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Accountancy guide on how to integrate high-quality apps into your tech stack

on 26 February 2024

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Posted by Wayne Pope


Tech stacking is the process of combining different technology tools and software to create a comprehensive system that supports your firm’s operations.

The goal should be to select and integrate these technologies, so they work seamlessly together.

Essentially, it's about building a custom toolbox of digital solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of your team. 

A well-integrated tech stack offers numerous advantages.

It can transform general accounting tasks from time-consuming chores into streamlined, efficient processes.

For many businesses, it’s the way forward.

Tech stack layers explained

At its core, a tech stack consists of three main layers: Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Provides virtualised computing resources over the internet, including servers, storage, and networking, enabling businesses to build and manage their infrastructure with flexibility and scalability.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS): Offers a platform allowing you to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS): Delivers applications over the internet, allowing users to access software from anywhere without needing to install or maintain it.

Think of this as a pyramid, with IaaS serving as the initial base, PaaS building on top of it and SaaS delivering the more specific and tailored functions.

For the effective management of your tech stack, it's crucial for you, the senior management, to have a comprehensive understanding of your existing tech stack and where you can take it in the future.

The complexity of your tech stack might grow with the size of your enterprise.

Small businesses usually utilise around 172 apps, while mid-market companies and large enterprises use an average of 255 and 664 apps, respectively.

Due to the sheer number of apps involved in this process, it’s vital that you have a clear vision and understanding of what’s going on within your tech stack.

This includes regularly reviewing and streamlining it with your team.

Integrating specialist SaaS programs like Glasscubes

When you integrate specialist programs, you’ll want to make sure they integrate into your tech stack properly, you should be thinking about compatibility, scalability, security, and compliance (CSSC).

It's vital that applications not only address your current needs but also scale with your business.

To find out how our software integrates into your wider tech stack, please view our free demo or get in touch with one of our team.



About this author: Wayne Pope

Technical Director at Glasscubes. With over 30 years experience in the online software industry, Wayne brings an in depth technical expertise in collaborative tools, technology, and best practices.