Open Source solutions seem to be in high demand in this down economy. So what do open source enterprise content management providers do to meet this demand? They add new features and functionality of course. At least that is what KnowledgeTree (news, site) has done.
The latest release of this commercial open source ECM is out today and offers a number of new features including integration with the entire Microsoft Office Suite.
The last time we brought you news regarding KnowledgeTree, they were releasing a SaaS version of their enterprise document management system called KnowledgeTreeLive. The last major release of their commercial version was 3.5.4 in December of last year. In April 2009, KnowledgeTree released version 3.6 of their Community Edition. Needless to say, they have been busy.
Updates to KnowledgeTree 3.6.1
The KnowledgeTree 3.6.1 release is packed with functionality to support document management processes and ensure your organization is following compliance rules and regulations as necessary.
Some of the new enhancements include:
- Electronic Signatures: Many regulations require electronic signatures on documents. KnowledgeTree provides configurable electronic signatures that require you to re-authenticate when you make changes to a document or folder.
- Document Type Alerts: Set up by the Administrator, alerts are applied to Document Types and are viewed by users in the Document View as system alerts.
- Search Improvements: Ranking has been improved to ensure results are displayed in the correct order. Advanced Search has also been improved to bring more relevant results.
- Browser Support: KnowledgeTree now supports IE8.
“KnowledgeTree can significantly ease the compliance burden for smaller companies,” said Daniel Chalef, CEO of KnowledgeTree. “The combination of electronic signatures with a complete audit trail fulfills regulatory requirements, while the affordable price appeals to decision-makers.”
In addition to functionality enhancements, a number of technical improvements have been made that were first implemented in the Community Edition of KnowledgeTree, including:
- New core API and RESTful interface: This includes updated documentation.
- New Text Extraction Engine: Supporting UTF-8 better and enhanced support for searching language like Chinese and Japanese.
- Upgrades to Stack and Upgrade Installers: Apache 2.2.11 , PHP 5.2.8 and OpenOffice 2.4.2.
Microsoft Office Integration
Also included in the release of KnowledgeTree 3.6.1 is the release of version 1.0 of its Microsoft Office Add-in. This add-on provides complete integration with the full Microsoft Office productivity suite.
With the Office Add-in, users can be in, say, MS Word and easily open, edit and email documents that reside in KnowledgeTree. There's even a search component within Office that searches the KnowledgeTree repository.
Considering the number of organizations who use MS Office in their daily work, this integration is a must have for any ECM that wants get into the enterprise.
Open Source ECMs Abound
Both the Commercial and Community Editions of KnowledgeTree are now at version 3.6.1. You can download the community edition and get all the details of enhancements and bug fixes for both on their wiki.
The Community Edition of KnowledgeTree is available on SourceForge and has been downloaded over 650,000 times. This puts it on par with some of the other well known open source ECMs including Nuxeo and Alfresco. All three vendors offer a similar approach providing both a community edition and a commercial edition.
Nuxeo has also just recently launched the latest release of their ECM: 5.2.0 of EP (Enterprise Platform) and DM (Document Management) and Alfresco's latest version of Alfresco Enterprise, 3.1, has been out since the end of March. Alfresco Labs 3d (the community version of the Alfresco ECM) came out in January.
Which on of these open source ECMs do you choose? That all depends on your needs. Not all open source enterprise content management systems are made equal just because they are open source.