Over the weekend, TechCrunch’s Leena Rao posted an article about how Box’s CEO Aaron Levie sees a big opportunity in cloud storage for the federal government. Well, I’m happy to report back from the front lines that, yes, indeed there is a big opportunity. But the opportunity is for much more than simple cloud storage. It’s for content-rich apps built on open platforms, spanning bothpublic and private clouds, that help government agencies better serve their constituents. And for the second year in a row, Alfresco is hosting hundreds of government customers, partners and agency representatives at its Content.gov event in DC on January 24th.
Whereas last year’s focus was on the rapid adoption of open source content solutions (like Alfresco) in government, this year’s conversations are stretching to mobile and cloud. Almost half of Alfresco’s global downloads are now governments, NGOs or educational institutions – and this year, more than ever, the interest has been on mobile access to content, hybrid-cloud deployments and content-rich web apps – a far cry from standard document and records management (although the basics of DM & RM are now table stakes in any content platform fit for government use).
This year’s Content.gov speakers include:
Gunnar Hellekson, Chief Strategist at Red Hat Public Sector
Kane McLean, Steering Committee at Mil-OSS
Steve Davis, President of FederalConference.com
John Newton, co-founder and CTO of Alfresco
Mike Waldrop, Director of Solution Engineer at Alfresco
Dr. David Prezant, FDNY Chief Medical Officer
Steve Davis from FederalConference.com, for example, will be discussing how the U.S. Army Strong Bonds program worked with Alfresco partner Armedia to build a task and case management solution on top of Alfresco technology. Dr. David Prezant, the Chief Medical Officer of FDNY, will be talking about ClaimConnect.us – a project with Alfresco partner ImageWork. Along with these powerful case studies, Alfresco will be showing sneak peaks of Alfresco Enterprise 4 (coming in early Feb), Alfresco in the cloud (in private beta) and Alfresco Mobile (already available in the app store). Hope to see you there!