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Can Better Access Make This the Summer of Productivity?

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Summer typically isn’t known for productivity. Most companies slow down a little to let their employees recharge with some quality beach time. Those not on vacation want to get the job done and do well. They want to be able to leave on time to enjoy those extra hours of daylight. So what’s stopping them from having a summer of productivity?

Productivity Starts with Access

In a single word, access. Every technical employee requires access to do their job successfully. But they don’t always have access to what they need, such as databases, or can’t quickly and easily add new tools to their existing access management solutions, leaving them scrambling for workarounds or waiting for approvals.

For example, a developer must log in to a Kubernetes cluster to work within an application. But they can’t, and their manager, who normally would provision access, is on vacation somewhere with one bar of cell phone service. They have to kick their request up the chain manually and hope they can get started, losing valuable hours or even days in the process.

Security Breaches Statistic, 61% of all breaches involved credentials used to gain access

Think this isn’t happening in your company? Nearly one-third of technical employees (31.8%) reported daily interruptions to their work because of access issues, and another third (32.3%) reported weekly interruptions. Suddenly, with this access issue, your ability to build and deliver products, and even service your customers, is at risk, and streamlining access becomes paramount to meeting deadlines and avoiding breaches of contract.

Access productivity Report Infographic

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Access Is the Root of Security

But your company’s productivity isn’t the only thing at risk when employees don’t have the necessary access. Technical teams are very resourceful, and when they can’t access the systems they need to do their jobs, many turn to workarounds: shadow IT, sharing credentials, or maintaining backdoor access.

Shadow IT, backdoor access, and shared credentials statistics

While technical teams can get their jobs done with these workarounds, they’re also opening up the company to security breaches. For example, 8 in 10 (81%) of hacking breaches are due to shared passwords – and an alarming 53% of employees have shared their credentials.

Streamlining Access Brings Additional Benefits

Productivity and security are just two reasons to streamline access. But there are many more.

Employees who have the tools to do their jobs tend to be happier – and less likely to leave. Nearly half of employers (44%) say that employee turnover makes it more challenging to achieve their goals, and it takes an average of 44 days to fill a technical position.

It’s not just the technical teams that will save time and be more productive. Streamlined access means their managers don’t have to approve access manually, nor does access need to be manually provisioned. One global technology company was able to completely shift onboarding and offboarding from the SRE team to the IT team, freeing up the SRE team’s focus.

Streamlining access also makes it easier to meet auditing and compliance requirements. You’ll have a comprehensive audit trail that makes it easy to identify who accessed a particular system, when they did it, and what they did while in the system, such as the queries run in a database. This visibility also translates into information that can be used for training or troubleshooting.

So what’s stopping you from streamlining access and having a summer of productivity? Yes, you can escape the negative loop of access, productivity, and security and put your people first – improving the workplace, the products you deliver, and your peace of mind. Our latest report details the risks access workarounds bring to organizations and the benefits you can achieve when access is managed appropriately.

Want to learn more? Download The Access-Productivity Gap today.

About the Author

, Senior Marketing Director, has held marketing leadership roles for Silicon Valley technology companies specializing in database, data management, and data analytics solutions. As head of content marketing at Splunk, Dominic contributed to boosting the company’s market visibility and its growth from a $100M to a $1.3B company. He brings relentless creativity to the task of connecting people with technical products to improve their lives. Dominic holds a B.S. degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin. To contact Dominic, visit him on LinkedIn.

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