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.

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Alfresco-Solr Integration

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.