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x series vs slack
14 Aug 2019
Flock Vs Slack : Which Tool Is More Easy To Use And Highly Productive?
The technology-driven world has built the current era of convenience by giving simple solutions to complex problems. It has brought many super flexible and diverse forms of applications to integrate displaced things or people on a unified platform to make things happen better. Having said that, I suggest you try to improve the work quality and increase productivity at your workplace by adopting smart solutions.   Make conversations real-time and dynamic with the help of instant messaging applications, instead of static and long threaded confusing emails!   Don’t just let your productive morning hours go in checking and replying those lengthy transactional emails. instead, switch to simple and easy to use team collaboration applications like Slack or Flock for the swift understanding of your work and their updates.   The blog article of PGi says emails don’t provide collaboration features to co-ordinate work.   Flock, a simple team messaging software, founded by a tech entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia in the year 2014 has a notable client list from across the globe including; MERU, Policy bazaar, Crisil, Avendus, Ricoh, Gini & Jony, McDonald’s, Sodexo, etc, Flock is available across all devices, so you will never miss a thing.   On the other side, the initial release of Slack happened in the year 2013, by its founder Stewart Butterfield and now the non-engineers built application has reached the top of silicon valley with its stock market debut of $20bn.   A disclaimer: Though there are so many chat applications out there, now team conversations are more seamless and organized with Troop Messenger. We had performed a various in-depth analysis of our competitor’s tools to give you better insights into their pros and cons with our previous comparison blogs.   However, this time we made our best efforts to make you know the highs and lows of two rivals: the most popular Flock and Slack. Table of Contents    Communication (messaging, video/audio call) Notifications Pricing Integration Search (all) Storage with file sharing+ Support   Communication (messaging, video/audio call) Flock       Flock says, it is faster, slicker and way richer from Slack for its communication and collaboration across teams. With its simplest communication, the users and teams of the application can push the boundaries of team productivity to the next level.   The loading time of Flock home screen is quick as gazelle, and it loads 2.5 times faster in desktop and mobile than Slack. Connect across various devices and never miss any update, as Flock is available on desktop, web, and mobile.   Work happens only when people communicate! Flock allows you to message yourself to quickly save messages, files, links, videos, audio files, etc., to refer later.   Simply select from “All Contacts” or “Teams” to start communicating with them, and also, you can quickly add others to the current conversation. It allows you to create groups within teams and enables you to continue discussions on projects and their deadlines.   When you no longer wish to receive the noisy notifications from a particular group or teams, you can mute all those conversations to not get disturbed. Despite you mute a particular groups conversations, you can re chat with any of them with the help of @ mentions features as they get notified of your message.   Besides the above-explained features, you can start an audio conference for a clear understanding of your work updates. Going further, you can start or join a video conference to have a face-to-face conversation to exchange great ideas and opinions.   Slack   Communication across Slack takes place through direct messages, channels, and threads.   Create unlimited channels for distinct projects and work along with all the project members thereby meeting timely project deliveries. The user onboarding process seems to be great with Slack, as a Slackbot welcomes you to assist you on the tool.   Moving forward, for all kinds of advanced queries and tool information, it will search for the help center to answer you better.   And as far as the communication via video and audio calling is concerned, now Slack supports audio-video calling in its free plan for one-on-one user chat but restricts audio calling in channels in its free plan.   Besides, the user will not be able to share their desktop screen during a video call in its free plan. On the contrary, you can find Troop Messenger allowing users to share their screens for free while they are using video call.   Notifications Flock       Flock allows you to stop receiving the notifications by enabling the, “Do not disturb” notification preference. You can keep it active for 1 hour, 8 hours, 12 hours, or until you resume it.   Then another set of notification preferences what you can enable/disable would be;   pop-up notifications, user online notifications, video call ringer and audio alerts.   Slack   Slack never allow you to miss out any important information to keep you upgraded and updated through its notifications.   Being an active member of many channels, you often find it distracting receiving a large number of messages every hour. Worry not! Slack enables you to pause notifications with a wide set of timer options, available for desktop and mobile.   Simply click on the bell icon seen right after your workspace name to view an entire range of notifications designed by Slack.   Moving further you can customize notifications as you require them. This including; You can set them for your entire workspace, or any specific channel.   Pricing Flock   Flock has made simple plans for everyone! Being a freemium pricing model application, it has come with plans of Free for small teams, Pro plan for mid-size teams and companies. Enterprise for large enterprises and organizations.   Let’s have a quick look as, what all facilities does Flock allow in its three pricing variants;   It facilitates to create unlimited private and public channels Can send unlimited direct messages Users can search for unlimited message history in its Pro Plan and Enterprise. Whereas they are only restricted to search and view the most recent 10k messages in its Free plan.  As far as the apps and integrations are concerned; it allows to integrate unlimited third-party applications from all the three pricing plans. The screen sharing feature is available in both Pro and Enterprise plans, where it doesn’t extend the same in its free version. Up to 20 users can join for an unlimited time duration in Group video calling. Whereas in the free plan, though it allows the same number of users to the group call, it restricts them for 20 mins/call.   Slack   Slack as a freemium application has pricing plans to accommodate everyone’s need. It offers limited numbers of features for free for an unlimited amount of time. To Experience the full-level feature stack, one needs to opt for paid plans. Slack comes with three different pricing plans of Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid with features segregated according to each.   Taking a closer look at each plan;   the Standard Plan is meant for small and medium-sized businesses at US$2.67 per user/per month when billed yearly, and the same has been structured at US$ 3.20 per person/per month when billed monthly. With this, you can access entire message history unlike its free plan, create guest accounts, supports unlimited apps and third-party app integrations, screen sharing, can make group video calls with up to 15 people, channel recommendations, priority support, and many more.   the Plus plan has been made for larger businesses who are looking for advanced administration tools. This plan is priced at US$ 5 per user/per month when billed annually and at US$6 per user/per month when billed monthly. With all the benefits of Standard, this plan provides; 20 GB storage per user, SAML-based single sign-on(SSO), Corporate exports for all messages, user provisioning and de-provisioning, 99% guaranteed uptime SLA with few more additional features.   the Enterprise Grid Plan is specially designed for very large businesses. As it can be customized to suit diverse industry needs, the users who would want to opt it need are asked to contact sales in their pricing page. With all the goodness of Plus plan, these plans allow the users to create unlimited workspaces along with enterprise-grade security and compliance, dedicated customer support team, a huge 1TB storage per member, organization-wide search, Audit Log API, Enterprise Mobility Management( EMM), etc.,   Integration Flock     Flock allows you to integrate a wide range of third-party apps such as apps for productivity, project management, file management, customer support, marketing, and others for performing tasks better and thereby bringing great results.   