Thursday, 01 October, 2020

IBM Selects Slack For Its 350,000 Employees

IBM chooses another Microsoft competitor for its employees; Slack instead of Teams IBM Adopts Slack for All 350000 of Its Employees
Ginger Lawrence | 14 February, 2020, 16:08

Commenting on Slack being responsible for IBM's internal communication, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said that Slack will work for large companies from now on.

"From the filing, Slack stated" IBM continues to be Slack's biggest customer for many years and has enlarged its use of Slack during that moment".

Slack has just won a major contract: IBM.

Per a report by Business Insider, IBM is set to deploy the messaging tool to all of its 350,000 employees across the globe.

Slack shares soared and trading in the workplace collaboration company was briefly halted on Monday, after a report stating the company had landed IBM as its biggest-ever customer.

Slack did not explicitly confirm or deny that it had reached a new deal but said in a regulatory filing https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1764925/000176492520000131/a8-kxitem701.htm that IBM had been and continued to be its largest customer. The company confirmed the platform has over 20 million Daily Active Users (DAUs). Slack announced in 2019 that it served 165,000 IBM employees.

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IBM's Slack decision came right after Microsoft aired a television commercial for Teams.

Afterwards, Slack released an SEC filing, that comprised the fact that IBM had been now among its own customers. A big company like IBM committing to Slack is obviously a very good look for the company, which has lately been facing a lot of pressure from Microsoft Teams.

"(The employees) started explaining what they were doing and how they were using Slack to communicate.

IBM's use of Slack began in 2014, with a group of 68 engineers and grew from there. Slack's stocks shot higher, along with the information engendered all types of headlines which now seem somewhat absurd.

When Microsoft announced it had more than 20 million daily active users for Microsoft Teams back in November of a year ago, Slack's stock fell as much as 11%.