Four Common Pitfalls to Avoid in Migrating to Liferay

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Moving to a new portal can be compared to moving into a new home. It takes a lot of planning, and always proves harder than anticipated. There are many things you need to figure out beforehand to ensure that migrating to Liferay is successful, and nothing is left behind (your data, for example).

Since there are a lot of moving parts and confusion around migrating to a new portal, Duke H, a Website Communicator at Liferay, has shared the top 4 pitfalls that Liferay’s customers encounter when migrating to Liferay. In the process of migrating, good planning and keeping in mind the pitfalls below, can help to ensure a seamless transfer between portals.

  1. Failing to backup migration
  2. Not identifying key stakeholders
  3. Not allowing for user acceptance testing/signing off without concrete guidelines or standards
  4. Not outlinining a strategy for content freeze during the migration execution

To read more of Duke’s article on migration pitfalls, click here.

Liferay Recognizes Veriday as a New Platinum Partner

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Enterprise demand for better customer and employee engagement drives Veriday’s implementations of the leading portal provider

LOS ANGELES – (February 24, 2015) – Liferay, Inc., which makes enterprise, open source portals, announced today that Veriday has achieved Platinum Partner status. As a partner since 2011 and one of Liferay’s fastest growing technology partners, Veriday works with clients to design and implement customer- and employee-facing solutions using Liferay Portal. Major clients for whom Veriday has implemented Liferay Portal solutions include Canadian Tire, Saskatchewan Government Insurance, CIBC and FNF Canada.

“We count Veriday among our strongest partners,” said Brian Kim, Liferay’s Chief Operating Officer. “In combining a keen design point of view with technical engineering expertise, Veriday delivers high-performance user experiences to clients through Liferay Portal. They understand the unique approach Liferay offers in building web experiences that foster relationships with customers and employees. We look forward to furthering our partnership as Veriday’s client portfolio continues to expand in Canada.”

Veriday believes Liferay is essential to fulfilling the growing needs of the enterprise, especially those who are looking to move beyond the constraints of their current technology platforms. Liferay Portal provides key functionalities to meet the needs of modern users by enabling the delivery of mobile applications, both native and web, mobile responsive design and audience personalized content targeting.

“Veriday is very excited that our customers have enthusiastically embraced Liferay as a valuable technology investment. This is further evidence of Liferay’s effectiveness as a strategic investment for employee and customer engagement,” said Marc Lamoureux, CEO, Veriday. “We plan on continuing to invest in our Liferay partnership and expanding our impact across North America.”

For more information about Liferay, visit www.liferay.com.

For more information about Veriday, visit http://www.veriday.com.

About Liferay, Inc.

Liferay, Inc. is a leading provider of enterprise open source portal and collaboration software products, servicing Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Clients include Allianz, Carrefour, Cisco Systems, Danone, Lufthansa Flight Training, Siemens, Société Générale, Toyota and the United Nations. Liferay offers Enterprise Subscriptions, which provide access to emergency fixes, software updates, 24/7 support SLAs, and subscription-only features. Liferay also offers professional services and training to ensure successful deployments for its customers. Liferay, Liferay Portal, and the Liferay logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Liferay, Inc., in the United States and other countries.

About Veriday

Veriday is a Technology and Digital Marketing Firm whose sole purpose is to help you delight your target audience and turn them into your promoters. We achieve your goals by educating your teams with proven methodologies and practices coupled with the latest, leading edge portal technologies.  From conceptual planning to implementation to technical support, we have your back when it comes to making your next online project a milestone success.

The Top 3 Business Benefits of Liferay

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Veriday has been in the business of implementing Liferay Solutions since 2005. Our experiences building solutions on the Liferay platform have solidified our choice for Liferay as the leading enterprise portal platform.  Although there are many reasons why Liferay provides an effective technology investment for your business, we’ve narrowed it down to a quick top 3 business benefits that Liferay has to offer:

Smarter Investment

Liferay users have been smart about their savings, and investing in their futures. Liferay users get the most flexible and dynamic technology at the lowest Total Cost of Ownership and highest Return on Investment. Fortunately, Liferay is less expensive to maintain and grow with your business over time. Competing solutions require that you pay for additional features whereas Liferay comes equipped with as many resources as businesses need to accomplish whatever it is that your business needs to do.

