Why talk about large companies. Larger companies have large demands and often they involve money over the internet. Large companies require fast and efficient applications, which in turn requires efficient tools. This is where CakePHP steps in. Current solutions for large merchant solutions include Java, and .Net solutions. In addition to these solutions, there are alternatives in PHP, ruby, python. However, rapid development is difficult in some of the popular solutions. By using an alternate solution you can tap into a large pool of developers worldwide. CakePHP helps in this area as well, as with a large community allows you to find developers to fill specific roles. CakePHP offers connectors for many databases. CakePHP also offers easy to use and efficient caching methods which help improve performance.
There are many CakePHP sites run by large companies including Mozilla, Sony, Diesel, TV mallorca. Fabian then showed many of the websites that were mentioned in the presentation.
Following this presentation there was a good discussion on caching and performance, and how to deal with high traffic situations.