Ever since our humble beginnings in 2005, Alfresco has served as an open platform for innovation that our customers and partners have relied upon to build their content-centric business solutions. We have not had an easy way to permit you to try these solutions…until now.
We are very proud to announce the launch of Alfresco Test Drive, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Alfresco has teamed-up with AWS and our network of talented system integration partners to showcase an assortment of Alfresco-based solutions.
How does Alfresco Test Drive work?
The Alfresco Test Drive allows you to register for and immediately launch, your very private demonstration server environment in what we call a “Test Drive Lab.” These labs come pre-loaded with example data and include a step-by-step “Lab Manual” walking you through a basic usage scenario designed to give you a tour of the relevant features of our solutions in 15-30 minutes.
Test Drive Labs will automatically expire and shut-down after 4 hours, but you are welcome to re-launch them a maximum of three times providing plenty of opportunities to complete the exercises or demonstrate the solution to your co-workers.
Alfresco-powered Business Solutions
Our inaugural launch includes these solutions:
- Alfresco One Enterprise Edition by Alfresco Software
- Crafter Web Experience Management by Crafter Software
- Digital Media Annotator by Ixxus
- HPI Controlled Document Solution by Technology Services Group
- ZSign Electronic Signatures by Zia Consulting
We’ve been hard at work bringing you new solutions to try such as Alfresco Workdesk, Ephesoft and more so don’t forget to leave a comment below to share your experience with us. To get started today, visit https://testdrive.alfresco.com or http://awstestdrive.com/alfresco. I will also be at Alfresco Summit in both cities and would love to hear what you think and to chat more about Alfresco Test Drive. Happy driving!
I have been using Alfresco One (version 4.2) for some time, both as a demo system (as we get ready to release) and as our internal system. We typically upgrade to the latest version before any official release to help iron out any issues before it is made generally available. So I wanted to share some of my favorite new major features and the not so major features, that I hope you find useful:
- New User Interface – Our engineering team has been busy understanding how users interact with Alfresco One, looking for ways to continue to make our existing Alfresco Share UI easier. The whole UI has been reworked in this new release and includes simple features such as a list of recently visited sites, which provides a huge improvement in the way the end user interacts with Alfresco.
- Folder Templates – We all work on projects like launching a new version of Alfresco and I find that I create the same folder structures and template documents time and time again. This latest version introduces the concept of folder templates. Now I can select to create a new launch project with just one click. Alfresco will clone the template, creating the folders and sub-folders, adding any template documents, user access rights and any associated rules / actions. One click and my new project area is created and ready to go.
- Hybrid Workflow – Last year we launched Alfresco One (version 4.1) that included the ability to sync files with a secure network in the cloud. Our hybrid ECM capability between cloud and on-premise environments, is taken one stage further in this new version. Now a user can start a workflow on-premise and assign a task to a user in the cloud. These users typically do not work for the company, but are workers from an outside agency that you are working on a project with and need to complete an important task. Alfresco sync’s the files, manages the task assignment and when complete brings the business process back on-premise.
- My Files and Shared Files – Often I want to have Alfresco manage a document, presentation, report, etc. that I am working on, but I may not be ready to share it with others. Enter ‘My Files’. Each user now has a link to a personal folder where they can start creating content. Once they have done that they can simply move the file to one of the various projects for sharing and collaborating with others. If I want to simply share a file, but do not want to create a site to store it this feature lets me easily add it to the ‘Shared Files’ folder.
- Quick Share – I’m sharing documents with colleagues daily and our ‘Quick Share’ feature provides an easy way for me to send a link to a document (i.e. via email or Skype ) without having to take the file out of Alfresco and email it or post it to the network shared drive.
