What is it like being an IT Operations Manager for a company with over 1000 people? Imagine trying to fill a bucket with water while more and more holes keep appearing. Every single day, more and more access request tickets landed on our desk in IT. It felt endless.
Then 2022 rolled around, and the word of the year was “profitability”. So, while my IT crew and I were trying to keep up with these endless tickets, the higher-ups were eyeing the bottom line, asking us to make things leaner. I remember one afternoon, staring at my screen after spending half my day on software access requests. I thought, "There’s got to be a better way."
As we grew, so did the number of software tools we used. And as you can guess, with more apps came more requests and more spending. Balancing skyrocketing software costs with a tidal wave of requests became really challenging. We asked ourselves how to do both at the same time?
Every ticket felt like an alarm, yelling "inefficiency". We had to automate this. By enabling self-service, we'd grant IT a much-needed breather and let folks help themselves.
Here's my dream: A workspace where only the essential apps are at play, ones that genuinely drive us forward. And, only with the exact licenses we need.
3. Fast Implementation
The clock was ticking. Investing tons of time into a brand-new system wasn't on the cards. Our pick needed to seamlessly integrate with our stack - Okta, Slack, and JIRA.
“After looking at multiple products, Lumos stood at the top in terms of price, function, and value. We were getting automation, security, and cost savings in one place. No other solution was providing this much value at Lumos’ price point.”
Saying Goodbye to IT Tickets with a Self-Service AppStore
To tackle software costs, we first had to get the time. This meant We had to automate as many IT tickets as possible. I've always been a big believer of self-service, which led us to the Lumos AppStore.
Lumos let us specify which employees could request which app. Everyone started requesting apps with a quick “/appstore” in Slack. IT took a backseat, managers did the approving, and Lumos took care of the provisioning.
Driving Costs Down with Time-Based Access & Inactivity Workflows
Before Lumos, software costs felt like a leaking tap that we couldn't tighten. We were able to turn things around here. Through dozens of integrations, Lumos helped us analyze when an employee last used an app. Let's say an employee hasn’t used Miro or Zoom for 90 days. Lumos will reclaim that license through an automate workflow.
And then there are apps like Lucidchart that are a bit secretive about usage. To address that, Lumos allows employees to request time-based access. For example, we started seeing many requests for Lucidchart just for a month-long project. The result? A dynamic license pool that constantly adjusted, leading to actual savings.
Accelerating Adoption by Using AI in Jira
Here’s my highlight about Lumos: its seamless rollout. It integrates with all our tools. Lumos flawlessly added employees to Okta groups to automate provisioning and was ready to take access requests straight from Slack. Plus, it logs all requests in Jira, which is our source-of-truth for compliance purposes.
Initially, I was a bit concerned about initial adoption. Rolling out a new system can be like convincing a cat to love water. Lumos' AI-driven ticket interceptor was a life saver. The AI would funnel requests that came via Jira through Slack. Organically, people got to know Lumos thanks to this seamless process.
“We were able to maximize the IT team’s efficiency after implementing Lumos. We saw massive reductions in ticket volume as well as significant cost savings for our organization.”