The Enterprise Ready SaaS Feature Guides

Created for people who build SaaS products (founders, product managers and engineering team leads) to change the enterprise software narrative from "how to SELL to the enterprise" to "how to BUILD for the enterprise". Based on study of the 50 leading SaaS application product packages, in-depth CIO interviews and feedback from countless SaaS founders.

Guides to Becoming Enterprise Ready

The following 11 feature categories were identified as the common enterprise differentiating features. Each feature guide includes context for why it is needed, a jumping off point for implementing your own and links to tear downs of example implementations.

Product Assortment

Offer different versions of a product to meet the differing needs of enterprise buyers.

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Single Sign On

Enable enterprises to manage users from a single, central directory.

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Audit Logs

Provide admins with a detailed trail of account activity.

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Role Based Access Control

Allow for the separation of privileges by user role.

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Change Management

Empower admins with tools and collateral to roll out features and product changes.

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Product Security

Demonstrable application security through best practices.

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Deployment Options

Balance data security concerns and application overhead with flexible deployment options.

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Team Management

Enable collaboration with coworkers in an account that is centrally managed.

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Integrations

Create data portability by allowing customers to pull data out and push data into your application.

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SLA and Support

A primer on the basics of enterprise SLA & support requirements.

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Advanced Reporting

Reports allow admins to demonstrate value gained from the use of an application.

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Example Implementations by Leading SaaS Companies

Detailed analysis of how the top SaaS companies implement each core EnterpriseReady feature.

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Project Background

Who it’s for

EnterpriseReady was created for the people who build SaaS products (founders, product managers and engineering team leads).

What it is

A guide to creating or enhancing a SaaS product with common features that will enable more adoption by enterprise customers.

Who it’s from

We run a company called Replicated that enables SaaS applications to create an enterprise installable version of their product to be distributed behind the firewall. We’ve built and sold a SaaS company previously. We work closely with many SaaS founders and teams. In order to be successful with the Replicated platform, SaaS companies generally need a baseline of features that enterprise customers want. We've led the charge on much of the content, but we've been lucky to have contributers like the team at Segment to contribute to areas where where they're experts.

Why we're contributing it

We're product people. So, we're changing the enterprise software narrative from "how to SELL to the enterprise" to "how to BUILD for the enterprise." Hopefully this site can create a common vernacular for founders, product managers, engineers, sales and customers alike. We know we're not always right... so we open sourced this, you can fork it, create edits, share it with your team and even contribute those back.

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