An Introduction To ALFRESCO

Posted: September 28, 2011 in Alfresco
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Though I have started blogging on Documentum and Fatwire, I just thought of even blogging on Alfresco, so that I will cover Document Management (Documentum), Web Experience Management (Fatwire), Web Content  Management (Alfresco).

Exactly what is ALFRESCO?

Alfresco is the leading Open Source alternative for traditional Enterprise Content Management (ECM) softwares such as Documentum, Filenet, Sharepoint, etc. It covers almost all the branches of ECM, viz Document Management, Collaboration, Records Management, Knowledge Management, Web Content Management, and Imaging.

It is available free of cost to download and implement. The installers are of two types: Community Edition and Enterprise Edition. The Community edition is also called as Labs Edition, and it is for internal use in the organization, like development activities, etc. Where as the Enterprise edition needs subscription from Alfresco vendors, to implement it in production.

The Alfresco Community Edition is designed for use by developers and technical enthusiasts in noncritical environments.

The Alfresco Enterprise Edition is a production-ready, stress-tested certified build that is supported by Alfresco Software Inc. It is a fully-supported Alfresco Product.

Alfresco is completely built on the following open standards:

  • Java
  • Java Content Repository API
  • Java Portlet Integration
  • Spring Framework
  • Hibernate ORM Persistence
  • Lucene Text Search Engine
  • WebDAV
  • Open Office

The latest version of Alfresco Community Edition can be downloaded from here.

Alfresco provides the following Clients for the ease of access to the users:

  • Alfresco Explorer
  • Alfresco Share

Alfresco Explorer is the main client which is used to implement Document Management, and implementation Web Content Management.

Alfresco Share is the client which is used for easy share of documents (Like a Portal), hence the heavy consumption of bandwidth for transferring the documents can be avoided, and thus helps in Collaboration. Apart from the share of documents, it also provides wiki, sites, etc.

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