govCMS and GOV.AU Beta: A Joint Approach to Improving Online Service Delivery [April 19, 2016]

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Australian Government - govCMS

In this joint blog post, CEO of the DTO Paul Shetler and Australian Government Chief Technology Officer John Sheridan explains how govCMS will be a critical part of the GOV.AU Beta.

As the Australian Government’s digital transformation gathers pace, it’s not surprising that agencies are wondering how these changes will affect them.

There has been particular interest in one of the DTO’s major projects, GOV.AU, and how this relates to existing platforms, including govCMS.

Understanding GOV.AU
DTO CEO Paul Shetler said that GOV.AU is not a technology solution and it’s not a replacement for other technologies; it’s a service design approach.

“The vision of GOV.AU is to create a place where users can find anything to do with the Australian Government, without having to visit multiple different websites.

“Users won’t need to understand which agency is responsible for which services or information, in order to get the job done - they’ll just be able to visit GOV.AU.

“Of course, this is a huge task that we’re exploring one step at a time. At this early stage, we’ve created an Alpha product to provide an indication of what this might look like.

“And you can view that Alpha product online and provide feedback now at gov.au/alpha.”

Complementary products
Australian Government Chief Technology Officer John Sheridan says govCMS was designed to provide a solution to agencies that would reduce the cost of maintaining their websites.

“govCMS removes the burden of website content management and hosting arrangements, leaving agencies with more time to focus on the content and services they provide to end users,” said John.

“govCMS provides a responsive and accessible starting point for websites, using a common platform built on open source code and operated through sharing and reuse.

“The platform is available now and can be used by all agencies.”

How govCMS will help deliver GOV.AU
Paul said govCMS is the technology solution that will underpin the GOV.AU Beta, will be the platform used by agencies to author and prepare content for the site.

In the near future, agencies will author content using govCMS and it will be published on the GOV.AU Beta website.

“For those agencies already familiar with govCMS, it will make adding and updating content in GOV.AU a really straightforward process with a minimal learning curve,” said Paul.

Helping agencies prepare for change
John Sheridan says, “If you’re already using govCMS, you’ve already started the journey to change. While moving to GOV.AU will require extensive work around user research, design, and content reduction and improvement, you’re already using the best available content management platform.”

Paul said work had already begun to help agencies prepare for the future.

This includes:

  • exploring how we can use the API-enabled content hub feature in govCMS to publish information to GOV.AU,
  • planning to more widely adopt design patterns coming out of GOV.AU Beta’s development work, and
  • creating better connections across our community so when the times comes for change, we can share the load and tackle challenges together.
  • Should I stop any progress in re-platforming to govCMS?

“The short answer is no. Keep going, because GOV.AU will be designed to use the content stored in govCMS, and govCMS will be a part of any end solution,” John said.

Have you got more questions on GOV.AU? Provide feedback via the Alpha prototype at gov.au/alpha.

Happy Birthday, Drupal! [Jan. 15, 2016]

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Drupal Association

Happy birthday, Drupal community! Today is the Drupal project's 15th birthday. In honor of the upcoming year, we've put together a retrospective of some of the incredible changes and accomplishments we made together last year.

2015 was a landmark year for Drupal: between three DrupalCons, the release of Drupal 8, and numerous improvements to Drupal.org, there's a lot for everyone to be proud of. None of our amazing accomplishments would been possible without our community of passionate Drupalers. As you read the infographic, we invite you take a moment to congratulate yourself for all the ways that you've helped make the project strong. Because Drupal's 15th birthday isn't just an accomplishment for the software—it's an occasion to celebrate everyone who has helped get the entire project and the community to where they are today.

See the infographic.

A Front-end JavaScript Framework in Drupal Core? [Jan. 14, 2016]

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This Episode's Guests

Preston So
Development Manager at Acquia Labs, in Acquia’s the office of the CTO. Preston has contributed to Spark, a Drupal distribution for an improved authoring experience, and done work on researching front-end frameworks for Drupal core.

Sally Young
Developer at Lullabot, and principal architect of the decoupled lullabot.com. Also, we hear she can cut a mad rug.

Drew Bolles
Front-end Developer at Chapter Three. Spirit Animal is a White Tiger!

Matt & Mike talk with Acquia's Preston So, Chapter Three's Drew Bolles, and Lullabot's own Sally Young on the possibility of a front-end JavaScript framework in Drupal core, and what that would look like.

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Have You Heard the Buzz About Drupal 8? [July 13, 2015]

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Have You Heard the Buzz About Drupal 8?

By Dom Nicastro

More than four years of waiting for the new release of the world’s second largest open source web content management systems (CMS) is winding to a close.

The team at Drupal plan to release long awaited, much discussed Drupal 8 in less than a month — Aug. 9, to be precise. Already, the preview edition is drawing plenty of buzz, both good and bad.