It supports 60+ apps to be a part of the application, or it lets you built apps with the help of Flock’s APIs to integrate them into the application.   Apps like Google Drive is deeply integrated to Flock, where-in it can be accessed within the application only. But in my observation, what I could notice was, there is a Video Conference Bot available to join calls with other team members right within the application.   The users of the Flock can go to the Flock’s App Store right within the application to explore a wholesome number of apps to start integrating them.   Slack     As far as the integrations of Slack are concerned, it is more fun with work with it, as it supports more than 1500 app integrations into it.   Slack users can directly peep into the world of apps to start using them right from the Slack’s home page itself.   Slack is well-known for its huge list of integrations. These bot applications such as Polly, Doodle Bot, Geekbot, Kyber, Statsbot, Timebot, Attendance bot, Leevbot, help users like virtual team members to manage tasks seamlessly.   Go to “View App Directory” to find a wide range of app categories and collections.   Search (all) Flock     The search functionality of Flock allows the user to search messages from, “Anyone” and “All Conversations” posted in across the tool. Flock users can also search for other team members and channels to start conversations.   Slack   Search messages, files, and messages from Slack’s search functionality. Simplify your file search from the search facility of your files and all files. Also, search by name or category to choose your favorite apps while integrating them.   Storage with file sharing+ Flock       Flock’s storage differs according to its pricing plans. The freemium application provides the file storage of 10 GB/team in its free plan. 100 MB is the maximum file storage allowed here in Flock.   The file storage that is accommodated for Pro plan and Enterprise includes; 10GB/per team member and 20 GB/per team member respectively.   Share your presentations, text files, code snippets across direct messages and channels with, ‘Attach’ from the message editor. As far as the cloud storage is concerned, Google Drive is integrated within the Flock for easy access to file sharing and retrieval from the cloud.   Slack   Slack offers 5GB total in its free plan, 10 GB storage per member in Standard plan, 20GB storage per member in Standard Plus plan and finally 1TB storage per member in its Enterprise grid plan.   It supports a wide range of file management tools such as DropBox, Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Quip, Adobe Creative Cloud, box and many more. Simply integrate them and share your files across the cloud.   Support Flock   Flock allows you to get in touch with their support team, just right within the application itself. The users can directly chat with the customer support executives by leaving a message to them.   It will help users to understand anything on the Flock. Watch a 2-minute video to get to know how the application works.   Slack     The slack team extends a well co-ordinated and collaborative customer support to all its users.   The support teams resolve issues and share knowledge on the product. It allows users to collaborate with more powerful integrations to achieve faster customer query resolutions.   It lets you post support tickets in channels itself only, thereby not letting you leave it to track status on them.   Conclusion: Small or large, every organization needs a business collaboration tool for successful and uninterrupted team communications. While you choose, ensure the tool must-have easy and smooth learning curve for understanding it better. The latest entrant in the block, the Troop Messenger is no less competitor to any other business chat applications. Give a sure shot for it to attain reliable, secure and seamless team communication!  
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slack vs x series
27 Apr 2019
Slack vs Asana - Know the top 8 key parameters to choose one.
It doesn’t seem like Slack and Asana are arch rivals. Rather they work together! They both don’t make a direct competitor, as Asana is majorly focussed on Project Management, while Slack brings team conversations together. Nearly both tools have made their launch to the public in the years of 2012 and 2013 respectively.   Asana has its foothold across a wide number of customers globally. The clientele-stack of Asana is fully loaded with big names of diverse industries such as; Nasa, Google, Bill & Melinda Gates, foundation, yelp, Vodafone, Deloitte, Avon, The New York Times, Airbnb, Uber and the list goes on. Founded by Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein as a Software-as-a-Service project management tool with the most recent valuation of $1.5B.   Interestingly, Slack occupies a good amount of share across the world with impressive clientele of Ticketmaster, Airbnb, Target, Capitalone, Oracle and many more.   Let’s look into a few exciting parameters of both the tools:   Table of Contents    Getting Started Ease of Use Integration Support Platforms Search Features Security and Privacy Dashboard, Analytics, and Reporting Widgets   1. Getting Started   Asana   Find an easier way to manage broad-range of projects and daily To-dos with Asana Project Management Software. The user can Sign-up to Asana with their Google Account or with their work email. They are able to access the application individually, as a part of the team, or from within the organization.   Asana keeps things at the place and organized, so as the users can easily add tasks, conversations, teams, projects and invite other team members.   While creating a new project, the users can make the choice either from a blank project or template, can choose teams, and also can make the privacy setting of project visibility to marketing teams and project managers.   Assign tasks to the created project by choosing assignees, set due dates to each task, add more teammates, add them as task followers or project managers. With Asana create projects, organize tasks, assign responsibilities, bring scattered information to one place, track project deadlines and many more. Slack Conversations have to happen in one place to make the right decisions. Slack is a hub for all your team communication. Connect your team for all project discussions, share supported files, search team conversations, collaborate via one-on-one messaging, voice and video, etc., to gain optimum end-results.   The users can sign-up to Slack workspace with any of their public/private email ids. They can sign-up to a new workspace altogether or can join an existing workspace if they have an invite from the admin.   Can communicate with team members through channels, direct messages, voice, and video calls. Slack users can chat with bots for all kinds of help assistance.   Slack users can sign into other workspaces within the application itself. With Slack give a project name for each channel, directly log in to the application with your workspace URL, catch up to innumerable integrations, talk to Slack bots with many more interesting features.   Getting Started Conclusion Sign-up process of Asana completes in a few steps, while more steps are involved in Slack.     2. Ease of Use   Asana      Creating projects and tracking those projects tasks are simple and easy at Asana. The user interface is neatly designed and is highly self-explorable. It lets you create tasks and to-dos, add sections to organize your tasks, set start date and end date to tasks, add an assignee to tasks to track the project progress.   How to use Asana tutorial for new users  Team and Project management features are seen at the sidebar of the Asana application home page. Find my favorites, reports, teams, projects, team calendar, and more projects from here.   Slack   The user interface of Slack is quite appealing and impressive. Though it not as extensive as Asana, the UX is a little confusing. If we consider simple-to-use and the easy-to-understand user interface is one of the key performance indicators of measurement of any team collaboration tool, then Troop Messenger comes stands first in the row.   Getting Started with Slack - Tips, Tricks & More    Workspace settings can be managed from the administration section of each workspace. Those settings would include; workspace sign-up mode and language, display name guidelines, default channels, etc., The best part is that the users have the provision to integrate to App Directory right from the user-side application itself.   