- New Views – Alfresco One version 4.2 sees Alfresco Share get a number of additional views. To complement the Detailed and Simple views we now have:
- Gallery View – Provides a thumb nail of the files in a folder
- Film Strip View – A scrollable window that shows large images of the files and documents – often it is easier to find a document by recognizing it from it’s front page
- Table View – A spreadsheet view that means more documents and metadata, can be seen on the screen
- Audio and Media Views – Provides a concise view for media files, showing important metadata in a tabular form
- Google Docs Integration – Not a new feature, but a greatly improved feature. Users can simply choose to ‘Edit in Google Docs’ to load the files to Google Docs, edit them on-line and when done, save back to Alfresco
- Fine Grained Permissions – Users now have far greater control over who can access their documents. Settings can be set on a folder or a single file and permissions can be set for an individual of a group of users. For example, senior managers can see all the files in a folder, while other users only get to see less restricted content, your choice.
- New Admin Screens – New admin screens is not a feature that will affect most users directly, but a major enhancement for anybody trying to install, configure and keep the Alfresco server running. Now admins can configure and test links to other services (e.g. LDAP/Active Directory for user authentication) or simply add extra nodes into an Alfresco cluster.
- Alfresco Records Management 2.1 – To go along with the launch of this version of Alfresco One, Alfresco made available a new version of the Alfresco Records Management module. Aimed at making Records Management easy, this is a significant new release.
These are just a few of my favorite features in our new release, but there are many more! I look forward to meeting at Alfresco Summit and hearing how you are putting these new features to work and which you like best.
If you are reading this announcement right now, then we did it! Drupal.org runs on Drupal 7! This was a big and complicated project, which took longer than we expected. But we are finally done!What changed?
Our goal was a straight port to Drupal 7 without major changes to functionality or layout, but with greatly improved code under the hood. However some things did change, please see Drupal.org D7 F.A.Q. for details. Overall Drupal 7 gives us more flexibility to implement new features and there will be a boost in performance for some of the pages.
NOTE: issues are still being indexed, listings and searches will show incomplete results till the indexing is done.What’s next?
There probably will be some bugs. If you encounter something unusual, please check the Drupal.org D7 F.A.Q. first. It may be that the change was intentional. If you are sure that you found a bug, please use the D7 upgrade QA queue to report them.
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The only thing we really want to say now is.. let’s party THANK YOU!
Thank you to all of you for being patient with us during this long project. We know it took longer than anticipated and there were some bumps along the way. Our only goal throughout the project was to make Drupal.org better for all of you.
Thank you to all our fantastic contributors. There are so many of them, we even have a special page. Thank you:
Andrei Mateescu / amateescu
Joel Moore / banghouse
Rudy Grigar / basic
Brandon Bergren / bdragon
Tom Behets / betz
Bojhan Somers / Bojhan
Chi / Chi
Ian Carrico / ChinggizKhan
Nell Hardcastle / chizu
Karoly Negyesi / chx
Bill O'Conner / csevb10
Dave Reid / davereid
David Strauss / David Strauss
Meghan Palagyi / dead_arm
Dave Fletcher / dfletcher
Derek Wright / dww
Melissa Anderson / eliza411
Frank Baele / frankbaele
Greg Lund-Chaix / gchaix
Greg Knaddison / greggles
Dylan Tack / grendzy
Jose Marquez / hackwater
Michael Halstead / halstead
Herman van Rink / helmo
Chad Phillips / hunmonk
Jason Savino / jasonsavino
Jonathan Hedstrom / jhedstrom
Jennifer Hodgdon / jhodgdon
Jeremy Thorson / jthorson
KS Sundarajan / ksbalajisundar
Lewis Nyman / lewisnyman
Mark Pavlitski / markpavlitski
Marco Villegas / marvil07
Michael Prasuhn / mikey_p
Mitchell Tannenbaum / mitchell
Nick Veenhof / nick_vh
Narayan Newton / nnewton
Theodore Biadala / nod_
Pradeep Kumar / pradeeprkara
Peter Wolanin / pwolanin
Robert Ristroph / rgristroph
Chris Ruppel / rupl
Sam Boyer / sdboyer
Joel Farris / Senpai
Sam Richard / snugug
Venkata Suresh / sachin2honi
Howard Tyson / tizzo
Tyler Ward / twardnw
Angela Byron / webchick
Steve Edwards / wonder95
Roy Scholten / yoroy
Thank you to the Drupal Association Supporting Partners, who gave us the funding required to make the upgrade happen.
We couldn’t have done this without you!
