(Gawkwire) – Liferay, Inc., provider of the world’s leading enterprise-class open source portal, announced today the speakers for its 5th annual West Coast Symposium (WCS) in Anaheim, CA on September 21-22, including a special keynote by seasoned technology and open source writer Dana Blankenhorn. The symposium will feature talks from Liferay’s executives and the company’s core product engineering team, who will be debuting the new Liferay Portal 6.1EE and Liferay Marketplace at the open-source industry event.

Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist for over 30 years and has covered the online world professionally since 1985. He founded the Interactive Age Daily for CMP Media, and has written for the Chicago Tribune, Advertising Age’s "NetMarketing" supplement, and dozens of other publications over the years. Most recently, Mr. Blankenhorn wrote a widely followed column on the open source market for ZDNet.

“I’m thrilled to get a chance to talk to the people making open source a business success,” Blankenhorn said.

“We’re excited to have a presenter as well-known and knowledgeable in the open source industry as Dana speaking at our conference,” said Paul Hinz, Liferay’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The audience at Liferay’s West Coast Symposium will benefit tremendously from all of our speakers’ insights and expertise into today’s technology and open source trends.”

Blankenhorn plans to present on the open source industry’s influence on strategic decision making in enterprises, as well as the impact of the growth in open source on its communities and users.

To learn more and to attend the Liferay West Coast Symposium, visit http://www.liferay.com/wcs2011. The early bird registration deadline is Aug. 20.

About Liferay, Inc.:

Liferay, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise open source portal and collaboration software products, recognized by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant and used by Fortune 500 companies worldwide, including Allianz, AutoZone, Benetton Group, Cisco Systems, Lufthansa Flight Training, The French Ministry of Defense, and the United Nations. Liferay, Inc. offers professional services, technical support, custom development and professional training to ensure successful deployment in the most demanding IT environments. Liferay, Liferay Portal, and the Liferay logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Liferay, Inc., in the United States and other countries.

For more information, please visit: http://www.liferay.com/



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