This week in the document management world, Alfresco is back in the news with the announcement of a new integration by Ixxus to add Solr faceted search to Alfresco 4, Hyland is making its OnBase application more readily accessible through mobile devices, Lexmark rebrands Brainware and SealPath secures documents in the cloud.
Alfresco’s Solr Faceted Search
More from Alfresco this week after the release of the Community Edition v4.2 last week. Again, Alfresco is not making a big deal about it, with the only reference to it so far in the Alfresco blog.
If you use Alfresco, this will definitely be worth a look. The announcement comes in the shape of a guest post by Dan Tuffery of Ixxus, which says that systems integrator Ixxus has just released code that will enable users to integrate Solr's faceted search capabilities within Alfresco 4. The result enables users to explore content collections by applying multiple filters to its search results.
In practical terms, this means that users can continue to use simple keyword search, but it also enables users to add filters to the search results as they go through the results and as they require them. This frees them from then trying to second-guess what filters will be needed and applying them at the start of the search.
Solr, you might recall, is an open source search server built on top of Apache Lucene that is extremely fast and scalable, and enables faceted navigation, query and browsing.
Hyland’s Mobile OnBase
Also in the document management space this week is news from Hyland Software, which has just announced the release of Mobile Broker for Microsoft’s Windows Azure that will enable Hyland customers to implement mobile solutions easily.
Specifically, it offers Hyland OnBase customers with an alternative implementation option for mobile solutions, without having to make significant investments in hardware.
With it, iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone users can securely connect to OnBase through Azure, which reduces the need for IT departments to manage secure access connections between mobile and enterprise networks.
In reality, what it does is to make OnBase a lot more attractive to enterprises, as users can use it through mobile devices — without the enterprise having to spend a lot securing access and users’ phones.
This release should hardly be a surprise, as OnBase uses numerous Microsoft technologies already including .NET, Windows Azure, SQL Database and BizTalk Server. It also integrates with Office, SharePoint and Outlook.
Lexmark Rebrands Brainware
Meanwhile, Lexmark continues to reshape Perceptive, which it bought last year to help it gain deeper traction in the document management space. This time it has announced that Brainware Distiller, its intelligent data capture product, is to be rebranded.
From now on, it will be known as Perceptive Intelligent Capture, powered by Brainware, but apart from that, it doesn’t appear to have been changed much. It will remain a standalone product for automating the entry of data into the system and will continue to be compatible with all the different applications currently in use in the enterprise.
The rebranding is part of the deeper integration of Brainware classification and data extraction technologies with Perspective’s business process management and enterprise content management platform.
We’re delivering on our vision of a comprehensive solution for automation of all key business operations, regardless of document type, volume or complexity. Brainware complements Perspective’s existing capture architecture that already provides low- and high-volume, centralized and distributed capture capabilities focused on capturing actionable data at the edge of any business process,” Brian Anderson, Chief Technology Officer, Perceptive Software
It will also continue to be compatible to Lexmark’s MFPs so it will still allow users to capture data immediately before routing to a centralized location. So not much of a change at all really — just the name. And what’s in a name?