Ease of Use conclusion Asana, as a project management tool, has a number of user-interface navigations to work on project tasks, while Slack being a team collaboration tool has fewer hops.     3. Integration   Asana   Any tool that supports a good number of integrations makes teams job hassle-free. Asana helps the users to bring emails, storage, files, support tickets, and many more apps into the application for quick completion of tasks. It comes with more than 100 integrations like Zapier, Dropbox, Time Camp, Microsoft Office 356, Slack, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc.,     Slack   Slack comes with humongous App Directory. It supports somewhere around 1500 app integrations to ensure seamless office work routines. A wide-category of app directory includes; communication tools, daily tools, essential apps, new&noteworthy apps, and brilliant bots. Slack lets to build own APIs to suit your business requirements.   Integration Conclusion  Asana has integrated Slack for all its team communications and work collaborations.   4. Support   Asana   At Asana Guide, one can find a detailed product’s help documentation, starting right from Asana demo to Sign-up process orientation. It extends live chat support to the users in its website. However, Asana also has a presence of priority support option that is rendered by a dedicated account manager. This service is available for premium users and thus comes up with a cost. Hence if you are ready to spend more bucks on the tool then you can get a better support option in Asana. Slack   Slack provides detailed and comprehensive help support to its users. Slack is quick at resolving all kinds of customer issues. At Slack, the customer support looks into; resolving issues, automation, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. Few of the customer support integration app includes; Slaask, Halp, and Zendesk.   Support Conclusion Both Asana and Slack extend equally notable support services to the users. But I see no Live Chat Support at Slack’s website.     5. Platforms Both Asana and Slack have their presence on all the major platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, Browser, Android and iOS. After you download the app from Google play store, you can look into the quick start guide for Android. The mobile app users of Asana can access My Tasks, projects, conversations, Inbox, Quick Add, and search from their respective Android apps.   Slack’s desktop and the mobile app user interface seems to be similar. From the mobile app, you are allowed to set your status, check your activity, allow you to select the time bound for Do not disturb status, invite people and many more..to go on.   However, the windows phone app is not supported by either of them.     6. Search Features   Asana   The use of search functionality in Asana is quite simple and easy to use. Filter out projects, tasks, conversations, teams, team members, project managers, etc., with this search feature.   You can further filter out attachments, project delivery deadlines statuses such as completed, and incomplete.  Asana search functionality allows the user to add custom filters as per the project requirement.    Slack   At Slack, search for messages, files, channels, It lets the users find the relevant files from the search filters of “Your Files”, and “All Files”. Slack allows the users to filter out messages from My Messages/files, Starred items, current conversations, and from using time filters.   Search Features Conclusion As Asana has more functional features, there exists a scope to filter-out more entities when compared to Slack.     7. Security and Privacy   Asana Asana takes customers security seriously to keep their data secure, safe and private. It is SOC 2(Type I) and (Type 2) certified for extending security, availability, and confidentiality to the users. To reduce all types of vulnerabilities and loss of data risks, Asana gets the processes and practices validated by trusted third-party services.   Slack Slack extends its best features to provide security to users data. The various compliance certifications and regulations of the application include; FedRAMP, SOC2(Type II), SOC3, HIPAA and more.   Security and Privacy Conclusion Both Asana and Slack are good at facilitating the best security and privacy to the users.     8. Dashboard, Analytics, and Reporting Widgets   Asana Asana’s Dashboard is extensive and provides a birds view of all the projects at one place. It gives the data of projects, team member allocation, project deadlines, project status updates, etc., Asana has planned to remove the dashboard and replace the same functionality with portfolios. Analytics facilitates detailed reports of project status to ensure optimum transparency.   Slack From Slack user interface, team members can add channels, set notification preferences, can send direct messages, invite people, star the channels, manage channel settings, etc., to perfectly collaborate with other team members.   Slack’s analytic section is divided into an overview, channels, and members. The overview area says about the number of messages exchanged, file storage used, apps and integrations installed and the other two divisions show the information of a number of channels added, and members along with the date of account creation.   Dashboard, Analytics, and Reporting Widgets Conclusion Apparently, we don’t see any specific-dashboard type of feature in Slack.   Conclusion This in accordance with the end-users discretion, if someone is looking for end-to-end project management, then Asana would be the ideal tool to opt for. For exclusive team communication, Slack makes the best choice. Asana’s teams integrate Slack for effective team collaboration.   Disclaimer The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown between Asana vs slack in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. The images, logos, any concepts etc., used in this blog, purely belong to their respective companies or applications (Asana and Slack).  Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, latest updates, prices, and their policies before utilizing any of their services. This further informs the reader that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author’s perception, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.  
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instant messaging for business
10 May 2019
Instant Messaging software for Business (Free & Paid)
The standard text messaging is now passé, especially with the explosion of messaging applications that give businesses a new way to connect with employees, team members, and all stakeholders.   For businesses, cloud-based instant messaging services are crucial for communication and project collaboration, especially when the employer is working with remote employees, freelancers, or on projects that require round-the-clock attention.   That's why the majority of companies are using instant messaging for business.   What is an Instant Messaging Tool?   Put simply; an instant messaging tool allows the users to exchange messages in real-time. Both small and large-scale businesses today are using IM to share information, collaborate with team members, and forge a virtual decision-making platform.   The primary purpose of using instant messaging for business is to ensure a customized workplace collaboration with secure and rapid communication between all stakeholders.   Knowing how Instant Messaging apps is the need of the hour, we evaluated the features of Fourteen favourite instant messaging tools and reviewed them based on the functionality. Through this article, we'll share with you the business messenger applications your team can choose for external and internal communication.   Follow this article for an in-depth analysis of each of these applications.   Having powered up the external messaging requirements, your next initiative towards streamlining business communication should be to strengthen the communication and collaboration within the company.   This can be easily achieved through the internal instant messaging Programs as described below:     Table of Contents   1. Wrike 2. Troop Messenger 3. Skype 4. Slack 5. Brosix 6. Google Hangouts 7. Flock 8. Ryver 9. Rocketbots     Wrike      Free - 5 User    Paid - 5-20 User ($9.80/user/month)    For those of you who want a lot more than instant messaging, Wrike should be the ultimate pick. Bundled with great interactive features, Wrike lets you communicate with your team members, share updates, and work together on the projects. Here’s what makes Wrike interesting:   Consolidate to-dos, customize the dashboard, create gnat charts, set a timeline and manage daily work with ease.   Wrike has a collaborative proof tool that allows users to approve and review digital documents and eliminate all chances of miscommunication.   