With the popularity of cellphones and other mobile devices, the ability to be mobile has become more important than ever. Enterprise workers want to be able to access their information on various devices whenever they need. The CMS Wire article “Liferay’s Balanced Stance on Mobility #LRNAS2012” Liferay’s Vice- President of Operations, Mike Han discusses how Liferay is focusing on mobility.
According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), at the end of 2011 there were 6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide. In case you haven’t been counting, that’s 87 percent of the global population. This demand is driving businesses to want mobility. They really, really want it. They have to have it.
Han feels that though organizations feel like they can’t live without mobility, many of them really do not know why they need it or how to make decisions concerning mobile web versus native versus hybrid applications. Even with these stumbling blocks companies continue to invest in mobile platforms and request these features from vendors. Liferay tries to take a universal stand when it comes to support for mobile technology. Mobile Web, Native Apps and Hybrid Apps are the three segments that make up Liferay’s mobile strategy. However, the real focus of the mobile web strategy is making sure that customers can create portal applications, which can be displayed on mobile devices.
According to Han, Liferay is in the process of developing its own mobile framework called Alloy Mobile. Liferay promises the framework will be easy to use and support various performance profiles. Liferay understands that they must keep up with the needs of businesses. Companies such as LucidWorks already offer hybrid and even Cloud services so Liferay better hurry and catch up.
April Holmes, October 29, 2012