We are all very excited to have industry legend Jimmy Wales kick-off our Alfresco Summit 2013 in Barcelona this year and as a preview of what’s to come our community team asked him a few questions. Here’s some of what you can look forward to next week:
As an entrepreneur, how do you balance two businesses (Wikia and Wikimedia) and family?
It isn’t easy, but one of the keys for me to has been to step back from being CEO as early as possible in both organizations. It’s important to realize where my strengths and weaknesses, and day-to-day management is not my strength. I’m sure I’ll launch a new project at some point, and when I do, I bet that I won’t stay on as CEO for more than a year or two.
What strategies do you use to increase exposure to Wikia?
We often joke that Wikia, ranked #30 on the Internet with more than 100 million monthly users, is “the most popular site you never heard of.” That’s because it has grown in an organic and grass roots way, steadily year in and year out, rather than through lots of buzz and hype. (Of course, that’s how Wikipedia grew as well.)
Wikia users write great content and this is naturally discovered by search engines and bloggers and fans of the millions of things that Wikia covers. This kind of grass roots growth is deeper and more sustainable than a flash in the pan type of site that grows quickly and then loses people’s interest.
What lessons have you learned from the project to build a rich-text editor for Wikipedia?
We’ve relearned some of the oldest lessons in software development. Release early, release often. Be realistic and honest with users so that they have appropriate expectations. Listen to what people don’t like about the new software and fix the most important problems as quickly as possible.
We’re currently in a fast iterative release cycle so that, to the maximum degree possible, we can say that the software is improving on a weekly basis. If you’ve tried the visual editor in the past and didn’t like it – try it again now. And if you still don’t like it, try it again next week.
What strategies are you using to increase participation in Wikia Communities? How is that strategy different from your efforts to increase participation at Wikipedia?
At Wikipedia, we are focused as a community on a single clear mission: to create a free encyclopedia in all the languages of the world. At Wikia, we have a broader mission: to build tools to empower collaboration on high quality content of all kinds. So at Wikia we focus on whatever tools we find the community wants – polls, blogs, video embedding, etc. – and those desires are much more diverse.
Have you bought a Tesla S yet? If no, do you plan to?
While I’m a big fan of Tesla and Elon Musk, I haven’t yet bought a Tesla. I’m very happy with my Hyundai.
It isn’t too late to join us in Barcelona to see Jimmy’s keynote and hear from our product team, executives, partners and customers. See you there!
As someone new to Alfresco I have been looking forward to meeting all the people that make our company so great. Over the next few months, I’ll be taking some time to go Inside Alfresco and highlight the people that make us such a fun and diverse place to work.
One of those great people is somewhat of a social icon when it comes to content management, my colleague, Laurence Hart (@piewords). He has been writing his “Word of Pie” blog for over six years and in his previous role as the CIO at AIIM, he transformed the IT department from a legacy, technology-focused organization into one that more effectively serves enterprises today. This combination of first hand experience and a natural passion for the content management market made Laurence a natural to lead Alfresco’s evangelism efforts around the world.
I spoke with Laurence to figure out what it really takes to predict the content management path and what customers should be thinking about now. Below is our conversation.
Ray: As CIO at AIIM, you had a birds-eye view of the competitive landscape as well as the opportunity to put into use the technologies AIIM covered in its research. What made you choose Alfresco?
Laurence: I wanted to move to the vendor side of the industry, but I didn’t want to work for just any company. I was looking for one that understood why the content management industry hadn’t been making progress and wanted to change things. That meant I had to find a company that had the right direction, people and technology where I could make a difference. That list turned out to be a very short one. I have known John Newton for years and have always respected him, even though we disagreed at times. When I got a chance to meet and talk to the other leaders at Alfresco, I knew that I had found the right fit.
Ray: Having been a blogger for six years covering content management, how has the industry changed over the years? What is better today than a decade ago? What are the remaining challenges?
Laurence: The leadership of the industry has changed. A decade ago, the industry was led by the big players that had helped define the industry: Documentum, FileNet and OpenText. The industry is missing the necessary leadership to move us all forward. The technology does more than ever, but we are still trying to get our success rate higher than 50%. That is our challenge. We can solve the problems in the content space, but we have to increase adoption for those solutions to matter.