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Liferay is famous for its compatibility with a wide range of existing infrastructure software, including the popular contenders like MySQL, Oracle DB, SQLServer, DB2, WebLogic AS, Websphere AS, Oracle AS, JBoss AS, and Tomcat. This means Liferay not only costs less to acquire because of its open source license, but it also has lower ancillary costs.

Easy Adoption

Liferay understands that a major part of their value proposition lies in providing an easily adoptable and reusable presentation layer. This is why they have strongly invested and focused on improving and innovating around their user experience. Liferay is lightweight in nature which allows for businesses to get it configured, secured and implemented quickly. The Liferay solution has an award-winning user interface, familiar desktop conveniences and easy navigation making it extremely simple to use and adopt by all users in organizations.

Agility for the future and investment in the long-term

Liferay Portal evolves with your organization and for your organization. One of the many things that attract customers to Liferay is its ability to be customizable to integrate into the specific needs of businesses. If you require new functionality, tools can be added with just a few clicks.   Liferay continues to evolve with ideas and innovations that speak to the changing needs of their diverse audience of business, marketing and technical users with the goal of always providing a competitive advantage to their customers.

The Business Case for Liferay

Liferay as a Content Management System (CMS)

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There is no denying that Content Management Systems are important in today’s web ecosystem. They allow you to spend less time staring at your computer screen and more time doing business. A Content Management System (CMS) is a tool that allows you to create, edit, manage and maintain website pages on a central interface without the use of codes and scripts.

CMS allows non-technical users to publish content to the web without having advanced knowledge of web technology or programming of any sort. It eliminates the need for a developer or HTML designer to be involved every time you want to change something on your site, resulting in increased work efficiency.

Liferay provides a powerful and flexible CMS to make fundamental changes to the way you do business. It is is one of the most popular CMS in the market for managing and administering website content and is recommended by many industry experts. Despite its many other robust features, many customers use Liferay Portal just for its content management system, whether it be web content management or management of file-based content. It comes with many features that make your content management task simple, and is used for both developing personal as well as enterprise websites.

Liferay continues to grow in popularity due to the fact that it simplifies the work and user experience, and can easily be customized to satisfy specific business needs. Advocates of Liferay point to its open source architecture, ease-of-use and integration capabilities as reasons for its continued success and popularity. If your business is looking for a CMS solution, Liferay is definitely worthy of consideration.

So, what can Liferay’s content management feature do for your business and website?

  1. Web Publishing
    • Allows anyone to easily maintain fully functional websites. Non-technical users can create, edit and publish content with a simple point and click interface.
  2. Unified Documents & Media
    • Includes a unified document repository that houses documents, video, audio, images and other media types from one place. It can be used across an enterprise, within a specific group or for a single individual. Enterprise-wide repositories allow groups to store assets, tag them with key words, lock them, search for and leverage them in web pages, or download them for use offline.
  3. Live Page Editing and Scheduling
    • Pages from a live site can be edited and previewed without affecting what is seen on the public site, then scheduled for future publishing all within the online editor.
  4. Integrated Collaboration Tools
    • Wikis, message boards, blogs, activity tracking, instant message, e-mail, shared calendar, pools, announcements and alerts, tags and categories
  5. Advanced Workflow and Approval Processes
    • Allows users tο produce thеіr οwn personal workflow аnd define thе amount οf approval paths based on thеіr οwn distinctive business requirements аnd operational units.
  6. Customizable
    • Easily customizable platform to satisfy specific preferences, user requirements and business needs.
  7. Multi-Language Support
    • Supports international localization and includes out-of-the-box support for 30+ languages. Users can toggle between different language settings with just one click.
  8. Integration with Microsoft Office
  9. Quick Page and Site Creation
    • Web structures and templates allow common web layouts to be saved for future web pages. Users can create pages or sites with sets of predefined templates or pages, and immediately begin adding content without the help of any developer support.
  10. Search Engine Optimization
    • With its ability to create web content, blogs, wikis and to share documents, your website becomes a valuable source of information. Liferay also optimizes updates to the site map information and makes new pages instantaneously searchable by external search engines.

For more information on the features of Liferay’s Content Management System, click here.

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The Top Reasons Why Enterprises are Choosing Liferay Portal

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Liferay Portal is the leading open source enterprise portal, with a large customer base across many different industries. Since 2005, we’ve been building innovative solutions for our clients using the Liferay Portal.  At Veriday, we believe in Liferay’s unique approach to building web experiences in order to help build relationships with customers and employees across the lifecycle.  Liferay’s portal foundation makes it easy to get a fuller view of customer and employee relationships and tailor their experience from start to finish.

