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Part of the fun of being a product manager at Alfresco is the open source component of our business model. Product managers need to thoroughly understand the game they are playing, and open source software businesses differ from proprietary companies in important and nuanced ways.

The most fundamental decision that a business makes is in ...

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I joined the Alfresco Product Management team about a year ago with the goal of helping Alfresco clarify our strategy around Alfresco Community Edition. I wanted to make it easier for adopters of Alfresco to benefit from the open source product, and easier for Alfresco to invest in further open source development. I did a ...

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Our last release of Alfresco Community Edition was at the end of March, so I should update you on our progress towards the next release. You have probably seen our announcements about releasing a number of modules to Enterprise Edition, but we have also been busy on enhancements to Alfresco Community Edition. Our plans for ...

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Big Changes in Alfresco's Community Strategy

Since closing our latest round of funding in August 2014, Alfresco has increased our pace of growth. At the same time, our community of customers, partners, employees, open source contributors, and developers have also been more enthusiastic and engaged. During Alfresco Summit 2014, I mentioned that we were working to restructure our community strategy so ...

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Alfresco 5.0.c was released last December. The biggest complaint with Alfresco 5.0.c was our unfortunate (and accidental) removal of the administration consoles for workflows, models, and tenants (tracked as ALF-21133). This prevented a lot of installations from upgrading from 4.2. It took us longer than we expected, but Kevin Roast ...

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As many of you know, I have been gradually changing roles at Alfresco. I moved from being the Head of Community Relations to being the Product Manager for Alfresco Community Edition. Or at least my title changed; my job duties didn't change much. We know how important it is to keep supporting the community ...

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The Right Business Model for Your Community

The Challenge of Open Source

I have long been an advocate of Free / Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS)—some would say "zealot" is a better term. However, when trying to build a business around open source, as either an entrepreneur or as a consultant, I was not successful. Five years ago I joined Alfresco. My ...

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This fall has been a hectic time as we juggled Summit and the preparations for the release of Alfresco One Enterprise Edition 5.0. In the middle of Summit, our team completed the scheduled 5.0 features and got Community Edition 5.0.b out the door in order to receive feedback.

Unfortunately we failed ...

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As we near the release of Alfresco Enterprise Edition 5.0, Community Edition has evolved a lot. Community Edition 5.0.a was an opportunity for the Engineering team to get feedback on the improvements in the 5.0 source tree. Though it was a solid release, there was still a lot of new development ...

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I have been slow to share my thoughts on the Alfresco community since taking over for Jeff Potts two months ago. I am excited about my new role as Alfresco's "Head of Community", but I have been very busy managing my responsibilities while also completing our preparations for Alfresco Summit. I thought I would ...