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

Richard Esplin richard.esplin at alfresco.com
Tue Jun 2 23:42:53 BST 2015

Great write-up Ken.

What is the number of the issue you want reopened? I don't understand why you 
didn't get notification when I ran the bulk-close. The permissions on our JIRA 
install are a mess at the moment.

This sounds like a feature request, which means we don't really have a good 
way of tracking it at the moment. I'm not certain that reopening it will be 
the right course of action, but I'll know more after I look at it.

Also, perhaps you can publish your story as being from "a department in a 
leading US University"?



On Tuesday, June 02, 2015 09:45:33 Ken Geis wrote:
> 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
> in-house Java experience
> We started with 3.3 and are on 4.2 now. We use the Oracle for Alfresco
> Community add-on. The system has needed little attention since we
> implemented it.
> The biggest lacking feature for me is page counts. The PdfPages Aspect
> add-on 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 (in April 2010 😞) 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 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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