Ray: What do you predict the biggest disruption will be in the content management sector in the next five years?
Laurence: The next five years? The biggest disruption is already here. It is the cloud and all that it brings with it. We are only just beginning to understand how it is going to impact the industry. Say goodbye to Shelfware or the need for PAINFUL upgrade projects. Continuous innovation and scaling to fit on-demand is going to be the new way of working. Most importantly, the new wave of cloud vendors has shown the industry that we have overlooked one of the most critical features, ease-of-use. Content management has not been simple. To be successful, we as an industry, have to take that lesson and make it the default. Content management must be easy to be successful. The cloud actually makes becoming easy, simpler.
Ray: What do all customers need to be thinking about today?
Laurence: #1. Customers need to be thinking about their work. They don’t need to be thinking about content management. Content management is a critical business tool, but it needs to blend into everyday and not be a task unto itself. If they find they are spending time thinking about it, then we aren’t doing our jobs and they should spend some time understanding how they can reach a point where they stop thinking about it.
#2. Organizations should stop focusing on their check box needs. They need to tell vendors, “Show me how my problems can be solved using your content management system. Show me why my users will abandon their current process and use your system.” Organizations need to start with people’s everyday work life, see how content fits into it and streamline the content interactions.
Ray: What makes you so passionate about content management?
Laurence: To be honest, I think I am just stubborn. I’ve been trying to solve people’s content challenges for a couple decades now and the problem still exists. I just want to see it solved and I will likely keep working at it until it is resolved. I know that it is going to take the whole industry working together to reach a resolution, which is why I try and reach out to others for help making progress.
Ray: If you could change one thing today about the industry what would it be?
Laurence: I would erase most of the last decade where we spent trying to create bigger and better platforms. Instead, I would take all that research and development and pour it into making our system easier for people to use, not just administrators. Life would be so much easier today if we had done that from the beginning.
Ray: Where can people find you this fall taking about making smart content easy?
Laurence: I am attending the ARMA 2013 conference in Las Vegas to spend some time with the compliance side of the house. After that I will be spending two weeks immersed in Alfresco while I attend our Summits in Barcelona and Boston. Afterwards, people can likely find me trying to find a good spot to take a recuperative nap.
Ray: What are you most looking forward to with Alfresco’s future in content management?
Laurence: If I only had to pick one thing, it would be the cloud. While the cloud is often over-hyped, I think it offers us a chance to make the day-to-day aspects of managing content simpler, which in turn, will allow us to spend more time on making that content work smarter for the business.
Ray: When you’re not traveling and talking about the new era of content management, what do you like to do?
Laurence: I love to watch Auburn football and get outdoors and do some hiking. It is fall right now and that is my favorite time to get out to hit the trails.
Ray: What are three devices or apps you couldn’t live without?
Laurence: My Android phone, my iPod and that is it. I could live without my laptop and my tablets, though work would become harder. My phone keeps me in touch and my iPod plays the music that keeps me mostly sane.
…still have more questions for Laurence? Feel free to continue the Q+A by leaving a comment below!
The Drupal.org D7 upgrade launch is confirmed. Today is Monday, 28th of October, we have 0 launch blocking issues and performance tests are looking fine. Therefore, we are going to launch on Thursday, October 31st, 2013.What will the launch process be like?
Drupal.org will be down for approximately 24 hours during deployment. It will be replaced by a static page with a download link for the latest Drupal release available. Sub-sites will stay online, but with user logins disabled. Both updates.drupal.org and ftp.drupal.org will stay online. drush make / dl will work fine, update status module as well.
We will start deployment around 15:00 UTC on October 31st. We expect the site to be back up by 15:00 UTC on November 1st.
We realize this will be a significant inconvenience for users who rely on Drupal.org, and will try to minimize downtime as much as possible.What if there are problems? Do you have a backup plan?
Yes, we do. If we encounter significant problems during migration, we will roll back to the Drupal 6 version of Drupal.org and restore with a backup made right before migration started.How can I find out what’s going on during deployment?
