As you know, Liferay announced the Liferay Marketplace with much fanfare last year. In developing the Liferay Marketplace, we had to take an approach different from those that target consumers of mobile devices (such as Apple's wildly successful App Store). We have been feverishly working on its release since then, and are planning to open the marketplace for beta testing in April! This is later than our original date, but I think it will be worth the wait. Through feedback at events, online, and internally, we have decided to delay the release to add in several new enterprise-level features outlined below.
Company Registration and Profiles
One of the features that we’ve been focusing on is the ability for companies and organizations to maintain their company profile on the Marketplace. This profile will allow organizations to establish a presence above and beyond the set of apps they produce. Details such as company logos, descriptions, website links, marketplace activity, and apps will be made available from company profiles.
Individual app authors can be associated with a company, such that the apps that they produce are also associated with their company. This is a typical case for companies of all sizes that produce multiple apps. Potentially, one or two technical resources can then be assigned to manage the apps on behalf of the company and also manage the company’s user list.
In many cases, IT departments want to have more control over the purchasing of licenses for apps that are used across the company. Alternatively, they might wish to restrict the set of apps that are allowed within their networks. To that end, on the Liferay Marketplace, IT administrators can bulk-purchase licenses on behalf of the company (and using the company credit card), giving immediate access to these apps by users (employees) associated with the company.
Everyone, including Liferay, wants to know how they are doing. For this, fine- grained reports with pretty graphs can be generated for a number of different metrics, including purchases, views, downloads, etc. You can quickly spot trends in your apps and get reports about things like revenue, downloads, etc.
All of the other features of Marketplace are more or less as described in the current Marketplace information. There have been some slight tweaks to improve workflows for app developers, and improvements in User Profiles as well.
So please bear with us as we prepare to launch the Liferay Marketplace. It's coming together nicely, and it is an important milestone for the Liferay Platform! We hope you like it!