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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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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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.

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.

 

17 Nov

A.A.A.R. integration for Alfresco CE v5.1-EA

Starting from the A.A.A.R. v4.0, the new addon for Alfresco Community Edition v5.1 has been released to support the latest community version of Alfresco, today in its third “Early Access” release. As you can see in the compatibility matrix, the compliance is today for A.A.A.R. v4.0 (available for Pentaho 5.4) and A.A.A.R. v4.1 (available soon for Pentaho 6). You can find it downloadable at the link below:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/aaar/files/v4.0/

To understand better how the Community Edition is going ahead, with Early Access and Generally Available releases, I suggest to read this blog post from Richard Esplin (Product Manager for Alfresco Community Edition). Have a good read.

04 Nov

A.A.A.R. v4.0 major release

Some months are gone from the latest A.A.A.R. release, but this doesn’t mean that things are not going ahead. 🙂 During the past months I received some concerns about the extraction performance. Today the A.A.A.R. v4.0 is released with a couple of relevant features: the transparent authentication from Alfresco to Pentaho (using the Pentaho Transparent Authentication plugin) and the repository extraction significantly improved in performance. Read More