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Beautiful at Any Size: Mobile First Design and Development

By Nate Cavanaugh, Director of UI Engineering, Liferay

When designing a website or web app, it’s essential to consider the screen of the person who is going to be using it – and nowadays that means it’s more likely to be a mobile screen. In 2014, 1.8 billion phones, 256 million tablets and 276 million PCs were shipped, meaning more phones were shipped in three months than there were PCs shipped all year. But mobile devices and PC’s don’t exist in their own worlds; users are increasingly switching between devices throughout the course of completing a task. A Google study on The New Multi-Screen World found that “90% [of users] use multiple screens sequentially to accomplish a task over time.”

The new reality is that your website or web app needs to be designed to look good on any device, no matter the screen size.

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Liferay Releases SDK to Speed Up Custom Mobile App Development

New developer toolkit helps Liferay’s customers develop and manage sophisticated mobile apps

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 1, 2014 – Liferay, Inc., which makes open source portal software, is releasing a mobile software development kit today. The Mobile SDK is part of Liferay’s commitment to being a mobile-ready platform, which began with making responsive design work out of the box in Liferay Portal 6.2. The Mobile SDK takes the platform’s mobile capabilities a step further, making the unique benefits of Liferay Portal available to mobile app developers.

“I’m excited that we’re thinking about how to bring our customers into the mobile revolution—and it really is a revolution, impacting every aspect of the way we do business and behave as a society,” said Bryan Cheung, Liferay’s CEO. “I think developers are going to love the Mobile SDK, because people are so hungry for the kind of immediacy that you only get from your smartphone. Anything that helps you make mobile apps more quickly with more relevant functionality is going to add a lot of value.”

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Top 10 Features Your Enterprise Intranet Can’t Do Without

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Organizations are investing time and resources to make the intranet (CIGNEX Datamatics can help) their central destination for all their employee needs. The intranet not only serves as a destination for knowledge management, but also helps to connect employees across all departments. This platform has emerged as a powerful communication tool for internal communications and adding newer dimension and functionalities to cater to all employee needs. 

So, what is the secret of keeping intranet dynamic and interesting while making it easy to use?

Here are some Top 10 Must-Have Intranet Features for your enterprise which is sure to grab eyeballs and keep your employees connected.

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The CMS-Connected Review of Liferay Video

I had the privileged of reviewing Liferay Portal for CMS-Connected's "In the Spotlight" segment. This is the first time, I've done a show with new co-host Butch Stearns. The end result is what I think is a great question and answer review of Liferay's products followed by Scott Liewehr's analyst perspective of Liferay the company. In the show, I talked about Liferay Portal and Liferay Social Office. I also had a chance to briefly mention Liferay Sync.

From an IT perspective I love the fact that Liferay Portal can serve multiple functions such as a WCM Platform, CMS, integration, collaboration, and social publishing. This ability to bend open source Liferay to meet your needs is what I've found excites most developers. As Scott later mentions Liferay's "be all" software strategy is also Liferay the company's biggest marketing challenge as they try to move up the CMS food chain. That differing perspective coming from IT, marketers, and analysts about a CMS is what I find I value most about CMS-Connected. The Liferay in the Spotlight segment begins about 46 minutes into the video.

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Face-to-face with Samir Bhatt, Author of "Liferay Portal Performance Best Practices"

Samir Bhatt is the author of recently published Liferay Portal Performance Best Practices which provides guidance on how to build and define architecture of high performing Liferay based portal solutions. This is the second book after co-authoring Liferay Beginner’s Guide in 2012.

Samir BhattSamir Bhatt has over 12 years of IT including 4 years of Liferay Portal experience. In addition to authoring this book, Samir has also co-authored Liferay Beginner’s Guide. Samir is a Liferay certified trainer delivering training on Liferay Portals worldwide.

In a recent interview, the author provided the following answers to our questions.

1. This is your second book after co-authoring ‘Liferay Beginner’s Guide’. How is the overall experience?

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Architecting Integrated Content Management Portal with Liferay

A decade before, organizations stepped up to revolutionize their processes. It was an era of websites and automation applications. To cater to the clients, organizations went for online building their online presence with e-commerce sites.  While process automation picked up buzz words like SCM, CMS, DMS, WCM, and ECM floating across all industries. IT companies continued the stride further to enhance these applications and website features.

Current Scenario

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Liferay North America Symposium Highlights Growth, Business Versatility of Portal Platform

Attendees from diverse industries gather to leverage open source platform for innovation, participation and efficiency

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (October 8, 2012) – Liferay, Inc., provider of the world’s leading enterprise-class, open source portal platform, today announced the kick off of the Liferay North America Symposium in San Francisco where representatives from more than 180 enterprises, universities and government agencies converged for the two-day event. Partners, customers, and community members representing aerospace, financial services, health care, higher education, manufacturing, technology, and other industries gathered to learn how the market-leading open source portal platform is being used to create solutions for today’s biggest business challenges.

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First Impression: Liferay Grows Up

For a second year in a row, I along with CMS Report was invited to cover Liferay's North America Symposium which is being held this year in San Francisco. During this morning's keynote speech by Bryan Cheung, Liferay CEO and founder, I couldn't walk away from the presentation without recognizing the difference a year can make for one company. Something has changed for Liferay and the many partners and associated vendors that are represented here at this conference. Liferay has grown up, people are ready to talk business, and they're once again ready to talk about the importance of open source and community which makes this all happen.

This morning, Liferay released some startling numbers on just how good business is in terms of growth for the Liferay ecosystem. Consider some of these highlights related to the announcement:

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Liferay Marketplace Now Open to Enterprise Users and Developers

Public repository of advanced enterprise applications ready for download

LOS ANGELES, CA – Liferay, Inc., provider of the world's leading enterprise-class, open source portal, recently announced the public launch of Liferay Marketplace, offering over 70 enterprise apps and themes developed by Liferay. As part of this launch, Liferay also invites independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers to begin developing apps for Liferay Marketplace. Availability of third party apps created by ISVs will be in the next phase of Liferay Marketplace, which will include additional functionality such as built-in transaction and payments processing.

The public availability of Liferay Marketplace is a pivotal move forward in Liferay's goal to provide greater access to enterprise applications for Liferay users around the world.

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New Liferay Portal 6.1 EE Empowers Enterprise Business Users

Powerful content and document management combined with new power-user features extend enterprise capabilities

LOS ANGELES — (February 22, 2012) — Liferay, Inc., provider of the world’s leading enterprise-class open source portal, announced today the general availability of Liferay Portal 6.1 Enterprise Edition (EE) for download. The latest version of Liferay’s portal product is its richest yet, offering key usability enhancements that empower business and non-technical users to easily and effectively publish, organize, and access data and content, and quickly create applications to facilitate business processes online.

The new Liferay Portal 6.1 EE features extensive updates to existing web content and document management systems plus new capabilities that are designed to provide more power to end users. Extensive user interface updates will make document management more productive and intuitive, with desktop and mobile access, live previews, and integration to external enterprise document repositories. Liferay 6.1 EE also simplifies the development and maintenance of rich websites, with sophisticated page templates and multiple site and page version editing.

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