Alfresco tries to please both employees, IT with new cloud sync platform

Summary:Alfresco's new platform-based sync solution is touted to give more freedom to employees but also control back to IT. Are both possible?

Alfresco, a social content management platform provider for the enterprise, has announced what it hails as the "first ever" platform-based sync solution on the market.

Enter Alfresco One -- the platform that seemingly wants to do it all and make everyone on both sides of the platform happy.

Essentially, the solution is designed to give employees more freedom to collaborate both within the office and outside the firewall on the device of their choice. It is touted to be a win-win situation as the platform should also provide IT with control of all corporate content.

The UK-headquartered company is also aiming to solve what it describes as the "Dropbox problem" by matching cloud agility with enterprise content management in a single platform.

Designed to be scalable and integrated with legacy enterprise infrastructures, Alfresco One is set up to enable IT to control which corporate content can "never leave the organization," whether that be documents belonging to an individual user or management records.

However, at the same time it comes with features that enable users to share documents and invite colleagues to a cloud site beyond the firewall and outside the organization for extended collaboration.

The stand-out feature is supposed to be "enterprise sync," which is described to employees to sync permitted documents and folders from the ECM platform to Alfresco in the cloud automatically. Thus, Alfresco asserts that this is "the world's only ECM platform with seamless cloud sync."

Alfresco is also boosting its security levels with enhanced encryption as content is encrypted in the cloud when being accessed on tablets and smartphones to reduce any risk associated with lost or stolen devices.

Other features include access from native iOS apps as well as syncing between files saved to a desktop, a cloud site or an on-premise solution, which is being added in November.

Topics: IT Priorities, Cloud, Collaboration, Data Management, Mobility


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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