Month: August 2011

Alfresco as a Platform: Your thoughts?

Back in March of 2007 I gave one of my first public talks on Alfresco in Boston at what was then billed as the first public Alfresco meetup (at least in the US). My topic was “Alfresco as a Platform”. In looking back at the presentation I’m struck both by how much has stayed the same and by how much has changed.

Today I’ve added a post on Alfresco’s blog entitled, “Alfresco as a Platform“. The post is probably preaching to the converted for many of the readers of my blog. My goal with the post is to encourage IT organizations to recognize the “capture, organize, and share” problem that everyone has and to address it with an IT-approved stack. I then identify the key innovations added over the life of the product–Web Scripts, CMIS, SharePoint/IMAP/SMTP, and Workflow–that make Alfresco a strong platform for content-centric applications, and therefore an excellent choice to be part of that stack.

Many of you have been in the Alfresco community for multiple years now. How has “Alfresco as a Platform” changed over time from your perspective? How has it stayed the same?

Alfresco DevCon 2011 Call for Papers

I’ve just posted the official call for papers for Alfresco DevCon 2011. I know a lot of readers have done some really cool things with Alfresco. This is a great opportunity for you to share those stories with the rest of us.

Also, let me know if there is anything significant missing from the proposed list of tracks, which is:

  • Alfresco as a Platform
  • Best Practices
  • Customizing Alfresco
  • Case Studies
  • BPM
  • Building WCM Solutions with Alfresco

Just like last year, we’ll have three sessions running concurrently throughout the day. We’ll start Day 1 with opening remarks from me, then move right into a keynote from John Newton, which is always a crowd favorite. Then I was thinking it would be good to have a “What’s New in 4.0?” general session, then split into breakouts after that. The only other general session I could see us doing would be an Engineering Panel Discussion, maybe on the morning of Day 2.

Any and all feedback is welcome!

Alfresco DevCon coming to San Diego and London this Fall

We’ve finally got everything settled around the cities, venues, and dates for our annual Alfresco DevCon. This year we will be in San Diego at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter October 26th & 27th and in London at Prospero House in Central London November 9th & 10th.

In both cities, the two conference days will be preceded by a Training Day. So, if you want to take the Jump Start or Advanced training courses and attend the full conference, you’ll need to block out three days. If you are skipping Training Day, you’ll need to block out two days.

My official announcement is on the DevCon blog, here. You should get in the habit of following that blog for all DevCon related news. I’ll try to point you to additional posts on that blog as they happen, but that feels kind of redundant.

We’ll get registration turned on soon. And we’ll be sharing additional info around hotel and travel, so watch that blog.