Friday, July 13, 2007


There's been an interesting development in the area of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) space during the last couple of years, that goes by the name Alfresco. I've been meaning to write about it for quite some time when I got tickled again by one recent email of theirs, announcing the release of Alfresco Community 2.1. For those of you not familiar with it who still think that ECM is all about boring apps organizing boring docs made by boring cos, think again. Alfresco is open source based on best-of-breed technologies, including Spring, Hibernate, Lucene, jBPM, MyFaces, Rhino etc and providing a rich set of interfaces like CIFS/SMB, FTP, WebDAV, Web Services, REST. It was started in 2005 by John Newton co-founder of Documentum and John Powell, former COO of Business Objects and has since been downloaded some 600,000 times and installed at more than 12,000 sites and going strong. I wonder what the implications will be on the likes of IBM (FileNet), Interwoven and Oracle.