Trello gains 13 enterprise features aimed at business productivity

Automation features from Power-Up Butler aim to make card management easier

Trello automation

Trello has announced the introduction of 13 new features to its Enterprise platform that will make working in teams a whole lot simpler for businesses.

Some of these additions are more noteworthy than others and although all are focused on making businesses more productive, the majority are for paying customers only.

One of the major changes is that those teams who are not paying for the platform will only be able to have a maximum of ten boards open at any one time. Free teams that already have more than this won't lose access, but they won't be able to add any more without upgrading. Individual users on the free tier and teams with a paid subscription will still be able to open as many boards as they wish.

"We're making this change to accelerate our ability to bring world-class business features to market, and Trello Business Class and Enterprise will get more useful and powerful to address our customers' pain points in the workplace," said Michael Pryor, founder of Trello.

Businesses can choose to have boards shared with an organization rather than just private, team and public, so everyone in a single business using Trello can have access.

Trello has also bundled a whole load of privacy features to its Enterprise offering, including visibility controls, membership restrictions and board creation rules too. Single sign-on can be enforced with some of the new tools, making it more secure and allowing admins to have extended control, while restrictions allow them to limit access to extensions if the business doesn't feel it's appropriate for them to use some tools.

Although these new features are all aimed at boosting enterprise subscriptions, the company has also tagged on a free feature: the addition of workflow automation tool Power-Up Butler, which Trello acquired last year.

The possibilities of Power-Up Butler are pretty far-reaching, including automatic card assignment when you move a card to a certain column and forcing notifications when a task on a card is not completed close to its due date.

There's a whole range of automation features, including rules to automate something when a 'trigger button' is hit, which automatically sets off tasks based on certain parameters.

"Calendar commands are great for recurring tasks and regular board maintenance like moving and archiving cards, sorting lists, and adding new lists to a board," said Brian Cervino, senior product marketing manager at Trello.

"These commands can be set to run at specific times on daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly times of your choosing."

The tool can also be used with buttons. When clicked, the button will set off an automation, such as move the card to a specific list, add a due date to it, assign it to someone and apply a label.

Butler is available to all users, although users with paid subscriptions will have access to more varied commands.

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