You can find information about the changes in functionality or UI in the Drupal.org D7 F.A.Q. Most pages on the site won’t change as far as layout or functionality. Our goal for this project was a straight port from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. The only place where you will see significant UI changes is the issue page. This blog post explains what is changing on the issue page and why in detail. In general Drupal 7 gives us more flexibility to implement new features and there will be a boost in performance for some of the pages.Why aren’t we waiting and upgrading to Drupal 8 once it releases?
The Drupal 7 upgrade began in March 2012. The upgrade took longer than we anticipated due to a variety of reasons that include the scale and complexity of Drupal.org and resource contstraints. We decided to push ahead and complete the Drupal 7 upgrade so Drupal.org can be on the latest release of Drupal, and so we can use the learnings in future upgrades.
CUPERTINO, Calif. – Oct. 16, 2013 – SugarCRM, the company that makes every user a customer expert, today announced the appointment of Jennifer Stagnaro as new Senior Vice President of Marketing. Stagnaro leads all of SugarCRM's branding and marketing initiatives, including product marketing, corporate communications, content marketing, demand generation, and the company's go-to-market strategy.Language English
Business connections are growing year-over-year, extending enterprise boundaries further than ever before. A survey of 1,600 global workers carried out for Alfresco by Loudhouse, an independent research agency, reveals the future of content is unrestrained global collaboration.
“The recent research was very telling – current applications aren’t cutting it and with 90% of global organizations still keeping data behind the firewall, making users desperate for products that make secure content a true reality,” said John Newton, CTO and Co-founder of Alfresco. “Enterprises need to start taking a lesson from our consumer file-sharing counterparts to offer simple and efficient tools secure enough to meet corporate security demands.”
According to employees surveyed, 78 percent of business users see their number of business connections increasing by 20 percent over the next two years as they rely on greater communication with customers (57%), employees based off-site (55%), and employees based onsite (51%) to propel business. Yet, only 18 percent of respondents describe their company as extremely effective at connecting people and sharing knowledge to move the business forward.
Statistics show that by the year 2015, the average business users’ connections are expected to double. At this rate, the average business user network will consist of almost 2,700 contacts by 2015.
At the same time, 89% of both business and IT users said they see effective collaboration as an important part of their business. Now more than ever, they rely on communications with customers and other employees – both on- and off-site – to drive their business forward, yet only 18% describe their company as extremely effective at connecting people and sharing knowledge.2013 connected enterprise survey infographic 2 from Alfresco Software
In our first eBook around the results of this global survey, we learned that users are turning to cloud applications and their own collaboration solutions – not in revolt against IT, but out of frustration because they don’t have a better alternative when it comes to sharing documents and information.
In other words, if businesses don’t find a way to free enterprise content, employees will free it themselves!
Some 44% of business users say their biggest frustration when it comes to document management is looking for content (e-mail is still the most common method for sharing documents, though it is unsecure) and 40% of all users said compliance is their biggest challenge with existing collaboration tools.
As contacts continue to grow and work becomes more global and collaborative, the big question becomes: who will be in control?
Ultimately, users must be empowered with the tools they need to retain control of their own content and business and IT will have to work together to find a solution that enables them to collaborate without restraint.
To download our most recent eBook, The Future of Content is Unrestrained Global Collaboration, click here.
UPDATE: We've finished running studies for this initial period. Analysis and findings now published.
Usability studies are one of the best ways to keep improving Drupal 8. We want to speak with people who create or edit content on the web to take part in a UX research study to help improve Drupal 8.
This study will help us learn how content creators move between admin and non-admin interfaces. Editing content is a key part of working with Drupal, so understanding this interaction is essential.
There are a few ways you can help:
- You can help us recruit participants by retweeting the tweet below, post on your own social networks, and emailing friends to send people directly to the Drupal 8 usability study sign up form.
- You can sign yourself up as a participant.
- We also need people to help us observe, take notes and debrief after sessions (it’s a chance to get hands-on experience in UX research).
- If you have experience moderating usability studies, you can moderate some sessions too!
