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Alfresco Gets More Settled, SaaSy in the Cloud

Alfresco Gets More Settled, SaaSy in the Cloud

Alfresco (news, site) is expanding its cloud horizons by offering complex configuration deployment options in the cloud for its Enterprise CMS via a partnership with RightScale.

The joint solution is aimed to provide faster full-blown deployments and better management of the cloud infrastructure. RightScale is a cloud computing management company that has a SaaS cloud management platform and supports Amazon EC2 among other clouds.

The RightScale Cloud Management Platform has several features that many organizations may find appealing, including prepackaged cloud-ready ServerTemplates, ability to manage entire deployments centrally, automation throughout the deployment lifecycle, and visibility and control of all levels of a cloud app.

For Alfresco customers it means that they have a way of deploying fully-configured, fault-tolerant and load-balanced Alfresco cloud instances that can automatically scale to meet various infrastructure needs as they arise. As often it is with the cloud, one of the benefits is reduced costs, when customers only pay for what they use, when they use it.

In addition to the recently released Alfresco EC2 image and the Cloud Content Application Developer Program aimed at developers wanting to try out the Enterprise CMS in the cloud, the vendor now also offers a hosted Amazon cloud-based trial of a full implementation of Alfresco Share, using Alfresco Enterprise Edition 3.1, for you to explore.

Alfresco Community 3.2 Implements CMIS 1.0, Supports Public Review Process

Alfresco Community 3.2 Implements CMIS 1.0, Supports Public Review ProcessWith the Public Review Process for CMIS officially started, Alfresco (news, site) has come to the table to help organization and developers participate by testing it in Alfresco Community 3.2.

EMC, IBM, Open Text and Oracle Lead the Enterprise CMS Suites

Forrester_logo_2009.jpgWe always look to the analysts to help us narrow down our selection of vendors for things like enterprise content management. We recently had a look at Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management. Now we look to Forrester (news, site), who has released their Q4 Wave for Enterprise Content Management Suites.

Adobe Updates LiveCycle Platform Adds Cloud Deployment Support

adobe-logo_2009.gifFirst announced early October at Adobe MAX 2009, Adobe (news, site) has officially launched the second version of Adobe LiveCycle ES and prepares to support enterprises as they move their applicatins and servies to the cloud.

Official Alfresco EC2 Image Receives Significant Updates

Official Alfresco EC2 Image Receives Significant UpdatesBack in September, Alfresco (news, site) released an Amazon EC2 image for those wanting to use Alfresco Server in the cloud. This image has recently received some significant updates that might interest those who've been following recent developments with Alfresco products.

Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in November 2009

Welcome to the November 2009 installment of our what's coming from the open source CMS projects in the next 30 days.

If you're looking through here and feel that your project was left out, we invite you to send us an email at pr@cmswire.com with a pointer to who we should contact for your project updates.

Open Source CMS Market: Lights Beyond LAMP

Report: Open Source CMS Market Share 2009The web content management space is not homogeneous. And while the recently released Open Source CMS Market Share Report clearly highlighted the ongoing dominance of LAMP-based content management systems -- these systems are not the only game in town.

In this article I look at brand leaders who have chosen to build their content management software on the Java or .NET technology stacks. Systems with strong brand awareness and adoption rates include Alfresco, Jahia, Liferay and OpenCMS on the Java side, and DotNetNuke and Umbraco from the .NET camp.

It's Official: Alfresco First FOSS CMS to be DoD 5015.2 Certified

Alfresco Becomes the First Open Source ECM to be DoD 5015.2 CertifiedWhat’s the government’s excuse now? That’s the question that will be on the minds of many at Alfresco, now that it’s official. Alfresco has achieved DoD 5015.2 certification -- the first open source Enterprise CMS to do so.

The fanfare isn’t so much that Alfresco is the first, (although congrats, anyway!) but rather that after delivering what the G-Men said they wanted, it's time for the government types to start buying in.

Open Source is in Favor

The open source movement has gained considerable momentum in recent years and especially since the Obama Administration came to power. But Alfresco’s Chairman and CTO, John Newton, assures us that’s not what drove their ambition, and further that they've been working on this for quite some time (there are, one might note, Alfresco Records Management tutorials on YouTube dating from April 2008).

But are there any G-Men lined up at their door now since the certification was posted publicly? While no  one on the Alfresco team would say for sure, it is understood that three of the government’s largest agencies have shown interest. And let’s not forget about the non-government workers -- rumor has it that they were slobbering over it at the recent ARMA conference.

