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Slack Locks Down Oracle Partnership Targeting Enterprises (reuters.com) 43

From a report: Slack Technologies has secured a partnership with Oracle to integrate the tech giant's enterprise software products into the popular workplace messaging app, the two companies told Reuters. The partnership is a victory for Slack as the young startup ramps up its efforts to win the business of large enterprises in an increasingly competitive marketplace that has seen the entry of Microsoft, Facebook and countless startups. "As you see all these large enterprise software companies looking at messaging as a major platform, they're looking to partner with us first and foremost," said Brad Armstrong, Slack's head of global business and corporate development. The partnership will allow workers to use Slack as the interface for Oracle's sales, human resources and business software.
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Slack Locks Down Oracle Partnership Targeting Enterprises

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  • This brings a whole new meaning to "stop slacking off!"
    • Re:New meaning (Score:4, Informative)

      by cayenne8 ( 626475 ) on Tuesday October 03, 2017 @12:22PM (#55301867) Homepage Journal
      I just *HATE* messaging at work. I turn Lync off.

      I just can't get any work done with 200 people constantly trying to msg me during the day...some work related, other not.

      I turn it off, and have everyone email me, that way I can work a bit more asynchronously....and only answer when I need.

      I also note that most folks only email work stuff, but on IM, they just often 'chat'.

      I turn on IM when a meeting is on, to screen share or special needs, but for daytime routine work hours..that fucker is OFF.

      • Yes, I agree.

        Instant Messaging is like the telephone, but worse, in terms of interruptions.

        Although in my workplaces, IM has only rarely been used for idle chitchat -- but nonetheless, it gets almost exclusively used for non-urgent things.

        Email is the way to go.

      • Maybe via Oracle all of this will be put on Solaris. That way it will be off most of the time anyway (?).
  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Tuesday October 03, 2017 @12:09PM (#55301747)
    >> Oracle and Slack are in bed

    (makes note to dump slack)
    • by MouseR ( 3264 )

      Oracle also uses electricity and running water.

      Have fun in the stone age.

      • That's why I switched to solar and beer.
      • The problem is that Oracles services will now be integrated into Slack.

        Given Oracles unethical practises, like for instance their unforgivable sneaky push of the Ask Toolbar into Java updates and millions of browsers, I will go lengths to avoid products which can affect our business if/when Oracle makes yet another sneaky move.

        Since Slack hosts and handles sensitive data for our team, we may have to find another IM platform now that Oracle is involved.

        From a security, ethical and economical point of view it

  • by filesiteguy ( 695431 ) <perfectreign@gmail.com> on Tuesday October 03, 2017 @12:15PM (#55301807) Homepage
    Unfortunately, this means that Slack will no longer be usable, become extra expensive, and now be touted as the best thing since sliced bread.

    Whenever an Oracle sales rep calls me they must wonder why I laugh before hanging up on them.
    • This is a partnership not a merger.
      Slack cab still be Slack. But their may just be some better integration of profit sharing across the companies.

      • It's a partnership now. If it's successful, Oracle will acquire Slack later. If it's not, then Slack will be out of business.

        Either way, the end of Slack is written in the stars.

        • It's a partnership now. If it's successful, Oracle will acquire Slack later. If it's not, then Slack will be out of business.

          Hey...as long as the creators get $$$$ out of the deal, who cares?

          Geez, I wish I could write something that Oracle or MS or whomever would scoop up and buy and make me a millionaire. I'd sell in a heartbeat and live the rest of my life on "easy street".

  • Victory? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JohnFen ( 1641097 ) on Tuesday October 03, 2017 @12:22PM (#55301865)

    The partnership is a victory for Slack

    Slack might think so, if they are willingly ignoring Oracle's history. But the odds are that this is the beginning of the end for Slack.

  • Until Oracle kills this platform too? Their track record is pretty impressive.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is a company that hasn't "innovated" in decades. But they are a well oiled machine when it comes to completing mergers and consuming the technology into their gigantic maw. Of course THEY didn't think to invent a Slack. Oh no, not -that-.

  • <EllisonVoice>Sure is a nice little company you have here, would be a shame if something bad were to happen to its infrastructure...</EllisonVoice>
  • ...bites the dust. Say hello to Uncle Larry and goodbye to your soul, Slack.

  • now in your chat program. Hooray!
  • After Skype it is probably the second worst chat client.

    To join a second chat group, you need new credentials, a new account.

    However the credentials (user name + password) can be the same, wow, that makes so much sense.

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