NetworkWorld - Lotus gets open source infusion from Alfresco

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Alfresco Wednesday said it would ship this spring software to integrate its content management software with the lineup of IBM Lotus software, notably Lotus Quickr.

The company said it would unveil Alfresco Content Services for Lotus social collaboration software next week at IBM's annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando.

Quickr is team collaboration and content management software. IBM/Lotus already offers integration software called Lotus Quickr services for IBM FileNet that marry Quickr and IBM's FileNet Content Manager.

Kathleen Reidy, senior analyst with The 451 Group, says the Alfresco software gives users a lighter weight and easier to use option for ECM when compared to FileNet. "IBM can't tell customers evaluating Lotus vs. [Microsoft] SharePoint that they need to use FileNet if they want ECM. That is what this Alfresco integration says to me," she says.

Alfresco executives said the REST architecture played a big role in the quick integration between the two platforms as did support for the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard. IBM officials called it a match made in CMIS heaven.

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