Alfresco Fuels Digital Enterprise with Hybrid ECM Platform Release
New ECM & BPM Enhancements Address Workplace Inefficiencies
Maidenhead, UK and San Mateo, CA – September 24th, 2014 – Alfresco Software today announced product innovation targeted at helping IT and business users thrive in the Era of the Digital Enterprise. Content, process and collaboration are at the heart of reinventing work in the digital world. Organizations are seeking new profit centers (or to enhance the delivery of existing products and services to their end customers), and to significantly reduce operational costs. With the release of Alfresco One Enterprise 5.0 and Alfresco Activiti Enterprise, Alfresco enables IT and business users with the next generation enterprise content management (ECM) platform and tools to bring greater employee engagement and operational efficiency for today’s digital evolution.
“Digital business is about people either using or considering to use the Web as the main business public thoroughfare and marketplace,” according to Gartner. “ECM needs to be reinvented for this new ‘place’ and ‘pace’ of business.” 1
Business and operational models from the 20th Century no longer scale as traditional enterprises face exponential growth in information, activity and connections. “Today’s Digital Enterprise will integrate information, processes, work and people to collaborate more efficiently and effectively to produce more valuable products and services,” said John Newton, CTO and Co-Founder of Alfresco Software. “It’s our responsibility to deliver simple + smart ECM business process solutions that contribute to a happy workplace and build a productive enterprise.“
Alfresco One Enterprise 5.0
Alfresco One Enterprise 5.0 is the most advanced release to date of Alfresco’s flagship ECM platform. It delivers a set of enhancements and modules targeted at increasing end user engagement and empowering IT to be more productive, while also making smarter decisions regarding business-critical processes and content. Most legacy ECM implementations fail due to lack of adoption across the enterprise. Most importantly they lack the secure, collaborative and mobile capabilities required by today’s business user. Alfresco’s successful adoption rate, with over 1800 scalable customer implementations, is predicated on its relentless focus to design a platform with the business end users in mind. It also delivers the security, performance and scalability IT / administrators expect of an enterprise-grade ECM platform.
Key enhancements in Alfresco One Enterprise 5.0 include:
- Deep seamless integration with Microsoft Office applications and Outlook email clients places Alfresco directly in the user’s workflow
- New live search capabilities with dynamic and filtered results help users easily find exactly what they need, in just a few clicks.
- High-fidelity HTML5 previews with live interactive text makes it easy to see what you are looking for, consistently across devices.
- Reporting & analytics deliver insights on content usage, workflow efficiencies and user activities.
- Hundreds of enhancements and platform updates have been implemented, including SOLR4, CMIS 1.1, content encryption, scalability features, hierarchical storage optimizations, administrative and deployment tools.
Alfresco Activiti Enterprise
Following on its initial release of Alfresco Activiti Enterprise in May of this year, Alfresco has also enhanced its BPM platform in order to provide maximum agility to enterprises, whether they are creating new business processes or re-engineering old (manual or inefficient) ones. The latest version of Alfresco Activiti Enterprise empowers less technical business users to play a role in process design and management.
New in this release are:
- Simple step-based process design with drag-and-drop forms designer and library
- Collaborative business process management with the Tasks app
- Easy process packaging and deployment with Process apps
- Process Analytics providing process statistics and performance reports
These end-user features are bundled into a tablet-friendly web application, which in conjunction with the Alfresco Activiti Administrator, Editor and Engine, form a full BPM suite. This suite is available as a service, through a true multi-tenant hosted offering from Alfresco, or as an on-premise offering with a range of editions. This includes an on-premise multi-tenant edition to allow large organizations to manage their BPM needs as an internal SaaS.
Alfresco One 5.0 is available Q4 2014.
Activiti is available in the cloud today and on-premise in Q4 2014.
Alfresco provides modern, enterprise content management (ECM) software built on open standards that enables organizations to unlock the power of their business-critical content. With the controls that IT demands and the simplicity that end users love, Alfresco's open source technology enables global organizations to collaborate more effectively across cloud, mobile, hybrid and on-premise environments. More than 1,800 organizations in 195 countries turn to Alfresco for its hybrid, enterprise-grade platform. Innovating at the intersection of content, collaboration and business process Alfresco manages over seven billion documents, powering the daily tasks of more than 11 million users worldwide. Select Alfresco customers include: Amnesty International, Cisco, DAB Bank, FOX, NASA, PGA TOUR, and Sony Entertainment. Founded in 2005, Alfresco’s UK headquarters are in Maidenhead, UK with U.S. headquarters in San Mateo, CA. Please visit us at http://www.alfresco.com.
1Gartner Market Trends: Reinvent ECM for the Place and Pace of Digital Business in 2014 and Beyond. Published: 23 October 2013 Analyst(s): Bianca Francesca Granetto, Tom Eid