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5 useful Slack integrations and bots

by Matias Wolff 12, Apr, 2017

Remember when chat rooms were huge in the early 00s? Slack takes this concept and turns it into a very useful tool for teams, which can be improved upon using the numerous Apps and integration options available to this highly customizable experience.

IT Professionals can truly take advantage of this tool, which they’re probably already using, by adding the ones that fit their and their organization’s needs. We’ve compiled a list of five options that are bound to be useful if used properly.

Slack offers a completely customizable experience where channels, bots and other media that can be implemented into it, making it the perfect playground for an IT manager.

Trello

Trello, the popular task and organization collaborative tool, has a nifty use in Slack, where, after being integrated and linked with a board a notification will appear, showing all activity made by anyone in the team.

Every time a column is moved, or a task is added or removed Slack will notify those involved that there has been a change so they’d better check out what’s new, keeping the whole team up to date and on the same page.

While there is no direct way to create cards from Slack, there are methods to have all of Trello in Slack using external methods, which are bound to be time-savers.

Blossom

This developer oriented tool works in a similar way to Trello, and it can too be implemented into Slack.

Blossom is a project management software that shows the multiple steps towards a finished development, and, like Trello, it can be used to keep track of what is being done. Just write a notice in Blossom, such as “Email Campaign Done” and a notice will pop up telling your whole team what was done or just say what you’re up to.

Using this will not only have a clear schedule of what is left, but can also be used to prevent repeated work and have everyone working towards a same goal.

Google Drive

This must be the most used Slack integration, for a good reason. Google Drive offers the whole Office experience for free, in the cloud and in an almost identical manner, while also opening the door for working online with other people, or as I like to call it, playing Word in multiplayer.

When integrated into Slack, Google Drive will allow instant sharing with people in the same room. Just paste the link and everyone involved with a valid account will be able to view and edit that text.

This really reduces time while also benefits from Slack’s desktop notifications and stable record, making it almost like a better way to use Drive than the other way around.

Marker

Marker is an app I wish I had when I was a kid. Using it, you can take screencaps of your desktop and do whatever you want with it and then share it with your team.

Do you want to crop it to highlight a section? Or maybe add arrows or text to point exactly what needs fixing or should be taken care of? Marker will take care of that with the press of a button.

Using it, it will instantly open the editing interface without the need of opening Paint or other software, and then paste it directly. No need to save them in your desktop and make your PC look like a mess full of files called “asdasdasd.jpeg” or “Untitled.jpeg”.

Anything you want

No, seriously, anything you’re using or are currently developing can be turned into an app or implemented into Slack.

Using their API’s custom tools, they’ve provided for everyone to use you can create everything you’d think can be useful for your team. From something simple like a notification bot, from a fully-fledged app you can develop anything and even get help from the Slack team.

Making software you’ve already developed, maybe a mobile security software, into a Slack integrated app can also help not only your team, but also to expand the reach of it by making it available for other Slack users who will get to try it and know its benefits in a comfortable way.

 

Know a specific tool for Slack you’re using and that could help your IT colleagues? Please leave a message and we’ll be happy to check it out.

Keep your mobile devices and data safe

Matias Wolff
Matias Wolff

CMO at Prey. BA in Advertising with a major in Marketing from Universidad del Pacífico. Master in International Marketing at ESMA, Barcelona. 18 years’ experience in multinational companies. I am a volunteer at the Endeavor program, and teach Integrated Marketing Communications at the Masters in Innovation program, Universidad Católica de Chile.
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