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Mattermost announces a series of updates to its open source collaboration platform at KubeCon. Aiming to provide a single platform for all communication, workflow and project management for DevOps teams, the developer is introducing alternative tools to previously integrated applications such as Slack, Trello and Nation.

The first release of Mattermost came about in 2015. Six years later, the software serves as a unifying platform for developers’ day-to-day and long-term processes.

This platform includes chat, voice and video communication, file sharing and code highlighting in multiple programming languages. Project management is a component as well. Additionally, Mattermost allows users to automate workflows and tasks based on deep integrations with commonly used tools such as Jira, GitHub, PagerDuty and Slack. An open API and app framework allows applications of choice to be integrated as well, resulting in more than 4,000 ready-to-use community integrations.

An answer to tool fragmentation

Today, Mattermost is introducing a set of built-in alternatives to tools like Slack, Trello and Notion. The additions serve to improve the sprint, release management and incident resolution capabilities of developers. Highly needed, says Ian Tien, co-founder and CEO. “R&D teams tell us that 40 percent of the workweek is lost to tool fragmentation, manual tasks, fragile workflows and process failure.”

Centralization is Mattermost’s answer to the problem. Applications, tools, workflows and the management of team member responsibilities: everything is unified. Executives and administrators retain control over the selection of available applications and the option to parse, connect, and use said applications for automated workflows.


Furthermore, the new release solidifies the ability to deploy Mattermost as an on-premises and single-tenant cloud instance. Installation is supported via Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Kubernetes and a combination of Ubuntu and Docker.