2018. Slack’s Enterprise version added security enhancements
Slack has unveiled some new security and compliance features aimed at boosting the appeal of its Enterprise Grid product among IT leaders and admins. The Enterprise Grid was launched a year ago and offers centralized management of the team chat application on a company-wide basis and supports up to 500,000 users. Among the new features is the addition of a new Apps page to the Slack Admin Dashboard. This improves oversight of how apps are used and managed across every workspace in an organization, providing insight into who installed an app, for example, or what channels they are used in.
2017. Slack raised $250 million at $5 billion valuation
Enterprise messaging service Slack is raising a $250 million round at a $5 billion valuation. Slack has almost a cult following in Silicon Valley, but much of its success will be contingent on whether it is able to convince large enterprises around the world to switch services. Slack has touted itself as an alternative to email, but it’s not a platform for communicating with people outside your company. A lot of people love Slack over other alternatives for its modern interface.
2017. Slack launched Enterprise version of its group chat
Slack has launched Enterprise Grid — a new product aimed at large enterprises. It comes with a range of features that are essentially table stakes in the enterprise software market. IT administrators are now be able to manage and provision multiple large teams; and, in addition to the encryption that Slack already offers, add in new layers of security and identity management; set new security and compliance controls; and new HIPAA & FINRA compliance and data loss prevention integration. The initial customers include Capital One, Paypal and IBM. IBM is a particularly interesting name to see here, given that it sells its own collaboration product for large enterprises, IBM Connections, and it is also working on what appears to be its own AI business intelligence product, Watson Workspace. Other would be competitors include Workplace from Facebook, Microsoft’s Teams, Jive and Spark from Cisco. Pricing for Enterprise Grid — unlike normal Slack, where pricing starts at $8 and $15 per month for two tiers.
2016. Slack launched
Slack unveiled a new feature called “Sign in with Slack”, which will let Slack users sign into and use other apps using their Slack identities. So, it will compete with Facebook and Google that share this market. “Sign in with Slack” could turn Slack into the identity provider for the enterprise. Rather than having to remember a login and password for every different workplace app, you’ll be able to just use your Slack login. The move takes advantage of the fact that everybody in a company needs chat. While other workplace apps might only be necessary for certain departments, messaging is the thread that ties a business together. The launch-partners, supporting Slack-identity include the cloud-based word processing and collaboration app Quip, Figma, Kifi, Officevibe, Smooz and Slackline.
2015. Slack launches a new plan for larger companies
Collaboration chat app Slack launched some new features that target teams needing help with single sign-on, compliance exports, a 99.99 percent uptime guarantee and 24/7 premium support. It's called a Plus plan, a new option priced at $12.50 per user per month. The companies that will benefit from the Plus plan have specific team management, security and/or compliance requirements, according to Slack officials. These are often larger organizations, they said. Before today there were two options with Slack: Lite, which was free and had some restrictions, and Standard.