Share interactive, real-time reports, and edit, or review them regularly.     Troop Messenger       Free - Group Chats - limitation (5)    Paid - Unlimited ($1/user/month)    If you are looking for an all-in-one business messaging app, Troop Messenger can be the perfect tool for your business requirements. Packed with contemporary features, this user-friendly office messaging application has interactive features like:   Unlimited Groups, Unlimited message history, and message retrieval are some the best features.   The tool allows screen sharing and face-to-face interaction over presentations and projects, To-Dos, and deadlines.   Admin can have complete control over users' accessible features. The dashboard feature allows for easy supervision.     Skype        Skype is FREE for use by up to 25 people.    Starting from: $2.00/month   There’s a solid reason why hundreds of millions of employers use Skype to collaborate with their clients and employees. Skype is the ultimate solution for smooth communication. Audio and Video HD calling, smart messaging, Screen sharing, call recording, private conversations, Live subtitles, and phone calls- you can do it all with Skype.   Skype allows editing of sent messages or deletion of messaging all-together.   It is compatible with Phone, Tablet, Desktop, Web, Xbox, and Alexa too.   Some of the exclusive features of Skype include Skype call forwarding, Chat history back-up, location sharing, background blurring, Voicemail, and Skype call recording.   Skype also allows users to search specific texts within a conversation. This can be done by selecting a find button under the chat header or pressing Command + F on Mac, and Ctrl + F on Windows.   Skype for Business is a great way of hosting professional online meetings. With Office 365 in-built integration, the host can access and share all office apps including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Outlook.   Skype for Business has powerful features like Whiteboard, PowerPoint upload, Built-in IM, Screen Sharing, URL invites, and an unlimited number of meetings.   The Office 365 Business plan starts at $8.25 per user per month.     Slack        File Storage - 5GB per workspace    Message Visibility - 10K most recent messages   Slack is the ultimate tool for business communication and collaboration. Businesses all over the world rely on this tool to streamline work irrespective of the geographical locations of the team members. Use slack for business because:   Apart from direct messaging and threading features, Slack has an integration directory of over 1500 applications.   Slack supports two-factor authentication for additional security and data encryption features too.   Slack allows collaboration beyond colleagues by enabling users to share channels with clients, partners, and vendors.   With Slack, users can customize communication-based on topic, team members, projects, and other factors.   Slack is one of the highly secured communication tools, for it uses robust measures like SSO and 2FA to encrypt the data and protect it against cyber threats.   Brosix        Pro Plan – $ 2.10 per user/m    Ultimate – $ 2.99 per user/m   With Brosix as an instant messenger, you get to do a lot more than texting and multimedia sharing. Using Brosix as a business messaging application, your company can gain complete control of a business network and have an encrypted communication channel.   Brosix has a complete range of collaboration features that facilitate business communication: offline messages, video and voice chat, whiteboard, file transfer, screen sharing, malware and virus protection, real-time monitoring.   Communication channels are fully-encrypted for additional security. Brosix uses the P2P file transfer to keep user’s data safe from being breached.   With unlimited file sharing, you are sure to witness efficient collaboration, productivity benefits, and easy project management.   Employers or team managers can have full control over users' accessible features, privileges, and contact list.   It is a perfect instant messaging tool for those who want a strong, secure, simple, cost-effective, and reliable business communication solution.     Google+ Hangouts         Free 14 Day Trial    Basic - Professional office suite with 30GB storage   Given the reputation of Google Applications, you can safely rely on Hangouts for all your internal communication. Not only does this tool offers a user-friendly chat service, but it is also packed with some of the amazing features listed below:   Hangouts as an office messenger allow deep integration with G-suite application, which is a perfect way of supporting your business needs.   It is compatible with Android, Windows, Apple devices, and computers: which makes it the perfect tool for handling communication needs of corporate environments.   Hangouts’ integration with Gmail supports threaded messages and create bots with the app itself. It has no trouble integrating with major business applications and systems.   Hangout supports group conferencing for up to fifteen people, screen sharing options, and phone call.   For companies that require video broadcasting, Hangout on Air Feature is a great feature. It is an efficient way for businesses to conduct talk shows, live seminars, and stream video calls live through YouTube.   Flock        Free Plan - Search up to 10K messages    Paid - Unlimited ($2.13 /user/month)    Flock is recommended for the companies that wish to make teamwork conversations effortless. With a significant number of collaborative features, Flock can be an integral part of your business network. The users get to stay on top of their project, create and share notes within the chat box. Other features include:   Integration with third-party apps your team needs. For example- GitHub, Google Drive, Jira, Trello, Google Calendar, Twitter, and many more.   Create polls, get feedback and opinion, and set reminders to enhance your team’s productivity.   With drag and drop features, communicate with your team through visual aids, and pin important files and messages, and access them whenever needed.   Flock also allows the users to build their own application via Flock API. From pop-ups and widgets to sidebar and slash commands, you can add distinctive features to these apps.   Flock has strict control over user rights and data through TLS 1.2 data encryption and Amazon Web Services hosting.   Ryver        FREE 14-Day Trial    Paid - $49 /user/month upto 12 user/mo   Business Collaboration has never been easier. With Ryver, you can manage your team’s interaction in a simple, easy, and affordable manner.   Group messaging allows unlimited file sharing, unlimited chats, and infinite conversation searching.   With Ryver, you can avail unlimited free calling, crisp and clear audio and video call with shared screen space.   Task management feature includes unlimited personal and team task board, tags, checklists, and assignments.   Ryver employes Active Response Technology which reduces error-prone human response and eliminates slow reaction by replacing it with an automated and powerful response system.   Easy integration with other tools like Dropbox, Evernote, Gmail, Hangouts, and more.     Rocketbots        Free - Unlimited messages    Paid - Unlimited ($19 /user/month)    Rocketbot is an all-in-one messenger for business. It is a useful tool that lets you manage all the chats in one CRM with AI-powered messaging, broadcasts, and surveys.   Rocketbot is a perfect medium for organising all the messaging apps in one place.   It functions with AI that supports over 15 languages and suggests AI smart replies during a conversation.   Target broadcast features and chat automation let users craft and deliver messages to the right people within the right time.    One can deploy Rocketbot on WeChat, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Kik, and other similar platforms.   The tool combines the personality of humans and the speed of computers to create a powerful messaging platform that facilitates communication in the most efficient way.    What do you think? Communication and collaboration play a crucial role in all facets of the business. Not only does regular communication helps build a capable team, but also contributes to the development of the company.   The reason businesses use these instant messaging tools is to generate leads, engage with employees and team members virtually, and manage tasks efficiently. But do keep one thing in mind, when choosing the appropriate instant messaging for business, it's essential to consider your company's culture, team size, and the project types.   Of all these nine tools, which one do you think works well for business communication? Do you have any suggestions for us to include on this list?
