October 04, 2017
Slack Technologies is partnering with Oracle to integrate the tech giant's enterprise software products into the popular workplace messaging app. As a startup, it is a huge victory for Slack Technologies to win in the competitive market which has tech giants like Microsoft, Facebook and many others.
Brad Armstrong, Slack's head of global business and corporate development said "As you see all these large enterprise software companies looking at messaging as a major platform, they're looking to partner with us first and foremost.”
Workers can ask questions like how many vacation days do I have left this year?" and instantaneously receive a response from an Oracle chatbot. Suhas Uliyar, Oracle vice president of bots, artificial intelligence and mobile said "I call this the next browser; this is just the natural way in how you converse.”
Oracle said that the partnership helps serving young professionals many of which are accustomed to use messaging interfaces like: Snapchat and Facebook messenger.
"We need to make sure we're embracing the way the world is changing and embracing the way that people are working," Uliyar said.
The partnership between the two companies came about after Slack secured the tech giant as a customer. At Oracle, there are 30,000 workers who actively use Slack for work. Oracle is currently developing these chatbots, and they will begin to roll out to Slack and Oracle users within the next two quarters, Uliyar said.