to third parties||Yes|
Onboarding and offboarding
Flexera offer both onsite and web-based training for customer, with most web-based training videos being free for customers.
Extensive documentation for Flexera SaaS Manager exists, both in PDF format or in-context HTML for accessing when using the Web UI.
Onboarding Services are also offered and can be defined in accordance with requirements, as customers see fit. These services can be delivered via Flexera Professional Services, or via 3rd party.
|End-of-contract data extraction||Users can export data via a number of methods from the Flexera SaaS Manager, such as via the Admin UI's - into standard formats such as CSV/XLS.|
Using the service
|Web browser interface||Yes|
|Application to install||No|
|Designed for use on mobile devices||No|
|Accessibility standards||None or don’t know|
|Description of accessibility||Users primary involvement in SaaS Manager is to view data and reporting of SaaS usage in the environment and make intelligent decisions based upon this data. Flexera SaaS Manager provide a web-based browser to this end, using standard browser controls and access to obtain the information in SaaS Manager. Accessibility of data for users is within the capability delivered via the browser.|
|Accessibility testing||No specific testing on assistive technology.|
|Description of customisation||The Flexera SaaS Manager service is designed to be constructed and customized to the users requirements. Customization occurs initially during the integration phases, where data models and therefore data presented can be customized (data added / removed). Within the UI, different data fields can be sorted / filtered and data extracts can be performed. User customize the service via the browser based interface only (no other customization is required). User Roles exist within Flexera SaaS Manager to define who has access to customization capability.|
|Independence of resources||Flexera SaaS Manager utilizes Amazon Cloud Front, a leading provider of distributed computing technology for global Internet content, streaming media, and application delivery, to increase the scalability, performance, and availability of the SaaS Manager application and content. These benefits are realized via Amazon’s Cloud Front service and both HTTP and HTTPS Content Delivery, which includes built-in technologies that ensure consistent, predictable application performance on a global scale, even under the most challenging Internet conditions. Using route optimization, Amazon CloudFront identifies the fastest and most reliable path back to SaaS Manager servers to retrieve application content.|
|Service usage metrics||Yes|
|Metrics types||SaaS Manager’ Status Site is a client-facing dashboard that provides system status by swim lane. It contains both live and historical information on server operations and system availability. The site is accessible to clients and partners at http://status.metasaas.com|
|Reporting types||Real-time dashboards|
|Supplier type||Reseller providing extra features and support|
|Organisation whose services are being resold||Flexera|
|Staff security clearance||Other security clearance|
|Government security clearance||None|
|Knowledge of data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Data storage and processing locations||European Economic Area (EEA)|
|User control over data storage and processing locations||No|
|Datacentre security standards||Supplier-defined controls|
|Penetration testing frequency||At least every 6 months|
|Penetration testing approach||Another external penetration testing organisation|
|Protecting data at rest||Physical access control, complying with another standard|
|Data sanitisation process||No|
|Equipment disposal approach||A third-party destruction service|
Data importing and exporting
|Data export approach||Most data is presented via the administrative Web-UI, and can then be exported using built-in functions to extract to CSV formats.|
|Data export formats||CSV|
|Data import formats||
|Other data import formats||XLSX|
|Data protection between buyer and supplier networks||TLS (version 1.2 or above)|
|Data protection within supplier network||TLS (version 1.2 or above)|
Availability and resilience
SaaS Manager maintains a variety of availability strategies, tactics, and solutions. They involve a combination of short-term data recovery tactics, distribution of functionality to avoid single-points-of-failure,redundancy, business function duplication, backup processes, proven documentation, and cross training of critical personnel. Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) have been established such that no recovery of computing or business
function has unacceptable latency. Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) have been established so that it takes no longer than a designated amount of time to restore business functionality after declaration of a
business disaster or interruption. Critical corporate functions and personnel will be in operational readiness, but possibly operating in “degraded mode”. “Degraded mode” is where business operations
may be slower than normal and may only include mission-critical functionality.
|Approach to resilience||
SaaS Manager’ Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plan defines plans, procedures, and guidelines for the Company in the event of disaster. Specifically, the plan establishes procedures for recovering
business operations, internal data, systems, and critical internal functions to maintain SaaS Manager as an on-going concern in the face of unexpected events. The plan has the following primary objectives:
• Identify critical systems, services, and staff necessary to maintain and / or restore SaaS Manager business operations and internal functions.
• Provide guidelines for the communication of activities and status to both SaaS Manager staff and client personnel during the recovery period.
• Present an orderly course of action for restoring critical computing capability to SaaS Manager and for maintaining and/or restoring client service and support.
