Alfresco launches Enterprise 3.4 into social content space
BY PAUL QUIGLEY
ECM Plus – Alfresco has just announced Enterprise 3.4 as a major new release that promises to deliver an open source platform for social content management.
The company said that this platform will be used by developers and companies to build applications where enterprise content is ‘social-ready’, or shared, collaborated on and syndicated across the web as well as the standard, boring, bureaucratic chore roles of being captured for compliance, retention and control.
Alfresco added that Enterprise 3.4 was now purpose-built for managing content in a social world.
It said that enterprises are increasingly deploying social business systems like Jive, Salesforce.com’s Chatter, Lotus Quickr, Drupal and Liferay, among others, in the hopes of ‘making employees more effective’.
However, Alfresco noted that these social business systems were also creating volumes of unmanaged content if left un-checked.
“Social Content Management is where the capabilities of social business systems and traditional enterprise content management (ECM) meet,” said John Newton, Alfresco CTO. “It is communication and collaboration with a business purpose and it requires a platform that can deliver content for discussion and engagement that then captures the results of that discussion. Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 is that platform, delivered as open source with open standards like CMIS, JSR-168 and RESTful APIs, in order for developers, customers and our partners to manage content and expose repository functionality inside of social business systems.”