Alfresco WCM roadmap 2010

May 9, 2010

As you may know, Alfresco has planned to do major investments this year on WCM.

I got some news about that at the french meetup last week.

Technically, there is a big merge under way between the Document Management core and the WCM core (AVM). Initially, these 2 components did not share the same API and runtime…so the target is to merge them together to have a more consistent (single repo) and rich product.

As far as I understand the merge should be 100% completed for Q2 2011…finally they will be embedded in a single package.

I asked the question to John Newton about what could be the target pricing of this “new” offer…John’s answer is that the pricing model is still not clearly defined. However, it is likely that if customer use both software together in a kind of publisher/subscriber pair (WCM used for content authoring and HTML content published to DM) then the price of WCM should be only a fraction of the standalone WCM price…
Also Alfresco will do major investment in the “Transfer service” (for AVM to DM deployment or DM to DM replication).
Technically, you can can consider this service as a kind of “syndication” (IBM WCM) or like an IBM Notes replication.

Now the roadmap of WCM tool is to become more a framework, to allow developpers building rich “content application”, rather than a Droopal like software (with out of the box basic web sites capabilities). In the past, Alfresco staff know that they might have been too ambitious about WCM, or maybe not well oriented. Now the focus is to provide a “content centric” platform, very open, with strong persistency capabilities, and powerfull authoring, rendition and data transfer services.

Roadmap is clear, let’s start to build smart data centric application !

Inline editing feature for Alfresco DM…coming soon in 3.3

March 23, 2010

In one of my previous post, I was referring to the new Share Form feature, and how it could
be used to provide “inline editing” or “in-context editing” feature:

Alfresco (Share Form) as a WCM inline editing tool for portal ?

This new “Alfresco Web Editor” initiative from Alfresco is also very interesting for those who want to embed WCM in-context editing feature in any java web application.

As far as I understand, with the “AWE tag library”, one should be able to render Alfresco web content, but also edit/modify it, from any java JSP application (and Additional languages will be supported in future releases with Freemarker and PHP being top of the list).

Target for this new AWE option is Alfresco 3.3, and as far as I know 3.3 E is scheduled May 2010.

I think it will be very interesting for us to embed this framework into our intranet portal (Portlet), and to test the “in-context editing” capabilities in that context…

More info here:
Alfresco Web Editor – Getting Started

Alfresco is going to CeBIT to demonstrate deployments of WCM in the Cloud (Amazon EC2)

February 25, 2010

Alfresco will be exhibiting at CeBIT on the 2nd & 3rd March.

Alfresco will be demonstrating deployments of Alfresco Content Management in the Cloud (Amazon EC2).  In addition, there will be Alfresco presentations in booth theater area at schedule times on each day.

Luis Sala, Sr. Director, Product Marketing and Cloud Computing and members of the Alfresco German team will be in attendance.

For more information and to register

Alfresco (Share Form) as a WCM inline editing tool for portal ?

February 19, 2010

If you think about using Alfresco to easily manage Web Content, then this webinar is of interest:

Making Web Content Management Easy with Alfresco Share 3.2

Basically the partner Blue Fish has used the new Share form feature to build “inline editing” forms. (inline editing allow contributors to browse the web site, and edit content “in place” whithout being redirected to another tool or interface).

This is quite similar to what portal software (like IBM or Liferay) already propose for authoring….but here the big advantage (in term of infrastructure) is that you can use a remote Alfresco runtime (i.e not coupled with your Portal JVM) to manage WCM…That means you can do content authoring directly from your production portal layer, without impacting performance of your portal front-end layer.

The form that has been demonstrated was really user-friendly and easy to use…this is exactly what contributors need !!!