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Alfresco ECM is a free enterprise content management system for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems. It comes in three editions: Alfresco Community Edition is free software, licensed open source. Alfresco One is commercially & proprietary licensed open source, open standards and enterprise scale. Its design is geared towards users who require a high degree of modularity and scalable performance. Alfresco in the Cloud is the SaaS version of Alfresco, billed as suitable for relatively smaller teams that don't need the customizability available in Alfresco One.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/0o/jl/75PA3Z9J2MVL.pngAlfresco Document Management ReviewWe use Alfresco to manage digital documents for both our HR department and Student Records departments. We have over 12,000 employees and 85,000 students who's records are all managed using Alfresco and a combination of a custom interface and back end process applications.,Document Management - The ability to store documents, manage custom aspects and metadata. Plus full control over versioning of documents with the ability to check in and out. Custom API's - Alfresco supports multiple API's both internal and external and pretty much allows you to customize and integrate with any application Searching - Lucene and SOLR which are integreated into Alfresco offer a multitude of ways to find documents/folders. Auditing - They have a fairly powerful (although somewhat confusing) auditing system that lets you audit almost any action or service.,Documentation can be challenging -There can be pages of documentation on features and api methods, but they often lack real world examples and are quite often out of date Early adoption of features can be problematic - Alfresco seems to change quickly and often trying to use newer features can be frustrating. Especially when they keep tweaking/modifying functionality between versions. There has been cases (IE: Records Management) where they've completely re-worked how it works. Customization of share interface seems cludgy and sometimes limiting,9,Instant document lookup - No paper files to mail which saves in all areas of postage, truck delivery, physical storage warehouse space, printing, etc No longer losing important documents - Previously with paper files things would go missing and those could be costly reports/assessments. Ability to secure documents and provide access to only those who should be allowed to see that content,EMC Documentum,MS SharePoint,10,Implemented in-houseAlfresco: Best ECM solution on the marketAlfresco is a document management system that can be implemented in a lot of different use cases. It can be used as the central DMS across the whole company, or dedicated to a specific use in a department. Alfresco is highly configurable and customizable that makes really interesting this solution.,Alfresco is able to handle a very large number of documents without requiring huge server capacity. Alfresco is able to connect to the cloud solution and to share documents with an external organisation without security issues. Alfresco implements standards like CMIS, and provides very simple integration points.,Alfresco is a bundle of technology packaged together, so this solution requires a lot of expertise if you want to customize a lot your solution.,9,Sometimes, to switch from a paper world to an electronic world can be painful for users. Because of its flexibility, Alfresco is always welcomed by end users. Alfresco becomes really a tool that help the user and not a constraint.,MS SharePoint,Nuxeo,10Alfresco ECM ReviewAlfresco is Open Source Enterprise Content Management System. This product was used by my organization to sell CMS based product to other clients/customers of different domains. Alfresco was used by whole organization. This enterprise CMS does not provide backup capabilities and it is lacking several support resources including FAQs and live chat.,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.,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.,9,Popular and open source Enterprise content Management system. It can fit easily on any variety of client/customer for small/large buissness Provides many out of box features. Community version is free/open to use so small business owners can use all features without investing.,EMC Documentum,Magnolia (V5 and later versions),exo,Drupal,Magento,9Alfresco - Great product for ECMI have been helping several business entities, including both commercial and government organizations to implement Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions using Alfresco. Alfresco is an open source product and offers a variety of features and tools to help more easily find and access documents, edit files and share data. Alfresco has built-in workflow engine, which allows routing documents to certain individuals for approval or review. One of the important aspects in ECM is content life cycle. Alfresco has record management module, which is DoD 5015.02 Certified. From an architecture point of view, it's SOA offers a lot of service interfaces, such as, node service, content service and search service. Alfresco leverages the spring framework and heavily uses Restful Webscripts for its UI components. It provides good extension point for customization and integration. It has persistent backend (database and file system). Its cloud storage provides solution to the case where the documents need to be shared across different organizations. In addition to web and mobile access, for the communication tool, it supports CIFS, WebDAV, FTP. I highly recommend this product.,Tools to access documents, edit files and share data Easy for customization and integration Open source, knowledge sharing, etc,Performance monitoring and tuning Solr search capability to handle very large content repository,9,It increases employee efficiency,,9Alfresco-ReviewOur Company CIGNEX Datamatics is platinum partner of Alfresco and I have implemented Alfresco based customised solutiuon for many