Our Liferay East Coast Symposium was held last week outside Washington D.C., doubling the size of last year's ECS. The event was designed to support community members, prospective Liferay customers and existing Liferay EE administrators / developers / business managers. With such a diverse audience, several new activities were added to ECS to expand the benefits to attendees:
The agenda for ECS was designed to support three themes which were: Liferay as a strategic developer platform, the community announcement of the Liferay Marketplace, and the development of social applications using Liferay as a web platform. The opening keynote worked to define how these three themes were interconnected and Liferay's roadmap to support them. As a platform, Liferay is being used worldwide for a wide array of web projects, benefiting from it's richness, integratability, and ease of use. Enterprises are now looking at Liferay as a key strategic web platform for multiple projects throughout their infrastructure. The new Liferay Marketplace, will extend the capabilities of a Liferay eco-system, simplifying how deploymenters find and install additional "modular applications" as well as how third party developers will advertise and monetize their Liferay-based applications. Social application development is a new development methodology, where any web application can be extended to allow the application to leverage a user's "social identity", enabling individuals within a team to leverage "social data" or "social features". James Falkner had a simple video produced, showing how the Marketplace will look and how it will simplify finding and installing modular applications.
The event was also designed to allow individuals to learn about products, services, partners, to interact with technical and business leaders, and to impact the future of the Liferay community. Enabling the Liferay community to participate more is a key theme for 2011 and this event was the first to solicit community leaders to propose and give sessions.
Liferay also announced the following within the Special Events section:
Thank you everyone for participating in the Liferay ECS, be sure to watch for other upcoming Symposiums and Events at http://www.liferay.com/events/liferay-symposiums. Coming soon:
Liferay Hungary Symposium: 26 May 2011 Liferay France Symposium: 15 June 2011