18 Jul

A.A.A.R. v4.4 with a new Data Quality dashboard

During the support activities on the A.A.A.R. solution, one of the most common request is about the success (or failure) of the extraction task from Alfresco. As a standard Business Intelligence solution, the extraction task is developed as a batch (called ETL process), in average executed during the night time.

How can you be sure that the extraction from Alfresco succeed or failed?

And how can you be sure that all the audit trail, the documents, the folders and workflow instances are correctly available into the analytic environment?

For those purpose, the brand new A.A.A.R. v4.4 release has been developed, together with some minor improvements you can fin detailed here in the change log.

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20 Jun

Buzzdoc, the Alfresco for speakers at BeeCon’16

Eating our own dogfood and putting our trust in your Alfresco Community instance” has been the vision proposed at the BeeCon’16 by two known guys from the Order Of The Beemarsband (aka Martin Cosgrave) and Digital Catalyst (aka Daren Firminger). The vision became real at the BeeCon’16 in two ways, at least:

  1. With a presentation talking about Honeycomb edition (and beyond).
  2. With an Alfresco Community instance, called buzzdoc, to support the speakers and organisers in the run up to the event.

BeeCon 2016Talking about the buzzdoc (the BeeCon’16 Alfresco instance for speakers and organisers) Digital Catalyst shares some interesting descriptions and numbers, using AAAR. To view the KPIs and to know further details, you can refer directly to the full article from Daren, at the link below.

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23 May

Developing a massive deletion of a large set of nodes from Alfresco

Deleting of a large set of nodes from Alfresco is not an easy task using Alfresco Share or the repository’s API. After the probe to discover if your SolR index server is working or not, in this new project Francesco Fornasari and Cristian Tiralosi have developed another interesting stand alone application written in Java, to cover an interesting feature not easily available.

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12 May

A.A.A.R. manual installation guide (by Vincenzo Sorrentino)

Do you want to know how to manually install A.A.A.R.?
Are you using the A.A.A.R. analytics over Alfresco and want to understand its scalability?
Do you want start to understand how to Dockerize A.A.A.R.?

guideTake a look at the A.A.A.R. Manual Installation guide written by Vincenzo Sorrentino and tested in a Docker architecture. This is another great example of contribution from the Community.

Thank you Vincenzo!

26 Apr

AAAR v4.3 release, the BeeCon release on Pentaho 6.1

BeeCon 2016After a stress test on a 2 milion documents repository, more than 6 milions of instances of custom types and aspects and 180.000 instances of workflows (everything on the same Alfresco instance). Together with two others different sources (a real Enterprise Record Management System and a ERP repository) the A.A.A.R. v4.3 has been released. This version has been tested on the brand new Pentaho 6.1 release, that comes with some relevant improvements on performance over JSON treatment and various other nice changes.

This release is dedicated to the incoming BeeCon event (to thank all of BeeGirls/BeeGuys for the support) and the Pentaho girls  and guys for the sponsorship of the event.

05 Apr

Let’s talk about Content Intelligence at the BeeCon ’16

As you probably know, the next 28-th and 29-th of April in Brussels, will happen the very first BeeCon. The place for the Alfresco community of professionals and enthusiasts to meet, share, learn, build, and enrich relationships.

Unfortunately this friendly event is less happy than expected, for the respect we all have for the victims of the recent tragedy. Said that, I would like to submit to your attention the brand new official agenda of the event with a lot of interesting contributions… all of them based on technical and practical topics.

BeeCon 2016I would like to personally invite all of you to talk, meet, share, learn about Content Intelligence on Alfresco and I’ll be pleased (as usual) to hear about interesting feedback about A.A.A.R., Alfresco, Pentaho and what you have done or what you would like to have from the analytics (a not only from the analytics).

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07 Mar

Solr probe to check the indexes update frequence and live longer

Are you sure that the Solr Index Server of your production environment is updating your content?

As a consequence, are you sure that your Alfresco search indexes are correctly (and regularly) updated?

From a theoretical point of view, the answer is ‘yes’, but in a real life scenario, something could goes wrong and a message in our email box could arrive from your users, saying:

Angry_faceHei fellow, the Alfresco installation that you are maintaining cannot find the documents I have uploaded a lot of time ago: this is not acceptable!

In this post is described a project that has, as its main goal, to avoid this awful issue. The project is called Solr probe (solr-probe) ad it is available on GitHub, for Solr versions greater than 1.4 (the one used from a lot of Alfresco versions).

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29 Feb

A.A.A.R. v4.2 release with custom properties extraction redesigned

aaarBye bye CMIS!

With the latest A.A.A.R. v4.2 release, the extraction jobs have been fully moved to Alfresco REST based calls, instead of using CMIS (great in principle, but slower for massive enquiries).

Another added feature is the management of the custom properties extraction, as showed as a brief presentation in the video below.

 

22 Feb

How to manually install a Pentaho Sparkl application

installerDuring the past days, I have received some contacts describing problems during the installation of the A.A.A.R. application from the Pentaho marketplace. After some investigations, the issue seems to be connected to the sourceforge links that have recently changed its format.

To solve the problem, some of you asked me how to manually install A.A.A.R., and I have added a more generic tutorial on how to manually install a Sparkl application. The tutorial has been added to the collection of the Spark tutorials. I hope that you find it useful.