And, with a pool of willing participants, we'll have people we can reach out to for future studies.
If you’re interested in helping out on other Drupal User Experience issues, join us in IRC in #drupal-usability (particularly Mondays at 4:00PM Eastern Time) or follow along with issues posted in https://groups.drupal.org/usability.Front page news: Drupal NewsDrupal version: Drupal 8.x
I’ve been on a real Pearl Jam kick lately. Their music defined my high school years and on a recent plane ride back from our London office, I watched the Pearl Jam Twenty documentary. Then, this summer a friend gave me an audio recording of their April 6th performance at Lollapalooza in Chile.
Five songs into the concert, frontman Eddie Vedder impressed me so much, I had to listen over and over. Here’s why:
Back in 2000 Pearl Jam played to 100,000 fans at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. During the concert, the crowd rushed the stage in excitement and nine fans died tragically. The event had a life-changing impact on every member of the band and shaped how they approached large music festivals going forward.
So for them to play the 100,000+ Lollapalooza festival in Chile was a big deal. They were sensitive to large crowds and wanted to keep fans safe. Twenty-two minutes into the show, watch Eddie’s interaction with the crowd below. The video should start at the right spot (22:15), and you can stop it at 24:40. Keep in mind, he’s speaking to 100,000 people who mostly speak Spanish!
Wow! Did you see the crowd move back at 23:55?! Amazing. Watch it again. That is a serious partnership the band has with the fans and vice versa.
So why am I talking about Pearl Jam? Well, it made me think about our Alfresco values and the process for choosing a vendor to do business with. Sure, I start with a long list of vendors, I read Gartner and Forrester research, I shortlist the vendors that meet our business requirements and I look at costs, but here are some other items that you should look for when choosing your next vendor:
- Responsive. Eddie saw a potential problem and stopped to fix it. Will the vendor you choose be proactive like this?
- Friendly. Notice how he asks the crowd how they’re doing in Spanish? I want my vendor to treat me like a real person, not just another record in their CRM system.
- Honest. Eddie is upfront in saying that he only knows a little Spanish. Is the vendor being transparent during the evaluation and will they be transparent after the contract is signed?
- Caring. He says it’s getting tight and doesn’t want anyone to get hurt. I want my vendors to have my best interests in mind and constantly advocate for me.
- Patient. Eddie speaks slowly and calmly to the audience – he doesn’t rush them. Working with a vendor is a partnership, so if all they seem to care about is what your procurement process looks like, they’re probably not a good fit.
- Leadership. He asks everyone to come together as a team, as a family. That’s awesome and it worked. How a vendor navigates a tricky or stressful situation is very telling.
- Communication. Eddie gives clear instructions on what he wants everyone to do. When I work with a vendor, I don’t want to project manage them. I want them to be organized and clear.
- Dedicated. He could have had Security deal with the issue, but he did it himself. I don’t want a vendor with a lot of overhead. Don’t send me from an account manager to a project manager to the next person, etc.
- Appreciative. Eddie thanks everyone for their cooperation and it’s sincere. I want to know that as a vendor you are thankful for my business and will do everything in your power to keep me as a customer.
- Going above and beyond. He finishes off by giving a toast that he wrote in Spanish. Would your vendor do something like this for you?
I’ve used these “softer” criteria many times including my decision to go with Acquia, Lingotek, Mark Boulton Design and Prominent Placement — and it works. So congratulations you four, you’ve passed the Eddie Vedder test!
Like this post? Feel free to share: 10 ways #EddieVedder can help with your next vendor selection, from @chrisvitti http://bit.ly/H1mrj8 #CIO
After a month-long Community QA, we are getting ready to deploy Drupal.org D7 upgrade. During the last couple of weeks we were limiting the number of ‘to-do before launch’ issues to those that are absolutely essential. Currently our launch blocker list consists of the 12 open issues.
We took a look at the upcoming Drupal events to find a quiet week, which won’t interfere with major camps and sprints, and..Launch date
If by Monday, 28 of October, launch blocker issue is down to 0, we plan to deploy the Drupal.org D7 upgrade on Thursday, 31 of October.
