North America Symposium kicked off early Monday
morning with some good news from their press department. The lowdown? Liferay saw a 55% jump in revenue for 2011 from the previous
year; growth continues to be in the realm of double-digits; expansion means their payroll covers
over 350 employees spanning across twelve countries, with key hires in France, Ireland, Japan and
the UK. And if you place any credence on those magic
quadrants from Gartner, you'll be impressed to know that Liferay was in the leading one.
Curiously though, as Liferay's CEO made the symposium's opening keynote, there was barely a mention
of any of these positive corporate indicators. Instead, he was more interested in talking about the
"There is more value outside of the company being waited to be unleashed than there is inside,"
CEO Bryan Cheung in his opening address.
for Business’ is this year's theme, with the
double entendre on the word open being fully intended. As such, Bryan instead
emphasized the important role the community plays in Liferay's success, along with how an
open-source approach to software development drives both trust and involvement.
And the theme of community building continued to be emphasized as Bryan Cheung was followed by an
address by Jono
Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, as he shared his insights on the importance of maintaining
a strong and motivated community.
The conference runs both Monday and Tuesday, with a long list of expert speakers in attendance, so
there will inevitably be plenty of serious technical matters covered as well. In turn,
TheServerSide will be bringing in a number of reports over the next few days providing insights
into the key topics impacting developers working in the enterprise portal space.