Three Chief Pillars of Our Success in Liferay: Experience, Expertise, and Community Embedment

            

Since 2010, we have been training, coaching and accompanying a range of enterprises and organizations in their digital transformation based on Liferay Portal solutions. Having received a number of awards and observed the rising success of our clients, today, we have unreserved confidence in what we can offer and how we can actually transform an organization through Liferay technology. In retrospect, we believe our successful performance rests upon three chief pillars (Figure 1):

  1. Our longtime experience accumulated through working on different projects,
  2. Our expertise rooted in our engineers’ know-how of Liferay, in particular, and open source technologies in general, and
  3. Our engineer-to-engineer relationship building capability which has placed us firmly embedded in Liferay expert community.
Figure 1. Successful Liferay Implementation

Experience and Expertise: Managing the Paradox of Catch-22 Situation

When it comes to deploying Liferay Portal in an organization’s hybrid information system, two main factors: experience and expertise, play a significant role. Experience is mainly built through having years of hands-on approach to deploying Liferay on different IS platforms in a myriad of service and manufacturing industries. Expertise, on the other hand, is a matter of accessing, creating, and accumulating abstract knowledge and know-how on the related technology fields. The paradox – the catch-22 situation – therefore is, the two feed on one another. Without expertise, a team cannot deliver on project promises and obtain an enriching experience, and without actually engaging in high impact projects one cannot gain solid expertise. Learning from mistakes, learning to tackle new problems, learning to understand new business models and forecasting needs, all translate into the indispensable interdependence between experience and expertise.

At Savoir-faire Linux, the team of enterprise solutions, which is responsible for Liferay-based projects, comprises 20 highly experienced open source software consultants half of them are Liferay certified. This means that they have successfully completed Liferay training programs and passed the certifying exams. Although Liferay expertise/experience is a necessary condition to successfully complete a Liferay project, it is not sufficient. Java experience/expertise is the complementary piece. For this critical reason, we have hired, trained, nurtured, and empowered a number of experienced Java developers who know about ‘ins and outs’ of Java; namely, technical specifications, philosophy, and ecosystem.

Liferay Community: A Place for Sharing Knowledge and Experience

Liferay community comprises the following: Liferay Projects, Community Projects, Community Feature Ideas, Releases, Forums, Blogs, Wiki, User Groups, Special Activities, Upcoming Events. Each of these elements is a window to countless opportunities for developers, users, researchers and enthusiasts to engage in a meaningful conversation leading to a helpful take-away such as experience, learning, know-how, or even social capital (See Picture 1). Wining five Community Excellence Awards has been a source of pride and gratitude for us since this is a testimony to our community embedment and collaborative software R&D.

Picture 1. An Illustration of Liferay Community Knowledge and Experience Exchanges

At Savoir-faire Linux, we make sure our Liferay experts (Click here to read an example) stay connected, deeply engaged, and collaborate on online open source platforms. In fact, it is one of our core beliefs that optimal software development process depends on open scientific knowledge sharing practices, as embodied in Open Source Initiative’s definition of OS and Debian Social Contract. We also believe, we have the moral obligation to hold ourselves accountable and give back to OS communities, the same way we receive from them. Another example would be the Liferay Montreal User Group which has been a successful initiative to bring developers, clients, and users together to exchange ideas and discuss future road maps.

Picture 2. Map and Logo of the Liferay Montreal User Group Source: https://web.liferay.com/community/user-groups/montreal/welcome


Experience, Expertise, and Community Embedment… So What?

Synergy or exponential knowledge growth is an invaluable gain in open source ecosystem. The real magic happens when you have a team of engineers who know what to do, who have done it a couple of times, and when faced with the unknown, they know how to figure it out and find the missing pieces and/or co-create them in collaboration with other gurus. In business world and organizational context, the synergy of the three pillars within open source software ecosystem leads to several benefits:

  1. business need is met through digital transformation,
  2. End users are satisfied because there is a value-added innovative service to enjoy,
  3. Development costs reduce while margins increase.

Not long ago, we have completed an award winning project called HuGo for Humania Assurance. HuGo Platform has won two prestigious national and provincial recognition: Digital Transformation Award, and SME Grand Prize OCTAS 2017 Lauréat (Picture 3).

