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Open Source Adoption Gains Momentum in UK as Crunch Takes Hold

Alfresco sees strong customer momentum; Posts record quarter as UK rises to second place

London, UK. – 13th October, 2008 – Alfresco Software today announced that despite the global economic downturn, it has witnessed record levels of customer adoption in the UK as businesses rethink their proprietary software strategies, turning to more cost effective and scalable open source alternatives.

In a reversal of trends seen during the second half of 2007, UK companies and government agencies are seeking greater value for money when it comes to renewing their software licenses, or embarking on new projects. In addition, the UK, previously viewed as cautious over open source adoption in comparison to its European counterparts, showed the second strongest growth market after the US.

Across UK industries, new customers such as Arcadia Petroleum, Bristol City Council, Hertsmere Council, Imprima, National Rail, The Open Group and Screen Digest are in the process of rolling out Alfresco open source solutions for both Enterprise and Web Content Management. These customers are just some of the organizations that have recognized that in an economic downturn, value and control of your costs are what is critical. Open source is delivering a massive reduction in license fees while allowing a customer to control cost today and in the future through choice and support of standards without the traditional tie-in of proprietary software. This is coupled with a subscription that provides traditional enterprise-class support.

“The world is undergoing serious economic turbulence, but at a time when businesses know they cannot simply terminate IT projects, open source software provides the perfect solution,” explained John Powell, CEO, Alfresco Software. “By resisting the demands of monopolist proprietary vendors, organizations in both the UK’s public and private sectors are reaping the benefits of creating flexible and scalable infrastructures while lowering their overall IT spend. Open source powers the internet today and that low cost scalability is coming to UK enterprises. Today the agenda is reducing cost and improving productivity with the resources you have. Alfresco has just recorded its most successful ever quarter and we’re looking forward to continuing that success through 2009.”

Alfresco recently launched the third generation of its open source Labs product, featuring four key components:

• Alfresco Share, a next generation social computing collaboration application
• Draft CMIS implementation, a content management standard that allows applications to work with the leading Enterprise Content Management systems
• Support for the Microsoft Office SharePoint protocol, providing users with the first open source fully-compatible SharePoint repository
• Alfresco Surf, a platform to enable development of dynamic, REST-oriented web applications and collaborative web sites

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