Drupal and the Power of Community
Dave » 10 years 10 weeks ago
Given the nature of our work here at Woven, I read a number of blogs and other publications having to do with collaboration. One of these, Collaboration Loop, profiles collaboration technologies in the enterprise space. They usually focus on enterprise grade offerings from the larger commercial players, but they just featured a short article on the open source Drupal platform. Coincidentally, it’s the very platform we’re basing our work on. I thought the article nicely relayed some of the very reasons we chose to make Drupal a crucial part of our strategy, and it presents a good case for why Drupal may give some of the enterprise offerings a run for their money.
Drupal is clearly an effective collaboration tool, as it powers the worldwide Drupal effort itself. It’s already a success story in geographically distributed software development, as I see it.
An open and engaged community means there’s bleeding edge innovation.
While commercial players can surely implement the same things, Drupal has an intrinsic edge.
Drupal does a great job of supporting and leveraging a large community of contributors, something the large vendors would be well served to do.
Leveraging the strengths of a community and platform like Drupal, while actively participating in its growth and evolution, is a viable strategy that rivals even the big players.
How do you use Drupal? Do you use it as a collaboration tool? Do you use other collaboration tools? What do you think about Drupal’s future as an enterprise collaboration tool itself?
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