In recent months, Google rebranded its service for enterprises, G Suite, to Google Workspace and made it available for everyone. However, the business version allows users to add bots in their chat rooms. For that reason, Google Workspace has become a genuine alternative for other services of team management such as Slack. Discover some of the most useful bots for Google Chat on this post.
Some of those bots offer attractive features for overcontrolling managers, time-obsessed people, or simple workers that want to reach tools for improving their productivity. Let’s check some of them.
Allowing bots in Google Chat
Before trying any bot, users should ensure that they are allowed to install bots inside their organization. In case you’re not able, contact the admin of your organization.
For allowing Chat Bots in Google Workspace, administrators should:
- Sign in to Google Admin console.
- Sign in using an administrator account.
- From the Admin console Home page, go to AppsGoogle WorkspaceGoogle Chat and classic Hangouts.
- Click Chat Bots.
- To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit or a configuration group.
- Under Allow users to install chat bots, select On.
- Click Save. If you configured an organizational unit or group, you might be able to Inherit or Override a parent organizational unit or Unset a group.
Chat bots from Google
Teams can start testing the Chat Bots offered by Google, that improve functionalities of Google products.
Between default bots, users can found bots for tracking, such as Asana or Salesforce, automation like Zapier, or receive updates of your projects with bot such as Google Cloud Build, Google Drive, Jenkins, or GitHub.
Chat bots of third parties
Users can also install bots developed by third parties. Admin must be careful because when they start a message with a third-party bot, the third party can see basic information, the message sent to the bot, and other contextual data.
Some well-known third parties bots are:
- Polly: Allows users to create polls in Chat and send them instantly to the intended recipients.
- Water reminder: allows users to set up time intervals for consumption of water
- DailyBot: A chat assistant built for async work
- Trello: lets you send custom alerts to chat rooms for activity on Trello boards, lists, and cards.
Tools for remote work
Remote work requires special tools for organizing tasks. Google has transformed its service G Suite to Google Workspace, adding functionality that shows the potential of automation and IA in modern life. Bots are a key part of exploring opportunities in a digital environment.
Which other useful bots for Google Chat do you know?