Scaling up: New tools for administering Slack

Three updates for admins of large teams

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Large companies don’t work the same way that small ones do. 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. That’s why we’re continually adding new tools to help manage Slack, whether your company has dozens or thousands of employees. Here are a few new features that aim to do just that.

 

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) support

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.

 

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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. This enables admins to centrally manage corporate policies and approved devices in your EMM provider of choice, then automatically apply those permissions to Slack.

Slack integrates with 21 EMM providers including MobileIron, VMware Airwatch, and Blackberry. You can learn more about EMM and other existing mobile security features such as single sign-on (SSO), mandatory two-factor authentication, and remote wipe on our Help Center.

 

Directory synced profiles

Profiles in Slack put faces to names and provide background information about the people on each team, which is particularly important for large organizations with distributed teams.

 

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If your company already uses an identity provider or internal directory, you can now sync this information with profiles in Slack using the SCIM API. This can help admins consolidate identity management while building a robust directory that’s easily accessible by your team in Slack.

 

Customized default status options

People in large organizations can already share their availability across time zones or offices by setting a status in Slack. While the default options are enough for many companies, others have come up with their own norms for using statuses to signal things like workload and location. Now admins can take this one step further by replacing the five default statuses your team sees to better reflect how your organization works.

 

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Visit the Customize page of the admin site to adjust your default statuses and explore other ways you can tweak Slack based on your company’s culture or needs.


Do you administer a large team? Learn more about Enterprise Grid, Slack’s enterprise-grade product designed for large, complex organizations.

 

Slack is the collaboration hub, where the right people are always in the loop and key information is always at their fingertips. Teamwork in Slack happens in channels — searchable conversations that keep work organized and teams better connected.