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team collaboration
08 Aug 2019
Five Essential Statistics on the Power of Collaboration
The current business infrastructure highlights the progress of mankind. We no longer need to be in the same room with other people to collaborate.   People can work from anywhere in the world, given that that place has internet and electricity. Incidentally, nearly four million Americans found their favorite workplace — their own homes.   At the very core of this phenomenon are the gig economy and technological progress. This allows to considerably improve the quality of life for many people, by cutting down the time they spend commuting to work, increasing their productivity, and offering impressive freedom to travel while working.   What’s more interesting is that it has motivated people to collaborate more often and much more efficiently via methodologies, frameworks, and most importantly, collaboration software.    In this article, we’ll look into a list of mind-blowing collaboration statistics. Let’s dive right in, shall we?   1. Collaboration is More Than Lip Service   While many professionals recognize the immense importance that cooperation has to offer, businesses, unfortunately, don’t do enough to stimulate their employees to collaborate.   As a study published by Queens University suggests, the problem with this extensive lack of collaboration is by no means technological, since we have so much cutting-edge software like Troop Messenger that allows organizations to communicate effortlessly.   Employees all too often lack the soft skills needed to bridge the personal and cultural divides between them and their colleagues. Simple things like greeting one another as you go about the working day help to open everyone up and make them more approachable.   Communal breakout spaces allow team members to talk about ideas and proposals in a more inviting environment than the boardroom and are essential for allowing junior members to have a voice.   It’s all about creating an environment in which everyone feels empowered and encouraged to make a difference, provide feedback, and put forward a new idea.   But it’s not just the employee’s fault.   When asked on the importance of collaboration in the workplace, three-quarters of surveyed employers suggested that it’s essential to their company’s output.   However, ironically, under 20% of employers discuss factors like “communication,” when performing regular performance reviews.    “It’s most definitely the case that businesses will benefit greatly from having a dedicated strategy to stimulate collaboration within their organization.”  — Jenna Langley, a Head of HR at Trust My Paper.     The same study also suggests that 39% of employees find that they don’t collaborate enough. 2. Lack of Collaboration Can Fail Projects A recent study published by Salesforce indicates that little over 85% of respondents consider that the primary reason for failed projects and workplace failures, in general, is an overall lack of collaboration and poor communication.   The same study suggests that a whopping 97% of surveyed workers indicate that the factor that has the most adverse effect on the outcome of work-related projects or tasks is a lack of alignment within teams or coworkers.   This should be another red flag for business owners and executives to start implementing the right strategies and the right software in their company’s workflow, which will allow to considerably optimize the success rate of their projects.   3. A Strong Sense of Community Besides allowing to considerably improve an organization’s KPIs, the collaboration will enable us to feel like we’re part of something greater than ourselves. Teamwork allows us to have a strong sense of community and belonging.   A report published by Gusto indicates that efficiently working in teams is one of their central motivators of remaining loyal to the business they work for.   More importantly, it’s now very common for people to consider leaving their workplace, because they didn’t feel like they had a strong connection to the collective and that they didn’t collaborate very well.   When surveyed, 52% of respondents said that they did consider leaving a job, because they didn’t have a strong sense of community at their workplace.   Furthermore, the same study indicates that nearly 55% of employees have stayed on a job longer than they intended due to a powerful sentiment of belonging and a strong bond to the community.   When asked what the most important reason for staying at their current company is,     nearly 40% of respondents indicated that it’s due to working with a great team.    4. A Considerable Boost in Performance A paper published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology back in 2014, found that even the illusion of working on a task with a group of people considerably increased the output of the subjects.   The participants were told that they are to work on a task that was a collaborative effort and that many other people are working on a common goal, others were told that they are to work on a task on their own.    The experiment concluded that the participants that were working on a “team project” lasted nearly 65% longer than their solo counterparts. More importantly, they appeared to be less tired and were able to achieve higher success rates.   The researchers that conducted the study suggest that by merely feeling that you are a part of a collective that is working for the common good stimulates people to take on challenges. A similar study was published by the Institute for Corporate Productivity indicates that organizations that stimulate collaboration among their employees are five times more likely to have a considerable performance edge over businesses that do not.   The authors examined a broad set of companies (over a thousand) that identify as businesses with collaborative cultures.   The same study has highlighted another significant finding — companies that worked for a higher goal, that had a purpose, so to speak, were even more high performing than the companies that just identified as companies with collaborative cultures.   5. Low Morale is Detrimental   The truth is that improper communication won’t just stop your organization from enjoying the benefits of high-quality teamwork — it can considerably decrease employee morale, which, as a result, will dramatically reduce your employee happiness and retention.   In a study published by Accountemps, nearly a third (33%) of human resources officers indicated that improper collaboration and communication are what define low employee morale. The second most common factor that determined the employees’ discontent with their job was excessive micromanagement.   The authors have identified the most important solutions to low employee morale:   Gossip due to insufficient information. Humans are evolutionarily driven to understand their surroundings. When we lack clear information, our brains need to complement reality with assumptions, rather than facts. Don’t hide important information from the team.   No initiative. Employees that lack purpose and don’t feel that they are part of a team will often avoid taking the initiative in their hands. Always ensure that your teammates understand the value of their impact on the project.   Lack of rewards and appreciation. Besides simply indicating how important their input is, employees need to be occasionally rewarded for their hard work.   Being able to identify the above red flags will allow you to address these issues and alleviate the adverse effects in a timely manner before they can escalate. Furthermore, this will enable you to improve your team’s productivity.    Conclusion: Businesses often forget how much work has to be done after they’ve recruited their personnel. As research suggests, organizations need to invest a lot of time and effort into motivating their workers to collaborate and also create an environment that is conducive and suitable for a fruitful collaboration between employees.   Author Bio  Diana Nadim is a writer and editor who has a Master degree in Marketing. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for Studicus, Diana also runs her own 3to5Marketing blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is travelling and meeting new people. Follow her on Twitter
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x series vs slack
08 Jan 2019
Discord vs Slack - Which One Is Better for Businesses?
