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SaaS Updates Summary: July 16 – July 20

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Acquisition seems to be the word du jour. This week, Okta announced its acquisition of zero trust security firm ScaleFT, Workday announced its acquisition of to expand its analytics capabilities, and Slack announced its acquisition of Missions (a tool that lets end users automate routine tasks in Slack). There are a few G Suite updates to know: The new Google sign-in screen is (finally) launching, and Google also announced that the migration to the new Google Forms UI starts August 22nd.

In other news: DocuSign rolls out document scanning for DocuSign Mobile, Atlassian introduces project archiving in Jira Service Desk, and Asana introduces the ability to draw dependencies between Tasks in Timeline.

Keep reading for more details.

Introducing Document Scanning for DocuSign Mobile
DocuSign Blog | DocuSign is excited to announce scanning as a new feature for mobile users. Scan a physical document with your mobile device camera, then easily use it as an electronic document to sign and send.

Introducing Project Archiving in Jira Service Desk, and a New Look
Atlassian Blog | Atlassian is excited to introduce a fresh, new look for Jira Service Desk Server and Data Center. Their new look is based on the Atlassian design language and includes updated colors, typography, and icons. Now project archiving is also available for Jira Service Desk Data Center customers, so you can free up more space and unlock resources for data that’s still relevant, making Jira more performant and readable.

Introducing Course Kit: New Ways to Collaborate with G Suite in Your LMS, Designed for Higher Ed
G Suite Updates | Introducing Course Kit — a free toolkit that allows instructors to use Google Docs and Drive to collect assignments, give faster and richer feedback to students, and share course materials within the LMS they’re already using. Course Kit is built using the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard so it’s easy to set up and works with all LMSs that support LTI.

Draw On and Claim Jams from Your Mobile Device with the Latest Jamboard Release
G Suite Updates | With this month’s release, Google has added two new features specifically for Jamboard for mobile devices: drawing tools and the ability to claim jams using near-field communication (NFC).

Workday Advances Into Augmented Analytics with Acquisition
Workday Blog | Workday is excited to announce they’re taking another step forward in their analytics journey with the acquisition of, one of the most innovative players in the analytics space.

Slack Acquires Robot & Pencils’ Missions to Make It Easy for Non-Tech Teams to Streamline Work
Several People Are Typing | Slack is acquiring Robot & Pencils’ Missions, a tool that makes it easy for anyone to automate routine processes and tasks in Slack.

New for Timeline: Draw Dependencies Between Tasks
Asana Blog | With Timeline in Asana, you can map out your project plan to see how all the work fits together. And with recent improvements to Timeline, you can now draw dependencies between tasks.

ScaleFT + Okta: Making Zero Trust a Reality
Okta Blog | Okta is thrilled to announce that they’ve acquired ScaleFT, an early pioneer in Zero Trust, which will bring automatic firepower to both their security offerings and their team.

Update: New Google Sign-in Screen Launching This Week
G Suite Updates | Last month, Google announced a new look for the Google sign-in screen. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen delays, they’re now rolling out the new design this week, with some minor changes. Going forward, you may notice that when you sign in to your G Suite account, the screen looks slightly different. Some of the changes include tweaks to the Google logo and center alignment of all items on the screen.

Migration to the New Google Forms UI Starting August 22nd
G Suite Updates | Google is ready to completely replace the legacy interface of Google Forms. As part of the replacement process, they will be upgrading forms that use the legacy interface to the new interface. These changes will update the look and feel of some forms, but the functionality of the forms and any data that has been collected from forms will not change.

Google+ Will No Longer Support Internet Explorer 10 in October 2018
G Suite Updates | Beginning on October 23, 2018, Internet Explorer 10 will no longer be a supported browser for use with Google+.

For last week’s SaaS updates (and beyond), click here for our archive.