Mattermost moves beyond messaging to unify developer collaboration and productivity

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Mattermost sees a slice of Trello, Asana and Notions pie as the open source “Slack alternative” officially rolls out a new unified platform with integrated project and workflow management tools aimed at the fraternity of software development.

Mattermost was founded in 2015 and is better known for its flexible and expandable self-managed and hosted enterprise messaging platform used by companies including Samsung, SAP, Deloitte and BNP Paribas. But with the launch of Mattermost 6.0, Palo Alto, the California-based company, is transitioning to more of an integrated developer collaboration platform.

What matters most

Although “channels” will remain at the core of the platform, enabling companies of all sizes to communicate in an organized manner, Mattermost users now have access to task and project management boards and workbooks for workflow management. Both of these features have actually been available for a while already, but with version 6.0 they are now enabled by default.

Boards, formally known as “focalboards”, bring Kanban-style project management functionality to Mattermost, allowing everyone on a team to coordinate work and deadlines around each other’s schedules, tasks and checklists, while keeping relevant documents and files within reach.

Above: The main boards

Formerly known as “event collaboration,” Playbooks are designed to automate predefined processes that follow a predictable, checklist-based repetitive workflow, including triggers that perform an action when a particular event occurs. This is supported by prebuilt integrations with countless third-party tools including GitHub, Jira, PagerDuty, Splunk, GitLab and more.

Eg. Will teams of developer operations (DevOps) create a playbook to respond to major cloud outages, including automatically alerting all relevant parties. However, it can be used for almost anything, e.g. Managing software releases, informing colleagues about a project’s progress or on board new team members.

Above: Mattermost playbooks

Open conversation

Mattermost is one of several team chat and collaboration tools built on an open source foundation and offers companies more control and flexibility over their implementation and data. In fact, highly regulated industries in particular may be more likely to adopt a team-chatting tool, which they themselves can host, and keep highly sensitive information away from third-party cloud infrastructure. With its latest expansion, Mattermost seeks to expand its horizons and create an all-in-one platform to call for developers worldwide.

It is worth noting that while companies can already integrate Mattermost with third-party project and task management tools such as Trello, Asana or Notion, including such out-of-the-box functionality, companies provide more control as part of a native experience with channels and gamebooks .

“Mattermost has moved beyond its foundation as a secure messaging solution for an integrated open source developer collaboration platform,” a Mattermost spokesman told VentureBeat. “By uniting channels, boards and playbooks, we enable developers to eliminate the contextual shift that comes with putting together different tools with easy integrations and no common platform services.”

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