Slack and Amazon Partner to Take on Microsoft and Zoom
Slack and Amazon reached a multi-year agreement that will help them keep up with growth in the industry, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Slack will be used by Amazon Web Services employees for in-house communication. Amazon will also provide additional services to Slack as it pursues growth in the enterprise workspace. IBM is currently the largest customer of Slack, but Amazon may take the cake after the new deal is completed.
Slack uses Amazon Web Services for its cloud needs. This deal will give it access to additional storage, computing power, databases, security, analytics, and machine learning capabilities. Furthermore, Slack will use Amazon Chime for its voice, video, and screen-sharing features. AWS Chatbot will be integrated into Slack's communication abilities and will support secure bi-directional data transfer with AWS through Amazon AppFlow.
It seems Amazon and Slack are making these moves to blunt the strides of Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Microsoft and Amazon have a prominent rivalry while Zoom recently chose Oracle for additional cloud services. Microsoft Teams and Zoom have seen a significant surge during the pandemic, but with Amazon's backing Slack won't be left behind.