Slack Enterprise Grid Released

SoftwareDevTools
Feb 1, 2017 · 3 min read

Slack reached its first five million users with a simple, great product and one goal in mind: to make working lives simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. During that time, and because of its reputation, big companies have been using Slack to improve collaboration amongst teams. Many of these already do use slack — sometimes in smaller, less-than-official groups. It’s very clear that these companies don’t operate at the same scale than that of us, start-ups. That’s why Slack has created a new enterprise-grade product to bring Slack to large organizations. It’s called Slack Enterprise Grid.

How Enterprise Grid works

Slack Enterprise Grid works like a bigger Slack made of several smaller Slacks. It works as a company-level directory of employees, but with separate, simpler Slack groups that people can belong to.

Enterprise Grid provides some functionalities that big companies are always after: flexibility to create communication structures, many security and compliance features, and finally, it integrates with other applications that teams use at work. Slack Grid delivers information and better workflows within Slack itself.

Slack’s new team lists

We at PlanningWith.Cards all agree that this announcement was expected. These new productivity start-ups have a tough challenge when facing enterprise software companies (Companies like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, etc.), but they have got the flexibility advantage of a startup. It was about time for @SlackHQ to step up. Even more so with last month’s announcement of @Atlassian acquiring @Trello.

As @fromedome notes in this Recode.net post:

“Another seemingly obvious future step might be a global Grid of Grids, so teams from different companies can Slack with each other and really compete with email. But first things first.”

@planwcards can’t wait to get our hands on Slack Enterprise Grid to make collaboration amongst teams easier. Stay tuned to hear about our latest launches and integrations available from our team!.

The Enterprise Grid release announcement created a big buzz in twitter.

Here are some reactions:

During the announcement there was a nice conversation between Slack’s CEO @Stewart and Google Cloud’s Diane Greene about the future of work when this is powered by AI.

People took to twitter to share their thoughts

But there were also some people who met this announcement with some reservations

Also, when browsing through Slack’s twitter feed, some made us laugh real hard, so we thought we’ll share them:

We’ve all been there:

This lady thought #PoweringTheGrid was a hashtag about the energy grid (makes sense), and right away she decided to let Slack know how she felt about it:

There was some confusion regarding the time zone. But according to @jnizniowski the stream had great jazz music:

Good thing Slack has a sense of humour:

You can tell @stewart is a tech celebrity, but some people are still lost:

What do you think about this new product? What do you expect from this launch? Do you think Slack will continue its growth rate?

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