There have been a number of interesting announcements this week in the document management space. Nuxeo Drive for content synchronization was released, Adobe EchoSign has upgraded its Salesforce offering to v13, while Alfresco is now offering users a single sign-on to cloud services. M-Files has also announced nearly US$ 8 million in Series A funding. 

Nuxeo Drive Sync

More open source document management goodness from Nuxeo, this time in the shape of content synchronization. The new functionality comes in the shape of Nuxeo Drive, which works with all applications built on the Nuxeo platform and works by updating content when changes are detected in either the Nuxeo repository, or in the local environment.

Installed as a light client on the desktop of the device you are working on, it works across secure connections between the Nuxeo repositories, whether the repository in question is located in the cloud or on premises.

It also works with all the kinds of content that Nuxeo clients might be dealing with in their applications, including images from the Digital Asset Management Suite, to their core document management applications, as well as custom designed content-centric applications.

In fact, it is the custom content that appears to be the differentiator between it and other sync tools, and, indeed, it is this aspect that Nuxeo appears to be pushing. Here’s what CEO Eric Barroca had to say about it:

This goes far beyond simple cloud-based file sharing systems, because the Nuxeo Platform provides a full content management application…But the beauty of Nuxeo Drive is its ability to handle custom content. For example, you can create a custom content type in the Nuxeo Platform to handle insurance claims. It can be synced on the client as an XML file, edited with a local application, such as an offline form application, and then synced back to the Nuxeo repository, where other team members can access the most recent version. No other solution can do that.”

Like all other Nuxeo products there is a lot more to it than this, offering all kinds of other functionality for precise content management. Some of the other things worth noting include the ability to synchronize all or just parts of a repository, offline access, conflict management and the ability to feed into workflow processes.

Alfresco Single Sign-On

It’s often the small things that count, and Alfresco has just announced yet another small upgrade. Its single sign-on in the cloud. The result is that organizations can now integrate existing user directories into Alfresco’s cloud service so that instead of having to have multiple sign-ins for all the cloud services available to users, they can simply sign in to them all using the same password and username.