Ricoh and Alfresco Announce Agreement
Alfresco aligns with Ricoh Americas Corporation to enhance the content management capabilities of its multifunction products
BOSTON, April 17th, 2007 –Alfresco Software, Inc., the leading provider of open source enterprise content management solutions, today announced it has aligned with Ricoh Americas Corporation, the leading provider of digital office equipment, to enhance the content management capabilities of its multifunction products.
Ricoh has selected Alfresco to satisfy customer demand for leading content management functionality. Ricoh wanted a system with a modern architecture based on open standards with the ability to scale from embedded to enterprise applications. The open source model was also seen as being more cost effective, while still allowing Ricoh to protect any core customizations and intellectual property.
"We see Alfresco as a critical building block that will enhance our solutions," said Hede Nonaka, Senior Vice President, Document Solutions and Services Division, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "Flexible open standards-based software like Alfresco will allow us to build better products at lower cost than proprietary systems, offering our customers better value."
Ricoh is moving towards open source systems and has decided to work with Alfresco as it offers a system with a modern modular architecture, a small footprint less than 40Mb in size and the most scalable, standards-based JSR-170 repository. Alfresco is recognized as the leading open source ECM system provider and offered the first embeddable ECM system in October 2005.
“Alfresco is excited to have been selected by Ricoh and sees this as a major opportunity to create an industry leading content application,” said John Powell, CEO, Alfresco Software Inc. “Alfresco allows our partners to focus on their core engineering and accelerate time to deployment with a robust ECM that is simple to use, simple to rollout and simple to scale-out enterprise-wide.
About Ricoh’s Document Solutions & Services Division
The Document Solutions & Services Division (DSS) of Ricoh Americas Corporation is leading the industry with a portfolio of solutions that transform paper documents into information that easily integrates into existing business workflows to measurably improve document workflow efficiencies. DSS is committed to creating new “document-centric” customer value that will revolutionize how individuals and businesses use digital and paper-based information.
DSS offers a complete package of products, services and support programs to all our channels, comprising of direct and indirect operations under the Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner and Lanier brands.
Ricoh Americas Corporation, headquartered in West Caldwell, N.J., is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., the 71-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2005 sales in excess of $17 billion, a 5.6 percent increase over the previous year.
Alfresco Software, Inc., the first and the leading open source alternative for enterprise content management. It is the first company to bring the power of open source to the enterprise content management market, enabling unprecedented scale and a much lower total cost of ownership than proprietary systems. Founded by a team of content management veterans that includes the co-founder of Documentum, John Newton and former COO of Business Objects, John Powell. Alfresco is based in London. For more information, visit www.alfresco.com.