Liferay Portal Development_Sigma Infosolutions


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Liferay Portal Development_Sigma Infosolutions

  1. 1. www.sigmainfo.netRapid Liferay-Based Portal Development for anOnline Business Network in the Environmental Sector
  2. 2. The ClientThe client runs an online business network that singularly focuseson bringing together various players like suppliers, buyers,manufacturers, government and private organizations, researchinstitutes, and educators in the environmental sector. They covervarious topics including air quality, water quality, land quality, energyefficiency/conservation, environmental assessment, environmentalengineering, natural resources, and urban planning across North,Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Through this businessnetwork they envision to promote innovation in environmentalpolicies and technologies through information exchange and trade.Business CaseSince, the portal is a combination of knowledge repository,professional and business networking, and a discussion platform; theclient wanted to have a robust Content Management System (CMS)along with collaboration features. They wanted a CMS that wouldhelp them organize and display various knowledge pieces by topic,author, and access-level. The client wanted a portal that extendsflexibility and ease-of-administration. With this vision they partneredwith Sigma Infosolutions.ChallengesSince, the previous vendor had failed to deliver the web portal as perthe client’s expectations, it was a challenge for Sigma Infoslolutions’team to showcase its expertise and win the client’s confidence.The other challenge was to automate different access controls toshowcase knowledge articles, news, and other benefits based onthe kind of member logged-in (individual or a company) and theinformation the member is entitled for.One of the major sources of revenue for any online portal is builton online advertisements. Therefore, it was imperative for SigmaInfosolutions team to ensure that the portal seamlessly supportstext, HTML, and image based advertisements on the third party adserving server – OpenX.Executive SummaryWithanextensiveexpertiseonLiferay and web technologies,Sigma Infosolutions quicklybuilt a comprehensive portalfor an online environmentalbusiness network. Thisportal allows collaboratorsand members to not onlyexchange information in theenvironmental sector butalso evaluate various businessopportunities and build atrustworthy network. Itconsolidates various points ofuser access, reduces manualintervention, and providesconsistent
  3. 3. The SolutionSigma Infosolutions had existing technology skills and projectmanagement processes for this portal development project. Theteam leveraged its expertise on Liferay and other web technologiesto develop and test the portal from scratch in just 3 months.The portal was a central point of access for thought articles, news,documents, business opportunities, and connecting with otherprofessionals in the same sector.Apart from architecting a comprehensive theme for the portal, someof the key features developed for the portal are:1. Asset Publisher Portlet: Enables the client to showcasethought articles by various topics like air quality, water quality,land quality, energy efficiency/conservation, environmentalassessment, environmental engineering, natural resources,and urban planning.2. Filtration: A feature that ensures display of articles bypremium, paid, and unpaid order depending on the role-basedaccess granted to the site user.3. Internationalization: A one click toggle between twolanguages: English and Spanish, to aid usability for the siteuser.4. Sigma Infosolutions integrated the portal with a third partyad server called OpenX to build a strong revenue channel ofdigital advertisements.TechnologySigma Infosolutions used thefollowing technology for thisproject:• Liferay portal developmentenvironment (EXT and plug-in environment)• XAMPP 1.7.2 server• OpenX 2.8.5• Java 1.6• MySQL 5.1• Eclispe IDEBusiness BenefitsThe client enjoyed the followingbusiness benefits:• End-to-end portaldevelopment with zerodeviation on effort andschedule• A trusted off-shoretechnology partner forfuture developmentwww.sigmainfo.netAlso, just at the completion of the project, the client wanted toupgrade the ad server to the latest version. The latest version ofad server was incompatible with the XAMPP server’s version in use,which resulted in significant data loss. And therefore, the entire CMSsystem had to be upgraded to seamlessly support OpenX’s latestversion. However, Sigma Infosolutions team ensured that the projectstill rolls-out on the pre-decided delivery date.
  4. 4. Sigma Infosolutions LLC-USA, California2082 Michelson Dr.Suite 100Irvine, CA 92612Telephone: (714) 717-1826Fax: (866) 405-6750Toll Free No.: 1-888-861-7360Sigma Infosolutions Ltd.-India,BangaloreSigma Towers#66/A, 13th Cross6th Main, JP Nagar3rd Phase, Bangalore- 560078Telephone: +91-80-40865100About Sigma Infosolutions• Sigma Group, an Indian conglomerate has more than 4 decades of experience in Mining, Chemicals Manufacturing &Export, Handicrafts Manufacturing & Export, and Software Development• Sigma Infosolutions is a TUV certified ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 27001:2005 company• Headquartered in US with presence in India• Some of our esteemed customers include Airtel, Zyme Solutions, Yodlee, Celerity Consulting, Resolution Economics,Birla Global Asset Finance, Fosroc Chemicals, Surgery Planet etc.• Sigma Infosolutions’ services comprises of application development, application management, IT consulting, offshoretesting, and website and portal developmentHome page of the portalEnd-to-end portal development with zero deviation oneffort and schedule“