Alfresco vs OpenText

Last updated: July 28, 2017

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Alfresco
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.
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OpenText
OpenText products help organizations put content to work. Whether your goal is to drive revenue, improve productivity, reduce costs or ensure regulatory compliance and sound information governance, OpenText has the product to execute.
Alfresco vs OpenText in our news:

2017. OpenText acquired forensic security vendor Guidance Software



Content management company OpenText acquired Guidance Software, a forensic security and eDiscovery vendor for $240 million. OpenText has never been afraid to open its wallet to fill in a hole (or even buy something with overlapping functionality). As a case in point, just about a year ago, it bought Documentum, alternative enterprise content management firm, from EMC for $1.62 billion. This acquisition gives the company some overlapping functionality too, but Cheryl McKinnon, an analyst with Forrester Research who monitors the content management industry, says it also gives the company forensics tools, which are new to them.


2016. Alfresco is available as a managed service on AWS



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. OpenText acquires Documentum for $1.62 billion



OpenText is acquiring Dell EMC's enterprise content division, including Documentum for $1.62 billion. Under the terms of agreement, the software, associated services and employees of ECD will be integrated into OpenText.  The deal comes less than a week after EMC officially became part of Dell. EMC’s content management business did not fit into that mix. EMC acquired Documentum in 2003 for $1.7 billion. Documentum was always an odd fit for EMC and it was no secret that EMC has been trying for the last few years to find a buyer for Documentum. The acquisition further strengthens OpenText as a leader in Enterprise Information Management,  and OpenText is now taking on IBM (FileNet) head to head.


2016. OpenText acquired Recommind



Just a week after OpenText announced that it was selling off $600 million worth of senior debt notes to fund future acquisitions, the company dropped $163 million to acquire Recommind, an e-discovery and information analytics provider.  Recommind provides a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform and managed services solutions that include Axcelerate for e-discovery review and analysis, Perceptiv for contract analytics and Decisiv for enterprise-wide information access. OpenText officials said the e-discovery capabilities will complement their enterprise information management (EIM) solutions. Recommind will also expand OpenText's expertise in cloud and analytics.


2016. Alfresco integrates its ECM and BPM



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.


2014. OpenText buys Big Data analytics provider Actuate for $330 Million



OpenText, the world leader in Enterprise Content Management, acquired Business Intelligence provider Actuate, which is one of the leader in Enterprise Business Intelligence. Actuate, often called “the BIRT company,” (BIRT stands for “Business Intelligence Reporting Tools” and is an Eclipse Foundation Open Source Project). Actuate supports BIRT – the open source IDE – and develops BIRT iHub – its deployment platform – to significantly improve productivity of developers working on customer-facing applications. Actuate's BIRT Analytics delivers self-service predictive analytics to enhance customer engagement using Big Data. Actuate for CCM empowers ECM architects to easily transform, process, personalize and archive high-volume content.


2014. Alfresco raises $45M to fight with EMC and Microsoft



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. Open Text and Liferay create Dropbox clones



Could you imagine couple of years ago that such serious enterprise vendors like Open Text and Liferay, that develop such a serious enterprise content management systems (ECM) will copy such a simple consumer service as Dropbox? Nevertheless, it happens. Because even in large corporations (that use ECM) employees are ordinary people. And they also don't want to work for the system, but want the system to help them work. And they also use Dropbox, even if IT administrators prohibit it. There is only one way out - to create the same (simple) service and protect it with firewall. This is the very idea behind the new services: Open Text Tempo and Liferay Sync. They allow to sync files between desktop folder, web account, tablet and smartphone, quickly share files with co-workers, and they work on corporate servers. That's simple.


2011. Alfresco created collaboration system for SMB



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).