UK startup announces world’s largest collaboration deal

Element (formerly New Vector) has today announced the world’s largest collaboration software deal with 500,000 seats deployed for the German education system.

This is 150,000 more seats than Slack’s largest implementation; 350,000 seats at IBM.

The German states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg have deployed Element’s Matrix-based solution for 500,000 users across public offices and education as part of its wider adoption of open source cloud strategy, Project Phoenix, which is being carried out by IT provider Dataport.

Commenting on this deal, Amandine Le Pape, COO and co-founder at Element, told Information Age: “As we come into a more stable reaction around Covid-19, businesses are realising that even the most popular collaboration and messaging apps aren’t immune from privacy failures and are now taking action.

“Organisations, and in particular governments, want to be sure about owning their messaging and collaboration data.

“Businesses need to use end-to-end encrypted, decentralised tech to ensure security and data protection. This allows organisations to have full control over their own data, keeping it safe from monitoring and interference by unwanted external parties.”

Element’s ultra-secure messaging system has also been deployed by the French government as part of a project designed to secure government communications, as well as the German military.

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Nick Ismail

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