Team Collaboration Hits Its Stride

Collaboration apps stormed onto the digital scene years ago; tech darling Slack and RingCentral's Glip (and the many others) have changed the way businesses work and these modern wonders of the enterprise software scene just keep getting better and more robust. 

Team collaboration/chat app Atlassian Stride, for example, just announced integrations with 20 additional third-party applications, including Dropbox, Trello and Google Drive. The company released an open API platform in February to make these integrations possible and they will likely be well received by enterprises. But is it enough? 

20 apps pales in comparison to Atlassian Stride's competition. Slack, for example, boasts nearly 1,000 apps currently. 

There are some noteworthy offerings however. Atlassian developed its own video conferencing platform using Jitsi, for example, which the company acquired with the purchase of BlueJimp several years ago (2015). The software supports native video conferencing and screen sharing for up to 20 people, features that should drive significant interest in Stride moving forward.

Another appealing aspect of the release is that Atlassian Stride is actually much more inexpensive than other team collaboration apps available on the market today. The premium version, for example, costs just $3 per user, per month, compared to $12 per user, per month for Cisco Spark. Slack has two paid tiers, which cost $6.67 per user, per month and $12.50 per user, per month. When there are hundreds (or thousands) of workers using a particular system, that savings adds up quickly.

All three vendors offer freemium versions, of course, but each offering limits storage and provides fewer administrative controls on these tiers.

Are you using team collaboration apps like Slack, Glip or one of the many others? Share your experience with these solutions with a comment below now.