Alfresco (software)
Alfresco
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Alfresco Share / Repository Browser  (Community Edition)
Alfresco Share / Repository Browser
(Community Edition)
Developer(s) Alfresco Software, Inc.
Initial release November 2005; 11 years ago (2005-11)
Stable release
Community Edition 201707 GA[1] / June 12, 2017; 2 months ago (2017-06-12)[1]
Written in Java, JSP, and JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Type ECM, BPM, and Records Management
License Enterprise Edition is proprietary; Community Edition is LGPL v3[2]
Website www.alfresco.com

Alfresco is a suite of digital information management systems for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems developed using Java technology. Their core offering, branded as a Digital Business Platform[3], consists of three sets of software products:

  • Alfresco Content Services (ACS) delivers the enterprise content management (ECM) capabilities that have been core part of Alfresco's business since its inception. It includes a central content and metadata repository, a web interface named Share, the ability to define automated business rules, and full-text indexing provided using Apache Solr.
  • Alfresco Process Services (APS) provides business process management (BPM) capabilities stemming from the open source Activiti project. It includes graphical design tools, rules editors, and external data integration.[4]
  • Alfresco Governance Services (AGS), formerly known as Alfresco Records Management, is an add-on component that provides records management functionality to address information governance requirements. Alfresco Governance Services is DoD 5015.02 certified for records management.[5]

The Alfresco Digital Business Platform is commercially & proprietary licensed open source, supports open standards, and provides enterprise scale. Its design is geared towards users who require a high degree of modularity and scalable performance. It can be deployed on-premises on servers or in the cloud using an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Quick Start.[6] A multi-tenant SaaS offering is also available.[7] Alfresco also provides open source Community Editions as free, LGPLv3[2] licensed open source software. These have some limitations in terms of scalability and availability, e.g. there is no clustering support[8]. Quality assurance is limited and bug fixes are only issued for the current versions. There are two components:

  • Alfresco Community Edition is the Community Edition of Alfresco Content Services
  • Activiti is the Community Edition of Alfresco Process Services

History

John Newton (co-founder of Documentum) and John Powell (a former COO of Business Objects) founded Alfresco Software, Inc. in 2005. Its investors include the investment firms SAP Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield Fund.[9] The original technical staff consisted of principal engineers from Documentum and Oracle.

In July of 2005, Alfresco released the first version of their software.[10]

While Alfresco's product initially focused on document management, in May, 2006, the company announced its intention to expand into web content management by acquiring senior technical and managerial staff from Interwoven; this included its VP of Web Content Management, two principal engineers, and a member of its user-interface team.[11]

In October 2009, the 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share Report described Alfresco as a leading Java-based open source web content management system.[12]

In 2010, Alfresco sponsored a new open-source BPM engine called Activiti.[13]

In July 2011, Alfresco and Ephesoft announced a technology partnership to offer their users document capture and Content Management Interoperability Services brought together for intelligent PDF capture and search and workflow development.[14]

In October 2011, Alfresco 4.0 was released with significant improvements to the user interface. The new Alfresco aims to move further features from Alfresco Explorer to Alfresco Share, as Alfresco Explorer is intended to be deprecated over time.[15]

In January 2013, Alfresco appointed Doug Dennerline, former President of SuccessFactors, former EVP of Sales at Salesforce.com, and former CEO of WebEx, as its new CEO.[16]

In September 2014, Alfresco 5 was released with new reporting and analytics features and an overhaul of its document search tool, moving from Lucene to Solr.[17]

In November 2016, Alfresco launched on AWS Quickstart.[18]

In March 2017, Alfresco 5.2 was released and rebranded as the Digital Business Platform. This included the release of the Application Development Framework with reusable Angular JS(2.0) components.[19]

Usage

Enterprise content management for documents, web, records, images, and collaborative content development.

Features

Alfresco is capable of the following:

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Alfresco Content Services (ECM)". Alfresco Community. Alfresco Software, Inc. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Open Source Licensing". ECM Architect Blog. October 17, 2012. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "Alfresco Releases Digital Business Platform to Speed App Development". CMSWire. February 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ Backaitis, Virginia. "Alfresco Primes Its Activiti Pump". CMSWire. Simpler Media Group. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "JITC Records Management Application Product Register". Joint Interoperability Test Command. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "Alfresco Content Services on AWS". Amazon AWS. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ Roe, David. "Alfresco Offers Its Platform as a Managed Service on AWS". CMSWire. Simpler Media Group. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Potts, Jeff (May 24, 2015). "What's going on with Alfresco clustering?". ECM Architect Blog. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Alfresco". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ "Open source CM". KM World. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ "Top Web Content Management Team Joins Alfresco Software". Press Release. Alfresco Software, Inc. May 22, 2006. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "Alfresco". Open Source CMS Market Share Report 2009. Simpler Media Group, Inc. p. 62. Retrieved 2014. (registration required)
  13. ^ Long, Josh. "Alfresco Announces Activiti Project, an Apache 2 Licensed BPM Engine". InfoQ. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ Roe, David (July 8, 2011). "Alfresco, Ephesoft Partnership Offers CMIS-based Open Source Capture-to-Workflow Technology". CMSWire. Simpler Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alfresco releases Version 4". KM World. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ Bort, Julie. "What I Learned From John Chambers And Marc Benioff". Business Insider. 
  17. ^ Murphy, Tim. "Alfresco Aims Higher as it Launches v5 #AlfrescoSummit". CMSWire. Retrieved 2017. 
  18. ^ Preimesberger, Chris. "Alfresco Offers Early Availability for Its AWS Deployment". eWeek. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "Alfresco Introduces New Digital Business Platform". KMWorld. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f "Supported Platforms". Alfresco Services. Alfresco. Retrieved 2017. 

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