Businesses and organizations investigating free enterprise software platforms might want to keep an eye on Alfresco, an emerging open source software company.
Alfresco makes content management, portal and collaboration software based on the open source portal server platform JBOSS Portal 2.0 and Java 2 Enterprise Edition. The company says its products provide a low-cost way to organize content, offering a centralized repository for documents and images that can be easily searched and shared among end users.
The browser-based interface allows end users to access content based on workflow rules that are configured by the company or organization. The interface allows users to access different versions of the content as it moves through a workflow process, and view content through search filters.
Alfresco can be integrated with desktop applications across multiple PC platforms, allowing users to open content files in the system through local desktop applications, such as word processing, HTML/Web page editing or image editing software. The software is also compatible with Microsoft's Common Internet File System (CIFS) format.
In addition to enterprise content system users, Alfresco is also offering its platform to independent software vendors developing and selling enterprise CRM and ERP systems and who are looking to integrate content management into product offerings.
The U.K. firm, which was founded in January 2005, just received $2 million in venture capital funding from Accel Partners and is poised to debut its technology this summer. The company is led by the former founders of content management company, Documentum.