Our experiences building solutions on the Liferay platform have solidified our choice for Liferay as the leading enterprise portal platform. But, we aren’t the only ones. Below are the top reasons why enterprises are choosing to go with the Liferay portal:

1) For the fifth year, Gartner has named Liferay as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals based on its innovation and strengths in the open source community, collaboration, web content management and document management.

2) Liferay’s rich out-of-the-box (OOTB) functionality in comparison to its competitors. Its rich out-of-the-box functionality centres around core portal, content management, collaboration, social, mobile, security and more.

3) Liferay has the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compared to its competitors. Liferay’s savings start with its licensing and the savings continue through development costs, operational costs, and training/support costs.

4) Most portal products require extensions or additions to deliver basic functionality. With Liferay, you can do more within a specific budget. Liferay is the easiest and least expensive to install and maintain of its competitors.

5) Liferay is a mature enterprise open source product. For more information on open source vs. closed source, check out this article.

6) Customization and Tailoring Features.  Liferay’s hook and extension plugin model allows you to customize and tailor it to your needs without having to revamp from scratch or upgrade every time.

7) Superior business agility.  Liferay is lightweight in nature, which allows for users to get it configured, secured and implemented quickly. Liferay allows business users to configure, tailor, and develop custom functionality to meet their business objectives.

8) Liferay offers a full choice of application servers, databases, and operating systems to run on, thereby allowing you to leverage your infrastructure and skills investment.

9) Liferay’s continues to grow and innovate. Liferay continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Liferay has a strong community with roughly 4 million downloads (80,000 per month), 350,000-500,000 worldwide deployments and over 19,000 registered users on liferay.com

To learn more about who is using Liferay, check out  Who is Using this Technology. Looking for more insight on the different portal alternatives? We’ve got you covered here.

Alternatives to Oracle’s WebLogic

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WebLogic, developed by the Oracle Corporation, is one of the leading portal frameworks and named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. The WebLogic platform lets you provide a user interface to integrate dissimilar environments into an integrated, dynamic and customizable portal that can simultaneously support your customers, partners and employees. WebLogic is often used for managing enterprise portals and is known for improving business visibility and collaboration, and reducing integration costs.

In addition to a portal framework, WebLogic Portal provides many business services such as content management, communities, personalization, search and user management.

There are a number of Alternatives to WebLogic in the market today that offer similar functionalities. Which alternative you choose depends entirely on what tasks and objectives you are looking to accomplish with your portal technology. It is important to identify the needs and thus select the product with which you will build your platform on.

Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Alternatives to WebLogic:

Redhat JBoss

JBoss Portal is an open source platform for hosting and serving a portal’s web interface, publishing and managing its content, and customizing its experience. JBoss portal doesn’t aim at providing as many out of the box portal solutions as other platforms but is built to provide a fully reliable customized portal. JBoss features easy to use administration tools, a straightforward web content management system, and reliable performance and scalability.

Liferay

Liferay is the leading provider of open source enterprise portal and social collaboration software solutions, and a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the 5th year in a row. Liferay is a web platform built to deliver immediate results with long-term value. With Liferay, you are able to build any kind of portal including social networks, e-learning portals, employee and customer portals. The platform also provides more out of the box portlets then any other portlet on the market including Liferay collaboration, web publishing, content management and social networking.

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. Apache Tomcat is used to power everything from simple one-server sites to large enterprise networks.  Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.

IBM Websphere

IBM Websphere is an integrative software platform that enables organizations to build and manage web portals. Websphere was also named a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals based on its scalability, flexibility and use in B2C and B2B organizations. Websphere is used to help organizations deliver exceptional web experiences regardless of location or device. The platform allows for people to interact with other people, applications, processes and documents in a unified, personalized and role-based fashion.

Every organization will eventually be faced with the challenge of choosing an enterprise portal solution and integrating it into their business processes. The decision is not one to take lightly as the portal technology you choose will be deeply integrated into your organization’s infrastructure and work as a corporate face for your systems and processes.   Choosing an alternative to WebLogic or Sharepoint depends entirely on what features are important for your organization.

