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Westernacher becomes New Alfresco Platinum Partner

Alfresco business model achieves sustained success: German partner obtains Platinum status

Munich, November 25, 2008 - Alfresco Software announced today that its certified partner Westernacher Products & Services AG has achieved Platinum status in recognition of its considerable success with the implementation of the Alfresco ECM solution. This status, which has only been granted to two other European partners, is based on the excellent achievements of Westernacher who has already launched several new developments based on Alfresco Software in the market via successful customer projects.

“Since 2006, we have been partnering with Westernacher as a company that knows how to leverage the strengths of our applications with many problem-free implementations. With its solutions developed on Alfresco, Westernacher has demonstrated what advanced Enterprise Content Management can do for companies. The Platinum status honors this excellent achievement,” explains John Powell, President and CEO of Alfresco, commenting on the admission of Westernacher into the exclusive circle of Alfresco Platinum partners.

Westernacher Products & Services AG addresses the design and implementation of complex ECM solution based on Alfresco with a steadily growing team of certified consultants and software engineers. Among other products, the company offers its customers a plug-in that enables Open Office users to directly access the features of Alfresco.

The plug-ins that Westernacher developed in the context of customer projects also include the Outlook E-Mail Manager with its seamless integration with the mail client. Users can create messages either based on rules or drag & drop them into the corresponding Alfresco folders. Attachments are automatically extracted as required, which effectively offloads the mail server for email archiving. Another product highlight from the specialist company based on Bruchsal, Germany, is the Information Lifecycle Management Module that enables the compliant archiving of content and maximizes the usage of different storage media. The DocViewer enables users to view documents in 300 different formats directly in the browser environment and to add annotations (comments, stamps, blackened-out parts etc.).

“The technical excellence and the attractive Open Source model of Alfresco enable us to develop, in cooperation with our customers, innovative and sustainable solutions for document management, collaboration and Web Content Management, which, based on the wide variety of available interfaces, integrate seamlessly with existing and future application environments. We see the Platinum status as an encouragement to continue on this way together with Alfresco,” says Dr. Michael Schäfer, director of the ECM division and member of the management board of Westernacher.

The Alfresco customer base of the company from Bruchsal includes KLM/Air France, the German Federal Association of Notaries, the bar association of Munich, DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water), Hagos eG, Stadtwerke München GmbH, the Catholic Diocese of Würzburg and the German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food.