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Justification for the decision to use Alfresco as our company ECM system.

Justification for the decision to use Alfresco as our company ECM system.

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  • 1. What is Alfresco?
    • Java based Electronic Content Management tool
    • Brainchild of Ex-Documentum developer
    • Available with an opensource license
    • One of the few to position itself to compete directly with MS Sharepoint
    • Frank O’Sullivan
  • 2. Why Alfresco?
    • Alfresco is opensource. Excellent for testing before purchasing
    • Alfresco has incorporated the Sharepoint protocol which allows interoperability with MS office 2003 and OpenOffice
    • Three solutions in one
      • Electronic content management
      • Web Content Management
      • Digital Image management
  • 3. What Alfresco has to offer?
      • Electronic content management
        • Organised Spaces
        • Versioning
        • Check-in/Check-out
        • Rules and Actions
        • MS Office integration
        • Workflow
  • 4. What Alfresco has to offer?
      • “ Spaces” Used to organise content into different categories or departments.
      • Different rules and workflows can affect different types of content in different spaces
  • 5. What Alfresco has to offer?
      • Integration with MS Office.
      • You can work on documents with Word and then from within Word, you can move them into Alfresco
  • 6.
    • Web2.0 features (wysiwyg content editor) allowing creating of custom html content without the need for 3 rd party html editor software
    What Alfresco has to offer?
  • 7.
    • Web Content Management
      • Organise content to be published on a website
      • The can be done per page or per section of a site
      • Alfresco is collaborating with Liferay.com to provide an integrated solution
    What Alfresco has to offer?
  • 8.
    • Digital Image Content management
      • Includes kofax drivers for handling advanced scanners to enable the capturing and cataloging of digitised documents and images
      • When combined with workflow and versioning it provides many possibilities for manageing the content lifecycle
    What Alfresco has to offer?
  • 9.
    • I am currently using Sharepoint
    • Sharepoint is a very closed and proprietary app
    • Content in Sharepoint cannot easily be migrated to an alternative application
    • Alfresco offers similar functionality
    • Alfresco offers a fully fledged free version to test
    • Alfresco has an opensource model which will allow for the development of a “best of breed” application
    • Alfresco offers integration into MS Office
    • Alfresco provides access via CIFs protocol to provide a familiar environment for new users
    My Reasons for considering Alfresco

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