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The Power of Drupal and Alfresco Together

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Learn why clients are so excited about combining Drupal and Alfresco for intranet solutions

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  • Choosing to use Drupal and Alfresco together makes the most sense in situations where companies can fully leverage the strengths of both platforms and have the resources to manage each effectively.
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The Power of Drupal and Alfresco Together

  1. 1. Transform Your IntranetWhy clients are excited about combining Drupal and Alfresco<br />15 September 2009<br />Jeff Potts, Sr. Director, ECM<br />Blog: http://ecmarchitect.com<br />Twitter: jeffpotts01<br />Chris Fuller, Technical Architect<br />Blog: http://www.optaros.com/blog/cfuller<br />Twitter: cfuller<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />What’s Wrong with your Intranet?<br />What Can Drupal & Alfresco Do Together?<br />Activision: Drupal + Alfresco Case Study<br />How Does it Work?<br />Q&A<br />
  3. 3. What we’re hearing<br />We need to re-do our intranet. Can you help?<br />Of course. But what’s wrong with the one you’ve got?<br />(See if any of the following typical answers fit your organization)<br />
  4. 4. It’s too expensive<br />What’s wrong with your current intranet?<br />Credit: paopix<br />
  5. 5. It’s not compelling from a UX perspective<br />What’s wrong with your current intranet?<br />
  6. 6. It’s not compelling from a UX perspective<br />What’s wrong with your current intranet?<br />
  7. 7. It’s not compelling from a UX perspective<br />What’s wrong with your current intranet?<br />
  8. 8. It’s not flexible enough<br />What’s wrong with your current intranet?<br />Credit: spursfan_ace<br />
  9. 9. Not to rush to the punch line, but…<br />
  10. 10. Cost<br />Commercial support <br />Self support<br />Presentation<br />Drupal<br />Acquia<br />Alfresco Community<br />Alfresco Enterprise<br />Repository<br />Free<br />Cheaper than SharePoint<br />Cost<br />
  11. 11. User Experience<br />
  12. 12. Flexibility<br />Powerful Presentation Framework<br />Enterprise Repository<br />Loosely Coupled<br /><ul><li>Thousands of modules to choose from
  13. 13. Easy to theme
  14. 14. Fast, efficient development model
  15. 15. Multiple ways to update content
  16. 16. Robust business process engine
  17. 17. Extensible content model</li></li></ul><li>Effective intranets<br />Embrace continuous improvement, perpetual beta<br />Are fun to use<br />Engaging user experience<br />Content that helps me get my job done<br />Make things easy to find<br />Align with key strategic initiatives of the business<br />Make it easy to publish<br />Facilitate connections<br />Between people<br />Between teams<br />Between projects<br />Can be assembled from Open Source components<br />And shouldn’t cost 7 figures to implement<br />
  18. 18. Agenda<br />What’s Wrong with your Intranet?<br />What Can Drupal & Alfresco Do Together?<br />Activision: Drupal + Alfresco Case Study<br />How Does it Work?<br />Q&A<br />
  19. 19. Drupal – Convenience and Impact<br />What Does Drupal Bring to the Table?<br />Purpose-built community platform<br />4000+ open source modules for a wide range of features<br />Huge developer community<br />Infinitely customizable user interface<br />Easy-to-use content management tools<br />Integration with Enterprise systems<br />Existing intranet distributions, such as Open Atrium<br />Commercial Enterprise support from Acquia<br />Enterprise Integration<br />Single-Sign-On<br />LDAP<br />Active Directory<br />NTLM<br />CAS<br />Search<br />Lucene<br />Endeca<br />Google Search Appliance<br />Acquia Hosted Search<br />ECM<br />Alfresco<br />Other CMIS providers<br />Drupal Overview<br />
  20. 20. Comments<br />Drupal Features<br />
  21. 21. Forums<br />Drupal Features<br />
  22. 22. Polls<br />Drupal Features<br />
  23. 23. Rich User Profiles<br />Drupal Features<br />
  24. 24. Drupal Features<br />Content Management<br />Easy-to-use interface<br />Powerful taxonomy<br />Web Content Management workflow tools<br />Robust content promotion tools<br />Role-based content management<br />Community<br />Comments<br />Polls<br />Forums<br />Calendars and Events<br />Wiki<br />Microblogging<br />Rich user profiles<br />Social Graph<br />Drupal Overview<br />
  25. 25. Drupal – Flexible Interface<br />Drupal Interface<br />
