Slack acquires Astro to bolster email collaboration - with AI flavour

Slack has announced it has acquired AI-influenced email software provider Astro - and its first step is to shut down its service.

Visitors to Astro's site will be met with the news that the company's apps for Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa and Slack will be shut down on October 10, while new users will no longer be able to sign up.

Andy Pflaum, CEO of Astro, wrote: "We started in 2015 with a mission to bring intelligence to workplace communications, starting with email. We know email continues...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, Social.

Slack boasts eight million daily active users – and more than three million paid users

Collaboration software provider Slack has cleared its throat, taken the mic and given an update on its customer base.

The company now has more than eight million daily active users (DAUs), more than three million paid users, equating to more than half a million companies around the world being on board. Almost two thirds of the Fortune 100 are paid Slack customers, the company added, with more than 70,000 paid teams signed up.

Alongside this, various customer testimonials were put up. Oracle said employees...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

Three tech trends we saw in 2017 that will redefine the way we work in 2018

Between data security breaches, huge valuations, and IPOs, 2017 was an eventful year in tech. While the Equifax breach and MuleSoft IPO made mainstream headlines, I have been most excited to see the steady stream of news from tech players that continue to push the boundaries with technology that will transform the way we work. Here’s a look at three things that happened last year and what they signify for the future of work.

Slack reached a $5.1 billion valuation

We’ve seen money flowing...

By Natalie Lambert, 08 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

Facebook rolls out Workplace Chat for enterprise users

Facebook has rolled out the business equivalent of the company’s popular consumer Messenger app for Windows and Mac desktop users.

The app for its Workspace enterprise chat tool, namely Workplace Chat, is specifically designed for office use. The chat platform is available as part of the Workplace enterprise social network; which is now used by more than 14,000 organizations.

Until now, Workplace Chat was only accessible via mobile app or through a web browser; Facebook launched its enterprise...

By Enterprise CIO, 12 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Productivity, Social.

WhatsApp and WinZip among most blacklisted enterprise iOS apps, says Appthority

WhatsApp, WinZip, and Pokémon GO were the top iOS apps blacklisted by mobile security teams, according to a new report from enterprise mobile threat protection provider Appthority.

The study, the company’s latest quarterly Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report, found iOS apps were most likely to be given the boot due to data leakage for sending SMS messages, tracking location, and sending data unencrypted.

For Android – whose biggest casualties were Where’s My Droid Pro and an...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security, Social.

Walmart signs up for Facebook Workplace in key win for social giant

Facebook’s enterprise-focused collaboration tool, Workplace, has got another blue-chip client in the form of Walmart, the company has announced.

The social giant has seen more than 14,000 companies sign up to Workplace in the past 10 months. Facebook opened up Workspace to all organisations in October last year.

“Workplace is helping to further accelerate Walmart’s digital transformation as they work...

By James Bourne, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

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...

By James Bourne, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Social.

Facebook beefs up Workplace offering with bots, security, video API and more

Facebook opened up its enterprise-grade collaboration suite Workplace to everyone back in October – and now the social giant claims more than 14,000 businesses are using its tool, covering every continent on the planet.

At F8, the company’s developer conference, Facebook also announced a variety of integration partners for Workplace, including Dropbox, Box, and Salesforce, as well as new custom bots.

The integrations with cloud service providers and other collaboration firms relate to a long-running trend;...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

[24]7 toots horn and sounds out ROI for enterprise chatbot opportunity

Another day, another chatbot company looking to crack the enterprise? Well, this time perhaps the story has a little more substance to it.

[24]7, a company based in California, has announced it has secured more than 500 intelligent chatbot deployments across a variety of industries including banking, healthcare and insurance, claiming it is the leader in the field.

Among the customers include Vodafone, whose ‘Hani’ virtual agent answers 80,000 questions per month leading to 75% of customers being...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

Sapho’s micro app approach aims to keep it simple and social in enterprise app fight

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Sapho, an enterprise mobility and micro app platform provider based in San Bruno, California, has an interesting story to tell.

Regular readers of this publication will already be aware of what they do, as well as being aware of the company’s recent membership of the AppConfig Community initiative. Yet if you dig a little deeper, Sapho’s model arguably makes them stand out in what is...

By James Bourne, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification, Social.

