You may have heard some talk around the office cooler about Alfresco. What is it? What does it do? Most importantly, how will it benefit your business?
Simply put, Alfresco is an open source alternative for enterprise content management(ECM.) ECM, then, is everything and nothing at once. It’s the pretty much an all-purpose term referring to how an organization delivers content and information. Think of a brand being the book cover, and enterprise content management is all of that ooey-gooey information inside of the book. It’s the reality behind the image of a brand. This can be anything from public domain content to employee emails and instant message sessions. So, yeah. Your company probably has a whole lot of enterprise content. And it needs to be managed.
ECM tools, then, allow the management of an enterprise level organization’s information. This is done in a variety of ways and, in the past, primarily done on closed systems such as Sharepoint and Documentum. However, Alfresco is an open source solution. This means the program and code contained therein are allowed to be accessed by users just like you. Poke around, see how it works, tinker with it to make it better to suit your needs. Not a coder? Don’t worry. A lot of other people using it are, and you’ll be sure they are making their revisions available.
The use of an open system offers many benefits, including:
- Speed – Alfresco is five times faster than Traditional Closed Systems
- Cost – Alfresco is 90% Less Expensive than Traditional Closed Systems
So what is Alfresco exactly? It’s an ECM management tool with a set of features to maximize ease of use and stability. Alfresco is:
- Open – Open Source, Open Standards
- Source – Best-of-Breed Open Source Components
- Enterprise – Enterprise-Scale, Enterprise-Infrastructure, Enterprise-Control
- Content – Documents, records, Web Pages, Images, Rich Media
- Management – Most Experienced Team in Content Management in the World from Documentum and Vignette.
The content management is a large system unto itself. Alfresco offers toolsets for document management, web content management, records management and collaborative content management. Anything and everything your company makes record of can be managed using this effective program.
Alfresco is also simpler to use than you’d expect. You don’t have to be a grizzled old IT vet in order to grasp the nuance and subtlety of the program. They even let you try it on the web, without downloading anything, before you get a feel for it. Finally, they offer gads of free online seminars if you are still puzzled.
Many big-name companies have already dropped closed systems in favor for Alfresco’s new approach to ECM, including:
- Sony Pictures
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