Picture 3. Awards Won by HuGo Platform Using Liferay Portal Technology

These awards are tangible artifacts that showcase abstract elements underpinning a successful case of digital transformation. The dedication of top management of Humania Assurance, the expertise, experience and community efforts of Savoir-faire Linux, as well as the accumulated know-how on open source technologies over the past decades collectively create a synergistic and pronounced result. Bottom line is easy to read. The client’s brand name strengthens as an innovative SME in insurance industry. Their end users – the source of revenue generation – enjoy seamlessly a creative service/product which facilitates their insurance policy applications painstakingly, rapidly, and easily. Savoir-faire Linux gains yet another piece of experience, circulates the expertise in-house, and solidify its commitment to progressing Liferay community platform. (read the Case Study)

Shaping the Future Ensemble

We foresee three ways to better shape the future of Liferay based digital transformation. First, we invite enthusiasts to join our Liferay Montreal User Group and participate in the events. We want you to be heard, and to this end, we organize events and invite speakers like Raymond Augé, Senior Software Architect at Liferay (@rotty3000) to make sure you receive quality responses to your queries. Second, contact us and let us know about your specific expertise and experiences. We would love to have you on our team. Third, we are currently inviting new ideas to realize in collaboration with Liferay community, you may want to consider helping us push Liferay technological boundaries forward.

Savoir-faire Linux Announces Gold Sponsorship at Liferay Symposium North America 2017

Montreal, QC – (October 11, 2017) – Savoir-faire Linux – a Canadian leader in providing expertise on a range of open source technologies to enable digital transformation strategies – announces today its participation as a Gold Sponsor at this year’s Liferay Symposium North America, hosted by Liferay.  Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices.Liferay Symposium North America will take place from October 16 to 17 in Austin.

This premier event for digital business and technology leaders will include two days of customer case studies, expert sessions, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, access to Liferay’s top executives and architects, as well as the keynotes from digital experience thought leaders.

Savoir-faire Linux is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at the Liferay Symposium North America”, said Christophe Villemer (Executive VP). “We look forward to meeting other Liferay enthusiasts and offering our expert knowledge and experience in insurance, and banking as well as other sectors such as public services, education, health, mechanical and industrial to the attendees.”

This digital business technology event will showcase the company’s experience, expertise and excellence in Liferay technology field and it is poised to unveil their expertise in other domains of open source software as well.

To obtain more information on our Liferay services, please directly contact Marat Gubaidullin (VP Integration Platforms & Artificial Intelligence) through email (marat.gubaidullin@savoirfairelinux.com) or by phone (+1 514 276 5468   ext. 162).

DebConf17: a Successful Event, a Cherished Memory, and a Promising Future

                               

During August 5-12, we actively participated in DebConf17, in several professional capacities: platinum sponsor, presenter, workshop and career fair participant, as well as social event host.

Debconf17 is the annual Debian Developers and Contributors Conference, with over 405 people attending from all over the world, 169 events including 89 talks, 61 discussion sessions or BoFs, 6 workshops and 13 other activities, DebConf17 has been hailed as a success. Indeed, we are grateful that we could be part of this fantastic, free software community-based and scientific event and play our part in its development. In what follows we provide a snapshot of our engagement activities.


The Honor of Being Part of Sponsorship Team of DebConf17

At Savoir-faire Linux, we are committed to building a sustainable economy based on cooperation, collaboration and knowledge sharing strategy.  We strongly believe, our strength depends on the quality of our partnership with, and support of, the community projects and the actors of the free software world. In order to fulfill our commitment, we have forged strong partnerships with and supported Free Software Foundation, Linux Foundation, Debian, Python, FFmpeg, and other open and free software projects. Naturally, when we heard that annual conference of Debian was going to be held in Montreal, we were thrilled and excited to be part of this great movement. In short, we think, one cannot build a freer world without supporting free software movement. And, Debian, is one of the gems of free software world.

Our Employees Already Falling Head over Hills in Love with DebConf17

Lucas Bajolet presenting his topic Unicode: a quick overview
Lucas Bajolet presenting his topic Unicode: a quick overview

The soonest our employees learned that DebConf17 was going to be in town, they started submitting their talks, presentations and workshops. We are yet to experience such a self-motivated dynamic and joyful wave of attention towards an event like this! After submissions, we had the following list of finalists announced on the official page of DebConf17’s schedule page.

