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Last week at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference, there was a plethora of announcements of new tools and services to help enterprises transition to the agility and flexibility of the virtual private cloud.  I also had the opportunity to talk with many companies reevaluating their content and process strategies in light of the increased pace of innovation that AWS and other IaaS providers have shown over the last few years. Those enterprises and government organizations are struggling with legacy solutions and want greater agility (for less cost) and IaaS vendors, such as AWS, are an attractive option.

Alfresco also made some key announcements that offer these organizations choice, either to move themselves to AWS, or have it done on their behalf so they can focus on their core business.  Either way, Alfresco on AWS combines the best of Alfresco’s modern, robust and flexible content and process-centric capabilities, with AWS’s underlying agile and scalable platform services. The combined offering provides organizations with the ability to control their own destiny with a powerful, highly configurable, scalable and open source platform.

A big theme in the AWS keynotes was empowerment and choice, and that’s consistent with what I have been saying about Alfresco too, as “one size fits all” rarely works for the complex organizations we serve.  The demand for faster “time to value” is universal, all customers want to get up to speed fast and deliver a great experience, but the tactics differ and fall into two camps. I classify our customers into two categories, the “DIY” (Do It Yourself) and “aaS” (as a Service) crowds.

Depending on the specific needs and internal skills of the organization, factors like internal DevOps and/or software development, existing vendor relationships, budget cycles, and focus of their internal resources, they either want to manage things themselves, or want it taken care of for them. DIY customers have prioritized their internal investments and employ skilled talent. They want the tools and knowledge to build a “center of excellence” for themselves.  The “aaS” organizations would rather spend resources on their own business opportunities and allocate funds to consuming delivered services. Every organization needs to have the ability to control their own destiny and have choices, and it was nice to hear Alfresco’s message align with the AWS keynotes.

One great aspect of being at an open source company is that I am able to provide tangible examples of where our roadmap is going. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself at https://github.com/Alfresco. Using the “accelerating time to value” mantra, we are building on our strengths, integrating process and content services together, with a rich set of ReST APIs that make it easy for customers and partners to deliver powerful, configurable solutions in a modern (Angular2) and beautiful (Google Material Design) set of application experiences.  Those experiences, either standalone or integrated into adjacent 3rd party apps, can be quickly configured and deployed to wherever the customer desires.

Having a robust, modern and open platform that encompass process, content and compliance capabilities, and knows what users are trying accomplish, gives Alfresco huge scope to help businesses optimize their organization and deliver digital transformation. I’m excited about helping organizations become more efficient, insightful, agile and scalable and see Alfresco as a way to help organizations globally not just compete and survive, but lead in their respective areas. Helping people with their process, content and compliance issues are all very common challenges and I believe we are at the nexus of an opportunity that the cloud and leaders like AWS is only accelerating. Stay tuned for much more from Alfresco.

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  • Danna

    I am curious about the privacy and security of using AWS, which is not mentioned in this article.

    • Richard Wiffin

      The security of AWS can be more secure that it is typically implemented with on premis’ systems. Through the use of Virtual Private Clouds (VPC’s) and security groups, it is possible to implement an environment that enables highly secure content collaboration and cloud content services.

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