I wonder if Sharepoint-2010 Foundation version meets requirements of a company I work for:

  • Free
  • Proven extensible document workflow system for Windows
  • Able to store gigabytes of document scans inside (Does Sql-Server Express appropriate for that, how does Sharepoint store images?)
  • Allows to use electronic signatures
  • Notification subsystem, filters (I guess Sharepoint is ok here)

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Thats a very high level list of requirements so I can only give you some pointers :-

Free only if you're using internally and already have Client CALS (How Much does SharePoint Cost)

SQL Server Express 2008 R2 has a 10GB limit - beyond that you have to look at remote blob storage or a full version of SQL Server (cost implications)

Document workflow - built in with 3rd party tools such as K2 Black Pearl, Nintex and others (no affiliation)

Notification - built in Alert Me but somewhat limited (e.g. hard to customise, can't do date based alerts etc) but there are lots of other ways you can do this (workflow/event receivers/open source and 3rd party tools)

Filters - static filters via web part views, filter web parts built into Enterprise version and plenty of 3rd party filter web parts available if you're using Foundation.

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    Just a little addition: "SQL Server Express 2008 R2 has a 10 GB limit." However, this limit is per Database. So you could easily hosts way more data if you split your content in many site collections with each having their own database.
    – AlexPoint
    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:30
  • Good point - and if you look at external blob storage then you can potentially store a HUGE site collection within that 10gb limit.
    – Ryan
    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:23

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