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Alfresco ECM

53 Ratings

Alfresco ECM

53 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

IBM API Management

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Score 6.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Alfresco ECM

If you have regulatory or business needs that require saving email into Alfresco and you are using Outlook for Mac, you may need to perform significant customization to make it work. Additionally, if you will have users that will be members to a large numbers of sites over time, you need to thoroughly explore what functionality will be degraded or lost and how to mitigate the impact. Other than these two scenarios, I cannot think of any scenarios where Alfresco would not be well suited to an organization's needs.
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IBM API Management

If you are truly using IBM API Management for an API gateway, you will be ok. if you start trying to build custom scripts to transform messages complex in nature, it will soon become unmanageable.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

Alfresco ECM
7.7
IBM API Management
Content capture & imaging
Alfresco ECM
8.0
IBM API Management
File sync, storage & archiving
Alfresco ECM
8.0
IBM API Management
Document management
Alfresco ECM
8.5
IBM API Management
Records management
Alfresco ECM
7.9
IBM API Management
Content search & retrieval
Alfresco ECM
7.1
IBM API Management
Enterprise content collaboration
Alfresco ECM
7.4
IBM API Management
Content publishing & creation
Alfresco ECM
7.0
IBM API Management
Security, risk management & information governance
Alfresco ECM
7.5
IBM API Management
Contract lifecycle management
Alfresco ECM
7.5
IBM API Management

API Management

Alfresco ECM
IBM API Management
8.0
API access control
Alfresco ECM
IBM API Management
8.0
Rate limits and usage policies
Alfresco ECM
IBM API Management
9.0
API usage data
Alfresco ECM
IBM API Management
9.0
API user onboarding
Alfresco ECM
IBM API Management
7.0
API versioning
Alfresco ECM
IBM API Management
7.0
API monitoring and logging
Alfresco ECM
IBM API Management
8.0

Pros

  • Basic workflows are easy enough for casual users to set up and utilize.
  • Cloud sync capability provides a great way to share documents with third parties and to use as a backup system for critical documents.
  • Alfresco mobile app makes it easy for those on the road to access, approve and share documents.
  • Folder rules are easy to set up and make assignment of metadata easier to automate.
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  • Import APIs - We have an existing inventory of APIs and services, so having an easy import process was required. IBM provides the ability to import Swagger so the process was quick and easy.
  • Service Offerings - Can create plans to control various model offerings for varying clients depending on the need. You are not locked into a tier structure and can customize if a need arises.
  • API Usage - visibility into the use of an API with a wealth of reporting information allows you to support an API from a production use to trending and forecasting any future growth.
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Cons

  • When users are members of 1000 sites or more, certain features such as sites dashlet do not work properly.
  • There isn't any integration between Alfresco and Microsoft Outlook for Mac. IMAP integration has flaws that can cause loss of email.
  • Mobile app doesn't have a site search feature. this is problematic when you have thousands of sites and you need to access one where you have not saved it as a favorite.
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  • Troubleshooting deployment pipeline - identifying issues with your api based on restrictions through a deployment pipeline is difficult. If a quality assurance environment is less stringent than a production environment, making sure your api is accessible and configured appropriately is tough.
  • Code level scripting is limited to javascript and xslt. so if any complex fanning needs to occur, you are limited in tooling.
  • Administration is more cumbersome than it needs to be. There are roles/profiles that are defined, but to use a group email for the approval or use of an api needs to managed better. A more thorough thought process needs to be defined - which I think IBM is tackling as an improvement.
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Likelihood to Renew

Alfresco ECM9.0
Based on 9 answers
As per the current market and the line of products that are available for content and document management system, Alfresco is a very good option compared to other systems in terms of features and cost. Plus the community support is great. Also since the product is open source, it can be extended or understood in a better way.
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Implementation

Alfresco ECM9.0
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Process was relatively smooth and overall, downtime minimal. MSI was very responsive to our needs and made the transition easier than it otherwise might have been.
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Alternatives Considered

- Alfresco provides more capabilities by leveraging open source components. The core architecture itself is JCR compliant which gives easy options for future migrations.- The PDF rendition in Alfresco comes with LibreOffice at no additional cost. - Alfresco support integrations using common industry standards like CMIS, REST, CIFS, FTP, WebDAV, SharePoint Protocol etc.- Workflow development much easier in Alfresco.
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There are a lot of similarities between Apigee Edge and IBM API Management. Some of the differences at the time of this posting is...1) IBM APIM/C integrates better with other products. Dynatrace is used to track API and service specifics with the ability to offload those statistics for operational reporting.2) If you are evolving from DataPower, IBM API Management is a logical choice to support additional REST APIs.3) Generating keys is simple. Integration of those keys with a secure data vault is easy as well for your consumer.
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Return on Investment

  • Reduce the stress of [making] several copies of paper
  • It transferred the captured document to the proper department
  • Reduce employment rate
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  • Centralizing on an API management platform was imperative. Being able to support SOAP UIs as well as REST APIs was required. Because of the tooling, service inventory and provisioning can be managed - regardless of the pricing and cost structures are used.
  • Constructing plans that provide tiering options based on rate limits help in onboarding new consumers. The lesser cost in onboarding through an API gateway outweighs the cost of modifying/configuring an API to handle multiple clients.
  • Defining guidance and onboarding practices while rolling out the product also helps in the adoption, reference architecture, and governance that can save your company money.
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Pricing Details

Alfresco ECM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

IBM API Management

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details