Alfresco vs Documentum
Last updated: December 01, 2016
Alfresco is a Free enterprise content management system for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems. Alfresco includes a content repository, an out-of-the-box web portal framework for managing and using standard portal content, a CIFS interface that provides file system compatibility on Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems, a web content management system capable of virtualizing webapps and static sites via Apache Tomcat, Lucene indexing, and Activiti workflow. The Alfresco system is developed using Java technology.
Documentum provides management capabilities for all types of content including business documents, photos, video, medical images, e-mail, Web pages, fixed content, XML-tagged documents, etc. The core of Documentum is a repository in which the content is stored securely under compliance rules. This repository appears as a unified environment, although content may reside on multiple servers and physical storage devices within a distributed environment.
Alfresco vs Documentum in our news:
2016 - Alfresco is available as a managed service on AWS to challenge OpenKM
Alfresco, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM) and business process management (BPM) software, has announced the early availability of its platform as a managed service hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). As a result, users will be able to access the platform a single-tenant managed service hosted in an AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Alfresco is also making it easier to simplify cloud deployment for customers managing their own AWS infrastructure.
2016 - EMC wants to sell Documentum to catch up with Open Text
EMC is looking to sell Documentum, the company’s enterprise content management product, ahead of Dell acquisition. Documentum is the grandaddy of ECM. It started a market that is beginning to show its age as companies move away from expensive, monolithic tools that take months or years to implement. To its credit over the years, Documentum has tried to keep up — its latest attempt is known as Project Horizon where it tries to move to the cloud and break up the complexity of enterprise content management software. Probably, Dell didn’t see much value in EMC holding onto Documentum, and it will give them one less thing to worry about when the sale goes through at some point this year.
2016 - Alfresco integrates its ECM and BPM. Documentum is in panic
Alfresco announced a tight integration between its enterprise content management (ECM) platform, Alfresco One, and its Business Process Management (BPM) platform, Activiti. It's the climax to years of effort to pull the two platforms closer together, and rounds out the functionality of both to manage both business content and processes. Today’s announcement enables Alfresco to compete in Process and Collaboration Management (PCM) market. Alfresco is bringing to that market offers enterprises a broad range of content management and content driven processes. In effect, it combines BPM, ECM and records management, as well as offering integrations with capture and e-signature vendors.
2015 - Alfresco enhanced integration of its ECM and BPM systems
Alfresco is enhancing its ECM and BPM platforms — Alfresco One and Activiti — with the release of new modules for analytics and media management and upgraded BPM capabilities. The release of these elements add new functionality to the platforms and pull BPM and ECM closer together. The upgrades build on Alfresco's open source BPM offering, which many enterprises were already incorporating into their apps as a pure BPM engine. Now reborn as an enterprise version, Activiti v1.0 provides integration with Alfresco Share, Alfresco’s collaboration tool. Alfresco also released an Analytics Module, which can sit with any of the Alfresco products. It offers new insights and reporting capabilities on content, process and people-related events.
2015 - Hippo CMS integrates with Documentum to defeate WordPress
EMC and Hippo announced a partnership today in which Hippo, an open source web content management platform Hippo CMS, will integrate with EMC Documentum, EMC’s enterprise content management software. Thus EMC fills in a missing piece in its content management arsenal without having to spend a lot of money and Hippo gains access to a much broader enterprise market and integration with other tools in the EMC family, while maintaining its independence. For EMC Documentum, which is a long-established brand trying to fight disruption in the content management market, Hippo gives them a modern, open source web content management tool designed to help users manage customer experience.
2014 - Alfresco raises $45M to fight with EMC and Microsoft to keep up competition with LogicalDOC
UK-based Alfresco, an open source, enterprise content management startup, has received Series D funding of $45 million — that is more than twice as big as all of its previous rounds put together. Alfresco competes against legacy services like EMC Documentum and Microsoft SharePoint to help large organisations manage their disparate document storage both in the cloud and on-premises, and also offer versioning control and other compliance requirements across mobile, PC and other devices. Alfresco will use the new funding to step its business up a gear, with new sales and marketing efforts, and moves into more cloud-based services that could see it competing more directly also against the likes of Dropbox, Box and Huddle.
