IBM has chosen Slack for its company-wide chat communication amongst 350,000 employees instead of Microsoft teams as per a report by Business Insider. The experts look at it as a significant victory for the Slack platform over Microsoft Teams which is currently one of the most used communication tools within organizations
Slack becomes official company-wide Chat Platform for IBM Employees
Based on a report, IBM has been pilot testing Slack for quite some time in its environments. It is now implementing Slack for all the workers across the organization.
As per CEO of Slack, Stewart Butterfield, “Going the wall to wall in IBM — it’s the maximum scale that there is, so we now know that Slack will work for literally the largest organizations in the world.” It is indeed a massive test for the Slack platform as IBM is using it internally since 2014; however, now the scale has become extensive with rollout to all employees.
IBM Biggest Customer for Slack
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According to Slack, IBM is one of the biggest customers for the company for years. IBM has been Slack’s largest customer for several years and has expanded its usage of Slack over that time”.
Significant Expansion for Slack
Slack reveals that IBM has more than 300,000 employees for which it had to upscale its deployment so that the chat app can work for every IBM worker. IT is incredibly significant growth where around 165000 employees used Slack in 2019 post the launch of Enterprise Grid service. IBM may be using the paid version of the Slack for the entire workforce, or it may use paid for some employees and free for some.
Fierce Competitor to Microsoft Teams
There has been stiff competition between Microsoft Teams and Slack in recent years. Microsoft Claimed that Slack does “breadth and depth that’s required to reinvent what it looks like to work together. While Slack said that the company is not affected by Microsoft’s massive reach due to office 365 and took on the company for ripping off its advertisements.
Microsoft Still Winning the race
Microsoft has prudently left Slack behind in the competition in 2019 when its Teams offering is implemented for more than 20 Million users every day as compared to 12 Million users for Slack.
IBM rollout a High Point for Slack
Microsoft has also started TV promotions for Teams. However, the tech giant IBM choosing Slack over Teams is a high point for Slack.