Alero 2008 R1
Alero Technology, a provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software products, launched Alero 2008 R1 ECM system with Oracle 10g and 11g support, enhanced compliance, electronic signature management, process simulator and a new .NET library.

Alero ECM Suite

The new Enterprise Content Management platform can orchestrate any number of active servers to manage disparate repositories as one, easy-to-manage virtual repository, compliant with all service-oriented architectures.

Addressing Interoperability Issues

While ECM industry is venturing into drafting a new Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) spec, Alero 2008 R1 claims to be different from other ECM platforms, as it is developed for broader, more interoperative environments. A major issue facing the IT community today is the plethora of business applications in use and the lack of interoperability between different applications, platforms and services. Alero 2008 R1 claims that its service-oriented architecture (SOA) supports all the major operating systems and databases, provides a wide range of programming interfaces (SDK toolkits) for all types of skills and preferences and delivers more ECM, BPM and integration services.

Clients and Accomplishments

Alero boasts to be the ECM choice for many corporations worldwide, including Korea First Bank, Bank of Tokyo, KookMin Bank, ShinHan Bank and other prominent Asian financial institutions. Alero 2008 R1 strives to deliver products and solutions for Enterprise Information Management (EIM), including and combining Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Content Integration (ECI) and other capabilities in a single solution.

New and Enhanced Features

The Alero release is ambitious and delivers quite a number of features, including: * New Installation: Alero v2008 R1 provides a completely new installer for Windows platforms. Installers for other platforms will be released soon. * New Product Licensing: With new licensing manager and licensing schema based on X.500 technology (PKI). * New Signature Services: A set of signature services (currently, in beta) to implement the Electronic Signature Management capabilities of the product. * New Alero Process Simulator: This application allows authorized users to simulate existing or new processes under different conditions to monitor performance, bottlenecks, resource utilization, etc. * New .NET Library: Using managed code (written in C#) is now available with the Alero SDK toolkits. This library can coexist with the previous library, but is intended to replace it in the long run. * New Support for Business Activity Monitoring and Business Intelligence: Through the use of AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) web development standards and libraries, Alero has enhanced the Alero Server Manager application to provide interactive, real time graphical and statistical information about import processes. * New HCAP HTTP Interface: In addition to the existing HCAP WebDAV interface, a new HTTP interface for Hitachi Content Archive Platform is now available. * New Alero Web Client: In lieu of a portal such as Microsoft SharePoint 2003 or MOSS 2007, Alero has developed a JSF (Java Server Faces)-based, web-server independent application to interface out-of-the-box with the Alero repository, process, integration and content services. * Enhanced Infrastructure: Enhancements in the communications, database pools and product license management. Communications can now be configured to limit the amount of TCP/IP sockets used by the product. * Enhanced Large Files Handling: With better full or partial large file downloads capabilities. Alero can now handle up to 4.0GB+ segments on the same Alero server. * Enhanced Migration: With optimized performance in environments with very large quantities of files. The enhancements to the migration enable Alero to search for and move smaller groups of documents through user-specified settings defined in the configuration file. * Enhanced Storage (Archive): A new optional parameter, dateformat, is available for the DeviceIF section of the Archive module. * Enhanced WebDAV: The WebDAV interface has been enhanced to support not only customized data structures (folder structures), but also specific documents that may or may not be in a data structure. All in all, the San Diego-based Alero Technology is working hard to stay competitive in the ECM and EIM fields with its J2EE, XML, Unicode and service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions. Curious to learn more? Visit Alero’s website.