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Four reasons why you'll upgrade to Alfresco Content Services 7 and you won't regret it

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If your Android phone isn’t running the latest software, your security and privacy might be in jeopardy. Every time Apple drops a major new operating system update—whether macOS or iOS—there’s the question of whether or not you should upgrade right away or wait a while. Obviously, one of the main reasons to upgrade it is to access all the new features. Technological solutions come with a shelf life. So, you need to make sure that they’re updated periodically. This applies to your Alfresco document management solution as well.

With the amount of information being produced today, it is necessary for organizations to find newer document management systems that can adapt to changing demands. In the IT world, deploying your organization’s software solution is just the beginning of a successful strategy. It’s even more crucial to ensure that you maintain your solutions and systems so they can evolve as needed while your organization grows and the overall business environment changes.

Why upgrade after all

In its paper, Hyland highlights four main reasons why you should make regular upgrades a key piece of your IT strategy:

  1. Bolstered security: In the software world, things can change quickly. Systems that were secure before may now be vulnerable in ways that you couldn’t have anticipated. Innovative developers keep you ahead of the latest threats with new updates that ensure your security stays strong. Avoiding these upgrades opens you up to risk.
  2. Improved functionality: One of the biggest goals of software updates is to provide the most up-to-date user experiences and solutions across a range of clients, devices, and integrations. Neglecting upgrades can cut your knowledge workers off from better information access, exciting new features, and modern experiences that help deliver exceptional service to your customers.
  3. Enhanced compatibility and productivity: Updates to your core systems can include support for the latest browsers, operating systems, and new and expanded integrations with common business applications. Sitting back and relying on outdated versions can hinder your organization’s attempts to stay up to date with the latest technological advancements that can empower your staff to focus on the task at hand, instead of IT workarounds.
  4. Augmented performance: And of course, upgrades exist to ensure you are working on the most optimally performing version of your preferred solution. Everything from continued QA testing to requested improvements and suggested changes from users goes into every software update. You could be missing out on some of the most requested performance adjustments from your very own users.
Alfresco Content Service 7

What’s new in Alfresco 7

Earlier this year, Hyland launched its latest release of Alfresco Content Services. With a fully cloud-native platform, expanded extensibility and scalability, and exciting innovation, Alfresco Content Services 7 represents the leading content services platform for delivering innovative content-centric business solutions. 

  • Even stronger security and governance. Auto-detection and tagging of personally identifiable information (PII) in documents make it easy to manage privacy and compliance.
  • Enhanced search scalability. Highly scalable direct searches let users find content quickly, easily, and with precision — even across the largest repositories.
  • Elasticsearch early access program. An early access program is available if you wish to evaluate Elasticsearch as an alternative to the Solr search platform.
  • Alfresco Extension Inspector. Analyze and compare existing extensions against repository versions for compatibility and easier upgradeability.
  • Increased extensibility. The new Alfresco Events SDK enhances the developer experience by speeding up the development process for faster time-to-value.
  • Open Source. Continued commitment to open standards so that your content services platform continues to support easy integrations and customizations.

What’s the impact on your Alfresco?

Hyland is moving forward with sunsetting Alfresco Content Services (ACS) versions 5.2 and 6.1.

ACS 5.2 and 6.1 product versions’ end-of-maintenance date is Monday, February 28, 2022. At this time, Hyland will no longer provide the current level of support to ACS 5.2 and 6.1 users. Customers are advised to migrate to a more recent ACS version before this date to avoid an interruption of their support. 

  Source: Webinar: Upgrading to Alfresco Content Services 7

It is recommended that customers using ACS 5.2 or 6.1, upgrade to Alfresco Content Services with a more recent product version, such as ACS 7.0.1 or 7.1 on-premises or in the Alfresco Cloud. In addition to using a newer version, users will benefit from fully supported solutions and a high level of platform security.

The release of the open-source version of Alfresco Content Services 7.0 validates Hyland’s continued commitment to the values of open thinking and to our thriving open-source developer community.

Alfresco Content Services 7 focuses on accelerated deployment for customer solutions for PaaS, Cloud, or on-prem deployment. We at Xenit, as premium Alfresco partner and expert, are committed to working with you and your customers to minimize any disruptions. 

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