Drupal is well-known as a web content management system (CMS) that has adopters ranging from novice administrators all the way to Amnesty International and the White House. Its high adaptability gives it wide, effective use in many problem domains. There is a growing application for Drupal that happens to be one traditionally filled by proprietary vendors such as Microsoft – enterprise content management. Spurred on by the platform’s open nature, wide adoption, flexibility, and a boost by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert’s company Acquia, this popular CMS system is finding its way into enterprise.
Acquia launched in 2007 with a model very similar to that of commercial Linux vendor Red Hat: become profitable with the wide distribution of an open source technology by becoming its trusted support and maintenance partner. It should be noted that Ac quia and the Drupal community are separate, even with the presence of Drupal’s founder as Acquia CTO. Acquia could be thought of as the commercial advocate of the Drupal community; furthering its use in industry as well as the web, developing enterprise Drupal tools, and helping companies master its intricacies.
Acquia has shown no signs of slowing down as it secured $30 million in a recent round of funding. This new captial is expected to help it scale out Drupal’s enterprise presence.
Drupal not only has shown itself to be a strong commercial-level content system, competitive with Sharepoint, it also has a presence on cloud PaaS solutions such as AWS. Whether it is installed locally or on a cloud service, the following are some of the specific benefits of Drupal for enterprise:
- no licensing hurdles,
- enterprise support (from Aqcuia, other commercial consultants, and of course the Drupal open source community),
- build quality and proven reliability as it is the underlying platform behind roughly 2% of all websites,
- platform independence, unlike Sharepoint and Umbraco.