"Profiles in Slack" enables admins to put faces to names and provide background information about the people on each corporate team using the messaging platform. Credit: Slack
"They know it isn't their primary skill set," Lepofsky said. "Slack wants to make sure they can play in that space."
The lack of EMM integration has been a differentiator that competitors, such as Microsoft Teams, IBM Connections, Cisco Spark and Google with its new Hangouts Chat, have been able to point to as indicative that Slack is not as robust an enterprise application, Leposfky said.
In 2015, Slack revealed it had been hacked and some user data compromised, which prompted the company to add encryption and two-factor authentication.
Earlier this year, Slack announced Enterprise Grid, its product for companies with up to half a million employees. The new application offers corporate admins a single view of their collaboration environment and enabled identity management, and the ability to provision and manage teams of corporate users of unlimited size. Slack also plans to roll out search, business intelligence and analytics tools to Enterprise Grid later this year.
"Now, Enterprise Grid admins can integrate Slack with their EMM provider to ensure that only approved devices (those that comply with your internal policies) are able to sign in to the organization's Slack instance," Slack said in this week's announcement. "This enables admins to centrally manage corporate policies and approved devices in your EMM provider of choice, then automatically apply those permissions to Slack."
"When Slack launched Enterprise Grid, they spent the rest of 2017 fleshing out the pieces they need to be able to say they truly are an enterprise player," Leposfky said. "This is clearly a momentum announcement leading into their first enterprise conference in a few weeks."
While Slack's new EMM partnerships adds to its credibility for enterprise users, Leposfky said he'd still like to see the messaging platform work out its "partner vs build" strategies in areas such as file-sharing, unified communications including task management, voice, video, and screen sharing, as well as content creation via Microsoft's Office 365 and Google's G Suite cloud computing and application tools.
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