Month: January 2011

Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 Release Delivers Vision of Social Content Management

Posted by on January 31, 2011

Last week, Alfresco announced the availability of its Enterprise 3.4 release. This significant new release delivers on Alfresco’s vision of providing the open platform for social content management by delivering both a more robust content platform for building any kind of content-rich application, along with a more social user-interface for collaboration and document management. This platform will be used by developers and companies to build applications where enterprise content is “social-ready” — or shared, collaborated on and syndicated across the web – and captured for compliance, retention and control.

To accommodate the shift from Systems of Record to Systems of Engagement, Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 is built to manage content in a social world and co-exist with social business systems to help manage and retain the content created by them.

Some of the new product capabilities of the Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 release include:

  • User-interface enhancements to make document management more social – Alfresco’s refreshed Share interface for collaboration and document management now includes status updates (similar to Facebook and Twitter), content activity streams and enhanced search capabilities to make content easier to find.
  • Folder-based actions for simple workflow, along with advanced workflow (using jBPM) – Business users can now set-up simple document workflow, such as approvals or content transformations, inside the Share interface. For robust workflow, Alfresco Share now exposes workflows created with standards-based enterprise business process management tools.
  • Distributed Content Replication – Native support for content replication allows organizations to run federated content repositories. Key documents can now be replicated to support large geographically dispersed companies, reducing access time, removing single points of failure, and removing the dependency on a single system.
  • Collaborative Web Authoring – Alfresco Web Quick Start is a set of best practice templates for building content-rich websites on top of Alfresco Share. Quick Start combines the power of Alfresco Share for web team collaboration, with powerful content process control and publishing services like office-to-web publishing.
  • Integration with Enterprise Portals and Social Software – Alfresco now includes a DocLib portlet to enhance its JSR-168 support, which exposes a document library in standards-based portals like Liferay or Red Hat’s JBoss Portal. And using CMIS, Alfresco continues to integrate with Drupal, Lotus Quickr and an expanding set of social business systems.

To learn more about the Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 release, its new product features, or to download a trial, click here.

The Future of Enterprise IT – From Systems of Record to Systems of Engagement

Posted by on January 26, 2011

Enterprise IT is a continuously evolving process, just like how our existing Systems of Record were first introduced several decades ago, a new System of Engagement is making its way into today’s organizations. What prompted this system of engagement and what steps should organizations take to effectively incorporate this into their existing infrastructure?

The consumerization of IT has driven enterprises to redefine how they think about information management, control, and governance in order to deal with social technologies. Furthermore, organizations today have become more collaborative in their daily operations in order to better facilitate communication – both internally within departments and externally with global stakeholders. Social business is then, in effect, leveraging social technologies to improve collaboration and responsiveness.

In a recently published report by AIIM, Systems of Engagement and the Future of Enterprise IT: A Sea Change in Enterprise IT, Geoffrey Moore compares and contrasts existing Systems of Record with Systems of Engagement. These system of engagement tools overlay and complement organizations’ investments in systems of record by providing Web-based access, usability across a variety of hardware and software platforms, and cross-organizational collaboration.

The report addresses important questions such as:

  • How will the core value chains within our organizations – innovating, designing, procuring, marketing, selling, servicing, and governing – be impacted by social business systems?
  • What are the issues facing end users who wish to better leverage their information management systems to:
    1. improve operating flexibility, and
    2. better engage with customers?
  • What is the path forward for implementing, sustaining, and managing social technologies effectively and responsibly?

Analysis from the report was reviewed by 20 CIOs and IT executives from major corporations and government agencies and by a Task Force of executives. As a task force member, Alfresco has already started to adopt this System of Engagement by incorporating features into their ECM platform to form a new category of Social Content Management.

For more information and to download the report, click here.

Content.gov 2011 – The Government and Open Source Content Management

Posted by on January 13, 2011

Alfresco is kicking off 2011 strong with Content.gov, a free, special one day event in downtown Washington DC focusing on open source content management in the government and public sector agencies. The event will be held on January 20th, 2011 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.

There’s been a long-time conception that government agencies are slow to adopt emerging technologies including open source products. However, in recent years, open source adoption has rapidly increased in the commercial sector due to a combination of factors, from the down economy and enterprises seeking cost saving alternatives, to the maturity of open source products finally proving themselves in areas of quality, security, and flexibility. The government, while slow to follow, are now beginning to realize the true benefits of open source software.

Content.gov 2011 will feature John Newton, Alfresco CTO & Founder, as the keynote speaker, followed by customer case studies delivered by actual customers and Alfresco implementation partners.

Rivet Logic will present a customer case study featuring a guest speaker from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The presentation will cover how Rivet Logic helped NAS implement an open source Alfresco WCM solution that helped streamline operations, resulting in faster publishing cycles, increased productivity, richer site experience, and better accountability.

For more information and to register, click here.

What’s in Store for Open Source CMS in 2011?

Posted by on January 06, 2011

As a new year starts, we’re optimistic for what’s in store for us in 2011. in 2010, Rivet Logic experienced continuous growth as an organization even in this down economy. Open source continues to impact the content management, collaboration and search markets, and we are excited to be part of this revolution.

In a recent CMS Wire survey, open source CMS and related vendors share some of their insights for 2011. Some of the high priorities for product enhancement include:

  • Improve General Usability – 78%
  • Additional APIs / Integration / Platform Features and Social / Engagement / Personalization / Optimization Features – Tied at 64%
  • Address Performance and Scalability Limits – 52%
  • Better Mobile Device and/or Multi-Channel Support – 48%
  • CMIS Enhancements – 29%

Alfresco and Lucid Imagination participated in this survey and here’s what they have to share:

“What are the top 2 things you want to achieve for your project/product in 2011?”

Alfresco: Focusing on Web engagement to evolve how users produce and consume content, and improving technical aspects of their products like scalability, stability and performance.
Lucid Imagination: Cloud readiness and deployment, and widespread acceptance and displacement of commercial search vendors.

“How do you see content / information management evolving in 2011?”

Alfresco: We’ll see CMS’s “supporting a greater diversity of content distribution channels, such as consumer-oriented social networks, as more and more businesses express a desire to gain better visibility and ‘control’ over their respective brand and messaging.”
Lucid Imagination: Better integration across vendors will further legitimize open source as a strategic alternative to enterprise content technologies.

“How do you see open source business models evolving in 2011?”

Alfresco: Commercial open source models will be refined, with adjustments made to address factors like the economy, evolving technology, and so on.
Lucid Imagination: The folks at Lucid Imagination see continued acceptance of commercially-supported open source as the best practice in open source enterprise adoption.

“What do you expect to be the most disruptive technology or trend in 2011?”

Alfresco: Intelligent application of social computing principles behind the firewall with an eye toward efficient collaboration will continue to change the way that enterprises conduct business while improving overall agility and productivity.
Lucid Imagination: Search integration in cloud-enabled content technologies.

To see the full survey results, click here.