What Is Alfresco


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

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What Is Alfresco

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