Review of Bitium

Bitium is an app for provisioning and deprovisioning acces to cloud applications for employees in company. You can add the applications that your company uses and log into them.

Add employees to your organization and assign them apps that you have in your company. They will be invited and you can decide whether they themselves should choose password or bitium should do it for them. If bitium does it for them it is easy to deprovision access once they leave the company, since they don’t know the password that bitium uses to log them in. Bitium solves two central challenges in using SaaS for enterprises

  1. overview and a central portal or starting point for the employees work
  2. authorization, controlling who has access to make sure new employees are up and running quickly and more importantly former employees loose the access just as quickly. You can use most authorization methods like saml, LDAP, oAuth, 2FA and so forth.

On top of this it even has some instant messaging features.

How can you use it?
You can use it in onboarding making sure that all systems are ready when a new employee starts.

Identity and access management is a central process that Bitium can be used for, but in general it is meant to be the portal towards the web of SaaS applications a company uses. So use it as a start page for your company.

Strong points
Easy to use connection to the different apps that exist. No nonsense you click the add and supply log on credentials and you’re up and running

A directory of more than 1000 SaaS apps is daunting and guaranties you will be able to move all or at least the vast majority of access to apps to one place

Clear and clean user interface makes it easy to get started. There is absolutely nothing more or less than there should be for a cloud portal.

Weak points
Some app connections do not work well. Maybe the connection fails or you can’t initialize the app for some reason, but it is probably not only Bitiums fault and they do write that it is in beta. Never the less as a user you expect and hope everything works.

Access management is out of your physical control. Since Bitium is a SaaS company you have effectively trusted it with all your company’s passwords and user data. That is however a tradeoff. If you want to control it you can set up different methods of authorization against your own user base, but the information about which users use which apps will still be stored with Bitium

Suggestions for the future

  • It is an opportunity to recommend other apps that similar users use. We hope that they won’t develop into a marketplace where the user interface is cluttered with adds though.
  • Develop an integration framework, so you could also manage integration between applications.
  • It could also be an idea to integrate the application itself with HR systems, since authorization is a key element of onboarding and off-boarding employees.
  • Develop a strong enterprise mobility offering. Bitium could provide companies with their own app store and administer employees’ access to apps centrally.

Price
There is a free plan that gives you basic functionality. Then there are plans for $199, $599 and $999 per month, which offers more functionality, such as IP whitelisting, SAML and LDAP authorization, which makes it attractive for larger corporations with that infrastructure in place.

Notable facts

  • Integration to more than 1000 apps
  • Created as a spinoff from a previous online game company
  • The vision of Bitium is to become the SaaS operating system of the future

Recommendation
Anyone looking for a single method to access cloud applications could find good use of Bitium. Probably small and medium sized companies who have a lot of SaaS products will be the early adopters, but there really isn’t any reason why larger enterprises shouldn’t use Bitium as well.