Alexandre Viau (on the left) & Andreas Traczyk (on the right)
Alexandre Viau (on the left) & Andreas Traczyk (on the right)
Amir Taherizadeh
Amir Taherizadeh

A Hot & Fun Career Fair!

Cyrille Béraud (President) engaging with free software developers at DebConf17
Cyrille Béraud (President) engaging with free software developers at DebConf17

On Saturday, Aug 5, we launched the official career connect activity. Our president, Cyrille Béraud also made himself available to personally answer questions and meet with the pool of talent. It was a very successful networking event which lasted throughout the conference. We met with amazing, highly skilled free software hackers and had wonderful technical and social discussions with them. We received many CVs and some of them are now in the pipeline to be evaluated internally.

 

The Social Event: Ring on! Mix & Mingle with Ring Team

Ring is a free and universal communication platform that preserves the users’ privacy and freedoms. It is a GNU package. It runs on multiple platforms; and, it can be used for texting, calls, and video chats more privately, more securely, and more reliably.

The Social Event: Ring on! Mix & Mingle with Ring Team
The Social Event: Ring on! Mix & Mingle with Ring Team

On July 21, we released the stable version of Ring:  Ring 1.0 – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. However, since DebConf17 was around the corner, we postponed the celebration to share the merry moment with the DebConf free software developers. Our plan worked well!

Ring 1.0

With the help of DebConf organizers we spread the news and in the evening of August 8 we received our guests. What a magnificent crowd!  Among our guests were Daniel Pocock (Debian), John Sullivan (Free Software Foundation), Michael Meskes (Credativ), and many other wonderful ladies and gentlemen. Cyrille Béraud made a very brief speech to thank all fre#e software developers contributing to Ring Project, and showed his special gratitude to the core development team for their countless hours put in to realize this milestone.

Stefano Zacchiroli: Debian Project Leader (on the left), Daniel Pocock from Debian (in the middle), John Sullivan from Free Software Foundation (on the right)
Stefano Zacchiroli: Debian Project Leader (on the left), Daniel Pocock from Debian (in the middle), John Sullivan from Free Software Foundation (on the right)
Amandine Gravier: Communications Manager (in the middle), Dorina Mosku: Ring Project Coordinator (on the right), Chloé Nignol from DeGama (on the left)
Amandine Gravier: Communications Manager (in the middle), Dorina Mosku: Ring Project Coordinator (on the right), Chloé Nignol from DeGama (on the left)


DebConf17 Coming to an End, but the Free Software Mission Continues!

The sad truth is that once again we had to say goodbye to another DebConf! But the word on the street is: DebConf18 is going to be even greater! No matter if one DebConf ends, because Debian Community is so great to make another great one the following year!

DebConf 2017
DebConf 2017

The Future of Open Source Software in Broadcasting Industry: SMPTE BootCamp 2017

                           

Savoir-faire Linux participated at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)’s BootCamp 2017 having the overarching topic of Media in the IP Era. This bootcamp was organized by the Montreal SMPTE Committee including the main actor, CBC (Radio-Canada), and was held at LÉcole de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), June 12-13, 2017.

Michel Proulx addressing the audience at SMPTE BootCamp 2017 in Montreal


The Event’s Focus and Our Role

The SMPTE, including the Montreal/Quebec chapter, has three key goals: educating players in the media and broadcasting industry, communicating the latest technological developments, as well as encouraging networking and interaction among industry stakeholders. This year, the SMPTE’s BootCamp 2017 rallied participants around the following topics:

a) IP transport and the SMPTE 2110 Standards,
b) Virtualization and software.

On this occasion, our open source software (OSS) consultants: Éloi Bail and Amir Taherizadeh, jointly delivered a talk entitled Open Source Software: A Tool for Digital Transformation in the Broadcasting Industry. The first part revealed the empirical results of our joint R&D project with Radio-Canada on “how to handle IP contents in the cloud”. This includes deploying FFmpeg OSS technology on a general purpose server in order to transmit raw data at speed of 3.5 Gbps without relying on specialized hardware broadcasting equipment. In addition, Éloi demonstrated to the audience the actual data transmission, and performance on the stage in real time with the help of two generic servers and a switch. This showcases for the participants the technical implications and potential of FFmpeg in broadcasting industry for the years to come.

