Beecon is an Alfresco conference organized by the Community (Order of the Bee). This year, the second edition of BeeCon took place in Zaragoza, Spain. BeeCon Alfresco Developer Conference is an event where attendees meet Alfresco community members and employees to learn about what’s hot in the Alfresco world.
FACTS: Three days, 66 talks by 51 speakers, 180 attendees from 28 countries and 1,329 cups of coffee.
Day one kicked off with John Newton's “vision” keynote speech. As Alfresco’s founder and CTO, John never fails to inspire people with the technical advancements at Alfresco and his views on the evolving Enterprise Content Management (ECM) market. Using the popular 80’s television show “The A-team” as a main theme, John focused on the Cloud, the new development framework ADF and the advent of insights and intelligence in ECM. His keynote also discussed the convergence of content, process and governance, which defined the new strategy for Alfresco version 5.2. Lastly, John spoke about natural language processing and machine learning, which seem to be the new source of inspiration for Alfresco’s CTO (and the next focus for Alfresco?).
The direction in which Alfresco is headed
The day continued with talks on a wide selection of topics such as SDK 3.0, the new version of the Alfresco SDK, ADF (Application Development Framework) and the new REST API, which opens up opportunities to quickly build customer-specific front-end applications . A session on how you can actually talk to Alfresco using Amazon Alexa was the ultimate proof of how well Alfresco plays with other technologies.
Alfresco to remain a platform company (and why that’s great news)
Thomas DeMeo, Alfresco’s VP Product Management, started day two with his keynote speech “Going back to the root”. The importance of his message was that Alfresco aims to remain a platform company, not a solutions company. Their goal is to offer the best possible platform to allow you to quickly create the best possible user experience while enabling easy integration. They aim to provide a platform that just works. This allows their partners and customers to focus on creating attractive, user-friendly interfaces in a fast and productive way.
Part of Alfresco being the best platform means not only fast development, but also being the easiest platform to install and maintain. In his speech, Thomas talked about the attributes that make this possible:
- Easy deployments (with a focus on the cloud and more specifically AWS)
- Tooling for importing and exporting configuration settings
- Better administration capabilities
No announcements were made in terms of detailed features and release dates for these attributes.
The Alfresco platform community
During this conference, members of the community, partners and Alfresco employees talked about how they organize their Alfresco environments, how they solve problems and what are the best and the worst practices. AMPLEXOR’s Alfresco experts gave two talks during the event: one about leveraging search in Alfresco Share given by Hans De Bal, and the other about creating customizable emails in Alfresco given by Tom Vandepoele.
The platform's enthusiasts spread their knowledge by networking with colleagues so everyone could learn valuable insights and avoid making the same mistakes others have made in the past. This resulted in not only a fantastic platform, but in a support system of experienced partners, expert consultants and selfless community members. That powerful combination can solve digitalization and content management problems for all enterprises around the world. If your expert doesn’t know the answers, someone in this community will.
The future: bright and hopeful
After three days, the Alfresco community members left the conference very satisfied, hungry for more and eager to put their newly found knowledge into practice, knowing they are on the right track and the future is looking bright.
This article was jointly written by AMPLEXOR's Alfresco experts Hans De Bal and Tom Vandepoele who attended and presented at BeeCon 2017.