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An Introduction to Portal Governance

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So, your company has embarked on an enterprise portal implementation. You have completed your due diligence, established your business use case, calculated your ROI, and completed the process of vendor/product assessment and selection. The next inevitable question is what’s next; how do you ensure you deliver a product that satisfies your technology, business and end user requirements? How do you ensure that the portal delivers on its goals when launched, but more importantly, how do you ensure that the momentum is maintained?

The implementation of new portal technologies can fail for many reasons:

  • No vision or plan defined
  • No governance model, or have one but don’t follow it
  • No clearly defined process in place to coordinate between departments
  • No way to align technology to business needs
  • No person in place to make the final decisions
  • Mis-use of technology or poor architecture
  • Infrastructure not set up correctly
  • No process in place to prioritize the many things portals can do
  • Organizations underestimate the cost and complexity of portal implementations

Over the past 8 years, Veriday has been engaged in a number of enterprise portal implementations using Liferay. Though the size and scale have varied between small-scale implementation for targeted audiences to large-scale offerings in both commercial and enterprise rollouts, a common thread amongst the successful implementation is portal governance.

Portal governance is key to delivering an effective portal. Portal governance is the practices; policies and processes that govern and help maintain and foster the effectiveness of enterprise portals. It describes how your portal will be implemented and managed in your organization. The governance strategy is aligned with your business objectives so that your portal can continue to evolve along with your organization, and continuously deliver business value. Veriday creates portal governance strategies that clearly outline how activities, accountability and people should be structured, in your portal environment, in order to benefit your business, customers and employees.

Many organizations are faced with serious challenges when implementing an enterprise portal successfully. A portal implementation must align to the business and involve people, process, technology and policy. A well-defined portal governance structure should address the business and organization transformation, portal technology alignment with corporate objectives, ways to measure performance and management of people and accountabilities. Governance requires up front preparation to identify the ongoing processes, objectives and roles as they currently exist and will exist in the future.

The areas that require governance include:

  • Portal content
  • Portal roles
  • Workset design
  • Application integration
  • Desktop strategy and loadsets
  • Web content management
  • Collaboration tools
  • Search and taxonomies
  • Portal infrastructure and layout
  • Portal workflow

It is important to take into account all aspects of a portal and have clear lines of communication between the IT department and the business. Governance is important to keep the portal effective for a full return on investment.

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Liferay Vs. Websphere: Who is using these technologies?

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In a previous article, we discussed Liferay Vs. SharePoint and who is using these technologies.  This week, we will look into comparing Websphere with Liferay.  Before moving on, check out our article on the customers and uses of Liferay technology:

Liferay is the leading Open Source portal server and a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Platforms.  Many enterprises are using Liferay to build robust business solutions that deliver long-term value and results.  The company has seen a recent rapid growth in the past few years.  Liferay is an all-in-one enterprise portal with broad product capabilities that provide a user-friendly interface where you can centralize, share and collaborate.

Liferay has proven its real world performance globally with many clients across many diverse industries and business functions. It has been used in just about every industry around the world including automotive, education, government, healthcare, financial services, IT and Hi-Tech, media and entertainment and more.  It is primarily used for corporate websites, intranets and extranets but is highly scalable and easy to launch with many out of the box features.  Major organizations around the world choose Liferay for a wide variety of business functions beyond the traditional portal:

  • Intranet portals
  • Extranet portals
  • Content and Document Management
  • Web publishing and shared workspaces
  • Enterprise collaboration
  • Social networking
  • Enterprise portals and identify management

Liferay has a strong community with roughly 4 million downloads (80,000 per month), 350,000-500,000 worldwide deployments and over 19,000 registered users on liferay.com

Some of Liferay’s key customers include:

Liferay Clients

Learn more about their case studies and the enterprises using Liferay across industries and around the world.

Websphere – Who’s using it?

Gartner Research named IBM’s Websphere as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Platforms based on its scalability, flexibility and use in B2C and B2B organizations. Websphere provides companies of all sizes with enterprise web portals that give users a single point of access to the applications, services, information and social connections they need.

Websphere was first released in 1992. Today, more then 100,000 clients globally are using IBM Websphere to build and integrate their infrastructure solutions. IBM Websphere has more then 800 IBM Business Partners worldwide supporting it with software, solutions and services. It supports more than $1 quadrillion worth of business transactions daily.

