I recently came across a 2008 blog post by George Dearing in Information Week titled, "Is Drupal Finally Enterprise Ready?" Dearing explored how the Drupal community has been growing over the past few years and how Acquia has been supporting a lot of commercial initiatives behind Drupal. I have read a lot of posts about whether Drupal is enterprise ready in the past. I believe Drupal has been enterprise ready for at least 2 years. Over the past 2 years, we have seen multiple large-scale web sites implemented in Drupal. Some of these sites include:
These and many others are enterprise-level web sites, and the organizations behind these sites are large-scale enterprises. The Universal Music Group and its parent company are two of the biggest companies in the world. I think there is no better evidence that Drupal is enterprise-ready than seeing enterprise-scale web sites running on Drupal. The only thing that Drupal needs to catch up on is on the marketing end. Most large-scale Drupal sites are built for non-profits, media companies and publishers. We still have not seen that many large-scale sites for banks, airlines and other large organizations with more conservative IT policies. On the technology level, Drupal is ready for these organizations, but on the marketing side, it is not. CIOs at major companies are often not convinced that the evolution of Drupal occurs in a controlled way. Some people are worried that Drupal will "die" suddenly and lose support. We need to inform them that Drupal's development is a steady process, and its community is not approaching anything like a decline.