The Case for Drupal in the Enterprise

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Michael Caccavano (Tree House Agency) and Matt Westgate (Lullabot) look at the pros & cons of Drupal for enterprise-level sites and address some of the most common concerns.

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  • BANKS VS MTV
    Airline navigation system VS LIFETIME



    DEFINITION: The site encompasses a wide sector of your company’s revenue and is mission critical (not large)
  • YES!
    No 24/7 support contracts, who to blame, no obvious history of enterprise, open source punks








  • Continues to move towards enterprise
    Moving that way, never get there because it’s a framework
    Business sector keeps dumping money in
    Enterprise means different things to different companies


























  • Scaling patterns already exist
    At the top of the stack
    Good development practices also make drupal scale
  • By participating in it! DO-OCRACY
    Commercial support
    Better than vendor lock-in
  • Community checks and balances (Expression Engine VS Drupal)
    Security through obscurity
















  • The Case for Drupal in the Enterprise

    1. The Case for Drupal in the Enterprise Matt Westgate Michael Caccavano Monday, March 9, 2009
    2. We are... Michael Caccavano Matt Westgate mike@treehouseagency.com matt@lullabot.com @mcaccavano (twitter) @mettamatt (twitter) Monday, March 9, 2009
    3. Monday, March 9, 2009
    4. Monday, March 9, 2009
    5. Defining quot;Enterprisequot; Monday, March 9, 2009
    6. Defining quot;Enterprisequot; The definition depends on the business Monday, March 9, 2009
    7. The Challenge People are scared of using drupal for enterprise... Should they be?  Monday, March 9, 2009
    8. Is Drupal Enterprise? Monday, March 9, 2009
    9. Is Drupal Enterprise? No Monday, March 9, 2009
    10. Drupal isn’t Enterprise Ready Monday, March 9, 2009
    11. Drupal isn’t Enterprise Ready Not enterprise in-a-box Monday, March 9, 2009
    12. Drupal isn’t Enterprise Ready Not enterprise in-a-box Limited commercial support Monday, March 9, 2009
    13. Drupal isn’t Enterprise Ready Not enterprise in-a-box Limited commercial support Not the main focus of the community Monday, March 9, 2009
    14. Is Drupal Enterprise? Monday, March 9, 2009
    15. Is Drupal Enterprise? Yes Monday, March 9, 2009
    16. Drupal is Enterprise Ready Monday, March 9, 2009
    17. Drupal is Enterprise Ready Rapid business sector adoption Monday, March 9, 2009
    18. Drupal is Enterprise Ready Rapid business sector adoption Modular Architecture Monday, March 9, 2009
    19. Drupal is Enterprise Ready Rapid business sector adoption Modular Architecture No Vendor Lock-in Monday, March 9, 2009
    20. Drupal is Enterprise Ready Rapid business sector adoption Modular Architecture No Vendor Lock-in Community Supported Monday, March 9, 2009
    21. Monday, March 9, 2009
    22. Excerpts - Why they chose Drupal “... fully integrated social tools tied to our content ...” “... avoid vendor lock-in ...” “... fast development pace of the platform ...” “... scalable platform...” “... large pool of available talent...” Monday, March 9, 2009
    23. Excerpts - Words of Wisdom Monday, March 9, 2009
    24. Excerpts - Words of Wisdom Ask yourself... Monday, March 9, 2009
    25. Excerpts - Words of Wisdom Ask yourself... Do you truly know what you want to build? Monday, March 9, 2009
    26. Excerpts - Words of Wisdom Ask yourself... Do you truly know what you want to build? What are the legacy integration points and other external connection points? Monday, March 9, 2009
    27. Excerpts - Words of Wisdom Ask yourself... Do you truly know what you want to build? What are the legacy integration points and other external connection points? What is the projected audience size? Monday, March 9, 2009
    28. Excerpts - Words of Wisdom Ask yourself... Do you truly know what you want to build? What are the legacy integration points and other external connection points? What is the projected audience size? Can the work be done in stages or does everything have to be built before launch? Monday, March 9, 2009
    29. Excerpts - Words of Wisdom “If you're serious about hosting your own Drupal site, you'll need an in-house staff.” “Even if you're using outside consultants, I'd suggest hiring your own staff ... Otherwise, you'll lose valuable information.” “You'll also save a fortune by getting your own staff up and running as soon as possible.” Monday, March 9, 2009
    30. Common Concerns Monday, March 9, 2009
    31. Does Drupal Scale? Monday, March 9, 2009
    32. How can I trust community supported software? Monday, March 9, 2009
    33. Is Drupal secure? Monday, March 9, 2009
    34. How customizable is Drupal? Monday, March 9, 2009
    35. Takeaways Monday, March 9, 2009
    36. Takeaways If you want full control of your site, choose Drupal Monday, March 9, 2009
    37. Takeaways If you want full control of your site, choose Drupal Drupal isn’t enterprise out of the box Monday, March 9, 2009
    38. Takeaways If you want full control of your site, choose Drupal Drupal isn’t enterprise out of the box Enterprise Drupal is an investment in people/community Monday, March 9, 2009
    39. Takeaways If you want full control of your site, choose Drupal Drupal isn’t enterprise out of the box Enterprise Drupal is an investment in people/community Drupal is good for enterprise Monday, March 9, 2009
    40. Takeaways If you want full control of your site, choose Drupal Drupal isn’t enterprise out of the box Enterprise Drupal is an investment in people/community Drupal is good for enterprise Enterprise is good for drupal Monday, March 9, 2009
    41. Community Plumbing? Monday, March 9, 2009
    42. Thank You Michael Caccavano Matt Westgate mike@treehouseagency.com matt@lullabot.com @mcaccavano (twitter) @mettamatt (twitter) Monday, March 9, 2009

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