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Alfresco wins Infoworld's content management bake-off

Alfresco kicks tail. But don't take my word for it....

99.9999% of this blog is non-Alfresco related. But as one of the premier open-source companies, I occasionally have to toot my own Alfresco horn. Like today, when Infoworld came out with its analysis of open-source content management systems. The winner? Alfresco, and by a significant margin (over Plone, Drupal, DotNetNuke).

This isn't actually all that surprising, given that Alfresco was architected from the ground up to be a full-featured, enterprise-class content management system, and not merely a lightweight web publishing tool (as most open-source CMSes are). This isn't to deprecate these CMSes - they do what they do quite well. (I'm particularly a fan of Drupal.)

But if you want web content management integrated into document management integrated with records management and imaging added in for good measure, all with a common repository, you have one choice: Alfresco. (This is true if you're looking at proprietary or open-source systems: proprietary systems are a morass of different and often conflicting repositories.)

Enough from me. Infoworld writes:

Combining document, Web, records, and image management, Alfresco 2.1 is a full-fledged ECM (enterprise content manager). Although such breadth often signals extra complexity in commercial offerings, Alfresco doesn't succumb to this problem. Using Web 2.0 techniques (such as lightweight scripting), native Office integration, and one common Web interface, users submit material to the common repository. And with integration throughout the modules, administrators can reuse components, such as business rules for publishing content.

Alfresco is the only open-source Enterprise Content Management System that can make this claim. Only Sharepoint shares Alfresco's ambition and ability to make enterprise-class content management something that the masses of front-office workers can use easily.

As noted, I'm biased. But I think it's a two-horse race: Alfresco and Microsoft's Sharepoint. Guess which one I'm betting on?

P.S. Next time I'd like to see Infoworld include Magnolia in its comparison, too. I like that project and it, too, includes document management along with web content management.


Disclosure: As noted, I am biased in this analysis. I run the Americas for Alfresco and am vice president of business development.