Alfresco is looking to exploit the growing interest in open source content management by simplify the migration from legacy systems to Alfresco's own ECM.

Alfresco Migration Services is initially aimed at companies who wish to move from EMC Documentum and Microsoft Sharepoint, although the company has said that it will offer a path to migrate from other proprietary systems in future.

According to a survey from AIIM, 64 percent of organisations worldwide are looking to open source ECM systems, the Alfresco move is to entice some of the waverers, baulking at the migration cost.

According to Alfresco, its Migration Services tool has been designed to handle the transfer of all the content, security and critical metadata (permissions, users, etc.) from the proprietary system to the Alfresco ECM. The software is offered in two forms: on premise or through SaaS delivery. The migration software has been developed by EntropySoft, a specialist in the Data Integration market.

At a time of content proliferation, CIOs are looking for ways to minimise total cost of ownership (TCO) in this area of IT spend and find more efficient ways to manage content," said John Powell, CEO of Alfresco Software. "As a result, we've developed Migration Services in response to increasing customer demand for assistance with content migration projects, to simplify the process for organisations who want to switch from legacy and proprietary ECM solutions to Alfresco Enterprise."