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Alfresco Labs 3 Final Podcast

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Alfresco Labs 3 Final is a milestone release for Alfresco Labs and is what we recommend for all new community members. We also recommend this as a download and upgrade for existing community members.

It is immediately available for download under the open source GPL license at

In this podcast I discuss with Mike Farman, Director of Product Management ECM Products, this new release.

Ian And Mike discussing Alfresco Labs 3 Final

  1. What is the major driver behind the latest release of Alfresco Labs 3?
  2. Given that the focus is on a content services platform what standards are you  focusing on?
  3. Can you review what is new in Web Content Management?
  4. Can you review what is new in Collaboration?
  5. Can you review what is new in Document Management?
  6. Can you review what is new in Email Management?
  7. The other critical part of a content platform is scalability. What is new in regard to performance?
  8. To scale on the cloud multi-tenant is important. Can you explain how Alfresco has implemented multi-tenant?
  9. How can users find out more information?
  10. How can a user try out the new version?

Good Listening


Alfresco 2.2 Podcast

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

144-x-144-flower.jpgAlfresco 2.2 has focused on offering content management and collaboration for everyone in the enterprise and has used web 2.0 technologies to bring together content management, collaboration, office and email integration all within one repository.

Many industry leading clients are using Alfresco to provide next generation user experiences, creating communities around their products, and delivering this at dramatically lower cost through the benefit of open source.

These new community oriented product micro-sites need to be highly-scalable with the ability to integrate rich media with user generated content, and support rapid content update for a fresh customer experience, while promoting a consistent brand.

Experience with this next generation of websites has driven the enhancements in Alfresco 2.2 including:

  • Web Application Preview and Test – providing the ability to preview in-context changes to any web application, including PHP, Ruby, JSF, Tiles, Struts, Groovy, and .NET
  • Web Farm Deployment Configuration – supports advanced deployment rules for scalable, 3-tier web application architectures with partitioned, replicated deployment
  • Site Templating and Branching – enabling rapid creation of new sites from existing templates and ability to baseline major site updates by branching existing site
  • Asset Reuse – update and sharing of content across web projects

Alfresco has continued its focus on collaboration and management for the whole enterprise in version 2.2 with enhancements delivering the following capabilities:

  • Email-based Collaboration – Email directly into the repository and capture all discussions relating to a specific document
  • Email Archival – Automatic capture and archival of all attached files and email messages
  • JMX-based Server Administration – JSR-160 support offering administrators access to Alfresco via a JMX console

This podcast is a recording of a live webinar discussing and demonstrating Alfresco 2.2. More details can be found at:

There is a new Developer Toolbox in the Content Community that contains starter apps, sample code of web scripts and java-backed web scripts. Nancy discusses this in her blog that can found at:

This is a great way to learn more about Alfresco 2.2 and prepare for Alfresco 3.0

Have fun


Alfresco 2.1 – Live Questions and Answers Session Part I

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Alfresco 2.1 is now available for download at:

Alfresco 2.1 has focused on delivering a web-oriented REST style architecture with access to content metadata, user interface components and queries via a simple URL. Utilizing new Web 2.0 integration techniques, Web Scripts enable web sites, portals, blogs, applications and Microsoft Office to access or mashup enterprise content without the need for integration tools and complex programming. New lightweight scripting capabilities simplify the development of sophisticated mashups using proven web technologies that enable massive scalability.
In summary Alfresco 2.1 focuses on extending the suite to provide:

  • Simple Access from your Tool of Choice – Office, Portal, Website or Web 2.0 Property as Simply as Accessing a URL
  • Simple Access and Mashup internal and External Content – Use of lightweight scripting without the need for complex .NET or Java programming
  • Access Via a URL – All Content and Services
  • Massive Scalability – Web-oriented REST style architecture

Alfresco 2.1 has new functionality in the areas of:

  • New Web-Oriented REST style Architecture
  • New Native Office Integration
  • New Web 2.0 User Interface
  • New Enterprise Portal Integration via Web Scripts
  • New Enterprise Content Publishing to WordPress and TypePad
  • Enhanced WCM Functionality
  • New Community AMP’s

In this live Q&A session I answer questions along with Kevin Cochrane and Mike Farman.

Amongst the questions answered are:

  1. What versions of Office and Office programs work with the integration?
  2. What about Open Office?
  3. What client platforms will work with Alfresco and CIFS?
  4. What performance differences are there between CIFS and direct access?
  5. Is the Alfresco panel a standalone application or it is an office side panel?
  6. When clustering Alfresco what database does it require?
  7. What support does Alfresco for XML component management?
  8. Will the preview functionality work with JPEG 2000 files?
  9. Where can someone get more information and documentation on Alfresco WCM and how to set it up with web portals?
  10. Do you have integration tools for integrating with
  11. What is the roadmap for Office integration?
  12. What is the status of a Wiki Space for Alfresco?
  13. What is the best way to get 2.1 now?
  14. When do we expect Alfresco 2.1 to be available?

Good listening and feel free to post more questions in the forums. Also, webinar recordings are available in the Content Community. To join go to:


Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 – Alfresco in Action – An Interview with Jeff Potts of Optaros

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 are hot on everyone’s lips at the moment. In this Podcast I interview Jeff Potts, of Optaros, about an Alfresco application they have delivered that brings together:

  • Alfresco outside the firewall
  • Alfresco inside the firewall
  • Alfresco for document management
  • Alfresco for Web Content Management

In this Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 project, Alfresco is integrated with:

  • Portal – Liferay
  • Blog – JRoller
  • Tagging – Alfresco

Specifically we discuss:

  • The goals of the project
  • Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and characteristics of these types of projects
  • The components used in the solution
  • The consumerization of IT – Web 2.0 Components within the Enterprise
  • How to find out more

Jeff writes a great blog that can be found at:

More about Optaros and Alfresco can be found at:

More about the upcoming user groups that are discussed can be found at:

Alfresco User Group

For those of you that are interested, this is the first podcast we recorded live over Skype. We used the Pamela software and open source Audacity. We will be featuring a series of “Customer’s in action” podcasts over the coming months. If you are interested please contact me.

Alternatively there are new “How I used Alfresco sections in both the “Alfresco Content Community” and the Alfresco Forums. These can be accessed from the Content Community dashboard by clicking on “How do you use Alfresco? Click to take part in the survey” or from the “How I Use Alfresco” top level forum.


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