Startup Question: Process & Doc Mgt?

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stevebarnes
Member II

Startup Question: Process & Doc Mgt?

Hi all,

I've been aware of Alfresco for a shile. I have a strong BPMN and BPM background with several cloud based products, and have installed, configured and run a large document management system. 

My challenge now is to provide a hybrid business process and document management solution that has some aspects of CRM in it. 

My questions:

1 . Do Community versions of Activiti and Content Management Services work well together? is there inter-operability when you install them both?

2. I run a Linux desktop;; what's the best way to install Activiti & Content components:
a) to trial them?
b) to run them on a local server?

Is there a full machine image ona  Linux distro with both installed? What about Docker?

Best regards,
Steve Barnes
The Process Expert
Ballarat, Australia

2 Replies
afaust
Master

Re: Startup Question: Process & Doc Mgt?

Alfresco Content Services (ACS) Community has Activiti 5.x as an embedded process engine. When Activiti (Community) and ACS are installed separately, there is by default no integration, apart maybe from the option of doing ReST calls from Activiti to ACS via a standard behaviour. Note that there has been a general communication (since ACS 6.0) that at some point, Alfresco is likely to remove the embedded Activiti engine in Community and replace it with a "limited / simple workflow capability". The company has for a long time followed the strategy of focussing on their Alfresco Process Services (APS) product (Enterprise only) for standalone, non-trivial process capabilities, which can integrate with ACS. Most recently, Alfresco has introduced / announced Alfresco Process Automation as a PaaS solution, which could be the successor to APS (no word on the long promised and often delayed APS 2.x yet).

Both Activiti and ACS can be installed on any Linux / Windows environment, whether desktop or server. For ACS, Alfresco has standardised on Docker-based images for deployments since ACS 6.0, and I believe all the Activiti Cloud (2 major versions ahead of the ACS-embedded Activiti engine) is also heavily dockerised.

EddieMay
Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Startup Question: Process & Doc Mgt?

Hi @stevebarnes 

To backup what @afaust has written: If you wish to trial the enterprise offerings, you can go here. You will also find links to download the community versions there too. The installation options for ACS are outlined in the docs. ACS also has additional Governance Services capability for both enterprise and community.

Digital Community Manager, Alfresco Software.
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