Modern Work Management for a Collaborative World: Workfront + Slack

November 9, 2017 Steve ZoBell

Work silos and technology barriers are hallmarks of 20th-century organizations, and as a result, many organizations struggle to compete in 21st-century markets. Old tools, disparate data repositories, and archaic processes induce tremendous drag on teams, causing limited time for creativity, stalled value creation, and declining productivity.

In contrast, the modern worker expects a work environment that enables work to get done at anyplace and at anytime, with an integrated user experience across relevant business processes and apps. This requires clean integrations across the apps the business uses to accomplish its work.

The message is clear: Tear down the barriers and silos. Let people work how they want.

To this end Workfront has introduced an integration with Slack that helps the brilliant minds in your organization accomplish great work by integrating work management directly into Slack.

Here is a brief explanation of the philosophy driving the combined experience.

The DNA of Work

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All modern work is composed of three elements: 1) the task at hand, 2) some form of digital content, and 3) collaboration. We think of these three elements as the DNA of Work.

Workfront brings the DNA of Work together by seamlessly unifying tasks, digital content, and collaboration in one place. This keeps all updates, statuses, and discussions in context of the work being performed, eliminating the need to search multiple places for information.

Regarding collaboration - we are extremely serious about it. While some may loosely throw around the term “collaboration” as a generic substitute for communication, we understand that effective collaboration, modern collaboration must be completely flexible, but also done in the context of work. This is key to modernizing work for the enterprise.

Our customers understand this, which is why they have chosen Workfront. At the same time, Slack has become a popular collaboration tool. Our customers wanted the collaboration that happened in Slack to become part of the DNA of Work already housed in Workfront, keeping teams on target without forcing them to waste time navigating two different applications.

Modernizing Work with Workfront + Slack

With this integration Workfront customers can connect the collaboration that happens in Slack with the associated work and objectives tracked in Workfront. Workfront is now wherever our customers need to be, even if they are in a conversation in Slack.

To see what I mean, check out this brief visual tour of the integration:

Here are some of the efficiencies you and your teams can enjoy with this integration:

  • Find Information Faster - Work management can be done directly in Slack and tied back to the appropriate work items in Workfront. Search the status of tasks, projects, and issues without ever leaving Slack.
  • Stop Wasting Time - Eliminate the need to switch between applications. Quickly approve documents, tasks, and projects directly from Slack. Teams members can create and update Workfront projects and tasks from within Slack. They can also easily log hours into Workfront via Slack.
  • Stay On Target - Teams can create check and update work in progress, approval queues, and request lists in Slack. They can also create tasks from Slack conversations.

Conversations in Slack can now drive work forward in Workfront, creating efficiencies across the organization. Teams can accomplish critical work and collaborate the way they want, using the tools they prefer.

At the end of the day, we understand this is about the work you want to accomplish, and the way you want to accomplish it. We’re proud to be able to help you do that.

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Barriers eliminated. Tear down the walls. Work how you want.

To learn more about Workfront’s Slack integration, visit:

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About the Author

Steve ZoBell

Steven is the Chief Product & Technology Officer at Workfront. He has many years of executive leadership, product development, and software engineering experience across various industries including enterprise software, healthcare IT, and games. Peanut butter with chocolate constitute Steven’s kryptonite.

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