Alfresco aims to make Facebook safe in the enterprise
Vendor integrates its enterprise content management tool and the popular social network
Computerworld - Content management company Alfresco Software Inc. Wednesday unveiled links to Facebook, which it said will allow companies to securely collaborate and publish corporate content on the popular social networking site.
The Alfresco Enterprise Content Network (ECN) application aims to help corporate users securely upload content to Facebook for sharing with customers and employees in a way that can be audited, Alfresco said.
The vendor hopes that the new open-source application will prevent companies from having to ban internal users from accessing social networking sites from inside corporate firewalls. For example, Barracuda Networks Inc. reported last week reported that half of the users of its Web filtering technology block users from accessing either or both of the top social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace.
"With Facebook, companies can engage with their customers, partners and employees to share social connections as well as content, and track what is going on in the enterprise," said John Newton, chief technology officer at Alfresco Software, in a statement. "Our new ECM-enabled access to Facebook lets an organization take the latest news or catalog information from inside the corporation and easily publish it both internally and externally to keep stakeholders informed."
The new application allows users to upload documents, view all documents and view documents from colleagues and friends through the Facebook news feed. The application includes application registration, Facebook authorization and single sign-on.
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