LONDON, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Alfresco Software, Inc., the leader in
open source enterprise content management (ECM), today announced the
integration of Alfresco with Facebook to deliver a platform for developing
content-centric applications. This integration makes publishing content to
Facebook as controlled and effective as publishing to a corporate Web site.
The Alfresco Enterprise Content Network application, which is built on this
framework, enables collaboration and makes secure, audited, sharing of
content in Facebook as simple as sharing a photo.
Employees are increasingly communicating on social-networking platforms
-- outside the control of the corporate IT department. Corporations must
choose either to ban social software use or to harness the potential to
communicate more effectively with their community of customers, partners
and employees. A recent McKinsey survey reported that 37 percent of large
enterprise IT respondents are currently funding social networking projects.
From an enterprise perspective, organizations must have the ability to
publish to a Facebook audience as effectively as to a Web site audience.
From an employee perspective, forward-looking enterprises believe that
social networking provides a ready-made knowledge-management platform for
their workers, which will increase adoption rates to the levels that
knowledge management was always meant to achieve.
Alfresco has integrated the Facebook platform, allowing enterprise
content to be uploaded and shared with customers and employees in a
controlled, secure and audited way. New platform functionality includes:
-- Application registration
-- Facebook authorization and single sign-on
-- FBML support
-- Facebook model support
The Alfresco integration with Facebook provides a platform for
employees to access and utilize organizational information effectively with
tools they know and like. In a secure environment users can:
-- Upload documents
-- View My Documents, All Documents or Recently Added Documents
-- View documents from colleagues and friends through the Facebook news
"While social networking Web sites have typically been perceived as
attractive to a predominately younger consumer market, if leveraged
properly, these services may provide the enterprise market with a
potentially powerful and cost-effective solution to its collaboration and
content management needs," said Nicole Engelbert, lead analyst, Vertical
Markets Technology, Datamonitor.
Facebook itself has encouraged the use of its Web site for the
enterprise. Some of the larger networks on Facebook include Apple, Morgan
Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers UK, Deloitte and the US Marine Corps. Last
May, Facebook formally launched the Facebook Platform, a custom markup
language and a set of open application programming interfaces (APIs). The
goal was to position Facebook as the best foundation for incorporating
social features into a wide variety of applications, including those aimed
at business users. Alfresco is the first software vendor to take advantage
of the platform for an enterprise application. The productivity of the
Alfresco integration with Facebook for developing content-centric
applications is demonstrated by the basic application being defined in nine
lines of code.
"With Facebook, companies can engage with their customers, partners and
employees to share social connections as well as content, and track what is
going on in the enterprise," said John Newton, CTO of Alfresco Software.
"For example, our new ECM-enabled access to Facebook lets an organization
take the latest news or catalog information from inside the corporation and
easily publish it both internally and externally to keep stakeholders
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About Alfresco Software, Inc.
Alfresco Software Inc. is the first and leading open source alternative
for enterprise content management. It is the first company to bring the
power of open source to the enterprise content management market, enabling
unprecedented scale and a much lower total cost of ownership than
proprietary systems. Founded by a team of content management veterans that
includes the co-founder of Documentum, John Newton, and former COO of
Business Objects, John Powell, Alfresco is based in London. For more
information, visit http://www.alfresco.com.
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