Office 365 – Check-in and Check-out with Documentum, Alfresco or Hadoop

One of the major issues for authors with Documentum, Alfresco or Hadoop has always been checking in a document from a browser based interface.  We have recently completed adding Office 365 integration to our High Performance Interface (HPI)  to allow clients to checkin and checkout without requiring Office on their device.  This post will share the approach as well as present a video of the capabilities.

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Harnessing the Power of Alfresco Data Lists for Cascading Value Assistance

One of the most common Alfresco customization requests that we receive from our clients is for a way to allow metadata constraint lists to be managed by business users, rather than by IT.  TSG has developed an Alfresco Module Package (AMP) that allows picklist values to be managed using the data list functionality in Alfresco Share.  See our previous post on Alfresco Data List-Driven Value Assistance for more information on this module.

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Auto-Numbering Content in Alfresco

To continue our series of posts highlighting common design patterns that we see in many Alfresco implementations (see previous posts on Auto-Filing and Data List-Drive Value Assistance, this post will focus on another Alfresco module package (AMP) that TSG has developed that provides a configurable way to automatically number content with a unique numbering sequence upon creation.

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Documentum or Alfresco – Gmail integration for Case Management – TSG/HPI Labs

Many of our clients are leveraging Gmail as a replacement for hosting their own email servers.  As we have often mentioned, we are seeing more and more email integration, specifically in our case management scenarios.  This post will discuss our TSG Lab efforts to integrate Gmail with HPI for ingestion of emails and attached content.  Continue reading

Auto-Filing Content in Alfresco

After working with Alfresco for a while, we’ve noticed a number of design patters and functionality that are common amongst many clients across various industries.  Alfresco module packages (AMPs), make it easy to package up components and reuse them in different Alfresco implementations.  This article will focus on one reusable module that automatically files content into a folder structure in an Alfresco repository based on metadata.

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Documentum and Alfresco – Cloud content attached to emails – Bulk uploading

While clients have multiple ways to ingest content attached to an email, more and more content is attached via links to cloud storage.  Whether these links are Google, Box or others, one problem is how to ingest the email and content into the ECM repository without having to manually download the documents and add each document individually, a tedious and time consuming activity.  This process can be even worse if instead of a link to a document, the email contains a link to a folder.  This post will discus how TSG has added the capability to add this content simply and easily, consistent with email with file attachments.

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Alfresco Data List-Driven Value Assistance

Although content modeling in Alfresco is very flexible and configurable, one of the issues that we run into when setting up repositories for clients is the lack of the ability for business users to manage value assistance lists.  Value assistance is a term that we use to describe the lists of options that show up in dropdown and multi-select controls in the user interface on the edit properties and search screens.

This post will describe a module that we’ve developed to utilize the data list functionality available in the Alfresco Share interface to allow business users to manage value assistance lists without any coding, XML configuration, or server restarts.

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Documentum or Alfresco – Create and Edit MS Word Documents Directly in HPI – TSG Labs

Before we get started, we’d like to introduce a new category on the blog – TSG Labs.  We’re planning on using it to introduce experimental and upcoming features of our products in order to get feedback from our readers and clients.  In this inaugural installment, we take a look at how we could skip the step of creating and editing documents in Microsoft Word, remove the need for any plugins to download and import documents, and streamline the entire process by creating and editing documents directly within HPI. Continue reading