Alfresco is an open source enterprise content management repository (CMS) built by a team that includes the co-founder of Documentum. Its modular architecture uses the latest open src Java technologies. Includes Document Management, Records Managemen
- Drag-and-drop from Windows Explorer and Mac Finder
- Google Docs and SharePoint Integration
- Embedded workflow engine routes documents through business processes
- Full-text search across document content and metadata
- Granular access control
- Extensible metadata model
- Social features such as 'like', 'comment', and 'follow'
- Standards-based API (CMIS) makes building custom front-ends easier
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This is not anywhere near enterprise class. It takes far to much memory, takes far too long to start, and cannot handle the file volume necessary to meet enterprise level DMS requirements, or even the most modest of legal practice's DMS requirements. The features might be there, in theory, but the implementation leaves this system unusable. In my case it takes about 10 minutes to start up. It started running out of Java heap space after about 5,000 to 10,000 documents had been added. The command line export does not work, and now I am battling Alfresco just to get my documents back out of it. I rate this software unmerchantable. Also, at least two of the 5 star reviews are blatantly from the vendor, so take the positive reviews with more than a grain of salt.
I am the Product Manager for Alfresco Community Edition. SourceForge doesn't give me the ability to respond to reviews, so I will do it this way. Alfresco Community Edition is the open source product that forms the basis for the proprietary Alfresco Enterprise Edition. The two products share over 90% of the source code. Alfresco is not a perfect product, but it meets important document management and collaboration needs for many people. I looked through the reviews, and I don't recognize any of the reviewers. We have never paid for a review, and I have no reason to believe that any of the reviews are fakes. However, some of the negative reviews make useful observations. I think the problems cited share a few root causes: * Many people use Alfresco for the wrong purpose. Alfresco is not a Web Content Management system. It is an Enterprise Content Management system / Document Repository. It used to have a WCM component, but this was removed because it was never as good as true WCM solutions. * Alfresco is a complex piece of enterprise software. Though we try to make it easy to adopt and deploy, there is still a learning curve. Document management projects are inherently complex, and often fail regardless of the quality of the software. (I give us 4 stars on "Ease".) * The stability and polish in Community Edition varies with where we are in the Enterprise Edition release cycle. We were not very good at communicating which releases were for feedback on new features, versus which releases we expected to be broadly adopted. We now differentiate between Early Access and Generally Available releases, so this situation has improved. * Alfresco does not support Community Edition, and so when someone has a problem they often struggle to find solutions. It is hard to build a business model around an open source product, but we are looking at ways to help people be successful while still paying our developers to improve the product. (I give our community support 4 stars, but I think our enterprise support is worthy of 5.) * Alfresco Community Edition is open source, but we need to improve at collaborating with our community contributors and accepting those contributions into the product. We roll out new features at a fast pace, and don't always take the time to review and polish contributions sufficient for them to become part of the core product. Improving this situation is a high priority. I am very proud of our 5.0.d release, and am giving it 5 stars. But I admit that I am biased.
Fake reviews and shitty product make the company even more shitty.
That's really great application, that has a lot of features and abilities. 5 stars from me
Not really open source DMS in addition of poor collaboration with open source community
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LanguagesFrench, Dutch, Italian, English, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian
Intended AudienceGovernment, Financial and Insurance Industry, Education, Manufacturing, Developers, Architects
Database EnvironmentJDBC, MySQL, PostgreSQL (pgsql)
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