What started as an idea to create a framework to integrate a web content management platform (Drupal) with an enterprise content management application (Alfresco) quickly became much more than just getting two technologies to work together. To 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. This became osCaddie (formerly Canopy), our “Open Source for the Enterprise Initiative,” and is now extending beyond the Acquia and Alfresco success to include Mulesoft and HTML5.
We’ve now termed the service offerings under this initiative, which are based on implementation and integration of open source technologies, osCaddie. While the overarching effort by Appnovation and its key partners (Acquia, Alfresco, MuleSoft & Google) to further open source adoption, implementation and integration within the enterprise resides under osCaddie, our Open Source for the Enterprise Initiative.
Appnovation’s “Open Source for the Enterprise Initiative” is based on four key pillars. First and foremost, it involves the identification and selection of the best of breed, proven and widely used open source technologies that are available for enterprise-level entities to adopt, implement and integrate into their current IT architecture. Secondly, The Open Source for the Enterprise Initiative involves the support of the commercial entities behind those technologies to not align with the needs of customers, but also with one another, to further the movement to open source. Next, the Initiative places a high value, as do most open source technologies, on having community involvement to facilitate the sharing of best practices, code and experiences which is accomplished through regular community councils and an ever growing community site. Lastly, the Initiative requires expertise to execute and implement a company's open source strategy, architecture and infrastructure, which Appnovation has now packaged into a solution for enterprise level customers to purchase called osCaddie.
Open Source Caddie is “THE GO TO Service” for enterprise customers looking to move to an open source stack of technologies. While currently there is no single open source solution to truly satisfy a full and reliable Enterprise technology stack, Open Source Caddie is meant to be the bridge to get companies closer to that goal by integrating open source technologies while also allowing for integration with commercial, proprietary and legacy systems. In addition to implementation and integration by Appnovation’s open source experts, Open Source Caddie comes with dedicated expert time which includes quarterly architecture reviews and custom integration support along with access to the Open Source Caddie knowledge base and forums.
Enterprise clients who are looking to adopt, implement and integrate open source into their technology environment can view a full list of packages, along with pricing, to see what would work best for an entities particular needs. We also encourage potential customers to contact appnovation either via email or form to set up a time to speak with an OSCaddie Solutions Expert to further discuss the open source technologies being considered, best options for implementation and/or integrations currently needed or wanted.
Recognizing a need to bring together two leading open source platforms, Appnovation set about creating their first osCaddie service offering; a set of tools and services to easily manage the integration of Drupal and Alfresco. This evolved into osCaddie, our Open Source for the Enterprise Initiative, to bring together the companies behind technologies and eventually other open source technologies to enable open source solutions for enterprise customers.
In 2012 after numerous Enterprise implementations, Appnovation’s implementation of osCaddie at Mercy Health was recognized as “Solution of the Year” by Alfresco software. osCaddie 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. Building on the success of osCaddie , in 2013 Appnovation, with the support of their partners Acquia, Alfresco and Mulesoft launched the Open Source Initiative, now known as “The Open Source for the Enterprise Initiative” which has the goal of working with best in breed Commercial open source technologies to “Enable Open Source in the Enterprise”.
How does Appnovation choose technologies for osCaddie and The Open Source in the Enterprise Initiative?
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 osCaddie 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, osCaddie 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 osCaddie. The additions of leading open source technologies MuleSoft, Hadoop and MongoDB now give osCaddie 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.
osCaddie is a proven service 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