Quickly following up on its recent integration with Facebook, Alfresco is expected to release the 2.9 version of its open-source content management platform on Tuesday. Features in the release include integrations with popular Web-based services like iGoogle and MediaWiki, as well as Adobe's Web development tools.
"What we've pulled together is the de facto, standard tools people are already using," said Ian Howells, Alfresco's chief marketing officer. "What we're doing is sort of giving you all the classic enterprise control, but in a social-networking platform."
An excerpt from the Alfresco press release:
Alfresco has embraced this major industry trend by incorporating the following capabilities into Alfresco Social Computing Platform:
- Social Collaboration – Knowledge Spaces, Calendars, Discussions, Wikis, Presence (Skype and Yahoo), Social Tagging, and richer Social Networking information for users
- Integrating the Outside-In – Out-of-the-box integration of best of breed open source Web 2.0 tools and services such as Facebook, iGoogle and MediaWiki, WordPress, TypePad, RSS Readers and Email
- Integrating the Inside-Out – Out-of-the-box content publishing to multiple channels including Web sites, Facebook, WordPress and TypePad
- Rich Mashup Architecture – Creation of new Rich Internet Application (RIA) mashup applications through the Adobe® Flex™ SDK, integrating front office and back office through content services. Web-oriented architecture with simple, lightweight scripting using internet standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
- Choice – Choice of operating system, database, application server, portal, content creation tools, collaboration and social networking tools, unlike products such as SharePoint.