Supercharging Slack

If you’re one of the more than 10 million users around the world who use Slack to collaborate with teams or colleagues, you already know how it can help enhance organizational communication. 

Loco gives you endless capabilities to supercharge your Slack and further enhance Slack’s collaborative potential.

By installing Loco’s Slack App and integrating your Loco workspace with your Slack team workspace, your team can access and interact with the data that you store, collect, and manage in Loco. It also allows for unprecedented ease of customizing your Slack actions with new commands you can define and publish in Loco. The possibilities for supercharging your Slack workspace are limited only by your imagination.

Slack Apps in the App Library

While Loco allows anyone to become a citizen developer and build apps from scratch, we’ve built a suite of apps that are ready to integrate with your Slack right out of the box.

  • Broadcast: Send a message to every member of your team immediately to all channels (Slack, email, and SMS). Whether being used for important, life-critical situations (fire, emergency, “all clear” alerts, etc.) or everyday non-threat scenarios (snow days/office closed, lunch is ready, meeting is starting, etc.), this app allows you to contact your team in any situation where broad, multi-channel communication is required.
  • Office Equipment: Track and manage all equipment throughout an office or organization. Using Slack, team members can view office or IT equipment assigned to them, check out equipment they need for short-term use, and check in equipment from Slack with the push of a button.
  • Customer Relationship Management: Track, prioritize, and triage client/service issues to streamline responses. Once this app is installed and populated with your active clients, you can type “crm_issues” at the Slack command line to see any open issues.
  • Blackjack: Need to take a break from your work? Install Blackjack from the App Library and enter “Start Game” to bet, hit, or stay in the classic casino game.

Other Possibilities

Other broad capabilities that are possible with Loco’s Slack integration include the ability to:

  • Query all of your data from the Slack command line using the “home” command.
  • Find a particular data card using a search term. Google all of your data using the “find” command.
  • Update your team via Slack when new data cards are created. Include a link to the card so everyone can access the new data with a click.
  • Make your own rules! Invoke a rule that you name by assigning it a Slack command.

Video Tutorials

If you’ve got two minutes and twenty seconds, you can supercharge your Slack with Loco. Learn how to do it in this video:

 

The next video allows you to see some of what’s possible with Loco and Slack working together.

 

 

What Can You Do With Loco?

The short answer is the possibilities are endless! Loco allows you to build apps that can stand alone or apps that run from the Slack interface your team is already using to manage its workflows.

Loco allows you to store, track, manage, and use your data in new ways. Whether you’re looking to keep a log of documents and agendas from meetings; track information about equipment or vehicles like maintenance schedules, projected retirement dates, or service histories; establish or streamline an expense reporting system; or any of a million other data needs, Loco gives you a way to do it. 

If you’re ready to start building, great! We’re ready to welcome you to the world of citizen developing. If you’d rather start with something prebuilt, we have a lot of great options that you can use out of the box or as templates.

  • Customer Relationship Management: This app allows you to track key information for a customer, as well as service or support requests. The prebuilt app allows you to triage tasks or requests with either an Urgent, High, Medium, or Low Priority designation. Upload key customer documents directly to the card for easy storage and retrieval. This app also has rules built in to notify users via Slack if a request is created and its priority is Urgent, and to return open issues via Slack by typing “crm_issues” into the Slack command line.
  • Defect Tracking: This is a generic defect tracking app. It can be used for a single application, or it can be used across an organization. Simply extend the system category to classify defects for different systems. It includes a nightly dashboard report, as well as a notification rule for urgent defects.
  • Document Repository: This app allows you to store relevant documentation for your team.
  • Employee Information: This app allows you to track information for each employee in your organization. It can be used by supervisors and the HR staff in your organization.
  • Expense Reporting: This app allows staff to submit expense reports to the finance department for approval and payment.
  • Facilities Management: This app allows an operations lead to manage aspects of the facilities. This includes buildings, locations, maps, equipment, manuals, work orders, and vendors submitting bids for work completed.
  • HR Document Library: This app allows HR managers in an organization to store, track, and manage key documents, whether for organization-wide use (handbooks, policies, procedures, etc.) or internal department use (employee reviews, salary history, promotion history, etc.).
  • Internal Survey: This app allows you to collect feedback from many employees via a brief internal survey.
  • Office Equipment: Create an inventory of assets for the company and other key information about equipment, such as date placed into service, maintenance history, projected date of retirement, and who in the organization it has been assigned to. Using the Slack integration, users can also view equipment assigned to them, check out equipment for short-term use, or check-in equipment when they finish using it.
  • Personal Development Planning: This app allows each employee to document their development goals for the year. These goals will be private, shared only with their HR manager and the department leads.
  • Personal To-Do List: This app allows all users to maintain a list of their personal to-dos. Only the app administrator can see all to-do items. Each participant can create an dmanage their to-do list and not see other participants’ items.
  • Project Portfolio: Allows an operations lead to keep information across a number of projects all in one place.
  • Purchase Order Management: Allows users to track purchase orders, understand the balance remaining, and also store invoices which are billed against open purchase orders.
  • Recruiting Management: Allows a team to manage the information around a recruit.
  • Reference Database: Allows you to store a set of data and access it easily with queries and filters. This includes a dozen countries as an example, but you can change the properties to map out whatever dataset you need to store and share.
  • Software License Management: This database allows you to manage software licenses that are currently being used throughout your organization.
  • System Access Manager: Manage public and semi-private access areas for the organization. Private access cards are only accessible by the owner of the card and the admin.
  • Team Meetings: Publish agendas, minutes, and documents for meetings. This can be used to establish a historical record of meetings, as well as to plan for future meetings.
  • Team To-Do List: Share task items across the entire team.
  • Vehicle Management: Allow users to manage vehicles, keep up on service records, and track any incidents.