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Alfresco Highlights Customer ROI with Winners of Credit Crunch Innovation Awards

Companies honoured for creative and cost-effective implementations of Alfresco open source technology

LONDON—June 30, 2009 — Alfresco Software, Inc., today announced the winners of its Credit Crunch Innovation Awards, which recognizes companies for creative and innovative uses of Alfresco’s open source enterprise and web content management, collaboration and document management tools to lower costs and deliver business efficiency in today’s challenging market.

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This year’s winners include:

Credit Crunch Innovation of the Year

Global Winner – Harvard Business Publishing (HBP)


HBP’s mission is to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world by serving as a bridge between academia and enterprises around the globe through its publications. HBP recently migrated from proprietary, closed-source repositories to a more agile and open source Alfresco-based infrastructure for both enterprise and Web content, in which its digital content was being managed by Alfresco’s enterprise content management (ECM) solution. As a result, HBP has unleashed content across the enterprise, resulting in improved employee productivity, faster digital product development, improved Web content production cycles, more revenue-generating opportunity and lower operating costs.

“Alfresco allowed us to move away from expensive proprietary enterprise content management systems and take advantage of the flexibility, cost savings and low risk that comes with open source,” said Martha Stephenson, senior project manager at Harvard Business Publishing. “Alfresco’s solution helped to put the control of content into the hands of the business units to more quickly and easily publish content for both print and web audiences.”

Public Sector Credit Crunch Innovation

Americas Winner – Small Business Administration (SBA)


The SBA was created as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. The SBA implemented Alfresco’s Web content management (WCM) software to reduce costs and improve the performance of its business.gov Web site, which is the official business link to the U.S. Federal government managed by SBA. The benefits of implementing Alfresco have included cost savings, speed of implementation and the ability to publish content at a much faster pace.

EMEA Winner – Flemish Government

The Flemish Government has an online collaboration tool for the management of generic and specific social service information products for 40 local communities in the Flemish Brabant region. Using Alfresco’s WCM solution, the organization has been able to streamline efforts saving both time and money as well as more easily integrate different workflows for more than 300 products that have to be complete before publishing and must be adaptable by local authorities for each individual Web site.

Commercial Sector Credit Crunch Innovation

Americas Winner – Sesame Workshop


Sesame Workshop is the educational organization that changed television with the legendary Sesame Street. As the single largest informal educator of young children, local Sesame Street programs produced in countries as diverse as South Africa, Bangladesh and India are making a difference in over 120 nations. Sesame leveraged Alfresco WCM to allow more than 100 content managers to manage more than 10 TB of data/assets consisting more than 3000 video and 400 games on a revamped site that serves more than 1.5 million unique visitors per month.

EMEA Winner - Saint Gobain

Saint Gobain is a world leader in the production, processing and distribution of construction products, high-performance materials and packaging. Deploying Alfresco as the standard document management solution across Saint-Gobain Group worldwide, the company has been able to completely integrate with the Group portal, overcoming technology challenges to ultimately improve overall business management.

Credit Crunch Innovation Awards finalists included CRIX International, TravelMuse, Warren County Correctional Center, North-West University (South Africa) and EADS. Winners were selected by a panel of judges, including Matt Aslett, enterprise software analyst at The 451 Group, Ron Miller, freelance technology writer and contributing editor to EContent, Alfresco CEO John Powell and Alfresco VP of Business Development Matt Asay. Winners were able to select their choice of reward of either a charitable donation or an alternative prize.

“These awards honor companies using Alfresco in innovative ways to build IT architectures that are more cohesive, interoperable and ultimately more cost-effective, and we are pleased to acknowledge all of those organizations that have turned to Alfresco to deliver immediate value in today’s cost-conscious environment,” commented John Powell, CEO of Alfresco Software.

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