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Liferay Wins "Enterprise Portal Smackdown"

Business Decision Makers Impressed by Liferay's Enterprise Content Management Capabilities

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/19/07 -- Liferay Portal, the world's leading enterprise-class, open source portal, was voted the majority favorite by an audience of business decision makers at a competitive showcase at the 2007 AIIM Conference & Expo, a premier enterprise content management (ECM) tradeshow. The competition, "Enterprise Portal Smackdown," featured live demonstrations of Liferay Portal and competitors, IBM Websphere and BEA WebLogic that illustrated how portal solutions answer everyday business challenges.

As a whole, portals offer today's data-laden enterprises leaner business processes by providing a single point of access to the data and applications that users need to be productive. On top of Liferay's built-in content management system that provides this functionality, Liferay also showcased key usability features specifically designed to streamline business processes, increase organizational productivity and ultimately benefit the bottom line.

"Enterprises choose Liferay Portal because it provides scalable content management without losing sight of usability," said Liferay's Chief Software Architect, Brian Chan, who highlighted the importance of usability in the winning demonstration of Liferay Portal. "A portal framework must empower developers to easily consolidate disparate applications that can take advantage of key common services: single sign-on, authentication, user management, and toolkits for portlet development and back-end integration. On the other end of the spectrum, strong usability maximizes a portal's adoption rate and the productivity gains of its users. Good user experience is key to capturing the highest return on an enterprise's portal investment."

Liferay used the showcase to introduce its new freeform portlet repositioning theme, a feature of the coming 4.3 release. After pioneering drag-and-drop portlet repositioning in 2005, this feature further mimics the look and feel of a desktop. WebDAV support, which allows users to manage portal content with familiar operating system conventions for documents and folders, was also highlighted.

A full collaboration suite rounds out Liferay Portal's value proposition for ECM. Out-of-the-box tools such as message boards, enterprise chat, mail, group calendars and tagging provide dispersed teams and user groups a virtual environment in which to work together and fully leverage the data that a portal captures, manages and stores, said Chan. "We are committed to continued innovation and delivering ECM in a manner that is intuitive and easy to use for the day-to-day users that typically make up the majority of a large organization."

Liferay Portal, available at no cost under the MIT license, is the only open source portal solution that supports all major middleware and database platforms including JBoss JEMS, BEA Platform, WebSphere, Tomcat, Oracle, mySQL and SQLServer. It also complies with major standards such as JSR-168 and JSR-170.

About Liferay:

Liferay, Inc. is the company behind Liferay Portal, the world's leading enterprise open source portal. With Fortune 500 clients in the U.S. and Europe, Liferay's clients include Discovery Education, Goodwill Industries, and the Christian Science Monitor. Liferay, Inc. also offers a full suite of professional services including technical support, custom development and professional training to ensure successful deployment of its flagship product in the most demanding IT environments. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.liferay.com.

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