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Alfresco's Content Management and Workflow System Chosen for McGraw-Hill Higher Education's Custom Publishing

Alfresco's Enterprise Content Management and Workflow integrated into Primis

LONDON—November 08, 2006—Alfresco Software, Inc., the first and leading provider of an open source enterprise content management (ECM) solution, was chosen by Primis, McGraw-Hill Higher Education's custom-publishing system, and implemented by Fallon Consultants.

Alfresco's Enterprise Content Management and Workflow has been integrated into Primis, allowing instructors to create a print student resource or an ebook by choosing materials from more than 350,000 resources for use in college courses covering the humanities, social sciences, languages, mathematics, science, engineering, business and economics.

Through Primis, the first custom-publishing system created for the higher education market, instructors can build a custom book in four simple steps: select content, review and arrange, personalize and request a print copy or ebook. Alfresco worked with McGraw-Hill Higher Education to enhance the system's scalability and to build state-of-the-art taxonomies or categories making content selection more efficient. Previously, content was based on taxonomies of "Discipline," "Category," "Course" and "Subject." To move forward, it was necessary to migrate from using SQL queries against Oracle tables containing key-terms and text. It was also necessary to integrate to the existing "Primis Online Book Builder" Online Web front-end and content reporting and maintenance systems.

"Enterprise Content Management is critical to the publishing industry," said John Powell, CEO, Alfresco Software, Inc. "Alfresco is rapidly becoming the open source ECM standard for the publishing industry."

About Fallon Consultants

Fallon Consultants specializes in Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Digital Asset Management (DAM) and document workflow. Fallon Consultants is focused on using open source technology to reduce the time and cost necessary to deliver publishing solutions. For additional information, please visit



About Alfresco

Alfresco is the 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, visit

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