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

Martin Cosgrave martin at ocretail.com
Tue Jun 2 19:17:34 BST 2015

An "endorsement" if such, only for a vaguely related (and definitely 
unaligned) third party, i.e. Alfresco! A "testimonial" maaaaaybe (again 
not for the Order of the Bee, but rather the product we are buzzing about).

They know we're not Alfresco, right? This would be much more a case of 
reportage than seeking endorsement... if we could even do that for 
Alfresco. Which we can't, and wouldn't want to.


On 02/06/15 20:10, Ken Geis wrote:
> Oops. I was wrong:
>     Thank you for asking the question.  Unfortunately, your message
>     constitutes a testimonial (with the full weight of the University
>     behind it), as well as an endorsement.  This would violate
>     California State Education Code 92000, which states (in part) that
>     the University may not endorse or appear to endorse any particular
>     good, company, or service (open source or not).  So the Order of
>     the Bee may not publish your story.
> It's possible that we could publish something, but I think it would 
> need to be edited down into an uninteresting story.
> Ken
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 10:17 AM, Ken Geis <geis.ken at gmail.com 
> <mailto:geis.ken at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I’m happy to share my story, but I should run it by our brand
>     protection office. I think they’ll have no problem. I’ll get back
>     to you.
>     Ken
>     On Jun 2, 2015, at 10:06 AM, Oksana Kurysheva
>     <okurysheva at itdhq.com <mailto:okurysheva at itdhq.com>> 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
>>     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>     *From: *"Ken Geis" <geis.ken at gmail.com <mailto:geis.ken at gmail.com>>
>>     *To: *ootb-hive at xtreamlab.net <mailto: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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