Clarizen introduces Slack bot and notes improved productivity

Clarizen has announced a new bot that works within Slack – and the company says early adopters have already seen a marked improvement in their productivity.

The company has coined the term ‘ACE’ – not to be confused with the precursor initiative to the AppConfig Community – to describe how work processes can improve through the bot. ‘Adaptive’ refers to the use of real-time data, as well as being able to prioritise work and get live status updates, while ‘collaborative’ refers to the capability of making updates immediately available to other team members, and ‘efficient’ looks at marking tasks complete, making updates and reviewing statuses.

“You do not have to leave Slack to mark tasks complete or review status – you have access to all the real-time data you need,” said Yoav Boaz, Clarizen VP of product in a statement. “Make your updates, take any necessary action, and get more done – all within Slack.

“Early adopters have confirmed that their teams’ productivity is vastly improved simply by reducing the amount of application context switching,” Boaz added.

It is not the first time vendors have aligned themselves to Slack to supercharge their productivity. At Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the usually entertaining enterprise panel session did not disappoint as the participants discussed the importance of Slack in their large organisations. “I said Slack could be the next operating system,” said Christian Reilly, CTO of workplace services at Citrix. “People looked at me as though I’d fallen from space.” Slack has itself focused further on the enterprise space in recent months, releasing Enterprise Grid in February.

Clarizen was recently named in an eWeek article outlining the 10 best apps for enterprise employee productivity, alongside Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and – inevitably – Slack. “Clarizen doesn’t have the biggest name in this roundup, but this cloud-based tool is one of the more powerful project management services on the market,” Don Reisinger wrote.

The company said it was planning on moving its Workbot for use on platforms such as Skype for Business in the future.

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