There’s this quote I love from William Gibson: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” If you think about how companies will be managing sensitive data in their SaaS apps in 5 years, while it may be vastly different to how the average company is doing it today, most likely a smaller group is already doing it that way. That’s why we focus on fast growing tech scaleups. We feel that the way they treat sensitive data inside Slack, Google Drive, Airtable, etc. is reflective of what every company in the world will do in five years. We build for those companies because they reflect the future.
The way we see some of our customers use SaaS tools today is mind-blowing. For example, one tech company (one you’d recognise the name of) is building almost all their data infrastructure on Airtable, with Zapier connecting in hundreds of other apps and tools. Data is flying all over the place and they’re using Metomic to automatically resolve all the security risks they might accidentally leave in the wake of their rapid growth. It means they have one less thing to worry about — which is invaluable for a tech scaleup that’s mission-driven.
In 10 years, a greater number of regulations, heavier enforcement, and elevated consumer expectations are going to make it 10x more important to have visibility and control of sensitive data.
Today, companies are getting by with an excel spreadsheet listing all their SaaS tools and the categories of data processed in them. It won’t be long before they won’t survive without a real-time understanding showing precisely the flows of sensitive data between SaaS tools, physical countries, and departments. And to control those flows from one single place. To name just one example.
And remote work has added another dimension of complexity. Depending on where they’re physically located in the world, employees might not be allowed to ‘touch’ customer data. Whether it be an engineer refactoring a database, a product manager doing some analysis, or a customer success manager responding to a customer request. If an employee decides to work from Brazil for a week, for example, they could be violating dozens of regulations every morning when they open their laptop. We want to abstract all of those complexities away so that customers can focus on building great products.
So, in 10 years, companies won’t use any SaaS apps unless Metomic is connected too — taking care of all the sensitive data risks without getting in the way of their employees doing their jobs.