What started as an idea to create a framework to integrate a web content management platform (Drupal) with a enterprise content management application (Alfresco) quickly became much more than just getting two technologies to work together. To really foster true alignment between these software products we found that bringing together the companies behind those products, Acquia and Alfresco, was critical to its success.
The Canopy Initiative thus evolved not just by integrating two open source technologies which are leaders in their respective spaces, but by aligning the organizations behind those technologies to make open source successful for the enterprise. Appnovation is currently extending beyond the Acquia and Alfresco success to include Mulesoft and HTML5.
In 2012 after numerous Enterprise implementations, Appnovation’s implementation of Canopy at Mercy Health was recognized as “Solution of the Year” by Alfresco software. Canopy was recognized for its uniqueness and ease of implementation in helping clients combine the Alfresco suite of products with other leading open source technologies such as Drupal. In 2013 Appnovation, with the support of their partners Acquia, Alfresco and Mulesoft launched the Canopy Initiative which has the goal of working with best in breed Commercial open source technologies to “Enable Open Source in the Enterprise”.
How do we choose technologies for Canopy?
Recognizing a need to bring together two leading open source platforms, Appnovation set about creating a set of tools and services to easily manage the integration of Drupal and Alfresco.
Drupal is an open source web content management system with thousands of modules available supported by a large developer community. It leaves a lightweight webserver footprint, is highly scalable and expandable and has a user-friendly interface for non-technical users.
Alfresco is an open source enterprise class rich document repository system with amazing out of the box features like Versioning and Document. It affords great backend records management capabilities and a Lucene (“Google like”) search document indexer. Alfresco supports open standards like CMIS, Web Services, Rest APIs, webdav, CIFS, JSON, JSR 168, RSS, Atom and more.
Building on the success of integrating Drupal and Alfresco, in 2011 Appnovation brought the highly popular and cutting edge technology of HTML5 into the mix. By adding HTML5, to the Canopy initiative, Appnovation was able to add new dynamic features and functionality as well as provide easy and integrated mobile access for the other technologies.
In 2012, the Canopy Initiative was recognized as “Solution of the Year” by Alfresco Software for its uniqueness and ease of implementation in helping clients combine the Alfresco suite of products with other leading open source technologies.
Moving onto 2013, a few more open source technologies have been added to the mix, bringing even more features and functionality to the Canopy initiative. The additions of leading open source technologies MuleSoft, Hadoop and MongoDB now give Canopy much more possibilities to integrate with other open source (MuleSoft Drupal integration and MuleSoft Alfresco integration) and non open source technologies alike and the power to provide Big Data solutions.
The Canopy Initiative is a proven platform but at the same time a work in progress. Appnovation maintains a strong commitment to not only integrate proven open source technologies, but to also bring the companies behind those technologies together to support the effort and create the optimal experience for clients and their users.
Enabling Open Source for the Enterprise