Alfresco DevCon 2018 wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, and as a proud member of the Alfresco community, it was an exciting one to be part of. After all, Alfresco finally returned to host their annual dedicated developer conference, after a 6 year hiatus and two successful BeeCon events in 2016 and 2017 organized by the independent group Order of the Bee.
The great thing about this event is the involvement of the whole community, from customers, and partners to pure technology enthusiasts. Combined with a fun, high-energy atmosphere all around, this was “the place to be” to hear all latest in enterprise content management, technical developments and success stories from the best professionals in the business. If you missed something the first time around, or weren’t among the 300+ lucky ones to join us in Lisbon, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. From the VIP keynotes to the 5-minute “lightning talks”, we picked 7 of the most informative and engaging presentations for you.
John Newton, Founder & CTO, and Chris Wiborg, VP Product Marketing at Alfresco spoke about how emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, cloud services, consumer friendly interfaces and the blockchain are changing content management and what can be expected in the future, all with a Star Wars themed presentation.
A glimpse of the factors driving the company’s directional roadmap and how Alfresco’s architecture is planned to evolve to take full advantage of its unique blend of content, business process management and governance, by Thomas DeMeo, VP of Product Management, and Brian Remmington, Chief Architect at Alfresco
A quick look into the key learnings from the speaker’s volunteer search and rescue work that are applicable to those involved in software development: the need to anticipate big decisions, always back up options using data to facilitate decision making, use checklists to help manage stress, and understand your stakeholders’ needs and personalize your communications accordingly.
A humorous presentation of the origin, the evolution and the new version of the ContentCraft plugin, an original integration of Alfresco with Minecraft where you navigate within folders and sub-folders as if they were buildings, rooms, bookshelves and books in the game’s building block environment.
An entertaining representation of the challenges in document management using the analogy of a battle between David (the “Alfrescan” expert consultant) and Goliath (the “big company” with its many departments, managers and rules), and tips from Sun Tzu’s “The art of war”, where the battlefield is the documents.
An introduction to how cognitive patterns, cognitive computing and machine learning emulate human recognition, and how artificial intelligence can be used in Alfresco to enhance user experience and make users’ lives easier.
A presentation from the governance services track on an ongoing Master's thesis research into MoReq 2010 and how Alfresco can support this requirements specification for a generic electronic records management system. It was published in 2008 by the European Commission and is the standard for compliance and best practice information management for all sectors in Europe, highlighting Alfresco’s strengths in this area.
Hans De Bal is a Senior ECM Consultant at AMPLEXOR based in Belgium, specialized in Alfresco. Leading a team of developers, Hans focuses on providing clients with robust solutions against their business requirements. He has been responsible for successfully leading Alfresco projects for public and finance sectors. As an open source enthusiast, he’s also frequent speaker at BeeCon Alfresco Developer Conferences throughout Europe.