If by Monday, 28 of October, the launch blocker issue count is higher than 0, we will have to postpone deployment for a few weeks.What will the launch look like?
Drupal.org will be down for approximately 24 hours during deployment. It will be replaced by a static page with a download link for the latest Drupal release available. Sub-sites will stay online, but with user logins disabled. We realize this will be a significant inconvenience for users who rely on Drupal.org, and will try to bring it up as soon as possible.
We will start deployment around 15:00 UTC on October 31st. We expect the site to be back up by 15:00 UTC on November 1st.
Update: both updates.drupal.org and ftp.drupal.org will stay online. drush make / dl will work fine, update status module as well.What if there are problems? Do you have a back up plan?
Yes, we do. If we encounter significant problems during migration, we will roll back to the Drupal 6 version of Drupal.org and restore backup made right before migration started.How can I find out what’s going on during deployment?
Most pages on the site won’t change. Our goal for this project was straight port from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. The only place where you will see significant UI changes is the issue page. Some time ago we wrote up this blog post, which explains what is changing and why in detail. We will also publish an F.A.Q. right before launch, which will list all changes you might encounter on the website.How can I help?
To ensure we are able to launch on time, you can help us by bringing launch blockers count to 0.
Here are the issues:
#1289336: Calling node_view for the same node with multiple view modes on the same page does not correctly attach fields
#2001308: Node preview removes file values from node edit form for non-displayed items
#2044475: D7: restore search page integration, or remove dead code
#2097927: Remove 'Update this issue' link next to main comment form when issue updaters are used to the new green button
#1991726: Move "Follow" button back to the sidebar
If you have been on Drupal.org today, you may have noticed something interesting near the bottom of the page. At some point during the past 24 hours, the millionth user joined Drupal.org!
It is tempting to overlook those statistics at the bottom of the page because our eyes tend to skip over what they see repeatedly. But it’s worth taking a moment to think about it. 228 countries. 181 languages. And counting.
As Dries pointed out in his keynote at Prague, more than 1,600 people have contributed to Drupal 8. That's nearly double the number of contributors for Drupal 7!
The Drupal community is truly global and it's always growing, always moving forward, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Here's to the next 1 million!
Formtek, Inc. has been an Alfresco Gold Partner since 2007 and has been providing business-critical enterprise document and content management solutions and services to customers for over two decades.
The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves families, educators, and professionals working with students who have autism and low-incidence disabilities. It is funded primarily with federal funds received through the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. OCALI’s mission is to build state- and system-wide capacity to improve outcomes for individuals with autism and low-incidence disabilities through leadership, training and professional development, technical assistance, collaboration and technology.
In its role as a provider of education, OCALI creates and acts as a clearinghouse for a large collection of educational and training documents and videos that are widely used by parents, groups and institutions from across all of the US and in 101 different countries. But managing the process associated with requests for these resources was challenging.
Requests for non-video tasks are relatively simple – a request is made, the work is processed and completed, and finally the requestor is notified of the completion of the work. Video requests are much more complicated and involve the interaction between different groups such as the video speakers, and the graphics, management, and web groups. OCALI personnel were spending a lot of time trying to manually manage the scheduling of tasks, making sure tasks were being completed when they were supposed to, and that nothing was being missed.
OCALI turned to Formtek to provide a technology solution, based on Alfresco, which automates processes associated with the educational and training documents and videos.
After carefully analyzing OCALI’s requirements, Formtek installed, configured and tuned Alfresco, and developed a number of customizations, highlighted by a rigorous workflow process. The workflow automates the Integrated Systems Task (IST) Request process, beginning with a request for a video, through all steps of approval, scripting, production and uploading of the video to the web. Optimizing the video request and production process required customizations to the content model and forms, automatic folder creation during the workflow, and custom dashlets, dashboards and data lists.
As a key part of the engagement, Formtek implemented methods to record the time spent per task, and to associate in-process and completed requests with their workflow history, including a record of all documents used in the process.
The resulting solution has enabled OCALI to spend more time getting work done correctly, and to greatly reduce the time spent trying to manually manage the previous process. The amount of labor hours saved is substantial, which for a small organization like OCALI, is critical. Planned enhancements to the solution will include automation of other OCALI workflow processes within Alfresco.
