Alfresco – Amazon Web Services or On-Premise?

One of our clients is replacing IBM/FileNet with Alfresco.  As this will be a new Alfresco installation, the client is considering building out an Alfresco infrastructure within one of their data centers or within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.  This post will share our analysis of the pros and cons of both approaches.

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ECM Disruptors – Open Source, The Cloud, Software as a Service and Big Data – What are clients doing?

When it comes to new technology, one Accenture partner once shared an interesting analogy comparing new technology to teenager vices.  Everyone is talking about it, few are doing it, and those that are doing it aren’t doing it very well.   For this post, we will discuss TSG’s ECM clients, The Cloud, Software as a Services (SaaS) and Big Data to shed some light on what our clients are talking about, what they’re actually do doing, and with our thoughts for readers to consider.

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ImageWare from Cannon – Migration to Alfresco in the Cloud

As summarized in our series of migration posts, many of our clients are moving to Alfresco from legacy ECM solutions. For one of our current clients, we are moving from an onsite Canon ImageWare solution to Alfresco hosted within the Amazon Cloud.  This post will share our experience migrating from ImageWare to Alfresco and include some specifics in regards to technical migration nuances. Continue reading

Documentum Migration to Alfresco – Making one small mobile/cloud step first

Having already addressed here Why Clients are migrating from Documentum to Alfresco, the major issue most long-time clients have with moving from Documentum to Alfresco is how to take that first step.  Legacy Documentum users often have terabytes of documents stored in Documentum and contemplating a move to any platform would be costly and resource intensive.  One innovative approach clients are considering is to introduce Alfresco for new initiatives with integration to legacy Documentum instances to gradually reduce the reliance on Documentum.  This post will discuss how one client is considering leveraging Alfresco for mobile access and discuss the architecture components of that approach. Continue reading

Documentum to Alfresco Migration – SaaS and the Cloud

With an increased pressure to control IT costs, we are seeing more and more clients not only migrating from Documentum to Alfresco, but looking for other ways to reduce spending via Software as a Service (Saas) in the Cloud.  While we have already discussed the cost savings of Alfresco as well as ways to leverage solutions, this post will present some innovative ideas TSG has been seeing from Documentum customers who have moved to Alfresco in the Cloud. Continue reading

Salesforce.com Dreamforce Conclusion

The Salesforce.com Dreamforce convention is winding so we thought we would share our thoughts on what we observed and heard over the past week.

As always, the convention offered a lot of fanfare and excitement mixed with tons of useful knowledge from the over 800 sessions. For the most part we are convinced that the Social Enterprise is gaining a significant amount of traction, and more and more companies are looking for ways to move their legacy systems from on-premise to the cloud. Salesforce.com continues to invest significantly in developing their Platform and being the industry leader with Cloud systems.

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Integrating Solutions in the Cloud with Alfresco

As our clients move to a cloud-based architecture one of the most significant benefits in deploying Alfresco is the ability to leverage its APIs and integrate it with complementary products providing complete solutions. The range of APIs within Alfresco is significant: CMIS, REST, JavaScript, Java Foundation, and JSR-168 Portlets. There are also several ways to extend the repository including developing sub-systems and creating new modules. There are several out of the box integrations Alfresco provides as well such as Ephesoft, Drupal, and Liferay. Continue reading

Improving Solutions with Alfresco Cloud and Integrations

Moving documents and data fluidly within and between companies electronically has been a goal since people first started storing data in a computer. While, I’m sure every one of us believed we would one day rid ourselves of the multi-colored carbon copy forms I’m not so sure we foresaw the less than elegant ways systems have been cobbled together.  The back-end architecture of several older or early-adopter systems is less than stellar. With advances from Alfresco cloud computing and synchronization we are moving closer to not only delivering the solutions the business needs but also eliminating the technical headaches of system integration.   Continue reading

Documentum Mobile Approval – Screencam and Demo Published

As we discussed in a previous post on mobile and third party approval, TSG is currently in the development process for our mobile approval interface for the Active Wizard.  One of the early deliverables of the effort is a standalone demonstration of inbox/approve/reject functionality working on a variety of mobile platforms.  A screencam of the overall soloution is located in our Learning Zone.  This post will provide a written background on the solution as well as a link for you to try the application yourself.

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