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The Miller Group Builds on Open Source Foundations with Alfresco

Today, Alfresco Software announced that The Miller Group,  the UK’s largest privately owned House-building, Property Development and Construction Business, has selected Alfresco, the leading open source enterprise content management system, to provide it with a new content management system across its business. As an Alfresco Platinum Partner and chosen systems integrator, Ixxus was involved in the project from the beginning.

Steve Odart, Director at Ixxus explains, "The Miller Group came to us having already carried out a lot of investigation into the various content management products on the market.  The company was mandated to find an innovative, cost-effective alternative to Livelink, which it had been using for the past ten years.  Alfresco was the clear choice for both breadth of ECM product features and cost-effective subscription and maintenance options. Alfresco’s open API’s allowed us to tailor the system to fit The Miller Group’s needs, providing a direct replacement for its Livelink system."

The Miller Group was looking for ways to cut costs, and in early 2009 began the process of looking for a replacement for its existing proprietary content management system, Livelink from Open Text.

The Miller Group required a solution that enabled all parties involved in its operations – both internally and externally - to collaborate on project documents and drawings.  At any one time, The Miller Group has upwards of fifty remote building sites in operation, all accessing and sharing information, so a robust and scalable system that was capable of centrally managing all of this content was required.  Alfresco will be able to match the previous system’s functionality and The Miller Group intends to extend its use of Alfresco by building online data rooms and collaboration tools on top of the Alfresco platform for its Construction Division.

"The support and maintenance costs for Livelink were becoming prohibitive, so we needed to find a cost-effective alternative”, said Graeme Stirling, IT Director at The Miller Group.  “It was a major decision for us to move to Alfresco."

The Miller Group expects to go live with Alfresco in the summer 2010 and envisages a quick handover from its legacy systems.

"This is a great endorsement of Alfresco’s high quality, low cost ECM platform and we are pleased at how UK private sector companies are benefiting from this approach and making significant cost savings.  The Miller Group has joined a rapidly growing roster of Alfresco Enterprise subscribers in the UK," commented Jeff Nott, Alfresco UK Sales Director.

About Ixxus

With headquarters in London, Ixxus is an experienced global consultancy and systems integration organisation. The Company specialises in the design, development and operational support of enterprise content management and search solutions, with a modern and innovative approach to project delivery.

Ixxus is Alfresco’s only UK based platinum partner and has gained unrivalled implementation experience over the last five years with a team now of over 35 consultants. The company has worked across all industry sectors; including publishing, finance, higher education, government, legal and manufacturing. Customers include Yell.com, Virgin Money, Amnesty International, Clifford Chance and 118.com.

About Alfresco Software

Alfresco Software (www.alfresco.com) is the leader in the open source enterprise content management (ECM) market. The company couples the innovation of open source with the stability of a true enterprise-class platform at a tenth of the cost. The Alfresco content platform uses a flexible architecture to provide document management, Web content management, records management and collaboration software to customers and partners in 40 countries. Headquartered in London, Alfresco was founded in 2005 by a team of content management veterans including the co-founder of Documentum, John Newton, and former COO of Business Objects, John Powell.