If your enterprise is already familiar with the Microsoft services and ecosystem, Microsoft Teams will have a minimal learning curve.
Teams offers many features that your employees need and Slack offers, including live text messaging and file sharing.
Microsoft Office 365 information protection and data protection features ensure optimum security for your data and files.
Microsoft Teams offers you in-depth insights into your team’s behavior through the Office 365 activity API.
Like Slack, Microsoft Teams also allows your users to have a conversation in a public or private mode.
Similar to the private channel feature of Slack for discussions, Teams also offers features for direct message functionality.
How to Export Data from Slack for Teams Migration?
The existing Slack service plan determines what can or cannot be migrated to Teams. For instance, some Slack service plans only allow exporting public channels and files while others allow including private channels and direct messages with a DocuSign request. The details can be found in the “About this Workspace” page in Slack. Here are the steps to be performed before exporting data from Slack.
Determine the scope of the Slack to Teams migration by assessing usage patterns of the Slack workspaces.
Use Slack analytics for data such as activity, last use, and the number of users to help determine the Slack channels that have to be migrated to Teams. While messages and files in public channels can be exported by default, content in Private Channels and Direct Messages can be exported from Slack for certain service plans.
Confirm if Apps and Custom Integrations for Slack can be migrated to Teams on a case-by-case basis.
Generate the list of users whose Slack accounts can be mapped to Microsoft work or school accounts and ensure that they have a Teams license.
How to Move to Teams from Slack?
Once your transition plan is mapped and ready to be implemented, it is time to deploy Teams and drive user adoption. Below are steps to roll out Teams for migrating from Slack.
Start creating your teams and channels in Microsoft Teams.
After creating teams and channels, copy files from Slack channels into Teams. This is retrieval is generally done programmatically using scripts.
Now you can install apps and configure Microsoft 365 Connectors. Several Slack solutions, including Ansible, New Relic, Nagios, ZenDesk, and Jenkins have corresponding Microsoft 365 Connectors that can push messages into Teams based on events.
Use free solutions in GitHub, scripts in Teams, or paid solutions to import Channel History of Public and Private channels into Teams, depending on your organization’s requirements.
Start assigning licenses to users in Microsoft Teams, if not already done so, and add them to appropriate teams.
To minimize the need for additional file copies and re-exports, you can remove Slack access at an agreed-upon date that corresponds with each user’s inclusion in the team.