Alfresco reduces your ECM costs by up to 96% compared to proprietary systems like Documentum, Open Text and SharePoint. It’s as simple to use as a shared drive or SharePoint and does not lock you in to a proprietary stack. Alfresco is led by John Newton, founder of Documentum, and John Powell, former COO of Business Objects, and is backed by Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund and SAP Ventures.
The Alfresco repository is the same as a shared drive. So out-of-the box you can keep using the authoring tools you know and like, from Microsoft Office to Open Office, Dreamweaver or AutoCAD, with no desktop installation or retraining. You just get what you want and your company wants - the ability to save, version, share, search and audit.
Alfresco turns the simple shared drive into a virtual file system where, through simple wizards, you can create the content applications you need. If you drag a document into a folder, you can start a workflow, perhaps converting the document to another format, moving it to another folder or notifying a set of users via email. Or the workflow might even extract properties, such as the author's name or other keywords, from the document so that you can use them to search for the document later. You just get the application you or your department need, all as simply as configuring an email rule.
Alfresco was founded in 2005 by John Newton, co-founder of Documentum and John Powell, former COO of Business Objects. Its investors include the investment firms SAP, Accel Partners and Mayfield Fund. The original technical staff consisted of principal engineers from Documentum, and Oracle. While Alfresco's product was initially focused on document management, in May 2006, it announced its intention to expand into web content management by acquiring senior technical and managerial staff from Interwoven; this included its VP of Web Content Management, two principal engineers, and a member of its user interface team. In 2007, Alfresco hired the principal sales engineer from Vignette.
Alfresco is capable of Document Management , Web Content Management (including full webapp & session virtualization) , Repository-level versioning (similar to Subversion) , Transparent overlays (similar to unionfs) , Records Management , Image Management , Auto-generated XForms with AJAX support , Integrated Publishing , Repository access via CIFS/SMB, FTP, WebDAV and CMIS , jBPM workflow , Lucene search , Federated servers , Multi-language support , Portable application packaging , Multi-platform support (officially Windows, Linux and Solaris) , Browser-based GUI (official support for Internet Explorer and Firefox) , Desktop integration with Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org , Clustering support