On First Blush They Are Looking Good

The beauty of the DoD certification is that everyone is covered, and gets to share in the fun. For many, the DoD certification is standard checkbox when evaluating candidate records management solutions.

Thanks to Carlos Miguens, Alfresco's global training director, (and all around project manager guru for the DoD certification initiative), CMSWire was treated to a demo of the certified solution. And we can confidently say that it’s going to be hard to resist the temptation to go open source.

alfresco-dod-rm-01_2009-10.jpg Alfresco Records Management - The File Plan

Bundled with Community and Enterprise Versions

Their Records Management Module was introduced with Alfresco Community 3.2 -- so it's available both in the free community product and in the non-free enterprise version -- and is built on the Alfresco Share/Surf platform. It sports the following components:

  • a Forms system
  • metadata management
  • lifecycle management
  • open import/export capabilities
  • enhanced auditing
  • improved workflow controls

With its simple but sophisticated UI and automated controls that let administrators set permissions, disposition and access across a single scalable repository, we reckon users will be able to effectively save time and cut costs.

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Alfresco Records Management -- Record (Document) Preview with Metadata

By enhancing the already sleek tools offered in Alfresco Community 3.2, the government-certified version is simple enough for novice records managers, yet powerful enough for the most savvy (hint, hint US Archives).

But will this be incentive enough to entice the government to address what some have called the massive hemorrhaging of the US government's electronic history? Here's three cheers to the records managers who say, "Yes we can!"

Note: If you want to learn more about Aflresco Records Management, you can tune into the company's upcoming webinar on Alfresco Records Management, running on October 29th at 11am Eastern time.

Drupal + Alfresco = Intranet Flexibility

logo-drupal-alfresco_2009-10.jpg Corporate intranets present a unique set of challenges for web applications. Intranets have to balance a number of utilitarian demands -- single sign on, search, easy content management and flexible integration -- with increasing demands to provide the kind of user experience offered by social networks, and rich media portals.

An intranet is no use if it's uninspiring or difficult to use. This is where Drupal and Alfresco -- working together -- come in handy.

Report in Depth: Most Popular Open Source CMS 2009

Report: Open Source CMS Market Share 2009On Friday we announced the release of the second annual 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report. The project was a collaboration with water & stone, an APAC-based interactive agency. The initial announcement addressed what the report covers, its purpose and some key highlights.

For the sake of disclosure, while I did look over the preliminary survey and advise on some tweaks, I otherwise wasn't involved in this report and am looking at this data with fresh eyes and no particular bias from the side of CMSWire.

Now let's take a look more in depth.

Report: The Most Popular Open Source CMS, and Then Some

Report: Open Source CMS Market Share 2009Following on the heels of the 2008 Open Source CMS Market Share Report, this year we collaborated with water&stone to produce an improved 2009 version. The report is an interesting study of 20 dominant systems in the market. It's really not about which CMS is best, nor about relative comparisons beyond brand strength, sentiment and adoption patterns. We're aware of this.

Traditional and Social Media Analysis

What the study did was sniff around the nooks and crannies of our increasingly electronic and publicly broadcast lives and endeavor to quantify the relative brand strengths, brand sentiments and adoption patterns for the top 20 most popular content management products. In addition, we ran a survey on CMSWire.com a little ways back. With this tool we were able to directly pose questions to our readership -- and more than 1200 of you took to the task (thank you!).

This year's analysis looked at Alfresco, CMS Made Simple, DotNetNuke, Drupal, e107, eZ Publish, Jahia, Joomla, Liferay, MODx, OpenCms, phpWebSite, Plone, SilverStripe, Textpattern, TikiWiki, Typo3, Umbraco and WordPress.

Key Conclusions: 3 Dominate, Many Are Vibrant

What jumped quickly out is that The Big Three -- Joomla, WordPress and Drupal -- led the survey set across a wide range of measures. However, the top slots are not static, Joomla has gained market share over Drupal, and WordPress with its hosted version has what looks like a smoother path to adoption.

The report identifies less obvious stars. Alfresco, a vendor focused on both document management and web content management, performed well across a number of categories, and led the Java-based open source CMS race over its nearest rival, Liferay. DotNetNuke led the .NET-based open source CMS category, though Umbraco is up and coming.

