Today, I am happy to introduce the Twilio Enterprise Plan, a packaged set of security and administration capabilities designed for large businesses building with Twilio. It’s available today by request through www.twilio.com/enterprise.
We’ve developed the Enterprise Plan after listening to Twilio customers like Nordstrom, Dell, Salesforce, and ING Bank. Software teams in these companies are a lot like a software team in a startup. They use cloud technologies like Twilio because they get to ship code faster and don’t have to worry about maintaining infrastructure. The one main difference is that software teams in an enterprise have to comply with stringent security, operations and procurement processes. And it makes sense. That’s how large businesses manage risk and operate at scale.
The Twilio Enterprise Plan addresses these needs with features such as Single Sign-On, Customizable Role-Based Access Control, and segmentation for billing and usage. Here are some details:
Small companies with a few users can simply add or remove users manually. But manual user management doesn’t scale for large companies. The amount of time IT admins need to devote to manually complete routine tasks like creating, configuring, and deleting accounts is cost prohibitive. Manual configuration can also be prone to error. Imagine a disgruntled employee who leaves a company. IT attempts to manually revoke access to all work systems and software, but happens to miss one.
That’s why, enterprise IT departments employ Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems. It’s a proven way to support authentication and authorization at scale. With the Twilio Enterprise Plan, the same IAM system can be used for Single Sign-on (SSO) and Customizable Role-Based Access Control when accessing Twilio accounts.
Segmented Billing and Usage
We often see multiple software teams within the same large business use Twilio. They all have different use cases. For example, e-commerce teams often use the SMS API for order confirmations. Contact center teams often use the Voice API for click-to-call support workflows on the website. Typically each team uses a different Twilio account. That causes an issue for IT & security teams who would prefer a single account, so they have visibility into all Twilio usage. On the other hand, accounting teams prefer multiple accounts per use case, so they can accurately attribute expenses.
The Twilio Enterprise Plan solves these problems with an upcoming feature called “Organizations.” Organizations will allow one Twilio account to be segmented per business unit or application. It will give each business unit control over its own billing and usage while maintaining a single account for monitoring and policy enforcement.
What else do I get with the Enterprise Plan?
The Enterprise Plan comprises of a more than 12 capabilities, available for one monthly fee. Each one was designed with one singular purpose – to make it easy for every software team to innovate with the same speed as a startup.
Check out www.twilio.com/enterprise for the complete list and how that differs from what’s available free with every Twilio account.
We’d love to hear what you think and are always here if you have questions.