To get off to a good start, you need to centralize the presentation of the various tools that make up your SaaS Stack. Reference all the SaaS tools that your company uses. For more clarity, don't hesitate to indicate which ones are specific to each department. You can classify the tools according to their characteristics such as:
Here are some categories of SaaS frequently found in companies: CRM, expense management, project management, workflow automation, ERP, CMS and e-commerce platforms, HR solutions...
What are the functionalities of your services software? If you want your employees to take ownership of your tools, they need to perceive their potential. Here are some examples of features that can be highlighted:
Now that your employees know which tools they have access to, you need to explain how to access and use each one. The best way to do this is with detailed instructions on how to log in to the various tools. Manage your employees' access to SaaS tools by following these steps.
Depending on their day-to-day roles and responsibilities, your employees will not all use the same software. Establish upfront the profiles of each of your employees, and give them access to the tools they really need. Then define access permissions for each user account.
This policy should define the rules and procedures for using the company's SaaS tools, as well as the responsibilities of employees.
You should create user accounts for each employee who will have access to the company's SaaS tools. These accounts should be created with strong passwords and regularly updated.
You also need to think about how you will identify your users across all your different platforms. This is very important to recognize users in general. To do this, use unique, neutral and robust identifiers, preferably avoiding email addresses.
Bonus: Implement multi-factor authentication.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security to protect your company's data. By requiring employees to enter a unique code sent to their cell phone when they log into a SaaS tool, you can reduce the risk of unauthorized access.
Note: When onboarding a new employee to the company, provide them with a support with all their login credentials.
A quick start guide is an explanation of the steps to follow to get started quickly with the tools. To help your employees, your start-up procedure should at least contain the following information:
Your quick start guide should be clear, concise and easy to follow, so that your employees can quickly get to grips with your SaaS tool and get the most out of it from the start. Where relevant, include screenshots to help your employees visualize what you're talking about and get up to speed on SaaS more easily.
For employees who make full use of a tool, or simply want to learn more, here are examples of additional resources to tap into.
Tutorials and online help
SaaS tool vendors' websites typically offer detailed tutorials on how to use their products. You can also find free online training videos and articles on sites such as YouTube. User manuals, in print or digital format, can provide a quick reference for users who need additional help. SaaS also often provides this type of support.
Beyond the sources provided, you can find many user forums on the Internet about using software. You or your employees can find answers to your toughest questions there.
Are some of your software applications central to your business? Do your employees have difficulties with certain SaaS applications? In-house training is the ideal solution. Although they require a commitment of resources, they are still very effective in getting straight to the point in real conditions of use.
Ask your service providers, because in some cases, you can ask representatives of SaaS tool vendors to come and present their product to employees or train members of your team.
To encourage collaboration among employees, you can create user groups, as is easy to do with email tools. This way, more experienced users can share their knowledge with less experienced users. You can also appoint referees who undergo in-depth training on SaaS, and thus advise other employees.
When needed, groups can meet regularly to discuss issues, share tips and tricks, and explore new features of the SaaS tool.
In order not to be frightened by the SaaS Stack, your employees must know that they can rely on an efficient technical support. You should therefore include a "Support Contacts" section in your user guide, containing information on who to contact in case of problems or questions about the tools.
Technical support can be internal (your company) or external (usually the SaaS publisher) and can be based on different communication channels:
You can find the technical support contact information on the publisher's website or in the SaaS tool's user interface.
SaaS tool vendors also typically offer several options for contacting their technical support, including:
Now you know how to convince your employees to use your tool stack to its full potential. The information about your Stack can be presented in files like Excel or on Notion.
Don't forget to end your sheet with a thank you to employees for their time and commitment, as well as an encouragement to explore the tools to get the most out of them.
The SaaS Stack sheet will need to be customized to your company's specific needs and your employees' knowledge level.
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