Alfresco Document Management Software
| Thursday Apr 23, 2015
Enterprise content management (ECM) can't seem to get any respect. In just the past few months, several researchers have independently warned the whole space is being disrupted by forces outside of enterprise control.
Alfresco, which has long offered on-premises, cloud and hybrid options, just produced a new report to look at these forces are and how they are disrupting the landscape. To find out more, we talked to Alfresco co-founder and CTO John Newton.
While ECM is in a state of disruption, Newton claims the basic material needed to carry out business tasks remains the same. That basic material is content.
| Wednesday Jan 21, 2015
The only things everyone seems to agree about when it comes to hybrid cloud computing is that it’s going to be around for a long time to come — and many vendors have many ways of approaching it. For M-Files, the unique selling point is a system that can manage all your content without repositories.
That sounds like a big claim … and maybe it is. However, M-Files has been developing this for years, first in Europe and now in the US, and the proof of its claims are clear in its continued and staggering growth rates.
| Friday Nov 14, 2014
Hats off to Sydney Sloan, who nabbed the top marketing slot at Alfresco Software. The company announced her appointment this morning though, according to her LinkedIn profile, she started her new gig last month.
She is, at least, the third female to land a role in the company’s marketing suite this year. According to their LinkedIn profiles, two of the other executives have parted ways with the company since July.
Sloan joins the open source enterprise content management vendor at an important time in its growth; it’s not only trying to gain market share but to also displace Enterprise Content Management (ECM) incumbents like EMC Documentum, Open Text, and IBM from well entrenched positions at some of the world’s largest companies.
| Wednesday Nov 12, 2014
The paperless office is only a dream, and we should be setting our sights a little bit lower.
That's how Doug Miles introduces this year’s AIIM Industry Watch report on document management, specifically on paper-free processes.
Even though office workers are mobile, computer literate and aware that paper-free processes improve productivity and lower costs, most organizations are still struggling against the tide of paper documents that clog offices and stall business processes.
AIIM — the Association for Information and Image Management — is a global community of information professionals.
| Wednesday Sep 24, 2014
When you say open source and enterprise content management in the same breath, most practitioners probably think of small and medium businesses rather than global enterprises. With today's launch of version 5 of its core ECM product, it appears Alfresco is out to change that.
Or maybe it's better to say it's already started. The open source vendor is cashing in, quite literally, with the growing complexity, rising costs and cloud-centricity of some of the biggest players in the field, notably Microsoft's SharePoint, which has frustrated many of its users with its seemingly unrelenting push to the cloud.
| Thursday Aug 21, 2014
It’s hard to know if Alfresco CEO Doug Dennerline knew what he was getting into when he took the helm at the open source enterprise content management provider 19 months ago. He was brought in to take the company public, and needless to say, that hasn’t happened.
And while for companies like Box, which filed for an IPO in March but has not even started its road show thus far, the state of the stock market might be an impediment, with Alfresco, it’s something else. They don’t yet have the right stuff.
So it’s no surprise that today they announced that they have raised a new round of “growth funding,” $45 million “to increase velocity of its Go-to-Market (GTM) strategy globally -- focused on adding sales people, investing in marketing, and expanding development to drive the SaaS-ification of the content market,” according to a press release.
| Friday May 9, 2014
As content management vendors race with the rapid pace of change in the enterprise workplace, some are pulling ahead.
The front-runners embrace the rising demand for content collaboration, mobile access and better user experiences, but others are showing strength in particular areas.
New research from Nucleus identified eight vendors dominating the market, but noted they aren't the only ones gaining ground.
| Thursday Apr 10, 2014
John Newton has a vision of what technology and enterprise collaboration will look like in 2024.
Trust these future goggles. They've got plenty of experience. Newton is the CTO and chairman of Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management provider. But back in 1990, he co-founded, designed and led the development of Documentum, which was later acquired by EMC.
"Assuming that it continues on more or less the pace it has so far, and there’s no reason not to think that, there is some amazing stuff that’s possible," Newton told CMSWire in a phone interview from the AIIM Conference this month, where he spoke. "Extremely high resolution displays. Virtual reality types of devices. New ways of inputting into computers. A lot of wearable technology that will go beyond the consumer stuff and actually make systems more usable for us."
| Monday Dec 30, 2013
Looking back over the year in document management, one thing stands out. And that is that organizations still appear to be struggling under the weight of paper despite developments in enterprise technologies that should make managing all that information a lot easier.
In fact, the view from December 2013 is much the same as the view was in December 2012, with some subtle but notable changes. The first of those changes is the growing importance of mobile, while the second is the demand for agile products that can respond to changing market conditions quickly.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
Happy holidays out there in CMSWire land. Our gift to you (besides our impeccable journalistic integrity) is a dose of free open source system news. We run this column each and every month, but we don't always capture the spirit of the open source world fully on this page. Fell free to drop us a comment or reply to email@example.com if you think we've omitted a worthwhile update.
| Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
It's the year-end announcement time for free and open source software (FOSS) here at CMSWire.com. Two of the three most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world have updated recently (WordPress and Joomla). We're still waiting for Drupal 8 to debut, but that won't likely happen in December. Check out all the other activity in this popular space.
| Thursday Nov 21, 2013
It’s been a busy week in the document management space. Xerox announced it has enhanced its workflow creation capabilities in DocuShare, and Box has created a new ecosystem for legal companies. Meanwhile, AvePoint upgraded its governance Service Pack, while Alfresco and Workshare have entered a new partnership.
| Thursday Oct 31, 2013
Open-source versus proprietary software may not be as controversial as it once was, but there's no doubt the free and open-source software (FOSS) world is thriving. We try to include as much open source news as we can in this monthly column, so do feel free to leave us a comment or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we forgot something important.
| Thursday Oct 17, 2013
Alfresco, an open source platform for enterprise content management, has upgraded its records management module and released the next version of its syncing technology, Alfresco One (v 4.2). But the news seems to be overshadowed by reports that the company is delaying its much-anticipated US initial public offering.
| Monday Sep 30, 2013
While we wait for the next version of the Apple iPad to drop in October, let's take a break to see how the open source world is shaping up over the next month or so. This space is a running series of open source updates, so don't hesitate to let us know in the comments or at email@example.com if we skipped something.