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2016

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Bindu Wavell, Chief Architect and Owner at Zia Consulting, Inc

 

Tell us a little about your background and how you came to use Alfresco.

 

In my early career I worked on customer relationship management systems. I ended up with a great team that transitioned to working on content management. A few of these folks started Zia Consulting and I joined as the first non-founding partner. Before working on Alfresco, I did a bunch of consulting related to Documentum, XML authoring and publishing. We also did a good chunk of work with MarkLogic. We were all very interested in open-source, so when the bubble burst and we had to start finding our own contracts rather than relying on larger consulting firms, we quickly gravitated towards Alfresco.

 

What challenges did you face?

 

No matter how good documentation is, it could always be better. At least with Alfresco when we get stuck, we have the source code.

 

What are you most proud of?

 

I'm very proud of the value we have been able to help our customers achieve. Having said that, being part of the amazing team we have at Zia and the growth I've experienced helping to build this team is what I'm most proud of.

 

How are you using Alfresco currently?

 

We use Alfresco internally to manage our projects from kickoff to closeout. Of course our customers use Alfresco in all sorts of industries for a wide variety of things.

 

What resources have been the most helpful? 

 

Having access to the source code has been invaluable. Having said that, developing relationships with folks at Alfresco and in the greater community has been the most enjoyable and ultimately rewarding thing.

 

Any secrets, hacks or advice for new users?

 

Shameless self promotion, checkout: https://github.com/binduwavell/generator-alfresco.

 

A few years ago we were really frustrated with the development experience using the original Alfresco released Maven SDK. We created our own project Maven project structure that we called QuickStart. Checkout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRxvpJcW3Yo if you are interested in some of the cool stuff we did. For several reasons this ended up being an internal project at Zia that we used as the basis for all of our projects for a couple of years. We were not able to share the source for this project with the community.

 

I think Ole Hejlskov and Gab took some inspiration from this effort when they started working on the 2.0 SDK. Having said that, the new SDK was by no means a replica. There were significant architectural decisions made that were not compatible with what we had done with QuickStart. As a result, we started working on QuickStart 2.0, which evolved into our open-source yeoman generator for Alfresco. Ultimately the 2.0 SDK addressed a many of the key issues we had solved with QuickStart, so as we dug into building QuickStart 2.0 we quickly realized we were interested in going in a different direction.

 

The yeoman generator expands on the project structure provided by the SDK for folks that want to build multi-module Alfresco systems. It also adds in some really nice code generators to help reduce the drudgery associated with creating certain kinds of common Alfresco extensions. We've made some great progress and have a project that is very usable as it is. Of course we still have lots of plans to move it even further.

 

One of the things I'm most excited about is working with the team that is developing the Alfresco 3.0 SDK to make sure we can deliver first class generator support as part of the new SDK release.

 

What are you working on at the moment (could be outside of Alfresco)?

 

See above I believe Zia is the first US partner to be certified to deliver level 1 support directly to our joint customers. I'm heavily involved in the support efforts at the moment. As Chief Architect at Zia, I spend time helping to validate design proposals and researching issues that arise on projects. Finally I still spend a good amount of time working on customer projects.

 

If you’ve worked on multiple Alfresco projects, which has been your favorite?

 

I'll tell you the same thing I tell my grand kids. They are all my favorites!

 

What’s one tech trend/software/app that really excites you?

 

I'm really into tech, I enjoy keeping up to date on trends, software and project delivery practices, mobile stuff, web stuff, enterprise stuff, etc. Much of this is directly related to the work I do at Zia.

 

Having said that, one of the things I'm most excited about is the explosion of free and high quality educational resources that are available to anyone with an internet connection. Khan Academy is a standout for me, but there are tons more.

 

Having said that, it upsets me that there are still many people that don't have access to computers and the internet so that they can take advantage of these amazing resources.

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kayne zhang, Technical Director at Unisplendour Software System Co., Ltd

Tell us a little about your background and how you came to use Alfresco.

I have been working on Enterprise Content Management technologies, Enterprise search technologies, Big Data technologies.

I hold Alfresco Certified Engineer/Alfresco Certified Administrator certifications, Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop/Cloudera Certified Administrator for Apache Hadoop certifications, HP Accredited Technical Professional/HP Accredited Solutions Expert certifications.

In 2008 our company decided to redesign our archive management system(similar to record management system), we nee to find a good open source project that we can build our project on, from then I came to use Alfresco. Unfortunately, at last we did not choose alfresco because of hibernate performance and learning curve。Any way I began to study and use Alfresco form then on.

What challenges did you face? What are you most proud of?

Our system's data are imported from many source systems, many of these systems have different security models which can't be converted to standard ACLs directly. We need to implement an security model to define permissions according to the document metadata plus ACLS, and also need to add custom security logic easily.

In one of our project by combining Autonomy IDOL,Virage and alfresco ,I won The first prize of scientific and technological progress of The State Archives Administration of the People's Republic of China, that one I think I can be proud of.

How are you using Alfresco currently?

