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Alfresco’s Open Source Barometer Reveals that Enterprises are using a Mixed Microsoft, Java and AJAX Environment

Over 50% of Windows respondents use Java Architecture for Content Management

LONDON—November 11, 2008 — Alfresco Software today announced the results of the third global survey of trends in the use of open source software in the enterprise. The Alfresco Open Source Barometer survey is the largest open source enterprise infrastructure/stack survey. The report covers data provided by over 25,000 of Alfresco’s 74,000 community members during the period of April to September 2008.

The goal of this survey is to research how open source is used within the enterprise, as well as examine the growing impact of Enterprise 2.0 technologies and competitive systems such as Microsoft SharePoint. The survey shows how respondents evaluating Alfresco’s open source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software are using Windows, but rejecting .NET/Web parts and Silverlight, instead looking for an ECM solution based on a Java architecture and AJAX, with integrated Web 2.0 tools.

Key findings from the Alfresco Open Source Barometer survey include:

Microsoft Stack Adoption

  • 92% do not use or intend to use Silverlight;
  • 86% do not use or intend to use .NET/Web Parts;
  • 64% evaluate on Windows;
  • 53% use or intend to use a Java architecture; and,
  • 52% use or intend to use AJAX.

Open Source ECM and Enterprise 2.0

In an open source ECM environment:

  • 66% want a browser experience to access content which reflects a Web 2.0 experience;
  • The majority of users have no strong preference in their choice of blog or wiki. Logically the integrated blog or wiki will be used for ECM activities;
  • The majority of users have no strong preference for Business Process Management (BPM) or Business Intelligence (BI); and,
  • Where a preference is expressed, the open source market leader is chosen – for example: WordPress, MediaWiki or JBoss, and Business Objects for BI.
  • Open Source Infrastructure

The results for infrastructure usage are consistent with the previous Open Source Barometer surveys:

  • Red Hat and Ubuntu continue to lead in operating system usage;
  • User preference for evaluating on Windows and deploying on Linux is maintained; and,
  • In the category of Application Server, Tomcat continues to dominate at 67% and JBoss is in second place with 15%.

“One of the survey’s goals was to examine the impact of SharePoint on the open source ECM market,” said Dr Ian Howells, CMO, Alfresco Software. “This survey drilled down further, examining specifically the Windows sub-set. The majority of open source users evaluate on Windows but 86% do not use .NET/Web Parts and 95% do not use Silverlight. The survey found that over 50% of respondents use a Java architecture and AJAX. One conclusion is Windows respondents are looking for an open source alternative to SharePoint and want a Java architecture. This further demonstrates how organizations are increasingly using a mixed open source and proprietary environment.”

Alfresco’s Open Source Barometer asks respondents (who are either joining the Alfresco community or evaluating Alfresco software) their technology preferences in order to capture the latest information about how companies are evaluating and deploying open source and proprietary software stacks together in the enterprise. In addition to asking users about their preferences in operating systems, application servers and portals, the most recent survey includes new data on social collaboration tools such as wikis, blogs, as well as business process management, business intelligence, architecture and rich internet applications.

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About Alfresco

Alfresco is an enterprise open-source software company focused on advancing the flow of digital business. The company provides a better, more effortless way for people to work, making sure they have the information they need, exactly when they need it most. The Alfresco Digital Business Platform is an open, modern, secure platform that intelligently activates process and content to accelerate the flow of business. It provides the fastest path for people to interact with information and for companies to respond to changing business needs. Alfresco helps over 1300 industry-leading organizations build solutions where content finds users, processes dynamically adapt to changing needs enabling global companies to be more responsive and competitive. Alfresco’s customers include Cisco, Bank of NY Mellon, Liberty Mutual, Capital One, US Department of Navy, and NASA. Founded in 2005, Alfresco has U.S. headquarters in San Mateo, California and European headquarters in Maidenhead, UK. For more information on Alfresco, please visit

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