  26. 26. Alfresco – Enterprise Content Services<br />Fast, flexible, modular user interface<br />Presentation Tier<br />Open, scalable repository, metadata, versioning, workflow<br />?<br />Content Services Tier<br />Core<br />Multiple, disparate front-ends<br />Multiple content repositories<br />Enterprise Apps Tier<br />Scripting language on the front-end and Java on the back-end is a proven pattern. Drupal provides the UI while Alfresco provides core content services.<br />Many organizations have multiple front-ends that need to get to the same enterprise content store.<br />Organizations may have multiple CMIS repositories, maybe from different vendors.<br />?<br />
  27. 27. Agenda<br />What’s Wrong with your Intranet?<br />What Can Drupal & Alfresco Do Together?<br />Activision: Drupal + Alfresco Case Study<br />How Does it Work?<br />Getting Started<br />
  28. 28. Case Study<br />Activision Blizzard Intranet<br />
  29. 29. User Interface<br />Activision Blizzard Intranet<br />
  30. 30. Enterprise Search<br />Activision Blizzard Intranet<br />Comprehensive search<br />Search includes both Drupal and Alfresco content in a single query that honors permissions.<br />
  31. 31. User Management<br />Activision Blizzard Intranet<br />Integrated with Directory<br />Leveraging both Drupal and Alfresco ability to integrate with LDAP for user management and permissions.<br />
  32. 32. Document Management<br />Activision Blizzard Intranet<br />Alfresco for DM<br />Drupal interface for adding documents & content to the Intranet. Alfresco provides storage, workflow, and security.<br />
  33. 33. Agenda<br />What’s Wrong with your Intranet?<br />What Can Drupal & Alfresco Do Together?<br />Activision: Drupal + Alfresco Case Study<br />How Does it Work?<br />Q&A<br />
  34. 34. How?<br />Key Ingredients<br />Acquia Drupal for community features, UI and WCM<br />Alfresco for workflow and secure document management<br />Drupal CMIS API module<br />Drupal CMIS Alfresco module<br />Any of the additional Drupal modules necessary to meet requirements<br />
  35. 35. More about the integration module<br />Open Source<br />http://www.drupal.org/project/cmis_alfresco (GPLv2)<br />100% CMIS<br />Requires no install on the Alfresco tier<br />Raw capabilities<br />Persist web content in Alfresco<br />Create Drupal content from Alfresco via CMIS Sync<br />Upload binary files into Alfresco via Drupal<br />Attach binary files, created in Alfresco, to Drupal content<br />Execute CMIS and OpenSearch queries<br />Provides support for additional CMIS repositories<br />
  36. 36. Implementation<br />The CMIS module is an enabler, but there&apos;s still work you have to do...<br />Find senior leadership support and other champions<br />Create an adoption plan<br />Design UI<br />Determine integration points (SSO, search, LDAP, etc.)<br />Create a security model<br />Determine additional contributed/custom Drupal modules to meet requirements<br />Create an Alfresco content model and decide on storage hierarchy<br />Implement business processes as Alfresco workflows<br />Credit: veruus<br />
  37. 37. Alfresco & Drupal: What If They Mated?<br />In summary<br />
  38. 38. Hip, popular framework<br />Flexible presentation layer<br />Fast, clear development model<br />Strong community focus<br />When you combine the strengths of Drupal…<br />Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder<br />
  39. 39. Enterprise-class repository<br />Strong commercial ECM credibility/lineage<br />Best-in-class openness, programmability<br />…with the power of Alfresco…<br />John Newton, Alfresco CTO<br />
  40. 40. …you get something better.<br />Compelling presentation framework<br />Tons of community features that can be easily added and built upon<br />Hierarchical document storage<br />Enterprise-class workflow<br />Decoupling of the front-end from the back-end with an open standard in-between<br />
  41. 41. About Optaros – Solutions for Media & Ecommerce<br />Optaros delivers each client a tailored roadmap of Assembled Web solutions to achieve their business objectives.<br />Multiple projects including user experience design for American Idol, currently designing new Ecommerce storefront for Fox Entertainment.<br />Dynamic customer-facing portal and content management system assembled in 13 weeks from concept to completion<br />ReplatformedPGATourfrom CBS to CNN/Turner infrastructure in 14 weeks. Payback: 10 months on ad sales<br />Stellent Migration to Alfresco Surf for DAM; Alfresco+Drupal Intranet; National Sales Portal for new sales team<br />How we work with our clients<br />Work jointly and transparently with client teams <br />Turn ideas into implementable blueprints<br />Commit contractually to deliver on time, on budget <br />Design Web 2.0 user experiences <br />Iteratively assemble open source software<br />Support the solution<br />

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