Alfresco ECM

53 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

26 Ratings
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Score 7.6 out of 101

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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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Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Liferay Portal is a framework which comes with a fine grained security/permission model, (Web) Content Management, Authentication and Authorization, outbox portlets with different features to manage content or users. So if any business application has below questions then I can recommend not to use Liferay as a platform.
  • Application is big but not content or user driven.
  • Application with few static contents.
  • Application with batch transactions(DB) i.e. insert , update db records in batch.
  • Application with ERP capabilities.
  • Application with Big Data support.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

Alfresco ECM
7.7
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Content capture & imaging
Alfresco ECM
8.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
File sync, storage & archiving
Alfresco ECM
8.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Document management
Alfresco ECM
8.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Records management
Alfresco ECM
7.9
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Content search & retrieval
Alfresco ECM
7.1
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Enterprise content collaboration
Alfresco ECM
7.4
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Content publishing & creation
Alfresco ECM
7.0
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Security, risk management & information governance
Alfresco ECM
7.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Contract lifecycle management
Alfresco ECM
7.5
Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Pros

  • Collaboration - it is an excellent tool for collaboration and makes it very easy for several people to work on projects together.
  • Scripting - If there is something that Alfresco does not do natively, you can use their custom API to do almost anything that you want.
  • Interface - The interface of the application is nice and neat, and is very easy to use and understand.
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  • OpenSource: Liferay is open source portal framework so developers can easily extend or customize it for their organization or department based on their requirement.
  • OutOfBox: Liferay Portal is not only a portal platform. It also provides a 60+ applications and tools included in the form of portlets. These portlets are available out of the box or in the form of plugins.
  • MarketPlace: Liferay has it own market place (i.e app store) where developer or contributors are contributing their ideas (application) so community can use it freely (some are paid).
  • Enterprise-Ready Portal Solution: It is fully ready to support mission-critical, enterprise applications in an environment configured for multiple redundancies and 24/7 up-times.
  • High Availability and High Performance: Liferay Portal has been tested to support more than 3,000 concurrent transactions (33,000 simultaneous users) on a single 8-core application server, with mean login times under one second and maximum ½ throughput of 79+ logins per second. Liferay Portal has proven to handle millions of page views and over 1.3 million users.
  • Liferay Portal is also deployable to the Cloud and virtual server environments and ensures high availability and performance with: Hardware/Software Load Balancing, HTTP Failover, Session Replication
  • Distributed Cache using Lightweight Multicast Protocol
  • Terracotta, Oracle RAC, and other scalability solutions
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Cons

  • Workflows - I believe that creating workflows from the API is a little cumbersome. I think that they could package a few more generic workflows or it could be a little easier to create one.
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  • Portal Security: It has good security model but in few areas it requires improvement.
  • Encrypt LDAP passwords on import
  • Log in should be via SSL by default
  • Upgrade/patch process should include an alert in the control panel
  • Add virus scan for uploaded files
  • Server Administration
  • Garbage Collector should be able to be scheduled to run from the control panel
  • Reindexing should be able to be scheduled from the control panel
  • Provide GUI to change the default Liferay favorite icon to any desired logo
  • LDAP mapping GUI to custom Liferay attributes
  • Configurations: Less configurations from properties files and provide more GUI to update from control panel.
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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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Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)10.0
Based on 1 answer
We are currently using Liferay Portal and plan to keep using it.
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Implementation

Alfresco ECM9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

As already explained earlier, the cost of licensing and support comes down very much by using Alfresco compared to Stellent and Sharepoint. Plus the overall performance and feature set is much broader for Alfresco. Since it is a newly developed content management system, it combines the features and best practices from already existing systems.
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Alfresco: Very good CMS but not good for presentation or front end technology.Portofino: Not much scalable and high available CMS.eXo Platform: Slowly growing in market but not mature community like Liferay and less support from community.Microsoft SharePoint: Proprietary Software from Microsoft. Nuxeo ECM Platform: Picking up the market but not mature community and support from the community.
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Return on Investment

  • At Sony Pictures, Alfresco had a direct impact on efficiency. Since the documents upload was faster and more robust, the users across the departments were able to access the documents via their software applications very quickly and they no longer had to wait.
  • The cost of licensing and product support for content management was reduced.
  • The number of support calls for IT staff got reduced by huge margin.
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  • Liferay scales well both in terms of performance but also in terms of operational self-service and eases the burden on IT.
  • Compliance, Marketing and Client Engagement teams can create and modify content and submit it for approval. This results in lower operational costs in the areas of new private-label sites and maintenance of current sites because, prior to Liferay, site content management required expensive IT software engineering resources to implement compliance and marketing content changes.
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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

Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Email sales@liferay.com for pricing information.