- Andrew Kos
- Bill Burlein
- Bryan Williams
- Christian Vozar
- Jeff Brown
- John Kraus
- Joseph Mak
- Josh Durbin
- Mark Daugherty
- Matt Van Bergen
- Melissa Geoffrion
- Michael Kang
- Michael Chan
- Michael Hodgdon
- Mike Motherway
- Molly McDaniel
- Nadia Maciulis
- Pat McLoughlin
- Paul Michelotti
- Puru Hemnani
- Rohit Srinath
- Ryan Lunka
- Tom Kelly
Great things from the Alfresco Community Conference
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Just returned from
The quick trip was well worth it however. Since most of the Alfresco team is quite spread out geographically, this was an opportunity to meet face-to-face with many we had worked with via email, phone, and the forums over the past few years.
I won’t go into all the details of everything covered at the conference at this time. You can see the complete agenda here: Conference Agenda and I suspect others will detail the great discussions led by both John Powell and John Newton. However, I do want to discuss a few of the major new features we can expect to see in the coming months. These are major advancements in out-of-the-box functionality and two particularly are in areas that we are seeing growing interest in from our clients.
The first is the Collaboration module that will be available in the v2.9 Community Edition. This module integrates popular wiki and blogging tools (MediaWiki and WordPress) into Alfresco and allows Alfresco to serve as the repository for such content as well as to integrate it’s workflow and search capabilities with these tools. We also saw a demo of the use of email-addressable content and spaces that allowed emails be stored in the repository. The content type of the email was even dynamic based on the context. For example, an email addressed to the alias of a Forum Topic space was seen as a post content type.
This module fills a major gap and now allows Alfresco to be the single source repository for all popular collaboration methods beyond the existing document collaboration. This code is already available in the v2.9 Community HEAD, so I can’t wait to check it out.
The integration with Flex http://flex.org/ for providing Rich Internet Applications (RIA) was the second major announcement. We saw a working demo of a Flex application being used to page through a virtual photo album of images stored in the Alfresco repository. This was done using the Flex
While I am discussing Flex, we saw some screenshots of the planned future “Alfresco Network Application” to be built using Flex. This application is targeted for the consumer and will allow “everyone” to take advantage of ECM transparently. This application is based on the social networking sites that have huge following already and are starting to gain some traction for enterprise use as well. There rough target for this is 2nd Qtr 2008 with the v3.0EE. That feature alone is worth it’s own blog coming soon.
iGoogle and FaceBook
I also got a chance to pick David Caruana’s brain on some workflow ideas that I had as well as discuss the enhancements we can expect with version 2.2 and beyond. I have worked with David via the forums and support extensively over the last year, so it was a pleasure to finally talk in person.
That’s it for now.
For more than 19 years, Jeff has been developing well-designed, high-quality software products to meet business needs across many sectors, including: retail, government, insurance, education, and manufacturing. He has expertise in distributed messaging systems, service-oriented architecture design and implementation, and most recently has worked extensively with content management systems.
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