Drupal For Big Business (aka “THE ENTERPRISE”) - Work [at] Play

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Drupal For Big Business (aka “THE ENTERPRISE”)
March 8, 2010
PREPARED BY:
work [at] play media labs inc.
Suite 404 - 329 Railway Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6A 1A4 Canada
touch-base@workatplay.com
604.685.6418
VERSION 001
WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
ORGANIZATIONS ARE APPREHENSIVE TO USE DRUPAL FOR ENTERPRISE
AND BIG CAMPAIGNS....
AFTER ALL, LOTS OF BIG ORGANIZATIONS ARE USING DRUPAL
HERE IS A SMALL SAMPLE...
DRUPAL IS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED
AND AWARD WINNING...
2006
2007
2008
2009

Packt Publishing Open Source
CMS Awards:

Best Overall Open Source CMS
(2nd place)

Packt Publishing Open Source CMS Awards

Best Overall Open Source CMS (1st place)

Best PHP Open Source Content
Management System (2nd place)

Best Open Source Social Networking
Content Management System (2nd place
tie)

Webware 100

Packt Publishing Open Source CMS Awards:

Best Overall Open Source CMS (1st place)

Best PHP Open Source Content
Management System (1st place)

Webware 100

Packt Publishing Open Source CMS
Awards:

Best PHP Open Source Content
Management System (1st place)

Open Source CMS Hall of Fame

Webware 100
SO WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DRUPAL?
WHEN COMPARED TO PROPRIETARY ALTERNATIVES...
PROPRIETARY
DRUPAL
VENDOR LOCK-IN
If the Vendor ever goes out of business, bought, or the
vendor relationship changes, there is a risk of being stuck
with a website no one knows how to operate or maintain.
There is no vendor lock in. If a Drupal company or vendor ever goes out
of business or the relationship changes, there are a well qualified group
of other vendors who can take over the project.
FLEXIBILITY
There are typically a handful of extensions to any
proprietary CMS system such as Shopping Cart, Forums,
etc. All generally involve additional licensing and
customization costs.
With more than 1,800 available modules, the vast majority of your site’s
requirements can be addressed with Drupal CMS and the available add-
on modules (in a shorter period time).
COSTS / LICENSING
Costs range from affordable to very expensive
Drupal has zero upfront software and upgrade acquisition cost. Nothing
is proprietary.
COMMUNITY & UGC
TOOLS
UGC Tools offered by proprietary CMS to date are very
simple or lag the market significantly. Innovative
communities are challenging to build.
Drupal is a social publishing platform. It was built to support
community and UGC out of the box either on the website itself, or
integration with third parties like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
AND HOW ABOUT THE COMMON CONCERNS?

1. DOES DRUPAL SCALE?
2. IS DRUPAL SECURE?
3. HOW FLEXIBLE IS DRUPAL?
THE “BIG THREE”
CONCERN #1: DOES DRUPAL SCALE FOR HUGE WEBSITES?
YES
. If the logo collection on slide 3 was not enough, here is some analytics from some of our clients:
One month
Google analytics report from one of our
smaller

enterprise
Drupal deployments.
45 million pageviews /month
One month
Google analytics report from one of our
larger

enterprise
Drupal deployments.
240 million pageviews/month
CONCERN #2: IS DRUPAL SECURE?

YES.
Open source software is as secure or more secure (in general) than
commercial software. A good summary of the relevant issues can be found in this
article from IBM:
The security implications of open source software
.
In fact, the increased security of using open source was cited as one reason the
White House switched to
Drupal
.
Drupal has a very solid track record in terms of security, and has an organized process for investigating,
verifying, and publishing possible security problems. Drupal's security team (over 30 people) is constantly
working with the community to address security issues as they arise and distributing vulnerability reports
and security fixes.
Compare that to proprietary software where exploit fixes often take weeks and months.
SOURCE:
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-oss.html
CONCERN #3: HOW FLEXIBLE IS DRUPAL?
YES.
Drupal is extremely flexible.
Drupal has a modular architecture. The core modules and the extensive collection of over 1,800
contributed modules enable the platform to adapt to many different sets of business requirements
and designs.
Furthermore, Drupal’s services module enables the creation of APIs so other devices and platforms
can access the CMS data. For example, iPhone applications, mobile optimized websites, iPad apps,
Facebook apps and anything else that comes along.
BUT I NEED COMMERCIAL SUPPORT.

SWEET!
ACQUIA
PROVIDES A COMMERCIAL DISTRIBUTION OF DRUPAL
COMMERCIAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE THROUGH ACQUIA.
WORK AT PLAY IS AN ACQUIA GOLD PARTNER.
SO I CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT.
About Work at Play
Work at Play is a digital agency that provides strategy, design, and development services for large organizations.
Drupal is part of our swiss army knife of technologies that we use to drive consumer engagement with brands.
To find out more about us on the internets, hit up www.WorkAtPlay.com
Contact Us
Email: touch-base@workatplay.com
Call: 604.685.6418
Find out more about our:
http://www.workatplay.com/toolbox/drupal-development
twitter: @workatplay