Build a Business Case: Alfresco pays for itself in 10 months and can save you $1.3 million over three years.
That’s what was found in a recent study conducted by Forrester Consulting.
Alfresco’s ECM platform is an open source alternative that eliminates many of the costs of traditional ECM solutions: buying software licenses, hiring specialized developers and adding inefficient and often duplicated operations. Forrester found that when customers moved to Alfresco, they:
- Avoided $800,000 in upfront software licenses and 18% maintenance cost avoidance for years two and three
- Achieved IT maintenance cost savings of $244,000 over 3 years, plus ongoing cost savings from reduced duplication in administration, governance, and upgrades
- Reduced expensive developer resources by replacing expensive ECM specialists with Java developers, saving $195,000 over 3 years
- Avoided IT costs by using an open source stack, saving another $45,000 over 3 years
- Gained integration and development efficiencies, including productivity gains for IT staff netting a cost savings of $45,000
Based on the analysis, Alfresco customers enjoyed a 53% return on investment and received a net present value of nearly $455,000 over three years.
Beyond the savings you can see
When building a business case for Alfresco, there are upfront savings that provide clear, immediate return—and there are other advantages that are harder to quantify but no less significant.
In a knowledge economy, so much of our organization’s value is held within its content. What would it be worth to your organization to enable your people to easily exchange documents across the organization and to their mobile devices and wherever they are. Every organization can benefit from Alfresco, and the ability to quantify those benefits may be different for every organization.
Consider these factors:
- Where is your organizations’ most important content today? What is ultimately the value of these documents to your organization.
- Could accessing and sharing these documents more efficiently—wherever and whenever your staff needs them—provide gains throughout the organization?
- Alfresco could maximize your organization’s investment in tablets. It could also prevent your organization from making additional investments in expensive laptops for mobile workers.
- What gains can you achieve if more individuals could efficiently collaborate on documents together? Could you speed completion of important projects? Could you maintain a more efficient knowledge transfer when new individuals are added to projects?
- Could you improve the culture of collaboration by giving more individuals the power to rate and promote important content and ideas?