Lumos, a startup that desires to supply an end-to-end resolution for enterprises to handle all the SaaS apps their staff use, is popping out of stealth at this time. The corporate plans to tackle the SaaS administration market by combining security measures like role-based entry management that IT departments want with the self-service capabilities that staff need and the spending reviews (and skill to close down unused accounts) that the finance division wants.
Lumos additionally at this time introduced that it has raised a complete of over $30 million from the likes of Andreesen Horowitz, Neo, Lachy Groom, Google Cloud CISO Phil Venables, OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman and others.
At its core, Lumos replaces IT tickets with a self-service portal for workers. The group argues that as enterprises more and more depend on SaaS purposes, it’s changing into more and more tough for companies to handle them. Typically, this implies an added bureaucratic layer of IT tickets to realize entry to a service and extra prices for SaaS licenses for customers who could not even be utilizing a service or who could have left the corporate — all whereas it’s nearly unattainable for IT and safety groups to maintain up with the inevitable rise of shadow IT as staff attempt to route round these methods.
The promise of Lumos is that it might present entry controls but additionally present a self-service portal to staff and routinely acknowledge when a person stops utilizing a SaaS software, for instance, after which de-provision these accounts to avoid wasting on licensing value.
“Because the world has shifted from ‘carry your personal system’ to ‘carry your personal app’ and now ‘carry your personal workplace,’ the problem of shadow IT has solely continued to compound. We’re very excited to companion with the Lumos group as they construct the software that may carry mild to this darkness,” mentioned Peter Levine, a normal companion at Andreesen Horowitz.
As Lumos co-founder Andrej Safundzic advised me, the concept for Lumos was born out of a privacy-and ethics-focused class he and his co-founder Leo Mehr took at Stanford (with Alan Flores-Lopez rounding out the co-founding group shortly after). That class, he mentioned, made him notice how shoppers could have password managers to safe their accounts however no simple strategy to handle the person accounts they doubtless have throughout a whole bunch of providers.
“Then I checked out my cellphone — and my cellphone was lovely, proper? I’ve every part in my dwelling display,” Safundzic mentioned. “I can delete what I would like. I can go to settings and disable location sharing for Fb. The App Retailer on Apple made this such a phenomenal built-in platform. However in the event you take a look at the net, you will have 100 web sites, Figma, Airtable, Smartsheet — every part. So we simply mentioned: hey, let’s create that app retailer for the net.”
That’s nonetheless the long-term purpose at this time, however to get began, the group determined to concentrate on firms as a result of, Safundzic frankly admitted, that’s a neater enterprise mannequin.
Since most providers have open APIs to permit Lumos to create and delete accounts, the group didn’t even must construct a partnership group to assist get began. The service integrates with current IT methods, so tickets are nonetheless created to make sure every part is logged, however Lumos then orchestrates every part within the background. It helps providers like Okta, OneLogin, Google and Azure AD for determine and entry administration and simple account provisioning for providers like Zoom, Salesforce, AWS and Datadog. Like every fashionable service that focuses on workflows, it additionally integrates with Slack (with Groups assist coming quickly).
With Torii, BetterCloud, Intello and others, there are clearly fairly a couple of SaaS administration providers available on the market already. That is, in spite of everything, an enormous drawback for companies. However the Lumos group argues that these aren’t end-to-end options and don’t supply all the compliance, self-service and automation options its software gives.
It’s price noting that Safundzic has a little bit of earlier startup expertise. Earlier than co-founding Lumos, Safundzic constructed Tech4Germany, a GovTech startup that was acquired by the German Federal Chancellery.
At the moment, Lumos already has over 30 staff. Present customers embody the likes of BuzzFeed, Dialpad, Main League Baseball, Mixpanel, Samsara, Skydio and Vox Media.