[OOTB-hive] 5 years of Alfresco Community in production

Martin Cosgrave martin at ocretail.com
Tue Jun 2 18:27:39 BST 2015

What's really nice about this story is that Ken's 5 year anniversary of 
alfresco CE in production coincides with our one year anniversary as the 
Order :-D

On 02/06/15 19:06, Oksana Kurysheva wrote:
> Hi Ken,
> Your story is awesome. I am delighted with such stories, when users 
> really use application for so long time and are still happy with it. 
> Can we publish your story in http://orderofthebee.org/stories/? It can 
> be helpful and interesting to everyone.
> Best regards,
> Oksana
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> *From: *"Ken Geis" <geis.ken at gmail.com>
> *To: *ootb-hive at xtreamlab.net
> *Sent: *Tuesday, June 2, 2015 7:45:33 PM
> *Subject: *[OOTB-hive] 5 years of Alfresco Community in production
> Hi all. I just wanted to share that my office at the University of 
> California, Berkeley, put Alfresco Community into production five 
> years ago today!
> I work in the Research Administration and Compliance office. We use 
> Alfresco to store documents (~150K documents, ~130GB, scanned or 
> digital origin) related to the university’s research proposals, 
> contracts & grants. Initially, usage was ~30 people in central 
> offices, but a year ago we made our files visible to researchers and 
> their administrators (total user population ~2,000, although most are 
> not active). Our records management group uses Alfresco Explorer, and 
> most other users use a custom interface.
> We selected Alfresco for two main reasons:
>   * no per-user licensing fee
>   * openness; we wanted it to be a platform, not just a product
>       o in-house Java experience
> We started with 3.3 and are on 4.2 now. We use the Oracle for Alfresco 
> Community add-on <https://github.com/krumboeck/oracle-alfresco>. The 
> system has needed little attention since we implemented it.
> The biggest lacking feature for me is page counts. The PdfPages Aspect 
> add-on <https://addons.alfresco.com/addons/pdfpages-aspect> does this 
> for PDFs, but I think Alfresco (the company) should support this out 
> of the box for PDFs and other content like Word documents. I just 
> noticed that the issue I filed 
> <https://issues.alfresco.com/jira/browse/ALF-2334> (in April 2010 😞 
> <http://apps.timwhitlock.info/emoji/tables/unicode#emoji-modal>) about 
> this was bulk-closed on 3/13/15 because of 5.0, and I was not 
> notified. *Richard*, your comment says to re-open issues in this case, 
> but people like us don’t have permission to re-open (I’d prefer this 
> to re-filing).
> One of my recent accomplishments is creating a CAS (Central 
> Authentication Service, a single-sign-on common in educational 
> institutions) module for Explorer. This makes it so that instead of 
> using these instructions 
> <https://wiki.alfresco.com/wiki/Central_Authentication_Service_Configuration> which 
> involve editing your web.xml, you just apply the module and add a 
> couple of lines of configuration to your alfresco-global.properties. I 
> hope to publish this add-on soon, but I feel like it has little 
> utility to the community without having a corresponding module for Share.
> It’s been a fun ride, and I expect we will be using Alfresco Community 
> (or perhaps Honeycomb) for years to come.
> Ken
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