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If you read our newsletter last week, you saw that we held a contest just for BetterCloud Monitor readers. In the quest to make our first ever Monitor T-shirts, we designed four tongue-in-cheek tees (all IT-themed), and we let readers vote for their favorite one. We said that whichever design won, we’d print. And the winner is….

5 Takeaways from “Securing G Suite and Beyond: Tales from the Trenches” (Google Cloud Next ’18)

Well, Google Cloud Next ‘18 is a wrap! If you missed it last week, here are some highlights from a panel called “Securing G Suite and Beyond: Tales from the Trenches” that we thought would be particularly relevant to our audience. The panel explored security topics that are top of mind right now for many modern IT professionals: How have security needs evolved, and what are the biggest concerns moving forward? What important lessons have people learned? Here are five key takeaways, along with some tips and best practices the panelists shared.

Here’s What Makes Altitude Different from Other IT Conferences, According to PopSugar’s Senior Director of IT

Our annual customer conference, Altitude, is happening October 2-4 in Denver, Colorado. We promise it’s unlike any other IT conference you’ve been to. “It says a lot about Altitude that the second I got the email about this year’s conference, I pretty much said, ‘Yeah, of course I’m going to go again,’ said Bjorn Pave, senior director of IT at PopSugar. He shared what makes Altitude a really “rad” IT conference — what he enjoyed the most, his major takeaways, and why attendees are guaranteed to get something out of it.

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss Altitude 2018

It’s that time of year again! Our annual customer summit, Altitude, will be held October 2-4 in Denver, Colorado this year. Altitude isn’t like most IT conferences. Here’s what makes it unique — and why you can’t miss it this year.

Secure Your Data: Where to Start When There Are 1 Million Threats

There are seemingly a million security threats and exposures everywhere today. So where do you start? In a recent webinar, our founder and CEO David Politis explained what the new security frontier is and why IT must start paying attention to it. He also revealed the top three concerns 1,500+ IT professionals have around managing SaaS apps and offered actionable tips for mitigating them.

The 6 Essential Elements of a Successful SaaS Management Strategy

In recent years, SaaS adoption has been like the Wild West: a somewhat chaotic “free-for-all” frontier with lots of unknowns. After interviewing, surveying, and talking to thousands of modern IT professionals over the last few years, we’ve identified six elements that are integral to successful SaaS management. Here’s a holistic strategy that will set you up for IT success.

A Better Way to Manage Multiple SaaS Apps (Featuring New Recommendations from 451 Research)

Managing multiple SaaS applications is creating unprecedented risk and challenges for IT organizations. Enter: SaaS Operations Management (SOM), a new market that solves those challenges. 451 Research Principal Analyst Carl Lehmann recently hosted a webinar where he explained the high value of SOM, how it’s unique, and why companies need to start paying closer attention to it. Here’s a recap.

The Top Security Blind Spots in Your SaaS Environment

“Fired IT Guy Puts Porn in Ex-Boss’ PowerPoint, Gets Sweet Revenge.” “Corporate Data Slips Out Via Google Calendar.” “Hundreds of Companies Expose PII, Private Emails Through Google Groups Error.” These are just a few of the news headlines that represent hidden security threats lurking in SaaS environments. Last week, we hosted a webinar on the top security blind spots you should know about. Don’t worry if you missed it. Here’s a recap.

The 10 Most Popular Monitor Posts of 2017

As 2017 winds down, we’re taking a look back and bringing you the 10 most-read Monitor posts from this year. We’re seeing the usual themes—security, productivity, and how to work better overall—but some new topics popped up this year, like GDPR. Here’s what you enjoyed reading the most in 2017.

SaaS Ops: A New Frontier for IT?

With the explosion of SaaS, we’re seeing the rise of a new function in IT–SaaS ops. There are various monikers for it, but the gist is the same: These individuals and teams are responsible for day-to-day SaaS operations. Here’s a quick look at the types of responsibilities we’re seeing, and why it’s on the rise now. Is your IT team creating a SaaS ops role?

Is IT Coming Full Circle? Yes, Says One Technology Architect

Historically, there’s been a tug-of-war between IT and other departments when it comes to control over applications. However, IT is regaining control and coming full circle. One IT veteran with 30+ years of experience shares his insight on how history is repeating itself. What did these shifts in control mean for IT in the past, and what will it mean for IT in the future?

Surfacing the Right Data, Insights, and Actions: Why Operational Intelligence is Essential in a Multi-SaaS Environment

IT professionals today are faced with too much sprawling SaaS data and too many noisy alerts. You might have a lot of intelligence floating around, but rarely is it actionable or meaningful. Creating true operational intelligence out of this endless stream of data and alerts–across multiple SaaS apps–is crucial. Here’s why.

Successful Strategies for Improving User Adoption of New Technologies

More often than not, employees are resistant to change and training sessions are ineffective. Brandon Williams, Director of Google Operations for the State of Colorado, shared a few helpful (and surprising) strategies for improving user adoption of new technology. To hear how he was successful in improving user adoption (for 30,000 employees, no less), watch this video.

Modern Workplace Innovators: Meet Brandon Williams

For Brandon Williams, Director of Google Operations for the State of Colorado, working in government means that you can make truly meaningful change. In the latest installment of our Modern Workplace Innovators video series, watch the inspiring story of how Williams used Google Apps to redefine emergency communications, and how he also leveraged shadow IT to empower 30,000 employees.

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My Top 5 Google Chrome Extensions

1. Pocket (formerly Read it Later) It’s almost impossible to read every article I’m interested throughout the day, work related or otherwise. With the Pocket Chrome extension, I’m able to save …