Why write an email every time for intra-office communication? Why burn your productive office hours on mundane tasks? Why go in person to access your co-workers PC when you can share your own?   Achieve all these and more simply and in style   Email less, go more productive with online meetings and let your co-worker control your screen remotely! Want to know how?  why discord and slack so similar or different   Teams can communicate better if they could collaborate effortlessly!    Table of Contents    Product Tour Simple-to-Use Cross-Platform Feature-Rich End-Users Pricing Voice and Video Calls Integrated File Sharing Support-Service         Communicate instantly all the time with the ever rising, feature-rich team collaboration chat software!   From instant messaging to instant decision making, a wide range of office communication tools such as Slack, Skype for Business, Troop Messenger, Flock, Discord, etc., are available to make collaboration simpler than ever before   Product Tour   Slack Slack says,“ it is more productive, more transparent, more efficient, with no more emails”. Let me take you with the product tour of Slack. The sign-up process begins with joining an existing workspace or by joining a new workspace altogether. An invite is needed from the Admin of the Slack application for a new user to join the existing workspace.   What is Slack Workspace A new user can create a new workspace from scratch by confirming the registered email, and by confirming the 6-digit verification code. The new user is asked to enter the new workspace and project name and is also allowed to add other team members to the project. A separate channel for every project is created to bring in teams, conversations, files, etc., for seamless collaboration. Slack provides an URL for every workspace created. The user is supposed to use the allotted URL to login to Slack. In the end, give your name and password to finish the sign-up process of your workspace.   The slacks user interface is simple to understand and quite interesting. Each workspace consists of channels, and all the conversations within the workspace happen through channels only. It allows sending direct messages to Slack bots to know more about the application. The feature-stack of the basic free plan includes adding channels, inviting people, Mentions, 10k searchable messages, one-to-one video calls, two-factor authentication and access to basic Slack features.     Discord Discord is quite popular among the gaming community. It is a free application that provides voice and text chat conversations. The sign-up process for Discord is pretty simple and easy. Fill up the sign-up form by giving your email id, username, password, and accept the terms and conditions to proceed further. The verification process can be made across through email or a mobile device. Now the new user has access to free voice and text chat amongst the team members.    What is a Discord Server  The new user is asked to create a server by selecting the server region. A user can join any of the popular public servers as per their requirement. The user interface of Discord allows the user to create more servers, send direct messages, add friends, send friend requests, etc., A two-factor authentication is enabled to protect your server with an extra layer of security.     In this article, we look at the Quick Comparison between Slack and Discord for different scenarios. Both the chat applications Slack and Discord are cross-platform enabled. They are available for Windows, MacOS, Web, Android, iOS. Discord has its presence for Linux too. Slack comes with three pricing plans; Free plan, Standard Plan, and Plus Plan. Discord pricing plan includes; Free, Nitro Plan and Nitro Classic. Discord offers unlimited message history limit in all its plans, whereas Slack provides unlimited message history in Standard and Plus plans only. Both the applications are deployed in cloud and mobile. Discord and Slack both have come up with advanced search filters Slack doesn’t offer the feature of screen sharing in the free version, whereas real-time screen sharing is present for free and paid versions of Discord. Discord allows unlimited integrations. Slack limits to 10 integrations in the free plan and about 800 integrations in paid plans. Both applications provide exceptional help and support services     Simple-to-Use   Discord is highly popular for its slick design and hassle-free sign-up process. The user doesn’t even have to provide the email id to use Discord chat application; rather he/she can start using the application just by giving their name. But, yes the verification process needs an email address for quick access to all the servers.   The interface of Discord is so simple and seamless, that any casual user can quickly understand the features, simply at a glance. In addition to this, Discord’s text and voice conversations take place in their servers, and setting up them is absolutely simple. Joining Slack’s workspace is a little tedious when compared to Discord. The two ways to join Slack is through accepting an email invitation or through creating an account. Then you are asked to set up your profile with your First name, Display name, phone number etc., to let other team members know about you. Users need to download desktop and mobile apps, whereas, in the case of Discord, they can log in to the web client to access the application.   Similar Post:   Ryver Vs Slack   Microsoft Teams Vs Slack   Yammer Or Slack   Cross-Platform   Discord, the most popular and the biggest gaming cross-platform application, is available on all desktop and mobile OS platforms. It works on Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS and it is Linux friendly too. And if you don’t feel like installing it, just experience the web application.   Slack’s being widely used as team collaboration application, had made its footprint on Windows, Chrome, Mac OS, Linux(beta), Android, iOS, Windows Phone(beta). Though the desktop application is quite heavier than Discord, it’s the most powerful one.   Features   Discord Discord’s popularity is fast catching up in recent years. The client numbers are getting multiplied with its ever-increasing upcoming features –list. This application is rather famous in the gaming community than in team collaboration. Discord is specially designed for managing large groups and servers. It allows the user to quickly join the web client, without having to install a desktop app or creating an account. This tool offers voice and video calls in a single interface and offers an unlimited message history too.   The application is well-known in respecting user’s privacy; neither does it message logging in free version nor in paid. Discord notifies users about other gaming information, to simplify choosing options for players. The server management and server-switching are so hassle-free in Discord that it enables the users to check their friend's list on a daily basis, and switching between servers is just a click away.   Few of the upcoming features include; keyboard navigation, overlay home bar for desktop, spoiler tags for iOS, game detection, and spoiler tags for Android.   Slack Slack is popularly known as a “Place for every Conversation”, as it is considered a unified choice for business communications and project management. It allows the user to create a separate channel for every discussion, be it for the team, for a new project, or a channel for onboarding, or for training new employees, etc. The chat interface of Slack is quite simple to understand and pretty much easy to use. The user can find all the available channels open to the left side of the chat interface.   One of the additional features of Slack is its screen sharing ability during video calls. It makes the best presentation tool with the help of voice, video, and text communication. The exceptional search functionality of Slack makes the user bring all files, messages, attachments at one place.   The CPU usage is high at Slack and is more intensive when compared to Discord. It uses 9.5 MB for its processing for the same count of message requests, which were attended by Discord. Every day’s essential business applications of all size and shape like Asana, Dropbox, Salesforce, Trello, Jira, etc., are easily integrated into Slack.    End Users   The gaming community prefers to land on Discord rather than Slack, for its lag-free and high-speed gaming experience. Though mainly meant for gamers, the concept of collaboration is born out of necessity to unite them in one place. Though Slack was developed by a gaming company, it’s been essentially built for team speak. Its primary focus is to attend business or corporate audience for their uninterrupted team collaboration. The features designed are highly business-oriented with intuitive and impressive UI.   Pricing   Discord comes in three pricing plans  Free - $0 Discord Nitro Classic - $4.99/month Discord Nitro - $9.99/month   Discord offers most of its features free of cost, and a Nitro Plan for the upgrade of extended file upload, animated emojis and for high-quality screen sharing. Since the upgrade is applicable to each individual account instead of the server, the users who need it should upgrade accordingly. Along with this, a Nitro plan of Discord enhances the users chat experience with interesting perks such as animated fun, global search emoji's, custom Discord tag, high-quality video etc., Slack comes in three pricing plans and an enterprise Grid: Free - $0 Standard - $6.67/month Plus - $12.50/month Enterprise Grid   It doesn’t offer many of the important features in its free version. Small teams or small organizations can create a team collaboration workspace for an unlimited period of time with their+ free plan. For uninterrupted project communications, teams can opt for Slack's standard plan. The two-factor authentication facility is available for all the users, regardless of the plan.   Voice and Video Calls   Voice calls and Voice chat are the heart of Discord. It has gained huge popularity with free VoIP calling service between gaming servers, since its inception. When compared to its other competitors like Slack and Skype, It provides the highest quality audio and video calling for the users. Unlike Slack, Discord doesn’t differentiate its voice and video calling services with its plan’s purchase.   Though video calling is available in Slack’s Free Plan, it’s been restricted only for two people. The users need to upgrade to higher paid plans to expand the video call participant’s limit to 15 users. In any of the Slack's plan, its users can call other members of the application through channels. Slack gave a value-addition to its video calling, where the participants can respond with a different kind of emojis to show their expression!    Integrated File Sharing Slack and Discord both the tools, allows the users to share a wide range of files across their respective applications. In Discord’s free plan, the user can share files to the limit of 8MB and can extend this limit up to 50 MB. In Slack, users can upload the files up to 1 GB. The users can directly drag and drop all range of files such as PDF ’s, images and videos into the slack.   Support Service Discord extends excellent round the clock support services to its users. Apart from its 24/7 help centre, its support team is actively available on most of the social channels like Twitter, Reddit etc., Its exclusive help centre page provides you all the information right from the account settings to permissions. Get to know about its announcements, trust and safety, community programs and many more from the help centre page of their website. Slack too provides high-end and well-coordinated customer support for its users. They ensure the best possible resolutions for any sort of customer feedback and toughest queries. Support team who are up to date on the latest feature details will attend the users by assuring them with seamless application usage. The support page of Slack let you tap into the collective knowledge base of the application.   Conclusion Eventually, the size of your organization and the cost of the application matters the most while choosing the right one! Discord and Slack both are exceptional in their respective genres. I personally suggest the user opt for Discord, as its free plan itself is offering all the essential parameters of the application.   But ultimately, it’s the user’s choice of which to choose picked!   Still not justified! Then I would strongly suggest you hands-on the new-age chat messenger solution,  The Troop Messenger.   Disclaimer The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown between discord vs slack in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. The images, logos, any concepts etc., used in this blog, purely belong to their respective companies or applications (Discord and Slack).   Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, latest updates, prices, and their policies before utilizing any of their services. This further informs the reader that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author’s perception, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.  