Data is safeguarded with real-time replication and/or log shipped databases. This provides for low latency (1 hour recovery point objective) of client transaction data. Disaster recovery servers are located in the various Amazon data centers. Database and file servers receive a constant real-time stream of updated information from the production data centers by using software based data replication.
|Outage reporting||SaaS Manager’ Status Site is a client-facing dashboard that provides system status by swim lane. It contains both live and historical information on server operations and system availability. The site is accessible to clients and partners at http://status.metasaas.com|
Identity and authentication
|User authentication needed||Yes|
|Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels||
The SaaS Manager application is entirely rights and roles-driven. The application features many security permissions, related to hundreds of features, which can be configured to roles or individual users. For
example, general rules may be established for certain types of administrators, but each user may also be granted their own unique permissions. These permissions are all stored as part of the user’s information. Hence, users only see what they have been given permission to see. As such, their view to data in the system is constrained by their specific availability rights. Security roles are managed by Client Administrators.
|Access restriction testing frequency||At least once a year|
|Management access authentication||
Audit information for users
|Access to user activity audit information||You control when users can access audit information|
|How long user audit data is stored for||User-defined|
|Access to supplier activity audit information||You control when users can access audit information|
|How long supplier audit data is stored for||User-defined|
|How long system logs are stored for||User-defined|
Standards and certifications
|ISO/IEC 27001 certification||Yes|
|Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001||AWS|
|ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date||December 11, 2016|
|What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover||The applications and supporting software not covered by the AWS ISO 27001 Global Certification.|
|ISO 28000:2007 certification||No|
|CSA STAR certification||No|
|Who accredited the PCI DSS certification||Unknown|
|PCI DSS accreditation date||Unknown|
|What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover||
Payment Card Industry (PCI) regulations require that SaaS Manager be in compliance with the PCI Security Standards. SaaS Manager holds no transaction information. SaaS Manager is categorized as PCI Level 4 SAQ D under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. Standards include: building and maintaining a secure network, protecting cardholder data, and maintaining an information security policy. SaaS Manager takes the following measures to remain in compliance with PCI:
• Completes an annual self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ).
• Completes and obtains evidence of a daily monthly vulnerability scan
with a PCI SSC Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV). A certificate of
compliance is updated on a quarterly basis and made available to clients upon request.
• Completes the relevant Attestation of Compliance in its entirety (located in the SAQ tool).
|Other security certifications||Yes|
|Any other security certifications||
|Named board-level person responsible for service security||Yes|
|Security governance certified||Yes|
|Security governance standards||Other|
|Other security governance standards||
EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework
Fair Information Practice Principles (“FIPPS”)
|Information security policies and processes||Flexera operate a multi-faceted approach to Application Security Governance. A Secure Systems/Software Development Lifecycle is active and In addition to the mandatory corporate security training provided through our Learning Cloud, Flexera provides access and encourages training for its engineering staff through Pluralsight. Participation in training provided through Pluralsight, this will become mandatory in 2019 for our engineering staff (to include developers and testers). A clearly defined reporting structure is in place with Senior leadership executing security governance and reviews regularly. More details can be provided on demand.|
|Configuration and change management standard||Supplier-defined controls|
|Configuration and change management approach||
Public Cloud hosted Flexera applications are managed within a change management methodology that includes processes for the request, review, approval, and verification of changes. Flexera has an established change management committee (CMC) with responsibility for the scheduling and administration of changes. Change requests are submitted in Flexera’s CMS, reviewed by committee, and approved by management during the weekly CMC meetings. For any scheduled high risk changes, test and back out plans will be discussed before the change approval.
All changes are assessed by Flexera Data Platform security principals for security impact.
|Vulnerability management type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Vulnerability management approach||
Flexera conducts a formal risk management program to continually identify, assess, mitigate, and monitor risks, and modifies its controls as a result of this process. A risk management assessment is completed on an annual basis at a minimum. Any changes required by the risk mitigation activity will be scheduled and approved in the weekly Change Management Committee (CMC) meetings.
AWS provide a comprehensive patch management policy that is in place for mission critical devices, and ensures that software, firmware and operating system patches are identified, tested and installed in a timely manner.
|Protective monitoring type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Protective monitoring approach||
AWS public cloud hosted applications/infrastructure are monitored using monitoring applications that provide notification of critical system/app events. Customer-facing websites are monitored using different services – one for immediate event notification and another for calculation of SLAs.
Events that affect availability of AWS Hosted Cloud applications are investigated, resolved and documented according to procedure by the Site Reliability Engineering department. This team is alerted to any suspicious activity with the alert method varying depending on the severity.
|Incident management type||Supplier-defined controls|
|Incident management approach||
Predefined processes exist for Events. The first priority is for the Site Reliability Engineering team to investigate and resolve any issues affecting the availability, stability, performance, or security of the Cloud hosted application/services. If there is no resolution within 15 minutes, an email will be sent to notify members of the SRE, Engineering, Client Success and Customer Support. If after hours, customer support will be notified.
Further escalation to the Cloud hosting service provider will occur, if and when identified.
|Approach to secure software development best practice||Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed|
Public sector networks
|Connection to public sector networks||No|
|Price||£8.63 per device|
|Discount for educational organisations||Yes|
|Free trial available||Yes|
|Description of free trial||A trial version of Flexera Data Platform Manager can be requested during a PoC. This can be supplied with demonstration data. This version is limited to a short time frame for use (i.e. during the PoC) where specific use cases are performed, according to customer requirements.|