The report goes on to identify reasons why DotNetNuke's position may soon be changing. In addition to naming the market leaders, the study identifies projects whose market share and brand metrics indicate they are at risk or facing a closing window of opportunity. A metric we found of particular interest was the product evaluation rates versus the adoption rates.

The 90+ page report is available for free and includes profiles of each of the systems covered.

Alfresco Enters Records Management Game with DoD Certified Solution

Alfresco Unwraps DoD Certified Records Managment SolutionOne increasingly important aspect of modern document management and enterprise content management software is effective records management. Properly defined, records management is the collection, classification and planned retention or destruction of an organization's information.

Unfortunately, records management tends more often to be two things: not clearly understood and not properly implemented. Faced with increased regulations and the fear of legal action, organizations are working towards doing it better.

The Alfresco team has their eye on this ball. Their Records Management Module was introduced with Alfresco Community 3.2 and is built on the Alfresco Share/Surf platform. It sports the following components:

  • a Forms system
  • metadata management
  • lifecycle management
  • open import/export capabilities
  • enhanced auditing
  • improved workflow controls

Kicking off their awareness campaign, Alfresco is endeavoring to educate potential customers. They are holding a best practices webinar on October 29th at 11 am Eastern time. The event is entitled How to drive an effective Governance, Retention and Compliance strategy with Open Source.

The live webinar will:

  1. Review the business requirements of Records Management, as part of a Governance, Retention and Compliance (GRC) strategy
  2. Explore the focus of the different international and regional standards (including ISO 15489:2001, DoD 5015.2 and Moreq2)
  3. Discuss the specific steps a company looking to drive a records management strategy should take

Alfresco's Records Management Module is the first open source software to achieve U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.02 standard certification. The DoD 5015.02 certification means that Alfresco's solution has passed mandatory operational, legislative and regulatory requirements for records management in government.

Want to know how effective your current records management strategy is? This webinar will help you out. you can register here.

Westbrook Debuts Document Management Software for SMBs

Westbrook Debuts SaaS Document Management Software for SMBs There’s nothing like an annual conference for launching a new product. This year’s Insight 2009 conference to be held next week in Orlando, FL, is no different with conference organizer Westbrook Technologies( news, site) launching their new cloud-ready document management software. FortisBlue is a thin client that captures, archives, searches, annotates, retrieves and safeguards paper and electronic documents.

And while other Fortis products are scalable to (theoretically) any size enterprise, this document management software would seem to indicate that Westbrook is now actively chasing the SMB market.

Adobe LiveCycle Delivers Rich Document Processes for the Enterprise

adobe-logo_2009.gifThe word Adobe (news, site) most often evokes images of PDFs dancing on your desktop. Creative Suite does spring in adding a dash of color. But the Adobe we know offers much more than this and today they are showing just how much.

Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2 (ES2), the San Jose-based company's answer to building  automated, document-centric business process applications, is being unveiled today at Adobe MAX 2009. This release is packed with so many new tools and functionalities that, if you are like us, you hardly know where to begin. We gave it a good college try though. Have a look.

Alfresco Achieves DoD 5015.02 Records Management Certification

Alfresco 3.2 Records Mgt

Back in July, we brought you news that Alfresco was prepping for DoD 5015.02 certification -- which is necessary if one dreams of juicy U.S. Department of Defense contracts for records management and document management solutions.

Rather recently we learned that Alfresco has now become the first open source product to demonstrate compliance with the DoD 5015.02 STD spec.

Alfresco was aiming to win the DoD stamp of approval by September. The date apparently slipped a bit, as these things tend to. But back slapping time has arrived and sales force can stop chomping at the bit. Additionally, a more formal announcement is, we are assuming, just around the bend.

Alfresco’s chances for compliance were enhanced by an update in August that delivered a new records management functionality, included reporting tools and query capabilities.

The DoD standard outlines mandatory baseline functional requirements for Records Management Application (RMA) software used by the DoD in implementing their records management programs. The standard is widely recognized not only by the U.S. government, but also in the private sector and by other governments around the world.

Standing out as one of the DoD-certified document management software options we expect to be hearing more and more red, white and blue news from our UK-based friends. Other products that have achieved various forms of the DoD certification include Accutrac from Iron Mountain, Computer Associates' Records Manager, IBM's Records Manager, OnBase from Hyland Software, Open Text Records Management,  Oracle's Universal Records Management, and others.

NOTE: If you want to learn more about Aflresco's RM solution, you can tune into their webinar on Alfresco Records Management, running on October 29th at 11am Eastern time.

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