Why write an email every time for intra-office communication? Why burn your productive office hours ...
slack vs x series
20 Apr 2019
Yammer Or Slack - which one is best for Team Messaging
Better communication creates better solutions!   Enterprise collaboration platforms act as a gateway to connect team members of the organization and to the wide number of users across the globe. A single platform mingles all at one place to build empowering solutions to the world!   Technology is primarily engaging people, a possible reason why we see an immense rise of chat collaboration applications these days. The ultimate use could be personal or workplace engagement- tools are available for every need at every place to stay always connected.   The results of poor communication across teams could prove expensive to the organization. To attend such situations, we have many enterprise-ready chat applications like Yammer, Slack, Flock, etc., to ensure the best business productivity.   People knew Yammer since 2008 when it has been launched at the TechCrunch50 by one of the founders David Sacks. Later in the year, 2012 Yammer has been acquired by Microsoft for US$1.2 billion. Slack has been launched in the year 2013 with more than 30% of paying customers. It is a cloud-based application that serves all team sizes founded by Steward Butterfield.   Though teams are segregated as per project, client, remote location, or based on geographical area, these collaboration tools keep them connected.   And in case, where if teams of the entire organization would want to communicate with each other; to ascertain this scenario, we have a private social networking team collaboration application like Yammer to fill this gap.   Slack has also been integrated into a myriad number of social media networks to stay upgraded. Having said this, it is time to draw upon the differences between the two for facilitating informed decision making. Take a look.   Table of Contents    Product Tour Features Comparisons Pricing Comparisons Integration Comparisons UI/UX Comparisons Security Comparisons Support Comparisons Analytic Report Comparisons Search Comparisons     Product Tour – Which application has a seamless workflow approach?   Yammer-Product Tour   Yammer is available across diverse platforms such as Windows, Mac and Mobile phones. It is a part of your Office 365 suite and comes in the variants of  Yammer users, Yammer groups and Yammer networks. Yammer is exclusively built to have its presence in both internal organization’s users and external networks. The latest entrant in the block is its Windows desktop application, which enables the easiest way to join group conversations.   Yammer is a tough competitor when it comes to ranking the best social network for the workplace where it brings remote teams together. The sign-up process of Yammer is quite simple. Anyone can simply connect with this private social networking application with their work email. Yammer sends a verification mail to a new user to complete the sign-up process. Once you login to the application, Yammer asks you to join the relevant groups to keep you updated.   With Yammer, you can: Write your first post Follow your co-workers Start a Group Check your Inbox Check Private Messages Check Notifications Browse External Networks Create a new network and invite people. View recently accessed files.   Slack – Product Tour “A single workspace for your small-to-medium size company or team”, is what Slack Says. Small organizations or teams can rely on Slack totally for an unlimited period of time. Based upon the pricing plans the users choose, they can create a wide number of workspaces and switch between them, and also could share channels among diverse workspaces. The hassle-free sign-up process allows a new user to join an existing workspace or a new workspace with any of the public domain mail ids. Slack facilitates an URL for each workspace, and now the Slack users can log in to the application with these workspace URLs. With Slack, your teams are better connected with all the information being transferred just at their fingertips. The project name you give at the time of the Sign-up process can be seen as a channel within the application's interface. With Slack, you can: Add Public and Private Channels Invite people Talk with Slack bots Integrate a wide range of Apps Install Google Drive Check Analytics Customize Slack Sign into another workspace Access the application with feature-based keyboard shortcuts.   Our Verdict Yammer allows the users to prioritize conversations and announcements through Inbox from the application itself, whereas we don’t see this provision for Slack.   Features Comparisons – Who is the leader?   Yammer One of the primary functionalities of Yammer would be connecting and engaging people across organizations via private social networks. An exclusive social networking platform for businesses and companies to communicate on myriad topics of the world! The users can toggle between Discovery, All and Following feeds to view the conversations. Few Functional Features: Secure and transparent communication across teams to organize projects. Simple to use UI and easy to understand UX. Offers two kinds of networks: internal and external. Each internal network is allotted with one primary email domain. Integrates with other tools of Office365. Invite people to join networks. People Directory to send an invite Like or share conversations across groups. Poll and Post   Slack Communication in Slack happens through channels and it supports a vast app directory to enhance teams collaboration. It offers high-end data security like 2FA and SSO to protect all your organization’s information. Slack keeps a back-up of your work for further retrieval through Archiving feature. Few Functional Features: Organized Conversations Private and Public channels Searchable message history Slack app directory with more than 1500 apps to integrate. Voice and Video calls. Screen Sharing Configure Slack to suit your business needs. High-level data encryption while in transit. Admin-level settings and permissions   Our Verdict Though Yammer is simple to use, Slack’s feature-stack is quite vast, powerful and functional. For better team communication, we might need highly workable and convincing collaboration features like Troop Messenger.   Pricing Comparisons – Can Slack replace Yammer?   Yammer Yammer comes absolutely free with its basic version for an unlimited amount of time. Any user can log into Yammer with their work email id and add other co-workers to start conversations across the internal and external networks. Subscription to Office 365 is not required to start using Yammer. But, of course, to gain enterprise and administrative access, one needs to purchase an Office 365 suite license.   Slack Slack as a freemium application has pricing plans to accommodate everyone’s need. It offers limited numbers of features for free for an unlimited amount of time, but to experience the full-level feature stack, one needs to opt for paid plans. Slack comes with three different pricing plans of Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid with features segregated according to each. The free plan comes with few basic features along with 5GB storage(total), 10k searchable messages, 10 app integrations, and two-factor authentication. The standard plan is at $6.67 per active user/per month Plus plan is at $12.50 per active user/per month The Enterprise Grid Plan offers 1TB of storage per member, along with the features which suit enterprise-level companies.   Our Verdict  Yammer is cheaper when compared to Slack!   