12 Oct

A.A.A.R. live long and prosper

logo-aaarIt was 2012 when I started to think, and then develop, Alfresco Audit Analytics and Reporting. In few words, the idea was to integrate Alfresco ECM with Pentaho, one of the most famous Open Source Business Intelligence Platform.

Since 2014, A.A.A.R. was released into the official Pentaho Marketplace and today it is at its 4th version, with several succesfull installations and positives feedbacks from both the Alfresco and Pentaho Communities. The counter says that around 20.000 downloads has been done from the Sourceforge repository, in less than three years… not bad, I say!

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As you probably know, A.A.A.R. is completely Free of Charge, and I am (proudly) the principal developer. In other words, A.A.A.R. is a case of success, even if it is not an official solution developed and supported by Alfresco.

Starting from October 2016, I joined Alfresco (as a Company) with the role of Product Evangelist… and this is a nice stuff… but:

Which is the implications for the A.A.A.R. project?
Which is the future of the A.A.A.R. analytics solution?
Will A.A.A.R. became an official Alfresco thing?
Will I continue to support, maintain and evolve A.A.A.R.?

In this post I would like to clarify these questions, to avoid any misunderstanding connected to my new role.

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05 Oct

Being a Product Evangelist at Alfresco

Starting from the 3rd of October, I began a new challenge as Product Evangelist at Alfresco. The role is not a new entry for the famous ECM, because Ole Hejlskov covered it with success for more than one year, with the title of “Developer Evangelist” (tasks and responsibilities are more or less the same). During the on-boarding period, before joining Alfresco, one main question was in my mind:

What a Product Evangelist does in Alfresco?

What a Developer Evangelist generally is?

The confirmation that these questions should be clarified, came when I shared the news with some friends, working as developers. Only few of them knew what a Product or Developer Evangelist does in concrete. Only few of them knew which is the mission of a Product or Developer Evangelist.

To cover this , after studying the few documentation over the web, I started to write this post, sure that, sooner or later, it would be useful for the developers to clarify my role into the Alfresco ecosystem. Last but not least, writing this article, has been useful for me too, to rationalize the challenge, the tasks and the responsibilities.

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