Synerge Group Chooses Alfresco to Power Green Agenda
Helps Global Clients Comply With Environmental Regulatory Standards, Including ISO 14001; Manages Business-Critical Documents by Approved Tiered Access to Users From Any Web ConnectionLONDON—March 18, 2008 – Alfresco Software, Inc., the leader in open source enterprise content management (ECM), today announced that Synerge Group, a leading environmental regulatory compliance consultant, has selected Alfresco’s document management solution to provide tiered access to time-critical regulatory and “Right To Know” documentation to its worldwide customer base.
Synerge Group, located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, provides professional services to manufacturers and product designers of technical and chemical products to ensure they have the proper documentation and procedures to comply with environmental regulations around the world. Generally, the group’s clients manufacture products that have some inherent environmental consequences or impact, or that produce certain manufacturing environmental risks.
Synerge uses Alfresco as a document management and content repository for each of its clients to store and properly manage the myriad business-critical documents associated with environmental regulatory information. A key to the system’s unique properties is the ability to confidentially review policies and procedures across department, corporate and even international boundaries to achieve cross-functional consensus. With Alfresco, Synerge’s multiple clients have secure access to their own information, while Synerge administers the back end. Each client has its own custom access and repository.
“Alfresco allows us to create a digital library that keeps all of our clients’ documents and compliance paperwork organized and secure,” said Tracie M. Zamiska, system administrator, Synerge Group. “We can use Alfresco’s hierarchical security structure to allow contractors and compliance officers to view only the necessary paperwork, instead of giving them blanket access. Furthermore, Alfresco’s guest option lets consumers view all important public documentation without having to sign in.”
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has set environmental management standards (EMS) to help organizations minimize how their operations negatively affect the environment, and to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and other environmental requirements. ISO 14001 is the standard by which such organizations are assessed. While the ISO defines itself as a non-governmental organization, its ability to set standards that often become law, either through treaties or national standards, makes it more powerful than most non-governmental organizations. While all ISO standards are optional, they provide guidelines for creating policies and procedures that help corporations stay current with changes in the financial and environmental communities. These constituencies are increasing their demands for accountability and verification of suitable “right to know” policies.
Synerge Group provides its clients with the professional expertise to complete EMS reports to comply with ISO 14001. By evaluating its clients’ current EMS and health and safety protocols, it provides risk management and training support to help lead them toward compliance, and concurrently updates their business standards and protocols to ensure ISO compliance.
Alfresco has seen major adoption of its open source ECM system throughout the world. The company now has more than 300 customers, including the American Stock Exchange, Boise Cascade, Christian Science Monitor, Informa and the Nebraska State Legislature. The community version of Alfresco's open source ECM has been downloaded 1 million times.