Evaluating Drupal for the Enterprise Slide Deck

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak to a technology committee of a large organization that was considering standardizing their various web sites on Drupal. They requested a presentation and then some Q&A time - unfortunately, I didn't have any slides ready to go, so I had to scramble a bit. 

I decided to spend a couple of days (and evenings) creating a generic slidedeck that I could use for other potential clients as well as share with the rest of the Drupal community.

I started the process off by searching for existing "enterprise Drupal" slidedecks - I found two (The Case for Drupal in the Enterprise and Enterprise Drupal) that were particularly helpful in helping me figure out what factors I should focus on. I also found that many of the posts in groups.drupal.org/enterprise were very helpful in narrowing down the scope.

I decided to focus on answering a few important questions in the presentation:

  • What large organizations use Drupal?
  • What technologies is Drupal built on?
  • What makes Drupal a content management framework (as opposed to a content management system)?
  • What makes Drupal great?
  • What are some of the challenges when using Drupal?

I'm hoping that I've created the slidedeck generically enough so that others may utilize it as well. I've posted the slidedeck on Slideshare.net using the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. A big thanks goes out to the people who have reviewed it so far - your help is much appreciated. I'd love to hear more feedback, suggested changes and additions, so feel free to leave a comment below.


The hardest challenge faced by enterprises when addressing the social web opportunity, is the ability to quickly design and provision microsites. Enterprise? Do Companies use it? Well duh! It is THE choice for such. Ive heard in NZ the government is specifying Drupal for it's websites, the local councils are also, and many companies are also. Because it scales. Wordpress and Joomla have their place in small-scale sites and blogs, where you haven't got loads of users, and a huge diversity of content types. Drupal does what they do, but provides the "Enterprise" needs too, which is why it is excelling.


Submitted by Alina Clark (not verified) on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 02:33

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