During this year’s F8, Facebook’s Developer Conference, Workplace by Facebook announced capabilities that showed it is committed to the enterprise. Over 50 new software integrations were announced as part of their Better Together approach. Workplace knows that people will always want to use multiple tools to get work done, and they believe these tools should be seamlessly interoperable, no matter the platform of choice.
But what principles define a ‘Better Together’ experience?
Content, Context and Identity
In the Better Together approach, Workplace believes content, context, and identity should be seamless between the applications they use. Content should not stay locked away in whatever environment it was created in, but more so stored where the conversations and decisions are being made.
Context in turn places Content into perspective. It allows for a decision to be made. Whether it is a project manager that updated a project plan, or a spike in customer activity, Workplace becomes the place where users are notified instantly, without having to search for the information.
Content and Context together create data portability, but Identity allows for security guaranteed. Visibility to information is governed by permissions, with users having permission to view specific Content or Context. But if they need access to something, users should be able to request it. Permissions should be inherited from one underlying source of truth. Better Together means there should be no information breach due to mismatched privileges just because two applications couldn’t agree on who which permission model was primary.
Better Together for businesses allows IT leaders to get more out of their current investments in best of breed software, while still delivering on digital transformation. Digital transformation is often associated with the pain of adopting something new, often times overwhelming users to assimilate to new apps that claim to make their work lives easier. In an ecosystem where these apps work better together in one place, the burden is removed from the users of having to learn different systems and interfaces.
With the Better Together philosophy, Workplace unveiled their new Workplace Integrations Directory, making it easy to find and access the newest integrations. The directory includes integrations with some of the world’s leading enterprise cloud services: Microsoft Sharepoint, Hubspot, Jira Cloud, Smartsheet, ADP, Bloomberg, and more.
Workplace offers two versions of its platform – Standard (Free) and Premium (Paid). The full set of app integrations is only available to Workplace Premium users, while Standard users are limited to a smaller range of apps, including OneDrive, Google Drive, and Box.
The announcements at F8 around integrations and the Integrations Directory, speak to the focus of solidifying Workplace into people’s daily business workflows, but it is just the beginning. Workplace is eager to continue to unlock the utmost user potential by connecting Workplace with the tools people value, making workflows easier, being mobile-focused, with security always top of mind.
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