Slack Recognizes Mobile Security, Implements EMM Support

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 08/10/2017
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The world leader in team messaging has recognized how its users like to work, and announced a prominent upgrade for IT teams: Enterprise Mobility Management support.

Cloud-based company Slack, used far and wide by companies large and small, announced this week it has integrated EMM support for 21 providers, including MobileIron, VMWare, AirWatch, and Blackberry, among others. Admins now have the capability to ensure only approved devices – those that comply with internal policies – are able to sign in to the organization’s Slack account.

“Large companies don’t work the same way that small ones do,” Slack said in its notice. “Similarly, if you’re an IT admin, you have vastly different needs depending on the number of people you support, your industry, and a host of other factors. We think having more people in your company shouldn’t mean more work for admins. … 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. This is especially important at large enterprises where admins may have to manage how thousands of employees – and their devices – access sensitive data.”

As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange in its July Market Report, titled “5 Reasons To Deploy EMM Solutions,” mobility in the enterprise is now an essential part of moving the company forward, increasing productivity and expanding the bottom line. But with more technology comes a wider range of obstacles, and it’s up to the IT department to iron out the kinks.

In its first-ever Cloud 100 list, released in September 2016, Forbes Magazine ranked Slack as the top private cloud company on the market, outpacing (at the time) DropBox, DocuSign, and Stripe, among others. The company rolled out its first offering in 2013, and in January of this year launched its enterprise version of the app, allowing tens of thousands of users to collaborate in real time.

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All great ideas are worth replicating, as Microsoft jumped into the fray recently, debuting its own platform named Teams to compete with Slack. Rumors began swirling in June that Amazon may have an interest in swooping up team chat pioneer, but no further action has been taken.

Slack’s mobile app is available across all operating systems – Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and Web. Slack’s move into the enterprise-wide setting, and now its ability to seamlessly integrate with nearly two dozen EMM providers not only makes it a necessary tool for team messaging, but one that IT administrators won’t have to spend too much time monitoring. 

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Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt