This budget proposal is to fund the acquisition of an annual subscription to the full version of Slack for our "working Slack". The core team uses Slack as its virtual office to coordinate all our teams located across the world. Acquiring the full paid version of Slack offers numerous benefits. The additional features of the paid version include unlimited message history, built in video calling, group calling (voice), unlimited integrations, guest accounts (restricted channel access for specific projects), 10GB per user file storage, and security features.
The team has been testing these features over the past month on a free trial. The feedback on our productivity and having a "real office feel" with frequent video interactions has been extremely positive. Our experience using the platform seems to indicate we are experiencing productivity gains and avoiding the loss of valuable message history (often with associated rework) has been eliminated. We also spend less time administering files to stay under the storage cap. We are also beginning to experiment with workflow integrations for key processes.
For these reasons, we feel strongly that we should shift to the paid version of Slack. The costs are relatively modest for each user, and we would more than make up for the benefit in productivity. We would propose upgrading from the free plan to the Standard Plan.
This project is being led by Fernando Gutierrez, so if you have additional questions not covered in the original budget request, please direct them to him by tagging them with @fernando to ensure he sees your question.
Requested funding is as follows for the March 5th budget cycle: