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Alfresco ECM

Make sure that if you are the person implementing the Alfresco software that you know what the major revision upgrades are.
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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
7.6
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
8.4
IBM API Management
Records management
Alfresco ECM
7.8
IBM API Management
Content search & retrieval
Alfresco ECM
7.2
IBM API Management
Enterprise content collaboration
Alfresco ECM
7.3
IBM API Management
Content publishing & creation
Alfresco ECM
7.0
IBM API Management
Security, risk management & information governance
Alfresco ECM
7.6
IBM API Management
Contract lifecycle management
Alfresco ECM
7.6
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

  • One of the standout features available on this enterprise digital document management system is the workflow and collaboration options it includes. This solution lets you easily share files with certain members of your team. You can also route documents to certain individuals for approval or review.
  • Alfresco also offers social tools. You can view an activity feed and see what is happening with content. You can also “like” and “follow” certain creators or content. Additionally, Alfresco offers the ability to publish your content directly to certain websites and social media networks.
  • Alfresco provides all of the necessary features for finding, editing and storing documents. You can open existing documents and edit them. Version control options are available, allowing you to access and view the most recent and previous versions of a document. There are also document imaging capabilities and the option to store your files and documents on the Alfresco cloud.
  • Additionally, this enterprise content management software is accessible on mobile devices. You can view content on these devices and even make changes. This is a valuable tool that makes working on the go much easier and more enjoyable.
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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

  • This enterprise CMS does not provide backup capabilities and it is lacking several support resources including FAQs and live chat.
  • Alfresco Share platform is good but to create pages , using dashlets is a tedious task in Surf platform. Some automation similar to Liferay Studio is required.
  • Alfresco Backup/Restore strategies needs improvement.
  • Alfresco Customization/Extension process needs improvement.
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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
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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

Java based open source wide community and popular ECM which is used by fortune 500 companies.
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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

  • One company has replaced the Documentum with Alfresco and it has created a positive impact on ROI, as the cost of Alfresco is less compared to Documentum.
  • Another company has used this platform to store Statement of work documents with integration of SFDC., The business is happy to see the integration is seamless.
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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