Similar to Liferay, Websphere is used across just about every industry globally. It works across a variety of industries including banks, telecommunication companies, government agencies and more. Websphere is used in B2C (approximately 75% of deployments) and B2B (25% of deployments) organizations.

Below are the most common uses of Websphere:

  • Website generation
  • Content and document management
  • Enterprise employee and customer portals
  • Document collaboration
  • Shared workspaces

Some of Websphere’s key customers:

Websphere Clients

To learn more on Websphere case studies, click here.

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With a number of portal technologies on the market, many capable of powering your intranet portal, picking the one that’s right for your business can be daunting.  Looking to move to a new portal but aren’t sure where to start? Get in touch with us today!

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How to Proxy Liferay Using Nginx

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In this post we will describe the top 5 reasons to use Nginx as a proxy in front of your Liferay application.

What is Nginx?

Nginx is a light-weight and popular HTTP and reverse proxy server. According to Netcraft, Nginx today serves 20% of the top 1,000,000 busiest websites. We started using Nginx over the past couple of years to proxy our Liferay deployments for the following reasons:

  1. It’s light weight nature
  2. Ease of configuration

Although Apache is still more popular today and has been since the 90s, Apache starts to slow down under heavy loads because it has to keep spawning new processes that consume more memory and CPU time. Apache will also start refusing requests when it has reached its connection limit.

The difference with Nginx is that it is event based, asynchronous, and non-blocking by nature. A rule of thumb with Nginx deployments is to configure one worker per CPU on your server. Each worker can handle thousands of concurrent connections. This difference in architecture makes Nginx much faster and more memory efficient than Apache at serving up static files such as images, CSS and Javascript.

Market share of Nginx in top 1,000,000 busiest websites

When to use Nginx with Liferay?

You don’t have to place a proxy in front of Liferay, but it is a good idea to do so if you would like to load balance your requests across multiple Liferay instances, provide HTTP caching, or even just proxy different domains to the same Liferay instance.

It’s easier to configure SSL certificates using Nginx than doing so in Tomcat

Once we have our SSL key and certificates, all we have to do is tell Nginx about them:

ssl_certificate      /etc/nginx/server.bundle.crt;
ssl_certificate_key  /etc/nginx/server.key;

Finally, we define Nginx server blocks to listen on port 443 for SSL requests:

server {
     listen       443 ssl;
     ...

Now, we must configure Nginx as a proxy and let it know how to reach our Liferay instance. Assume our Liferay instance is located at 192.168.1.100 port 8080, we configure what’s referred to as an upstream server in Nginx.

upstream liferay-app-server {
   server 192.168.1.100:8080 max_fails=3 fail_timeout=30s;
}

We can then use this upstream server in other configurations. In the example below we actually configure the proxy pass and pass through requests to Liferay.

proxy_set_header Host $host;
proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
proxy_redirect off;
proxy_pass  http://liferay-app-server;

If you chose to use Nginx as a proxy in front of Liferay, you will also need to let Liferay know that there is a web server in front. This can be configured in your portal properties in Liferay:

web.server.http.port=80
web.server.https.port=443

The greatest benefit here is that it will always be faster to restart Nginx than to restart Liferay when loading a new SSL certificate.

Rewriting URL and other URL gymnastics

It’s common in any application to re-write URLS to make them friendlier, easier to remember or just more SEO friendly. To do this within any Java web application you have to resort to filters such as Tuckey’s, for example, to handle rewriting URLs. However, this too is much easier to do in Nginx:

 rewrite ^/web/([^./]*)$ /web/$1/ permanent;

The above rule for example enforces a trailing slash to be present at the end of each URL.

Fixing Liferay cache headers

You may have seen an issue in Liferay where IE does not recognize stylesheets as stylesheets and although they load they are not processed by IE. We ran into this last year and realized it had to do with the Liferay SASS filter failing out due to an error in one of the stylesheets. The problem here is that when this happens, Liferay still returns the stylesheet but doesn’t set the appropriate content type headers. We quickly fixed this on Nginx by enforcing the content type headers:

if ($request_filename ~* ^.+.css$) {
   add_header Content-Type text/css;
   expires 5d;
 }

Notice that the Nginx syntax also allows for such if blocks to apply specific rules at certain conditions only. It’s fairly flexible when you look at the list of variables that are available that you can base your condition on.

