Embracing BYOD, Alfresco brings tablet productivity to the enterprise

Posted on July 25, 2012, 11:00 AM

Consumers aren't the only ones flocking to purchase tablets. Tablet adoption figures among business users vary depending on your source but it’s evidently on the rise. A recent survey conducted by Forrester Research, for example, indicates that tablets are a work device for one in ten information workers globally. Another by IDG Connect involving more than 3,000 high-level business and IT professionals across 5 continents, found that a whopping 71% of respondents owned a tablet and a majority of these (61%) use it for daily work.

What’s telling about the second group is that an increasing number of businesses now allow employees to bring their own mobile devices rather than require the use of corporate-issued units. Consumerization is the driving force behind workplace tablets and it’s not hard to see why. Besides potential savings in IT spending, organizations realize that embracing mobile computing can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their workforce.

To that end Alfresco is making a big bet by providing companies a mobile content strategy with security and choice as its foundation. In essence, Alfresco is extending their enterprise-class content management system that’s used by over 2,000 companies worldwide to iOS devices and the cloud. Embracing the BYOD trend, tablets and smartphones are controlled by the user, but the content itself is managed by the company based on corporate needs.

With Alfresco Mobile users can upload, download, edit, comment, and put documents into workflows from their iPad and iPhone. The app extends your corporate content to where you need it—in the field, in the boardroom and in front of your customers, turning your iPad into a corporate content workhorse.

Discover how Alfresco Mobile can help you collaborate better with others to get work done.

What is it?

Alfresco is an enterprise content platform that you can use in the cloud or behind your firewall. It helps store and share the documents that every business depends on -- strategic plans, customer profiles, sales presentations, iInvoices, contracts -- keep track of versions, and access information at any time from multiple devices.

What does it work with?

Alfresco allows you and your content to move from desktop to cloud to tablet to smartphone. Wherever you are, access your files and share them with those who need them based on permissions. It integrates with MS Office, Apple iWork, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs, and more. Plus, it’s open source, which means you never have to worry about your content getting locked in a proprietary platform.

What can teams use it for?

Collaborate on content and add context trhough discussion forums, wikis and datalists. Brainstorm on whiteboards and alert team members when something has been posted. Easily upload videos from your desktop or iPhone to create an internal video distribution channel. Upload, store and access sales tools. Set rules to automatically convert document formats when uploaded to a specific folder and notify relevant team members (a proposal drafted as .doc to a PDF ready for signing, for example). Use Alfresco on-premise to store all your files on your own servers to maintain full security. And a lot more.

What does it cost?

There's a free plan that includes 10GB of storage and unlimited users -- no trial period, use it as long as you want. When you need support, administrative features and additional storage, you can upgrade to an Alfresco Standard Network. When you are ready to roll out Alfresco to your entire enterprise you can upgrade to Alfresco Enterprise Network.  Prices start at just $10 per user, per month.

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