Amir Taherizadeh and Éloi Bail while presenting on the stage.

The second part explored the nature, inherent attributes, myths, advantages, challenges, and licensing opportunities associated with OSS. It explains OSS as a relevant, significant, and ubiquitous tool in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, aerospace as well as media, entertainment and broadcasting industries. The aerospace industry presents an interesting case as it is somewhat comparable to broadcasting industry on three dimensions. It is a rather closed and highly standard-governed industry. It is capital intensive and advances rapidly. There is also a complex and symbiotic interrelationship between hardware and software components. Amir presented an example where the networking stack of the Linux kernel drives the multi-media equipment of an aircraft. This case demonstrates how value-added solutions can be created having adopted an open and collaborative value creation process. Indeed, OSS projects like the Linux kernel and FFmpeg are testimonies to collaborative software development where private companies and communities work together towards a common objective.

From left to right: Éloi Bail, Daniel Guevin (Radio-Canada), David Beaulieu (Radio-Canada), Amir Taherizadeh, Ash Charles, and Francois Legrand (Radio-Canada)

Overall, we really enjoyed being part of this event as it highlighted the opportunity for software transformation – including using open source software such as FFMpeg, GStreamer – in the broadcasting industry.

Ring Stable Version Released: Ring 1.0 Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité


July
21, 2017Savoir-faire Linux releases the stable version of Ring:  Ring 1.0 – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Ring is a free/libre and universal communication platform that preserves the users’ privacy and freedoms. It is a GNU package. It runs on multiple platforms; and, it can be used for texting, calls, and video chats more privately, more securely, and more reliably.


About Ring

Ring is a fully distributed system based on OpenDHT technology and Ethereum Blockchain. It means, it does not need any central authority, an enterprise or even a server to function. Therefore, it avoids keeping centralized registries of users and storing their personal data. In addition, Ring is based on standard security protocols and end-to-end encryption. Therefore, it prevents decryption of communications over the network and consequently offering a high level of privacy and confidentiality.

Key Functionalities and Features

– Encrypted Audio/VideoHD/InstantMessaging Communications (ICE, SIP, TLS)
– Screen Sharing and Conferencing (Win32 and GNU/Linux)
– Support of Ethereum Blockchain as Distributed Public Users’ Database
– Distributed Communication Platform (OpenDHT)
– Platform Support on GNU/Linux, Windows UWP (Windows 10 and Surface), macOS (10.10+) and Android (4.0+)
– Distributed under GPLv3+ License
– Parts of Ring can be used as a building block in any Internet of Things (IoT) project

Ring: An Impactful and Inspirational Social Innovation

Ring is based on the state-of-the-art technologies (OpenDHT) and follows strict ethical guidelines. Together, a mix of free software technologies, and ethical rules offers end-users: leading edge privacy and anonymity, confidentiality as well as security of conversations. In addition, its stable connectivity and innovative standard functionalities over multitude of platforms make it a suitable choice for an everyday communication. 

Important Links
> Download Ring
> Contribute to Ring
> Technical documentation

Our Shared Vision on the Symbiosis between Open Source Software and Azure Cloud

We are happy to have completed a joint project – an informative video – with Microsoft on the relevance and significance of open source technologies in the Azure cloud environment.

First Microsoft Open Source Partner in Canada

We are the first “Microsoft Open Source Partner” in Canada. This partnership has been a testimony to our ability to implement free and open source technologies in hybrid ecosystems such as Azure cloud computing platform. Since then, we have been well positioned to help our clients leverage the power of the Azure cloud for their information systems (IS) based on open source software.

Since we are the front-runner in the open source software industry in Canada, it makes sense for Microsoft to appreciate our technical approaches to fit open source technology into the bigger picture of organizations’ information systems. The real winners of partnerships of such complementary nature are Canadian customers and end-users for we collaborate together to support our clients’ cross-platform IS requirements by bringing into the table “the best of the both open source software and cloud” worlds. Put simply, while the flexibility offered by adoption of open source technologies enables clients to do ‘mix and match’ and create their own unique IS, Microsoft Azure ensures reliability, flexibility and scalability of solutions as a cloud platform. For a snapshot of how Savoir-faire Linux views the symbiosis between Open source software technologies and Azure cloud computing platform, you can watch the video – a joint effort which testifies our shared vision of OSS-based enterprise IS solutions.