Alfresco Overview

What is Alfresco?

Founded in 2005, Alfresco is a leading enterprise content management and document management platform. Alfresco allows users to easily access, manage, share, and retain content in the same way that they work i.e. in the cloud, on mobile devices, at physical locations, or even through a combination of all of these.

Alfresco is based on open technology, making integration of the platform into the enterprise cost-effective, transparent and secure.

These are the core benefits of using Alfresco:

  • Content control
  • Collaboration across your company
  • Easy information sharing
  • Business process automation
  • Empowerment of IT and business users
  • Compliance throughout the lifecycle of the content
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Alfresco Customers

Over 1,300 companies from 180 different countries. Including EuroStar, Saks Fifth Avenue, NASA Langley Research Center, and KLM.

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User with 11-50 employees
The product allows engineering teams and developers to introduce new things in a seamless way.

Pros and Cons

  • "The product allows engineering teams and developers to introduce new things in a seamless and easy way."
  • "Alfresco has a very steep learning curve, and unfortunately, during the learning process, it's very easy to make errors, which often are unforgiving."

What other advice do I have?

Find expert people with years of knowledge. Alfresco is a complex platform. The better the engineer, the less the chance of having major issues with the product.
Manager Records and Information Governance at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use it for collaboration and IT project records. I would like to see better metadata, auto class, disposition log, and legal hold.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the ease of use, sections, and calendar."
  • "Metadata, auto class, disposition log, and legal hold."

What other advice do I have?

As long as they maintain DoD certification, it is a useful product. Everything will cost. I didn’t give it too high of a rating, mainly because the use is ad hoc. We do not have a lot of rules in place for governance, content, metadata, or disposition at this time.
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Online Educator, specializing in ECM and BPM at Marver Solutions Ltd
Alfresco is a modern open source ECM system that provides a straight forward way to classify and sturucture you content

What other advice do I have?

Start with a smaller project and bring in an experienced Alfresco consultant that is either Alfresco Certified Engineer (ACE) or Alfresco Certified Administrator (ACA). Or anyone that can provide extensive experience from deploying Alfresco into production. Preferably the Alfresco consultant should be able to talk you through a network architecture for an Alfresco deployment, content model design, how the system can be customized, how the workflow integration works, and finally how you will migrate existing content into Alfresco in an efficient way.
Solution Architect at Zaizi Ltd
Real User
It is easy to install and configure. The Community version is easy to use.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a product which has all the common functionalities such as document and media management, record management, workflows, document indexing and searching, then in that case, Alfresco is the platform that you need.
Senior Java Developer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
The content model feature helps us to create our own content model with our own metadata. They need to provide an Eclipse plugin to ease the work of the developers.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for features such as storing your content centrally, an automatic version, content automation, record management, access from mobile/desktop/web, automatic metadata extraction from electronic documents then Alfresco is a good choice.
CEO at a tech services company
They provide a stack installer with all the required supporting software.

Pros and Cons

  • "Document repository."
  • "I would like them to consider document capture functionality."

What other advice do I have?

If you have a large amount of documents, go for Alfresco Enterprise Edition.
Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Document domain experts can model type and hierarchical associations and metadata constraints in a declarative way.

What other advice do I have?

Involve an Alfresco partner for the project. The training is basic. Buy Alfresco certifications and boot camp trainings.
Consultant with 201-500 employees
Some of the user interface could be more intuitive but rapid deployment and ease of installation are valuable.

Valuable Features:

The features which are most valuable to us are rapid deployment, ease of installation, ease of use, and Linux platform support.

Room for Improvement:

Some of the user interface could be more intuitive, such as the new record category, where the expression is a term and not really a dynamically evaluated expression as it might imply.

Use of Solution:

I have been using the solution for 3 months.

Deployment Issues:

Alfresco was a very smooth deployment, but the Records Management module 2.2.0 needed a forced deployment: total time to deploy (without file plan setup) was less than 1 day.

Stability Issues:

No issues with stability.

Scalability Issues:

No issues with scalability. …
Developer with 51-200 employees
Powerful ECM solution with open source but reporting has room for improvement
Use Of Solution: Since 2009 Values Features: 1. Scalable ECM solution 2. Business Process Management 3. Record Management 4. Open to integrate with many business-critical tools Lucene based Search Advanced workflow with Activiti Easy to install/config/implementation Open to integrate with other enterprise applications Improvements To Organization: The company project management get power from the Activiti workflow. Room For Improvement: Reporting Deployment, Stability, Scalability Issues: None. Customer Service: 4.5 stars Technical Support: 4.5 stars Initial Setup: Binary installers are provided for Linux/Windows/Mac. Faster implementations Config: The wiki and doc system provide help for administrators to integrate other applications. Also the forum could be a place to get help.…
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