Alfresco ECM gilds IBM’s Lotus suite – news to come at Lotusphere 2010

The Register and a number of other news sites are reporting that Alfresco are to announce significant Lotus product integration options next week:

When IBM’s Lotusphere conference kicks off next week in Orlando, Florida, Big Blue will show off a technical preview of Alfresco Content Services for Lotus social collaboration wares. The showing is an integration between Alfresco ECM and IBM Lotus Quickr, Lotus Notes, Lotus Connections, and WebSphere Portal.

“What it allows you to do is provide the ECM capabilities for the Lotus suite,” Alfresco CTO and co-founder John Newton told The Reg. “It allows users to be able to manage content inside of Lotus, whether it’s emails or documents that are being collaborated on inside of Quicker, and be able to turn them into records, archive them, manage them, or just have an enterprise content vault to be able to search and access the information.”

Newton said that because Alfresco is such a lightweight platform, it can usually be installed on the same machine as the Lotus system without additional hardware.

This is certainly an interesting option – many of the ECM solutions out there currently are pretty heavy-weight, whether from IBM or third-parties, and do not really offer an option for small non-enterprise organisations.

This Alfesco/IBM collaboration could make ECM within Lotus’ social solutions a real possibility. Exciting start to the Lotusphere news!

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!