Featured Member: Yann Coulon

Blog Post created by kgastaldo Employee on Nov 22, 2016

If you've visited the French language group, you've probably run across Yann, who is constantly offering suggestions and help to fellow community members. Get to know him a bit better below:



Yann C., Software Engineer, Blue XML


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


I started with Alfresco in 2012 while joining a team who was working on Alfresco 4.1. I was first assigned to level 2 support, to qualify and fix issues raised by customers. I also provided support to the operating teams, helping them with Apache configuration, as well as JVM and database tuning. After 3 years working on Alfresco projects, I joined a French partner, BlueXML, as a software engineer. BlueXML main customers are French authorities and administrations who are using Alfresco as a collaborative platform with Share


What challenges did you face? 


Upgrading Alfresco production environments is often challenging, as it may require to tailor existing customer adaptations  with new features brought by the new release. It's also during those upgrades that customers start thinking about new business cases to develop.


How are you using Alfresco currently?


BlueXML uses Alfresco to manage documents using Share like most of our customers.Some of our customers use Alfresco as a sole repository for their business applications.


What resources have been the most helpful?   


When I started with Alfresco,I received some initial training by a colleague working on the project..Then, I found valuable information in the old wiki, the forum and of course the tutorials from Jeff Potts. The official documentation is also a very useful knowledge base.


Any secrets, hacks or advice for new users?  


The documentation is a good starting point for installing and administrating Alfresco. This is also where to start if you want to customize Alfresco.

That being said, if you start working on Alfresco, then have a look at Jeff Potts’ tutorials on his blog (

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


I work on different projects: some of our customers need support to upgrade their existing deployment to Alfresco 5.x,, while others need support to integrate their business solutions with Alfresco.I also recently enhanced the build pipeline used at BlueXML, by migrating or adding various tasks in Docker containers (unit and integration tests, ...).


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


I'm generally curious about a lot of things. Docker is one topic that I recently started to explore, as well as microservices architecture ... And I'm also interested in how big players of the tech industry manage their applications.