Facebook opens up enterprise collaboration tool to all, rebrands as Workplace

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Social giant Facebook has announced it is making Workplace – formerly Facebook at Work – available “to any company or organisation that wants to use it.”

In a post announcing the move, the company explained the tool’s new features which separate it from its consumer equivalent, including dashboards for analytics and integration with...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Social.

Microsoft buying LinkedIn: A ‘treasure trove’ but tempered by the unknown

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced its intent to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion (£18.4bn), the largest acquisition deal in the company’s history. Naturally, it did not go unnoticed in the tech press. The analysis from this publication focused on strengths, such as LinkedIn’s graphs and the various integrations with Office, Cortana and others that in theory sound exciting, as well as...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

Microsoft acquires LinkedIn for $26.2bn: What are the next steps from here?

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Microsoft has announced its intent to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion (£18.4bn), representing the biggest acquisition deal in the Redmond giant’s history.

The news, which has arrived a few hours before Apple’s WWDC jamboree in San Francisco, looks sure to have a disruptive effect on both companies, as well as combine two powerful ecosystems in enterprise, social, and mobile.

Microsoft was keen to stress that LinkedIn will retain its “brand and...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

Skype, Facebook Messenger, and BBM among list of worst rated business apps

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Skype, Facebook Messenger and BlackBerry’s BBM are considered among the worst rated apps for business executives, according to a new survey released by ARC, the application resource centre of software testing provider Applause.

According to the metrics, Messenger bottomed out at an average rating of 31/100 for Android and iOS, behind Skype (34.5), LINE (46.5), Google Hangouts (47), BBM (48), and The Weather Channel app (49), now owned by IBM. In contrast, Yahoo’s weather...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

Enterprise social media best practices: Ensuring security and collaboration

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It’s no secret that the use of social media is increasingly widespread in the workplace, not only for personal but also for corporate purposes. Most businesses are attuned to the many benefits social media affords such as greater efficiency, more effective decision making and enhanced information sharing. 

Our latest research shows a whopping 73% of firms employ Facebook for business...

By Anna Carless, 06 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

Enterprise social and bring your own persona: How archiving enables compliance

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The vast majority of businesses nowadays actively use social media as a standard form of external communication. But how many of these businesses also leverage specialised technologies like archiving to ensure the downside of regulatory non-compliance and other risks from eroding the benefits? I would reckon not nearly enough. At least not as yet. 

The balance between personal and business use lies at the heart of all social media compliance. LinkedIn continues to be perceived...

By Mike Pagani, 16 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security, Social.

Financial Times to launch on Facebook at Work for greater collaboration

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While the majority of discussion on Facebook in the media of late has been around the introduction of emojis, the social giant is gaining key clients for its enterprise-focused Facebook at Work program.

Alongside the likes of Heineken, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and BrightTALK, the Financial Times (FT) has today announced it is working with Facebook to offer Facebook at Work to its global employee base. Having already collaborated as a beta partner for Facebook at Work, FT workers...

By James Bourne, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

How a real time collaboration solution can become your daily work companion

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We live in a world that has seen incredible change in the way we do ordinary tasks. Just as GPS changed the way we travel, online retailers changed the way we shop, and review sites changed the way we pick restaurants, social networking has changed the way we communicate and collaborate with our friends and family. Social networks make it far easier to keep up to date on what your friends and family are doing, plan events and share life milestones.

In the secure enterprise collaboration...

By Jens Koerner, 19 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Social.

Is your enterprise video ready?

Video is playing an increasingly important role in the way people share information.  Chances are, all of us will watch at least one video today for either entertainment or informational purposes. A recent Gartner press release indicated that by 2015, 60 percent of workers will be consuming video content on their mobile devices.

As employees become more comfortable interacting with video in their personal lives on social networks and websites it is likely that they...

By VMware AirWatch, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Social.

The five enterprise challenges solved by social collaboration tools

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Over the past decade, social media has become a natural, and sometimes necessary, part of many people’s lives. Social media has made it easier for people to keep in touch with distant family and friends, share everyday stories by uploading pictures and videos, crowd source information and more.

Despite our reliance on social media in our personal lives though, enterprises have only recently begun to opt in to this new era of online social culture. But social networking in the...

By Jens Koerner, 23 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Social.