Alfresco is a large open source project that tackles the problems of document management and content management. It competes at different levels with products such as EMC's Documentum, IBM's FileNet, and Microsoft's Sharepoint (although all of them have additional functionality not provided by the others). Though the latter products are heavily financed and backed by some of the largest technology companies in the world, Alfresco is driven by a small company with a solid community of open source developers. Notably however, Alfresco was founded by two very well-known industry figures: the co-founder of Documentum and the ex-COO of Business Objects. This is one of the reasons that Alfresco is a highly reliable, scalable enterprise-grade product.

The original focus of Alfresco was on document management, e.g. document capture, indexing, versioning, workflow, storage, and retrieval. However, over time the project broadened to include web content management and plugins that build off of WCM. As a result Alfresco now includes support for website authoring and administration, collaboration, syndication, and social networking components.

Systematic Computer Science provides the following services for this technology:

  • technical consulting and training engagements
  • development and troubleshooting
  • maintenance and support contracts


Enterprise Content Management

Platforms: Linux, Microsoft Windows, Solaris, and anything else supporting Java

Language: Java

License: commercial and GPL2 (open source) available

Since: 2005