Slack and Docker up their enterprise game with latest releases

Slack and Docker’s latest product releases are both targeting the enterprise, with the former issuing security updates and supporting enterprise mobility management (EMM) and the latter aiming to bring containers as a service (CaaS) to the enterprise application portfolio.

Admins on Enterprise Grid, Slack’s enterprise-themed product – which this publication has previously covered – can now integrate the collaboration app with their EMM provider to make sure only approved devices are able to sign in. In other words, admins can centrally manage policies and approved devices through the EMM, including MobileIron, VMware AirWatch, and BlackBerry, then automatically apply the permissions to Slack.

“As more work moves to mobile, admins need a way to provide people in their company with the tools and devices they want to use – without compromising security or policy requirements,” the company wrote. “This is especially important at large enterprises where admins may have to manage how thousands of employees – and their devices – access sensitive data.”

Slack’s position in penetrating the enterprise continues to grow apace. The company released Enterprise Grid in February, with this publication saying at the time that “enterprise mobility companies [will either be] encouraged by the news, or see the landscape as being fraught with danger.” At Mobile World Congress in the same month, while only 12% of audience members cited it as the most popular app in their workplace – behind Office and WhatsApp – Christian Reilly, CTO of workplace services at Citrix, explained that his employer had ramped up its usage over the past year.

For Docker, the Enterprise Edition (EE) 17.06 unites a wide variety of applications, including traditional applications and microservices, into a single platform. “These capabilities allow organisations to easily layer Docker EE onto existing processes and workflows, aligning to existing organisational structures while delivering improved resource utilisation and reduced maintenance time,” Vivek Saraswat wrote in a blog post.

Other features in the Slack updates include syncing profile pictures to names through a new API, and customising default status options.

Picture credit: "Slack", by "Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta", used under CC BY SA / Modified from original 

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