Load balancing

In a clustered environment with multiple Liferay deployments you will need to add a load balancer in front of your Liferay instances. This could be an actual hardware load balancer, but since most environments we deploy on today are virtualized environments this is typically done via software load balancing. Nginx’s efficiency also lends itself to be used as a load balancer. We can use Nginx as a load balancer in several ways: 1) round-robin, 2) least-connected and 3) ip-hash. The round-robin method is one of the simplest approaches. Basically, requests are handed out to each of the instances in the unit. The ip-hash method allows you to hand out requests to specific instances based on the client’s IP address. You saw the below configuration above when we were configuring the proxy to Liferay. The same configuration with additional up stream servers is how you would configure round-robin load balancing in Nginx. You would have to look into session replication or sticky sessions in Liferay so that sessions can move between different Liferay applications. An alternative is to use the ip-hash load balancing where each application server deals with requests from the same IP range and hence requests from the same client will always be routed to the same application server. This will be left to another post.

upstream liferay-app-server {
   server 192.168.1.100:8080 max_fails=3 fail_timeout=30s;
   server 192.168.1.200:80808 max_fails=3 fail_timeout=30s;
}

Caching

One last use case we will cover is Nginx caching. As you might be aware, optimizing your application for performance and fast response times can be time consuming and difficult to perform. Liferay, by itself, also requires tweaking and managing its configurations so that it actually performs as well as you would want it to. Out of the box Liferay installs are not meant to be deployed to a production environment and actually require you to review your deployment and infrastructure to optimize for this. In addition to designing your application with application-level and database-level caching another area to invest in is HTTP caching.

http {
    ...
    proxy_cache_path /data/nginx/cache keys_zone=one:10m;
    server { 
       proxy_cache one;
       location / {
           proxy_pass http://localhost:8000;
       }
    }
}

Configuring caching is as easy as identifying the proxy_cache_path to define the path to where responses can be cached and finally, defining which server blocks will utilize caching via the proxy_cache directive above.

That’s all for this post. We covered 5 use cases for using Nginx and how to utilize these with Liferay.

Was this article useful?  Let us know. Or, if you have used Nginx and Liferay together in a different way, share your experiences below. We’d love to hear what others are doing in this realm.

Embrace the Enterprise Portal, or Get Left Behind

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Over the past 8 years, Veriday has been engaged for the implementation of a number of Enterprise Portals using Liferay. The size and scale of the projects have varied but a common thread amongst the implementations has been the objective of organizations to move beyond the restraints of their current technology in order to better engage their employees.

Let’s say, you’d like to submit an IT ticket, track the status of a project, collaborate in real-time or simply update the content on your website.  Typically, you’d have to gather a number of departments together, agree on how to move forward and delegate resources to complete each task.  Let’s take Mindy the Marketing professional, for example.   Each time she would like to make a quick update on her organization’s website, she has to engage Ian the IT Manager, or outsource to a 3rd party vendor, wasting time and money.  Ian the IT Manager has to stop what he’s doing in order to facilitate the quick content update.  In comes the Enterprise Portal…

The convergence of information, process and technology

An Enterprise Portal isn’t just a fancy term for intranet.  For a business, an enterprise portal brings together its various applications, information, business units and services on one common platform.   The portal becomes an interactive platform for employees, which is customizable to each of their jobs and responsibilities. It is a system for information delivery and organization, collaboration, content and data management, workflows and operations management through an application that gives users a single point of access.

The portal framework exists to solve aggregation and personalization so that developers do not have to reinvent the wheel every time an organization scales or adds an application.  Customizing the employees’ portal space provides them with all of the information they need to do their jobs more quickly and efficiently than if they had to search out the data themselves.  The portal space becomes a unique online experience built around your brand.

More competitive, collaborative and improved ROI

The fundamental key is making your organization more competitive, isn’t it?  Organizations are turning to Enterprise Portals to offer a competitive advantage.  The availability of ‘’anytime-anywhere’’ managed information, on one-platform, makes for an agile business, leveraging new ideas and decisions faster through the streamlining of operations and business-wide knowledge sharing.

At Veriday, we are working with enterprises to implement portal solutions that enable their business to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies in order to gain a competitive advantage. Engaged employees will deliver more to your organization when they are equipped with the tools to do their job effectively.  In today’s digital landscape, employee engagement expectations continue to rise making portals, collaboration and content management solutions more critical then ever.

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Question:  Does your enterprise portal effectively support the technology demands placed on it in today’s digital economy?