2012 - EMC buys file syncing service Syncplicity. Citrix ShareFile is in panic
Dropbox for business continues to conquer the Enterprise. EMC, the developer of the largest and most complicated enterprise content management system Documentum, has acquired the small file storage and syncing service Syncplicity. It's assumed that this service will enable Documentum users to work with files stored in the ECM system from their mobile devices. It's interesting that EMC has a daughter company - VMWare, which is developing its own similar service Project Octopus, but apparently, the EMC could not wait any longer, because it's an urgent issue. Indeed, the main competitor on the ECM market - Open Text has already launched such a file syncing service Tempo in the beginning of the year. Syncplicity - is one of the oldest DropBox competitors. While this startup hasn't achieved such popularity, but it was originally more business-oriented and its security features much stronger than in DropBox.
2011 - EMC offers Documentum in the Cloud and on the iPad to challenge Nuxeo
It's always a pleasure to watch, when a software giant's senior manager is talking from the stage that: "guys, customers do not want to tinker with the software, they need on-demand solutions ... it's time to move the software to the Cloud." In this case we are talking about EMC. On the video - Paul Maritz, president of VMWare (which is owned by EMC), talking about the benefits of cloud technologies and presenting (of course, revolutionary) platform EMC OnDemand. This platform will be used to host the wide range of applications by EMC and its partners, but for now it provides on the well-known content management systems EMC Documentum, EMC Captiva and EMC Document Sciences. Although Documentum alrady has a set of web-interfaces, the access to the cloud version is implemented via the VMWare's virtualization technologies.
Of course, EMC, although it's the leader of ECM market, is not the first company to provide ECM from the cloud. SpringCM, Nuxeo and Alfresco already doing it. But when a big player takes a step into the Cloud, the credibility of cloud technologies is significantly increased.
The second good news from EMC - is that the company released the Documentum app for iPad. They even suggested the new term to describe the revolutionary spirit of this invention. "Choice Computing" - it means that users should have a choice on which device to use the system. Applause! But EMC has not stopped with that. The experts in the company found another revolutionary idea: "users want the interface to be simple and clean". So the company introduced the completely redesigned (simple) interface for Documentum.
2011 - Alfresco created collaboration system for SMB. Liferay Portal is in panic
Alfresco's content management and collaboration system gained its big popularity thanks to the low pricing and availability of free open-source edition. But still it's pretty complicated solution that doesn't fit small business. But now Alfresco decided to fix this issue and released Alfresco Team which is designed for content collaboration in departments and small companies. It reminds Sharepoint Team Site or Box.net, but more functional and cheap. Users can create sites (workspaces) with different pages - document libraries, calendars, wiki, task lists, blogs, forums. Alfteso Team's functionality includes social tools (comments, ratings, Like buttons), activity streams, web-viewer (which lets you view even videos and audio files), mobile versions for iPhone and iPad, workflow-engine (implemented on Alfresco BPM), document converter (eg doc -> pdf).
It's also integrated to Google Docs. The document is stored in Alfresco Team can uploaded Google Docs, collaboratively edited there (in real time) and saved back to the Alfresco Team.
Alfresco Team has no separate free open-source version. It's features will be synced to Alfresco Community. However Alfresco Team provides the full-functional free version up to 5 users. The paid version costs $199/user/year. But if you have many users - this price may drop more than 2 times. You can use the solution either on your own server, or on Amazon EC2.
2010 - Alfresco launched free BPM engine
Alfresco loves to make problems for IT giants by its altruistic approach to business. For several years, this company is exerting pressure on ECM market leaders (Microsoft, IBM, Open Text, EMC, Oracle) by providing high-quality free/cheap open-source system Alfresco ECM. And now, the company decided to build communism in another, related IT field - BPM (Business Process Management). The new Alfresco product - Activiti is absolutely free, open-source BPM system, distributed under Apache License 2.0. To develop this system Alfresco (traditionally) enticed executives from competing project JBoss jBPM - Tom Baeyens and Joram Barrez. They were helped by the SpringSource (VMWare) developers. In result they built light-weight, fast and free product that is intended to revolutionize the BPM market.
In fact, Activiti - is not an independent application, but an engine that can be embedded into any business app (using the REST API). The idea is that any company already has existing business apps and it is more convenient to use them in automated business processes rather than a separate BPM tool. Therefore, Activity is designed around the fact, that process automation - is collaboration between business-users and IT specialists, that can integrate the BPM engine with one or several business apps. The system contains Activiti Cycle - a social tool for communication and collaboration between business-users and IT department:
In addition, Activity includes a simple user-interface (for managing tasks) and administrator modules (for modeling processes and monitoring applications). Note also that Activity supports BPMN - the standard for modeling business processes and can operate in scalable Cloud environments.
Activity is not tied to the Alfresco ECM, but is offered as an optional BPM engine for this system. There are also a number of other companies that have provided integrations. They include Spring and Liferay, as well as an iPad and iPhone client.