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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 Community Focus – ISO 9000 – Joachim Pfeiffer, PMP, PEMCCO, Inc.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

This is the first in a series of “How I use Alfresco” podcast’s where we interview leading community members. Today I interview Joachim Pfeiffer. The topics we discuss are:

Joachim Pfeiffer

  1. Firstly, tell me a bit about your company and your role there?
  2. What was the big driver behind your project?
  3. For those of us not familiar with it, what is ISO 9000?
  4. What is the traditional approach to ISO 9000?
  5. What are the biggest challenges for companies in introducing and maintaining ISO 9000?
  6. In your contribution you mention managing documents and records. What were the core parts of Alfresco that you used to manage the lifecycles of the content?
  7. What were the key benefits you got from your Alfresco application?
  8. What are your plans going forwards?
  9. Why did you choose Alfresco?
  10. What technical infrastructure did you use?

If you are interested featuring how you have used Alfresco either yourself or within your company please contribute via the Forums in “How I use Alfresco”.

We are also running our first user groups. These will be on:

  • Wednesday November 7th in New York
  • Thursday November 15th In Paris

Register by going to clicking on banner

Good Listening.


Really Simple Document Management

Friday, August 31st, 2007

This is the first in a series of podcasts discussing the key areas of content management and will focus on document management. In this podcast Alfresco staff writer, Hayley Powell, interviews me asking the following questions:


  1. Firstly I have to ask why does document management have such strange terms?
  2. What are the major trends in document management today?
  3. What is the cost to a business of poor document management?
  4. So can you relate to me typical things that document management does that most users who use a shared drive can relate to?
  5. Documents have more than just content what about things such as properties in Office documents?
  6. You raised two common issues – search and when you find document versions. What about search?
  7. So the obvious next question is search and versions together. What are the typical problems here?
  8. Obviously some documents have to be secure and some are public. What about security?
  9. Things like press releases are initially private and then public. How is that managed?
  10. How do you manage a released document and prevent it from being changed?
  11. So when you bring these things together what do you have?
  12. Given that approach to document management how does Alfresco approach it?
  13. Can you discuss rules more?
  14. Can you discuss Alfresco’s approach to Search?
  15. The web is not one website so how does Alfresco search over multiple sites?
  16. What client software do you use to access Alfresco?
  17. You mentioned the lifecycle of a document. How does Alfresco manage simple workflow?
  18. What is new that will make it even simpler for Office users?

A Whitepaper on this subject is available in the Content Community where this is also a recorded webinar and demonstration on this subject. You can access this at:

The software mentioned in this podcast can be downloaded at:

Good Listening


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.


Alfresco OpenSearch – An Interview with Dave Caruana, Chief Architect, Alfresco

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

In my blog I wrote an article titled “It’s a Consumer-Driven, Distributed, Federated, Heterogeneous World (for Content)” and about the need for OpenSearch. (Scroll down to the bottom of the blog to play the podcast)
In this I highlighted an Accenture study that found:

The web is not one website and corporate content is not one repository – It’s a Distributed Content World

  • 45% said gathering information about what other parts of the company is doing is a big challenge
  • 57% said that having to go to numerous sources to compile information is a difficult aspect of managing their jobs

It’s a Federated World. To analyze a competitor you need to search across internal repositories and external repositories. These may be content management systems, blogs, wikis – It’s a Heterogeneous World

  • 31% said that competitor information is hard to get

Given this scenario the only option is to use standards to search across these repositories and OpenSearch is the ideal standard being used by companies such as:

  • Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, Technorati, Creative Commons and many more

OpenSearch DropDown
In this interview we discuss:

  • The need for distributed, federated search
  • What is OpenSearch
  • Why Alfresco chose to use OpenSearch
  • OpenSearch and the Alfresco repository
  • OpenSearch and the Alfresco client
  • Future plans around OpenSearch
  • How to find out more information

Some useful links are:

David Caruana has written an excellent blog on Alfresco OpenSearch.

John Newton has also written an excellent blog on Open Search.
Alfresco 2.0 can be downloaded at

and read about in the Wiki at

Enjoy listening


Alfresco Featured on the BBC – Rising Stars of the New Revolution

Friday, January 12th, 2007


This podcast is a bit different. Alfresco is featured on BBC Radio 4 (at 8.30pm on Thursday 11 January 2007, repeated on Sunday 14th January at 9.30pm) where you will be able to hear Peter Day interview John Newton and John Powell.

The program is about “New Wave Computing” where “Peter Day talks to some of the rising stars of the new revolution and finds out how the computer industry is changing yet again.”

The program discusses how “The world’s largest companies are being threatened by a host of new start-ups powered by open-source software, strings of inexpensive computers, and mash-up websites which combine information in innovative ways.”

The full interview can be heard at:

To subscribe to this podcast follow this link. If you are an iTunes user you can add this podcast feed to your software via One click subscription

Happy New Year


Alfresco Review of 2006 and a Look Forward to 2007 – An Interview with John Powell, Co-Founder and CEO of Alfresco

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

In this Podcast John and I review what has happened with Alfresco in 2006 and look forward to 2007

Specifically we discuss:

  • Alfresco in the Open Source market and recognition in 2006
  • Downloads
  • Partners and the recent “Partner of ther Year Award”
  • The move to a full ECM Suite
  • The First JSR-170 Benchmark
  • Standards Support – JSR-170, ODF, RSS and support for loosely coupled Web Services and REST architectures
  • Compliance and Audit support

We then discuss what is coming in 2007:

  • Collaboration – Wikis, Blogs, Email and Office integration
  • Federated Search
  • Web 2.0 Client
  • Next moves on the Industry Standard JSR-170 Benchmark
  • Customer Support through the Alfresco Network
  • Moving forwards with the Alfresco Community
  • The Alfresco AppExchange

Merry Christmas


Alfresco Standards Update – An Interview with John Newton, Co-Founder and CTO of Alfresco

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

In this Podcast I discuss recent news and review standards and standards bodies with John Newton, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Alfresco.

Specifically we discuss:

  • Recent industry news and how the ECM market is similar to the database market in the early 1990’s undergoing consolidation and standards adoption
  • An update on the ECM standards bodies, the standards and the goals from both the perspective for the software community and the end-users
  • Approaches to federated, distributed and replicated repositories
  • JSR-170 – Simple versioning and permissions
  • JSR-283 – Flexible data model, simple versioning, Dublin core, permissions
  • IECM – Platform for developing ECM applications independently of underlying platform
  • Biggest thing to expect in content management standards in the 2007
  • Best piece of advice for end users regarding content management standards for 2007

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