Leading UK Non Departmental Government Body Picks Alfresco For Powering Their Online Presence

Partnerships for Schools turn to Open Source Enterprise Content Management Solution For Low Cost and Ease of Use

LONDON – January 29, 2008 – Alfresco Software today announced that Partnerships for Schools, a leading U.K. Non-Departmental Government Body, has selected Alfresco document management, collaboration and web content management products for the company’s new portal, delivered by Ixxus – an Alfresco Gold partner in the UK.

PfS is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), wholly owned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) but jointly funded by DCSF and Partnerships UK. The organization works with local authorities and the private sector to rebuild or renew every one of England′s 3,500 state secondary schools during the 15-year lifetime of this unprecedented program of investment. The organization employs around 100 people to work with both local authorities and their private sector partners to deliver the program.

PfS have selected the Alfresco solution from Ixxus to facilitate information interchange between all parties, and internal access enabling the organization to benefit from the sharing of expertise, best practice and lessons learned, all of which are essential to the successful delivery of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) program.

Karl Hoods, Head of Information Systems at PfS said: “Access to information and sharing best practice and lessons learned is integral to the success of the BSF program, both within Partnerships for Schools and externally amongst the BSF community. PfS carried out an internal information audit and stakeholder consultation exercise which helped shape the way in which information is managed and delivered both internally and externally.

“We are confident that Alfresco provides a value for money solution to our information management needs and will support us in the delivery of our goals and targets throughout the lifetime of the program. The Alfresco open source platform provides us with a single end to end solution which not only delivers web services but is enabling us to comply with statutory obligations and Central Government standards.”

“Alfresco is putting new content management and web content management capabilities into the hands of CIOs and knowledge workers in a variety of enterprises,” commented John Powell, CEO, Alfresco Software. “We are finding that more and more Government organizations, as well as commercial organizations are using Alfresco to deliver Web 2.0 capabilities that are easy to use and integrate with their existing tools.”

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, Reed Managed Services, Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, Toshiba TEC Germany Imaging Systems, and Islington Council.. The community version of Alfresco's open source ECM has been downloaded over 1 million times.

Alfresco will be co-hosting the “Implementing EDRM in Local Government” seminar on 14 February in London.


About Alfresco Software, Inc.
Alfresco Software, Inc. is the first and 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, go to www.alfresco.com

About Ixxus Ltd.
Headquartered in London, UK, Ixxus is a leading consultancy and system integration company specializing in information management solutions. Ixxus has designed and delivered both enterprise content management and enterprise search solutions to some of the World’s largest commercial organizations, and to both Central and Local Government in the UK.

For more information, go to www.ixxus.com

About Partnerships for Schools.
Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is the delivery agency for Building Schools for the Future.

Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the largest single schools capital investment program for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew every one of England’s 3,500 state secondary schools during the lifetime of the program. PfS was established in April 2004 as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), and is operated and funded under a joint venture between DCSF (formerly DfES) and Partnerships UK.

For more information, go to http://partnershipsforschools.org.uk/