"Enterprise Content Management" or ECM minimally encompasses Document Management, Collaboration, Records Management and Web Content Management. An enterprise online portal is a specially designed website that acts as an entry point for bringing information together from all these diverse sources in a uniform way. Building an enterprise online portal presents a unique set of challenges, including integrated authentication, governance of content added by multiple content contributors, migration of legacy data, and hosting within an enterprise infrastructure among others.
While Drupal is a CMS platform and not an ECM platform per se, it is gaining increasing attention as part of a suite of tools that mandate an ECM suite. The main reason for this attention is that Drupal fairs well in almost all major benchmarks that are indicators of a CMS capability at enterprise level, including the following:
Content Management: Being a powerful content management tool, Drupal allows for updating content frequently with no big hassle.
Integration & Social Interaction: Every piece of Drupal functionality can be extended without hacking core files. This allows for easy integration with other web applications such as Payment Services, CRM, Social Networks, ERP, GeoLocation tools and many more through open standards and web services like XML, REST and JSON. Drupal Commons is a fully-functional social business software solution that can be used for building enterprise intranet. It has been specially designed as a complete platform to replace the proprietary products currently available.
Scalability, Security, & Low Cost of Ownership: Drupal scalability has been verified by major governments and industry-leading enterprises. The White House, NASA and other high profile sites which are built on Drupal bear testimony to this fact that Drupal meets enterprises requirements and is truly scalable. Drupal is highly secure and robust. A dedicated security team is continuously monitoring and addressing security vulnerability with Drupal core through a frequent and regular update cycle. The Drupal system itself and all its contributed modules are available free of charge and will always remain free. This allows for much lower maintenance costs, as well as less dependence on service providers.
Considering the above factors, it is fair to say that Drupal development has become a viable choice for being incorporated in the enterprise. However, proper implementation of Drupal in a well-planned and robust manner within an enterprise ecosystem requires careful consideration of specific requirements of each enterprise and their challenges, and that is the expert consulting advice that Appnovation offers its clients in the enterprise domain.