Long Live Open Source Software !!

Have you ever use/know Microsoft SharePoint? Microsoft SharePoint is targeted as a collaborative workspace, a tool for the management and automation of business processes, and a platform for social networking. Microsoft markets this as Collaboration, Processes, and People. SharePoint interface is through a web interface, such as a task list or discussion pane. SharePoint sites are actually ASP.NET 2.0 applications, which are served using IIS and use a SQL Server database as a data storage backend. All site content data is stored within a SQL Server database called WSS_Content.

Now the problem is that SharePoint isn’t free. So for a company with limited fund, maybe they must search for an alternative collaboration tool that like SharePoint.

The answer for this problem is Alfresco. Alfresco is the Open Source Alternative for Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Alfresco has many product that can help people in your company collaborate their work with another people. Below is list of  Alfresco Product :

Alfresco has 2 edition for you. The Enterprise Edition and the Labs Edition. The main difference between them is the enterprise cost you some money and you’ll get support from Alfresco. On the other side, the Labs is free, you can get their source, or modify them. But there is no support from Alfresco itself. You just get support from another developer.

If you still hesitate to use Alfresco as SharePoint’s alternative, you can try the demo version for 30 days. After that you can choose to install and use Alfresco or find another application. Next, i’ll tell you about some of Alfresco’s features.

This is Alfresco features :

  • The Alfresco repository is the same as a shared drive
  • Alfresco integrates with Microsoft Office and Open Office
  • Alfresco turns the simple shared drive into a virtual file system where, through simple wizards, you can create the content applications you need
  • Simple Library Services – Check-Out a document to prevent others from writing to it at the same time
  • Version Control – Minor and major version control
  • Search Alfresco as simply as you search Amazon or Google
  • Search simply across multiple Alfresco repositories and external wikis, blogs and news feeds
  • Integrated content tagging and tag-based search
  • Standards-based JSR-168 and REST-based integration
  • Use your existing portal and portlets
  • Security and user management with users, groups and roles
  • Document-level security
  • Single sign-on through NTLM or LDAP
  • Integrated Transformation Services: Office to ODF/PDF, PowerPoint to Flash
  • jBPM integration with task manager via a dashboard
  • Controlled and audited content development through creation, review, approval, time launch, expiration, retention and archiving
  • and many more
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