Today, the Alfresco platform repository stores 2.5 TB of information in its document library and has over 400 users with access to the platform, a 20% growth in user adoption since its initial deployment two years ago.
"We have users coming into the system from all over including researchers, Lockheed Martin engineers, and researchers wanting to build teams," said Cordner. "When they come back to the system, all of their documents and research is there waiting for them."
Another big benefit to using the platform is its open source flexibility and licensing model, which relieves administrators of the burden of having to manage individual users. This saves time and ensures that users can access collaborative content whenever they need it.
“We don’t have to manage each user, which is great,” said Cordner. “And as our activity rate increases, we can easily leverage more users and upgrade our support package.”
In the future, the organization hopes to integrate the Alfresco platform with mobile technologies to provide better remote capabilities and access on mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones and Android tablets. NASA’s current single sign-on environment and authentication process prevents users from leveraging the platform's mobile features.
“Our engineers and researchers come to Alfresco platform because of the team aspect and the ease of collaboration,” said Cordner. “They keep their personal files on their desktop and the team documents in Alfresco platform, which keeps things simple and allows everyone to be more productive.”