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Gartner recently positioned Alfresco in the Visionaries quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management. This is the 5th consecutive year that Alfresco has been recognized as a Visionary in this report.
According to Gartner, Visionaries… typically show a strong understanding of the market and anticipate shifting drivers.*
Today, Alfresco’s vision is to make working with content simple – for end users, business-line owners, records managers, administrators and developers — without sacrificing the smarts or power of ECM. This is articulated with capabilities such as collaborative cloud sites that can support the extended enterprise via a hybrid ECM model, native mobile apps and integrated records management capabilities, to name a few examples.
But having that vision in 2013 isn’t separate from what was happening at Alfresco 5 years ago – or during the in between years. In 2009, Alfresco was investing in CMIS, which increasingly enables open integration for content solutions to operate in what are inevitably heterogeneous enterprise content environments. Alfresco also first came to market with open-source, DOD-certified records management in 2009 – something that continues to resonate with government organizations and companies in regulated industries around the globe.
We’re making it easier to work with enterprise content and we’re continuing to build on the power of ECM. We think that’s visionary. But don’t take our word for it, read the full report to see what Gartner has to say about it.
*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management, Mark R. Gilbert | Karen M. Shegda | Kenneth Chin | Gavin Tay | Hanns Koehler-Kruener, 23 September 2013
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Market conditions are changing and traditional enterprise boundaries are fading with effective collaboration becoming more critical than ever.
We recently asked 1,600 business and IT decision makers from eight countries about the daily challenges they face around content and collaboration and how they plan to leverage the extended enterprise to grow their business.
The results validate what we have been hearing from our customers all along. Business users aren’t turning to cloud applications and their own collaboration solutions in revolt against IT, but just the opposite! They desperately want and need IT’s help finding a solution, Everyone wants the same thing – an easy to use, secure document sharing tool that makes collaboration easy.
Of those decision makers surveyed, only 18% think their company effectively shares knowledge in their organization – and 70% say they see an increasing trend of employees using their own personal collaboration tools (work and personal e-mail, USB sticks and instant messaging) for sharing business documents.
Of course, this isn’t good for security of the documents themselves or company networks, which ultimately causes everyone heartburn. Of the IT users surveyed, 40% said they consider compliance the biggest challenge when it comes to sharing documents.
Employees said they turned to their own solutions largely out of frustration with the limitations of existing content management tools. The majority of business users (84%) said they have experienced issues with sending and exchanging large files over the past 12 months.
They are also frustrated by managing e-mail volumes (49%), time spent looking for documents (44%) and the number of different versions of documents (38%).
IT is listening, but needs to move faster. Of the IT workers surveyed, 49% said they proactively encourage employees to use their own cloud-based applications to collaborate at work, but only 28% of employees said they believe IT is responsive to addressing change.
An overwhelming 89% of business users said they want a single, secure connection to document sharing tools. Business users need IT’s help finding a solution, but they have to first help them understand the business value of what they need so that they can find the best fit.
Do you agree or disagree with the survey data? Share your feedback with us here and download our new eBook to learn more about the 2013 Connected Enterprise Survey results!
In the recently published Forrester Research, Inc. report: “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Content Management, Q3 2013,” Alfresco has been recognized as a Strong Performer. Highlights include:
- Alfresco is an innovator with its mobile and cloud strategy, offering hybrid options for customers that require both onpremises and cloud repository support.
- Offering both an open source community edition and fully supported enterprise edition, Alfresco’s ECM platform is suitable for enterprise or departmental deployments.
- The company’s commitment to open standards, APIs, and its developer community makes it a strong platform for integrators and solution providers to use for a range of vertical and horizontal solutions.
- The acquisition of solution provider WeWebU has strengthened Alfresco’s offerings in the transactional segment, allowing customers and partners to build a broad range of content applications with more configuration and less coding.
We’re pleased Forrester has taken note of these particular themes as they are central to Alfresco’s vision and strategy.
Check out the full Forrester Wave on ECM.