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Enterprise Instant Messaging Apps – A Paradigm Shift in Corporate Communication

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Employees who used instant messaging on the job reported less interruption than colleagues who did not.” found out a study conducted by Ohio State University and University of California, Irvine. The study also concluded that the use of instant messaging for official communication improved productivity manifold times.

That said, it is understood that office team chat apps hold the key to long-term profitability. Enterprise messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc. surpass traditional communication platforms like email and can contribute to a firm’s productivity and profitability.

Adding Security, Reliability & Flexibility for corporate communication

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Way back in 2011, a survey taken by Robert Half Technology found that at least 54% of Chief Information Officers affirmed real-time workplace communication (read: enterprise chat apps) to surpass e-mail in 5 years. Today, in 2016 the study’s finding cannot be anymore accurate.

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and the list of other chat apps are more personal in nature. Also, they lack the high-level security and customizations that enterprise messaging apps provide. Further, enterprise chat apps can also be accessed anytime, anywhere without any issues.

Office communication apps fasten corporate communication and help get things done at the speed of thought thus, playing a dominant role in profitability. They move corporate communication towards a realm where it is no longer required for executives and team members to cling on to their emails for formal communication.

Let’s take a look at some more noteworthy features of real-time chat apps for enterprises:

Strengthens information integrity

An enterprise chat ensures that no third party who does not belong to the team chat is not becoming part of the communication flow. Even with BYOD and similar innovative work cultures, business messaging apps help retain the integrity of confidential information that can be discussed only within team members.

Install once, use everywhere

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The standard enterprise chat needs to be installed in the employee’s device just once. It can be updated, maintained, controlled or done anything with as required by the IT protocol of the organization. As for the employee, it comes with the benefit of using it from anywhere, anytime without any restrictions.

Instils a social character

A single window chat session for each individual project can make information sharing and inter-employee communication easier and simpler. Enterprise messaging apps bring a social character to project management and team interactions. It makes it easier and quicker to exchange ideas in between team members who, as in most cases are dispersed across multiple geographical locations.

Uniform capabilities for all users

WhatsApp does not have what Facebook Messenger has. WeChat has what WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger does not have, but it is not as functional or widely used as the duo. Imagine the mayhem at workplace when different teams use different business messaging apps for communication? It will be disastrous. With real-time chat apps, enterprises can equip their employees with equal and uniform capabilities that will make communication more streamlined and robust.

Pinpointing the features native to corporate messaging apps

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  • Stay connected, stay informed – Round the clock connectivity with team members
  • Group chat for teams, departments or project-wise
  • Track used based on their locations using geo-tracking
  • Push notifications/Alerts to employees based on their locations
  • Social network credentials enabled logins for quick and hassle free access
  • Save everything instantly with Auto sync
  • Unrestrained multimedia sharing for docs, images, files, etc
  • Impenetrable security with HMAC encryption
  • Facility for users to set their custom chat availability preferences
  • The power of voice calling with data connection
  • Share live screens with multiple users
  • Fully search integrated
  • 24*7*365 customer support

Spotlight: Technology that makes up a real-time enterprise chat app

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Looks can be deceiving, especially in case of an real-time chat app, the UX can take a 360-degree turn when it is put to actual use. An enterprise chat app is powered with high-profile technology that is rarely found in personal team chat apps. Moreover, enterprises sometimes require specific features and customizations that will improve the utility of the office team chat app.

Contus Fly: A comprehensive framework for developing Enterprise Chat Apps

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A need for a dedicated framework with which made-to-order business messaging apps can be made is deeply felt by enterprises. For such enterprises, Contus Fly is an ideal option which gives everything that they expect of a framework for building their own Enterprise chat app (http://www.contus.com/messaging-solutions.php). It can even be adapted to any mobile OS platform like Android, iOS, Windows, etc.

Being a unique and distinct offering that has little competition to compare with, Contus Fly can undoubtedly be regarded as a framework that defies normal conventional standards. It is designed on the ERLANG programming language (WhatsApp is built on ERLANG!) which makes it agile for quick fixes.  Not to mention the robustness that come with the use of a world class programming language.

Contus Fly also boasts of present day progressive features like social logins, enhanced user experience combined with security using Cassandra. The chat message transmitting from one user to another user(s) is lightning fast, thanks to the use of Ejabberd (XMPP) server. Contus Fly works on Amazon S3 bucket which empowers enterprises to quickly scale their team chat app on as and when need basis.

Features explained, it can be concluded that when it comes to Contus Fly expect nothing but ground-moving capabilities.

Debajyoti Banerjee is the Founder, Director & CEO of Seven Boats - A leading digital marketing agency & digital marketing training institute in India since 2011. He is a Google & LinkedIn Certified Digital Marketer & Trainer, Brand Strategist, Consultant & Entrepreneur. Debajyoti has 17+ years of domain expertise & successful track records in Digital Marketing & emerging technologies. Learn more Schedule an appointment with Debajyoti Banerjee

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