The Business Case for Liferay

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Veriday has been in the business of implementing Liferay Solutions since 2005. Over these years, almost all of our customers have asked us about the business case for Liferay in order to justify its investment.

Many development shops understand and see the benefits of the use of the Liferay platform from a technology perspective, but many have a challenge selling it to various business stakeholders. In fact, we get asked this question about once or twice a week by an organization’s technical leader. Well, we’re here to help and hopefully this article will help you or someone in your organization understand the business benefits of using Liferay.

When we think about developing a business case, we need to ask ourselves what key criteria is going to be used to evaluate the decision for a particular technology platform. Some of the most common ones we’ve heard are the following:

1. Is it easy to use?
2. How will this technology platform mitigate downstream risk?
3. How will this technology platform mitigate downstream cost (think about Total Cost of Ownership)?
4. Can it meet my needs as we grow?

For ease of use balanced with technical complexity, size of organization and potential collaboration and integration scenarios, organizations of medium or enterprise class require a product strong enough to withstand reasonably heavy use. It needs to be feature rich enough to deliver both workflow scenarios and content control, and flexible enough to meet changing priorities and growth. Liferay is a portal solution providing more features than other products that are either CMS or are CMS systems with some plug-ins. Liferay provides out-of-the-box capabilities and a management interface that allows clients to be up and running in a very short period of time. Many other enterprise class platforms tend to have higher maintenance costs and an extremely high level of technical competency required to maintain a website such as Sharepoint.

Let’s face it, Liferay is an enterprise-class platform ranked highly by industry experts such as Gartner. This system supports a set of widely accepted industry standards, for example, the Sun Java Portlet Specification. This makes Liferay a more reliable product because it integrates more easily with other applications already  in place in IT environments and enables integration with other entities. No other open source tool comes with ready to implement features such as Facebook integration, message boards, blogs, wikis, and event calendars to immediately meet certain business requirements.

Liferay is an open source product which provides more value for dollar, yet provides product enhancements, stability and support through its Enterprise product line which is extremely cost effective.

Stay tuned for more posts on this topic but let’s use this as a start. Future posts will focus more on the specific topics of the business case and why this can be a strategic technology investment. Some of those topics include:

  • Open Source for a sustainable, lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Enterprise class solution delivering scalability and corporate support.
  • Standards based support for straightforward integrations with stakeholders, partners and legacy systems in accordance with national and provincial standards.
  • A well-funded corporate presence with strong industry credentials and a solid business plan.

If you’re interested in something specific, get in touch with us and we’ll write about it!