Alfresco Software, open-source providers of ECM (Enterprise Content Management) and BPM (Business Process Management) solutions, has announced updates to their Alfresco One and Alfresco Activiti offerings to deliver an open approach to digital transformation goals, providing the flexibility needed to meet evolving business process requirements, allowing customers to work seamlessly with interoperability across business functions, plus increase value from managed content.
Carl Lehmann, research analyst at 451, commented: “ECM and BPM are converging into a market we refer to as PCM (Process and Collaboration Management). Rival vendors vying for share in this new market will be compelled to prove how they can help their customers and prospects run their businesses better through process improvements, enhanced collaboration and easier ways to exploit content and media.” He added: “Alfresco’s evolving business strategy is set up to do just that.”
Businesses will benefit from the tight integration of ECM and BPM solutions that have been designed and built to work together, pulling process and content into one solution that helps to simplify the workflow as well as improve customer service. In addition, approval flows and content that is relevant is captured, helping businesses meet their compliance requirements.
John Newton, co-founder and CTO of Alfresco, said: “Because every piece of content is tied to a business process and vice versa, an integrated content management and business process solution can deliver great value to enterprise and government. Alfresco’s modern and open approach to these solutions has always recognised this critical interdependency.” He added: “This integration raises the bar across the industry and demonstrates Alfresco’s commitment to providing a better alternative to legacy approached to how content and processes need to be managed in today’s business environment.”
Alfresco One 5.1’s now includes:
- Easy Content Model Management allows non-technical users to configure Alfresco to a specific business data model in a ‘no code’ environment that embeds more intelligence into managed content.
- Smart Folders make it easy for users to access content based on ‘what it is’, providing a consumer-like ‘intelligent playlist’ experience.
- Additional APIs in the core platform supporting broader customisations, increased flexibility and system reliability to address a range of use cases.
- Improved search capabilities and usability powered by open-source SOLR technology with advanced administration options supporting mass-scale deployments.
- Updated iOS and Android mobile apps and SDK for more app customisations.
- Supporting native-cloud technologies, e.g. Amazon Aurora.
Activiti 1.4 includes:
- Enhanced BPMN 2.0 process engine allowing for improved process forms, process model creation and performance enhancements.
- No-code development for business rules to automatically drive process decisions.
- Tighter integration with cloud file sync-and-share solutions, allowing Alfresco to bring process to the cloud world.
- Mobile support through a dedicated app.
Gregory Richardson, Senior IT Systems Analyst at City & County of Denver, said: “The new features in Alfresco One, specifically the ability to easily modify content models to address our unique needs, are a must-have for our agency and add great value to how our system analyst handles projects. We are currently in the process of implementing and integrating Activiti and intend to continue upgrades in 2017.”
Thomas De Meo, Vice President, Product Management, for Alfresco, added: “Alfresco’s goal has always been to provide one simple, smart and open platform to help companies address all of their content and process needs.” He added: “The integration of ECM and BPM in our platform is a big leap in that direction, empowering user productivity with easy to use and easy to integrate solutions, achieving enterprise scale and control with platform modularity and security, and future-readying enterprises by building upon today’s open standards.”