A number of interesting things in the Open Source ECM arena over the last week or so.John Newton, the Co-Founder and CTO of Alfresco, posted this excellent blog entry on the commoditization of ECM and the thinking behind Alfresco’s strategic direction. In the post, he argues that “the scene is set for real standardization in content management and commoditization to the point of real replacement and swap out of existing systems.” The strength in Alfresco’s corner is its basis in open source: “Facing an aging, commoditizing Enterprise Content Management market, Alfresco has used open source to provide a new approach to ECM. This open source platform accelerates the development of an ECM solution and can ultimately outdistance the ECM laggards. I have no fear for our future.”
He goes on to describe the various open source frameworks they leverage (including Spring, Hibernate, Lucene, EHCache, jBPM , Chiba, Open Office and ImageMagic) and the functionality they’ve used those frameworks to deliver. It’s really an outstanding read as an example of the compression of development time and flexible customization possible through an open source approach.
Additionally, Alfresco last week released the community preview of version 1.4 of their ECM suite. The focus in this version is on Business Process and Lifecycle Management, though functionality increases show up in a number of areas.
Finally, there’s also a podcast in which Newton discusses the release.