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The Disadvantages of Microsoft Teams and Slack for Enterprise Messaging

In evaluations for an enterprise messaging app, customers sometimes compare Teamwire with Microsoft Teams and Slack, which are well-marketed tools from the USA. Slack is a chat-based cloud collaboration tool, which is popular among startups for its integrations. Microsoft Teams is basically a clone of Slack and has more or less the same features. (Microsoft was kind of late to the enterprise messaging market, and Teams is its move to not miss out.) European enterprises often come to the conclusion in evaluations, that Microsoft Teams and Slack are not the right enterprise messaging apps for them. Here is why:

Teamwire at CeBIT 2017

Teamwire is going to showcase its secure enterprise messaging app on the CeBIT 2017 in Hannover from the 20th to 24th March. The goal is to present how enterprises can solve the Whatsapp problem, increase productivity and improve team communication in the messaging era.

Best Practices for Implementing, Rolling Out and Using an Enterprise Messaging App

Today's blog post is a short guide, best practices and a couple of recommendations how enterprises can successfully deploy, roll-out and use an enterprise messaging app for their employees and teams:

BARMER Health Insurance Chooses Teamwire for Enterprise Messaging

BARMER health insurance has chosen Teamwire's enterprise messaging app to digitize internal communications. With 9.4 million insureds and more than 400 locations, BARMER is one of the leading insurance companies in Germany. Teamwire provides easy and efficient communication to employees and teams of BARMER to better serve customer needs and improve customer service. Teamwire ensures strong German data protection and security for highly sensitive customer and insurance data. For the initial phase, BARMER has acquired 3,000 user licenses from Teamwire and is running the solution at T-Systems' high-security data center.

The Reasons Why Employees Might Not Use Enterprise Communication Tools

Team communication and collaboration tools have been strongly growing in the enterprise market in the last 2-3 years. More and more business communication tools and enterprise messaging apps are currently entering the market. The speed of innovation and development is extremely high. There is no end of the growth of the communication and messaging market in sight. Actually, the market just seems to be at the beginning of a growth curve. However, many tools fail to succeed in the enterprise and achieve the desired business results. The reasons are often evident and can be avoided in advance. Several tools don't get used by employees, because they don't meet the expectations of employees. Here is why:  

Teamwire Successfully Completes Cloud Security Alliance STAR Assessment

Teamwire has completed the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) assessment of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) for its enterprise messaging app, in order to show compliance with leading standards and best practices for IT security. This helps customers to assess the security of our enterprise messaging app and to make the best procurement decisions. 

The Best Enterprise Messaging App for European Businesses

The demand by businesses for our enterprise messaging app is strongly growing. On the one had businesses are increasingly understanding the problems of using Whatsapp for enterprises communications. On the other hand in a mobile first world there are more and more important business use cases, scenarios and benefits of an enterprise messaging app. Last year we wrote a first blog post on how to select an enterprise messaging app. Now we want to update that blog post with latest requirements, criteria and market trends, and focus on the needs of European businesses when they search for the best enterprise messaging app for their organization:

Advanced User Management and Compliance with New Administrator Portal Features

One important aspect of Teamwire is fast, comprehensive and professional administration of all users of an organization. This ensures quick roll-outs, comprehensive access management, company-wide security, high service levels and easy support of users. Teamwire recently released various new features for its administrator portal in order to further improve user management and enable advanced corporate compliance.

The Evolution and Future of Enterprise Communication

CIOs and IT managers regularly ask themselves, what communication tools and services are required to increase the productivity of the enterprise. Until today enterprises primarily have been using email, unified communications and social networks. However, in today's dynamic IT landscape there are daily news of innovative tools and services for the communication and collaboration of businesses. It is often difficult for enterprises to understand which solutions are really beneficial to improve the collaboration and communication with colleagues and teams and to increase the productivity of the business overall. 

The New Terms of WhatsApp and the Consequences for Businesses

Last week Whatsapp updated its terms and related privacy policy, and made several significant changes that were kind expected since the acquisition of Whatsapp by Facebook in 2014. In summary, Whatsapp will share personal information and data of users with Facebook, in order to mainly improve advertising related revenue channels. For enterprises which use Whatsapp for business purposes these changes of terms have critical consequences. We have written of the disadvantages and damages of Whatsapp for business use in the past, and suggested to look for a dedicated enterprise messaging app in order to ensure company-wide security, strong data protection and maximum productivity. However, we believe the new changes of the terms of Whatsapp should now make every enterprise seriously considering to stop using Whatsapp for business purposes, if an enterprise wants to avoid damages to and sharing of employee, customer and partner data with Facebook.

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