Kofax, Alfresco partner on intelligent business content platform

If you're up on your enterprise acronyms, it's a marriage of BPM and ECM. If you're not, just know this: Alfresco's business platform just got a little smarter.

Business process management firm Kofax announced this morning that it's struck a deal to share its technology with Alfresco, which makes open source enterprise content management systems.

The goal is pretty clear if you parse the descriptions of the two companies above: data.

By pairing Kofax's services with Alfresco's platform, the companies hope to spin the aggregate data into insights that customers can use to improve their business. They're pitching it as a way to squeeze more productivity out of the same infrastructure; while that can be true, the deal's true utility is creating a turnkey solution so that companies don't have to integrate them on their own.

The combined platform should allow for the capture of data, documents and records; the creation of insights around that activity data; and the sharing of that information across the organization.

Kofax is partnered with a number of enterprise big hitters like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, HP, Ricoh, SAP and Fujitsu, as well as others, from chemical companies to the U.S. military. Alfresco has its own share of big brands, from the New York Philharmonic and Marriott International to Red Hat and Net-A-Porter.