I’m now involved in several projects based on alfresco, I do some development work including webscript/AMP, integrating with other system(Hadoop/mongodb for example).

What resources have been the most helpful?

I read alfresco docs to know new features and functions.

I use wiki a lot for technical information.

I will go to source code if I want to know intern mechanism

Any secrets, hacks or advice for new users?

Alfresco docs is very useful, I suggest new users read it through.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on an unstructured data platform project that use hadoop related technologies, such as hbase/hive/hdfs/mapreduce。

If you’ve worked on multiple Alfresco projects, which has been your favorite?

Difficult to say ,each project had different requirements, challenges and presented me the opportunity to learn some new skills .I think maybe the one that I have received accolades, both internal and external.

What’s one tech trend/software/app that really excites you?

Text mining, clustering and categorization, and big data technologies NoSQL, Hadoop,hbase,hive.

 

Cristina Martín Ruiz

Chief Communications Officer, Venzia IT

 

Tell us a little about your background and how you came to use Alfresco.

 

Comeback to the past.... November 2009: I worked for an IT company based in Seville. One day my boss asked me if I wanted a position @ minister of Economy with a new project. I remember that I was nervous because this opportunity was for me: New challenges, new colleagues, etc.. I was so excited about this change! As you can imagine I said: Yes, I'm in.

That was my first Alfresco project (Alfresco integrated with OpenOffice) and since then I work with Alfresco <3

 

What challenges did you face? What are you most proud of?

 

I'm very proud to help and contribute with BeeCon2016!

Also, during 2011 I was coordinating some Alfresco Meetups here in Spain (I really like meet new alfresco community people).

 

How are you using Alfresco currently?

 

I have the maintenance of some clients and also I deliver Alfresco training courses.

 

What resources have been the most helpful?

 

Wiki: You had almost everything there & it has been one of the most important resources since the beginning. Nowadays Alfresco Docs, of course.

 

Any secrets, hacks or advice for new users?

 

Be patience and try to move forward. If you don´t know something, ask in forums or IRC to the community!

 

What are you working on at the moment (could be outside of Alfresco)?

 

I am Official Alfresco Training and also I am working with an IT company (I love IT stuff).

 

If you’ve worked on multiple Alfresco projects, which has been your favorite?

 

Valor @ Education and Culture in European Commission (Belgium). That was the most challenging project I had never! :-D

 

What’s one tech trend/software/app that really excites you?

 

I think Machine Learning can be part of the future in ECM world.

 

Anything you’d like to share with the community? A fun fact about yourself?

 

Don't be shy and share your Alfresco thoughts & problems! Even if you think that can be a stupid question, share them with the community!

Ben has been working with Alfresco for the past 8 years, and is a certified engineer and administrator.

 

Ben Chevallereau

Software Architect, Armedia

Tell us a little about your background and how you came to use Alfresco.
For my last year at uni, I had to do an internship, and I worked for 6 months for the Alfresco integrator called BlueXML. At this time, BlueXML just started to work on the Alfresco platform that was really new on the market. And they decided to invest a lot of energy on Alfresco. So my internship was really focused on this platform. I continued to work on Alfresco during my entire career so, almost 10 years now :)
What challenges did you face? What are you most proud of?
One of my biggest challenge is when I was working for WiPro, but dedicated to Michelin. Michelin was really keen to use Alfresco globally but had no experience. I was the team leader that designed, implemented and helped on the architecture of multiple Alfresco projects in France, in Europe and in US. The challenge was obviously technical but as well human. It was my first time working in an international team, and communicating most of the time in english.
How are you using Alfresco currently?
On the different projects, I’m working on. Usually, Alfresco is mostly used as back-end repository. For the front-end, usually, we work on custom UI: Angular App embedded in Share, custom app in Share or completely external custom UI.
What resources have been the most helpful?
Back in the days, the source code was extremely useful. Nowadays, I use a lot the website docs.alfresco.com which contains a lot of information. But as well, the forums and stackoverflow.com.
Any secrets, hacks or advice for new users?
Not really a secret or advice. And it’s more for developers. A lot of people are using Maven to run their Alfresco instance during the development step. I’m a bit more old school. I created a bash script that install Alfresco in my local in a specific folder, and it installs three Tomcat instances for SolR, Alfresco and Share. I find it quicker and easier for me...
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I spend a lot of time on the new PacktPub Alfresco book, a lot of time as well on the integration between Angular and Alfresco for different projects. And finally, I’m spending time on IoT devices and technologies.
If you’ve worked on multiple Alfresco projects, which has been your favorite?
Very hard to say. I worked on a lot of projects completely different over all these years. One of the funniest one was for an online payment solution. We developed some customization to help them to improve the collaboration globally to build their mobile app with screenshot generation, approval process and integration to the building platform to automatically build the mobile app and publish it.
What’s one tech trend/software/app that really excites you?
I’m always interested by the BPM world, and so Activiti. But, on an other complete aspect, I’m really excited by all IoT devices, frameworks and standards.