Why we selected Alfresco – City of Denver

August 12th, 2010 by Paul Hampton

The City and County of Denver located in Colorado has a population of over 600,000 people and is the 21st largest city in the United States. It has a Mayor form of government and employs more than 10,000 people with an operating budget of $1 billion.

As a result of the decentralized IT environment, Denver acquired 14 separate document management systems, including EMC Documentum, Microsoft SharePoint. This required Technology Services to maintain multiple systems, which was both costly and time consuming. Document sharing was also burdensome. In addition, scanned document applications, such as the City’s contract and financial records application, were difficult to use and did not provide the required security and auditing functionality.

Denver needed to implement one centralized document management system that could serve as a platform for all its document and content applications and they chose Alfresco.

“We are extremely excited to leverage Alfresco as the document management platform for our City. Alfresco’s support for open standards, flexible architecture, rich functionality and low cost means that we can begin to standardize on one ECM system while being mindful of budgetary constraints.” Chuck Fredrick, Director, Enterprise Applications for the City of Denver.

In these video interviews Al Rosabal, Deputy CIO, talks about their experience with Alfresco:

Why the City of Denver selected Alfresco

Document Management at the City of Denver

Read the detailed City of Denver case study

Alfresco’s Content Services for IBM Lotus

January 18th, 2010 by Paul Hampton

This year at Lotusphere, Alfresco Software is demonstrating the technical preview of Alfresco Content Services for IBM Lotus®. The integration between the Alfresco open source enterprise content management (ECM) system and IBM Lotus social collaboration products extends to Lotus Quickr, Lotus Notes, Lotus Connections and WebSphere Portal.

The video below shows the integration between IBM Lotus and Alfresco

Video Blog: Alfresco and RightScale – Open Source and the Cloud

December 16th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

VAR Guy interview with Alfresco Chief Marketing Officer Ian Howells – Reviewing the new cloud relationship with RightScale.

Listen closely and you’ll hear some key points… Including:

  • 0:24: The state of Alfresco — who they are and where they’re going
  • 1:10: Alfresco momentum — downloads, registrations and subscribers
  • 1:50: The largest private open source company in the world?
  • 2:0o: Alfresco, RightScale partner in the cloud
  • 2:50: Balancing the cloud vs. on-premise debate
  • 3:20: The rise of content applications
  • 3:45: Cloud hype vs. reality
  • 4:22: The message for channel partners
  • 5:42: Alfresco’s 2010 priorities
  • 7:40: Will open source companies pursue IPOs?
  • 8:00: The winner-take-all scenario in open source
  • 8:50: The managing toward IPO mindset

Video Blog: Introducing Alfresco Community Edition 3 2 (Webcast Trailer)

July 16th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

This webinar, delivered by Alfrescos Paul Hampton & Mike Farman, introduces the new features released in Alfresco Community Edition 3.2.

Reducing costs, improving integration, increasing innovation and supporting regulatory requirements top the list of priorities for IT executives in 2009, according to a recent report issued by Forrester Research*. Alfresco has responded to each of these industry demands in developing enhancements to Alfresco Community Edition 3.2.

In addition to enabling mobile content management, streamlining email management and supporting open specifications and standards including CMIS and IMAP, Alfresco Community 3.2 also lays the groundwork for records management support for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 5015.2 certification in September 2009.

(Catch the full Webinar on the Alfresco Webcasts blog stream)

Video Blog: Alfresco In An Hour – Document Managment, WCM and Collaboration (Webcast Trailer)

July 15th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

Document Management:

Alfresco Document Management captures, shares and retains content, enabling users to version, search and simply build their own content applications. All with the tools they use today.

  • See how the Alfresco repository is as easy to use as a regular shared drive.
  • Learn how it integrates with Microsoft Office.
  • Learn the rules for content applications

Web Content Management:

Real people want the simplicity and familiarity of the tools they use everyday.

  • The mass of content in Wikipedia.
  • The freshness of content in Digg.
  • The ease of configurability and reuse of Google gadgets or Facebook pages.
  • And the low cost scalability of Web 2.0.

Learn how Alfresco Web Content Management delivers. Via:

  • Simple contribution by teams
  • The Alfresco Surf platform
  • Low-cost commodity scalability


Alfresco Share is a Facebook-like solution for the Enterprise. See how it works, and ho wit could work for you.

Alfresco software focuses on: 1. Low Cost

  • A low cost, open source, subscription model with minimal upfront investment that can be driven out of operating expense as opposed to capital expense. 2. Simplicity
  • Rapid deployment to deliver immediate business value. And rapid application development using pre-built components and lightweight scripting. 3. Choice
  • Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by reusing existing hardware, software and skills.
  • No lock-in to one ECM vendor or one stack.

(Catch the full Webinar on the Alfresco Webcasts blog stream)

Video Blog: Really Simple Document Management (Webcast Trailer)

July 15th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

Traditional document management has it roots in complex document vaults accessed by document librarians. Theses have been historically developed as large, complex, enterprise software applications.

This has caused document management system to be: * Complex and difficult to use * Very costly * Very low adoption rate typically 5% of users

The choice of a complex, robust document system or a simple to use system that lacks essential features has resulted in a very low adoption rate. The systems that users are familiar with and use are:

  • Shared Drive for storage
  • Email for Collaboration
  • Google for Search
  • Yahoo for categorization
  • Folder Structures and Content for Project Plans

Alfresco Document Management

Alfresco offers document management using familiar interfaces to get rapid user adoption built on a repository that offers transparent, out-of-sight services for full ECM.

(Catch the full Webinar on the Alfresco Webcasts blog stream)

Video Blog: Replacing your Shared Drive with Alfresco Using CIFS, WebDAV & FTP (Webcast Trailer)

July 15th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

Learn how you can replace your shared drive with a enterprise-class content management system. With no client software.

Alfresco’s Virtual File System interfaces provide CIFS (Common Internet File System), NFS (Network File System), WebDav (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access to your Alfresco content repositories making, Alfresco as easy to use as a shared drive

(Catch the full Webinar on the Alfresco Webcasts blog stream)

Video Blog: Alfresco – How to Configure CIFS (Common Internet File System) to Replace your Shared Network Drive

May 29th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

This video shows how it is easy to replace a shared, network folder with Alfresco. Giving users easy access to content management features.

Video Blog: Getting Started with Alfresco ECM

May 7th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

This video shows the how to get started with the Alfresco ECM system. It covers how to create users and groups, how to manage content and how to send content for review.

Video Blog: Getting Started with Alfresco Share

May 7th, 2009 by Paul Hampton

This video shows the how to get started with Alfresco Share. It covers how to create and use project collaboration sites within Alfresco Share – Learn how to combine traditional ECM with new Web 2.0 collaboration services.

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