clients specially in healthcare domain. we have implemeneted automated health care provider recruitment solution using alfresco content management and workkflow capabilities.,Alfresco workflow capabilities which is easy to impelent and provides all kind of serial and parallel workflow implementation. Alfresco CIFS implementation which allows us to implemente business rules for importing scanned documents directly in alfresco through CIFS location and process it based on busines rules. Alfresco webscripts allows us to integrate Alfresco and liferay portal.,Alfresco Mobility Alfresco Cloud,8,It resduced total cost of ownership pensource,EMC Documentum,HP TeamSite,8Alfresco is great at what it does good.Alfresco is being used across whole organization, it solves content management and document integrity.,The out of the box Alfresco is very good. Easy customization. Support from Alfresco is great.,Using YUI (Yahoo User Interface) for id's makes my job in Quality Assurance tough.,7,The Community version is open source so the ROI on that is great.,none,9,10,12Alfresco: Document Management SystemAlfresco is being used in our organization by allowing us to upload our part prints, invoices, and engineering documents that our business uses everyday. It is currently being used by all of our employees in several different departments throughout our organization. It mainly addresses the issue of collaboration.,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.,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.,8,Faster information to the shop floor Electronic fileing of our parts and drawings Increased employee efficiency,10Alfresco - A Great Option for Your Enterprise Content Management NeedsSony Pictures Entertainment started using Alfresco in 2009. They started with migrating data from Stellent (their then existing document management system) to Alfresco. Alfresco was mainly introduced at Sony Pictures to become their primary software applications' document management system. Their existing system Stellent had lot of issues and the cost of licensing etc. was very high. Currently Alfresco is used at Sony Pictures across the whole organization. Mainly it serves as their software applications' document management system.,First of all, Alfresco is newly developed compared to old content management systems, so it has adopted some of the best practices and it has avoided the problems faced by earlier systems. Alfresco is open source so it is very easy to find problems if any and to extend it. The cost of licensing Alfresco is very less compared to other systems. Alfresco does very well in performance, design, API design and has lot of great features such as auto PDF conversion, auto compression, etc. The customer support and community support is very good.,Some more APIs can be added although the existing APIs very well provide the required features. Their other tools such as collaboration, etc need to be marketed well so that companies adopt Alfresco as a whole package. Alfresco needs to be on the lookout for immediately introducing any new functions provided by other competitive products.,10,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.,Stellent Content Management System,Microsoft Sharepoint,10Alfresco (community edition) is good for small scale implementations.Alfresco was used as document management system for one of our clients alone with search and Alfresco Share. It was used for one department. It was hard to resource for the products and we didn't have an inbuilt search mechanism.,Easy to develop Workflows Simple and controlled Web Content Management for HTML based websites Good in Document Management System,Web Content Management should be matured Internal Search Workflow customization with external applications,7,With Community Edition, it is cost effective. On a long run with Enterprise support, it seems to be costlier. Need more matured Web2.0 features.,6
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We have too much invested into it now to choose a different product. We have been using them from almost the beginning, and have seen decent improvements in documentation, functionality and customer support.
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The Alfresco market is bigger and bigger and it's logic. It's really a product that provides innovation quite often. Alfresco implements the standard CMIS 1.1 (before that the standard has been published), they provides interesting tools like IPhone apps or Android apps. The latest 4.2 version provides as well a new re-branded user interface.
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We have been using Alfresco for last 6 years. Alfresco has implemented new features accordingly to the market, so company wise it also doing great.
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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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Feature Scorecard Summary

Content capture & imaging (2)
7.1
File sync, storage & archiving (3)
8.0
Document management (4)
8.1
Records management (3)
7.2
Content search & retrieval (4)
7.1
Enterprise content collaboration (4)
7.7
Content publishing & creation (2)
7.0
Security, risk management & information governance (3)
6.5
Contract lifecycle management (3)
7.2
Automated workflows (1)
7
Artificial intelligence (1)
8
Mobile support (1)
8
Integration (1)
9

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Alfresco ECM is a free enterprise content management system for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems. It comes in three editions: Alfresco Community Edition is free software, licensed open source. Alfresco One is commercially & proprietary licensed open source, open standards and enterprise scale. Its design is geared towards users who require a high degree of modularity and scalable performance. Alfresco in the Cloud is the SaaS version of Alfresco, billed as suitable for relatively smaller teams that don't need the customizability available in Alfresco One.

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