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August 7, 2009

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 Accel Partners and Mayfield Fund. The original technical staff consisted of principal engineers from Documentum, and Oracle. While Alfresco product was initially focused on document management, in May of 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 the Open Source Alternative for Enterprise Content Management (ECM), providing Document Management, Collaboration, Records Management, Knowledge Management, Web Content Management and Imaging.

Alfresco is the leading open source alternative for enterprise content management. The open source model allows Alfresco to use best-of-breed open source technologies and contributions from the open source community to get higher quality software produced more quickly at much lower cost.

The following are the functions in the Alfresco

1. Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

2. Document Management

3. Web Content Management

4. Collaboration

5. Knowledge Management

6. Records Management

7. Image Management

8. Alfresco JSR 170 Repository

The Benefits of Using Alfresco

The following are the benefits of the Alfresco

1.      Easy to use

2.      Developer Productivity

3.      Best Practice Collaboration

4.      Administrator productivity

5.      Advanced search/knowledge management

6.      Distributed Architecture

7.      Open source

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