Integration Comparisons – Which tool supports more?   Yammer Integrations help to get your work done easily and effortlessly! We know Yammer is as a part of Office 365 suite and it also supports a good number of integrations.   Integration with Share point enhances Yammer usage experience. Users can add their Yammer feeds to Share point pages. Yammer simply lets you integrate with other operations of Office 365 even while you are in conversation on Yammer. Users can open Outlook to set a meeting invite, can go with Skype video conferencing, work on excel sheet, upload files and many more... One of the integrations includes Yammer feed. It extends an embeddable JavaScript widget to display a snapshot of a specific feed to applications like Skype for Business, CRM, and CMS tools. You can integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM with Yammer to add a social network layer for enhanced communication across business owners. Yammer can be integrated with other applications such as Microsoft Flow, Yammer Connect, Sales force.com, and Yammer APIs. Check out the app directory for all Yammer Apps.   Slack  Slack says, “Add apps, get work done”. There is an endless number of apps that you can add to your workspace to pull reports, make calls, store data in the cloud within the Slack itself.   Slack users can pick from a wide category of App integrations; such as apps for daily tools, Essential apps, New&Noteworthy apps, brilliant bots, app collections and from many more... Slack helps to integrate Google Drive, Microsoft One-Drive, DropBox, and Box applications for file management. Other integrations like Jira-Integration+ for Productivity, Azure Pipelines for Developer tools, Kudoboard for HR and Team Culture, Zoom for communication, etc., can be bought to the Slack.   Our Verdict Comparatively, Slack supports a number of integrations to Yammer. The App Directory of Slack is quite immense.   UI/UX Comparisons – which gives the best intuitive and immersive user experience!   Yammer Yammer user interface is quite simple to use and easy to understand. The user is allowed to create an internal or external group or even can post or send a private message from the functionalities derived in the left pane. An easy to navigate user interface helps Yammers to get into to the use of the application faster.   Slack Slack’s interface is promisingly impressive with colourful background hues. The user can invite people, create a channel or search for a group of channels from the left user-pane. Slack bots welcome the first timers to facilitate the necessary support services, and they also help the user to check Slack help centre page from the UI itself only.   Our Verdict Slack’s interface appears more appealing than Yammer.   Security Comparisons – Which one to trust more?  Yammer Yammer from Office365 comes with enterprise-level security, and compliance to provide secure online space for business enterprises, whereas the basic version doesn’t extend any admin security controls. All conversations and feeds in transit and at rest are encrypted with AES-256 bit key encryption. Yammer data is totally secured under strict guidelines at Microsoft’s global network of data centres with round the clock video surveillance, biometric and pin-based locks, strict personal access controls, and detailed visitor entry logs.   Slack  All workspaces data is super-secured at Slack. It does provide safety to data through security bots. Slack is a certified ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27017, ISO/IEC 27018 and HIPAA accredited team collaboration business chat application. Slacks GDPR policy is made available for the users at their website.   The other security features include; SAML-based SSO, SCIM provisioning, Granular app management, Custom Message Retention, Slack Enterprise Key Management (Slack EKM) and Support for Data Loss Prevention(DLP).   Our Verdict Yammer and Slack are both up to the standards in providing data security and data prevention and loss.   Support Comparisons – who is available round the clock?   Yammer  Yammer users need to describe their issue by navigating to Contact Office Support page of Microsoft. Its help centre educates Yammers with an in-detailed Feature-training material like attaching a file to a message, Enable or Disable email and Phone notifications, Keyboard shortcuts and more to go on...   Slack Slacks help centre leverages an extensive help-support for its users. Slack users can post their queries to Slack bots within the application itself. In the Slack help-centre page, the users can find Slack education column from which they can get to know about Slack Demo, Slack Foundry and Slack Tips.   Our Verdict An interesting point to be noted here would be; Slack’s help-centre support is quite extensive and advanced when compared with Yammer.     Analytic Report Comparisons – Which tool share the market share?   Yammer  We know that many users of the world use Office 365 for their daily office work procedures. According to recent analytics, it is observed that the Fortune 500 companies across the globe collaborate via Yammer.   Slack  Slack is one among those trusted business chat applications brand across the world used by diverse sizes of organizations. Slack’s analytic reports say that there is an immense change in the work culture after adopting Slack. At around 80.4% of respondents conveys, “the use of Slack has increased transparency in work collaborations which finally has yielded productive results”.   Our Verdict Yammer is the social networking people collaboration application, there are chances that it might dominate Slack in this arena.   Search Comparisons – which is more powerful?   Yammer The search functionality of Yammer seems to be simple and limited. Yammer users can enable search option on internal and external network groups and start conversations as per the choice they make.   Slack  Slack’s search functionality provides search on channels, messages, and files to simply selection. Simplify your file search from the search facility of your files and all files.   Our Verdict Yammer and Slack’s both make a good search result to a certain extent. When it comes to the case of Search comparisons, Troop Messenger has the most advanced search options to filter images, videos, contacts, location, text, files, and URLs.   Wrapping it up Yammer and Slack both are good for team communication. Each has got its own set of pros and cons. Like if we take Yammer, it is popular across the world for its private social networking among internal teams and external networks. Slack has also gained its global share consistently. The latest entrant in the block, The Troop Messenger is no less competitor to any other business chat applications. Give a sure shot for it to attain reliable, secure and seamless team communication! To sum it up, it is up to the reader’s discretion to choose the best-suited collaboration tool as per their teams need.   Disclaimer The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown between Yammer vs slack in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. The images, logos, any concepts etc., used in this blog, purely belong to their respective companies or applications (Yammer and Slack).   Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, latest updates, prices, and their policies before utilizing any of their services. This further informs the reader that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author’s perception, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.  
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