Mobile, Multilingual
For Sam Wendel, content marketing officer for Vardot, a Drupal development firm, Drupal 8’s mobile-first approach and multilingual support enhancements are reasons for excitement.

“Mobile websites and apps are the new reality,” Wendel blogged about Drupal 8, “and so for the first time Drupal is addressing this comprehensively. All built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive, making it easier to administer on a mobile device.”

He added that Drupal 8 emphasizes “improved multilingual support” and prioritized globalization support “to deliver improved web experiences for both users and developers. There are improvements to language maintenance options, site translations and easier-to-customize settings. This bodes well for developers and site users everywhere.”

While there is enthusiasm about the Drupal 8 release, there are critics, too. Some users complain the platform should have evolved more in the past several years — and that the new release offers little innovation.

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WordPress Vs. Joomla Vs. Drupal [April 13, 2015]

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PC Tech Magazine

By Ephraim Batambuze III

In case you have decided to create a website and you are wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. This post is going to look at three of the most widely-used ones.

WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands.

Apart from being free to download and use, their open-source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support new Internet technologies. With all of these systems, basic functions can be enhanced ad infinitum with an ever-expanding array of add-ons, contributed from their respective communities.

The CMS comparison chart below from website up gives a summary of what each CMS has to offer.


Git Success Stories and Tips from Drupal Core Committer Angie Byron [April 8, 2015]

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By Libby Clark

The Git revision control system is “at the center” of Drupal's hyper-collaborative community says Drupal core committer Angie Byron. The open source content management platform has 37,802 developers with Git commit access, and about 1,300 actively committing each month, she says.

“Git (was) the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off,” said Byron, who is also the director of community development at Acquia.

In celebration of Git's 10-year anniversary this week, we talked with Byron about how and why Drupal uses Git, their success stories using the tool, and her favorite tip for pro users. For more Git success stories in our “Git Week” series, see our interviews with Git creator Linus Torvalds, and maintainers on the KVM and Qt projects. And there are more to come still this week.

Linux.com: Why does Drupal use Git?

The short answer is community momentum.

The longer answer is we were on CVS for about a decade (there weren't a lot of other options back in 2001), and went through an enormous evaluation to decide which distributed version control to move to: hg, bzr, or git (see http://groups.drupal.org/node/48818 for the REALLY longer answer).

Git won out, both on the metric of wider adoption among other open source projects we looked at for inspiration, but also within the Drupal community. We discovered that unlike with bzr and hg, numerous Drupal community members were already using Git on client/personal projects, building Git integrations with our various software management tools, and signing up in droves to offer Git support for CVS refugees.

This made Git the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off. (see "success stories" below)

What makes Git such a great tool?

For me, it's Git's ubiquity. Particularly in the last couple of years, Git has become the clear winner in the version control wars, and having one common language to speak with and collaborate with other developers has solved SO many problems.


OpenScholar: A Drupal-based Content Management System for Universities [March 31, 2015]

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By Adrian Bridgwater

OpenScholar is a Drupal-based content management system designed specifically for academic use, created by Harvard University and released under an open source license.

So what?

Well okay you so what types... this tool aims to solve the "Babel Tower" problem many academic institutions face.

What's that?

As the web began to make its way into academia, staff and departments often created their own sites, hiring students or external companies.

Within a few years, many university IT departments found themselves having to maintain an assortment of different code bases written in various programming languages and environments - not only making it hard to update the websites' content, but posing a significant security risk as well.

There must be some kind of way out of here, right?

Increasingly, institutions chose to standardise on a single solution, with Drupal - the open source CMS also used at Whitehouse.gov to Economist.com.

Harvard University chose to take this approach a step further by creating a custom CMS on top of Drupal.


Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project [March 26, 2015]

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Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release.

Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project.

Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release. This directly relates to the Drupal Association's mission: uniting a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.

D8 Accelerate is a pilot program from the Drupal Association to put $250,000 of community funds toward accelerating the release of Drupal 8; due to the strategic impact this work has on the entire Drupal ecosystem. Drupal 8 is the latest release on the Drupal journey, that is substantially more powerful than previous versions and provides new ways to tailor and deploy content that looks great on any device.

“We’re excited to support the latest and greatest Drupal release to benefit the whole open source community,” said Arnold Leung, CEO of Appnovation. “We also want to accelerate the development of this release and join the more than 2200 passionate people who have contributed to Drupal 8’s success so far.”


Five Reasons why Drupal Should be on your Digital Agenda Next Year [Dec. 18, 2014]

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The Drum

From recent conversations with marketing and digital directors at blue chip brands, it’s clear that big data, open source, content marketing, personalisation and online communities are just a few of the trends that are high on the agenda for 2015.

A good content management system (CMS) will allow marketers to develop and deploy innovative digital campaigns and initiatives, giving them flexibility and power to improve the effectiveness of their marketing.

But all too often we meet companies who are struggling with just the opposite.

The content management system has become an obstacle to getting the job done.

Too much energy goes into finding ways around content management systems that have failed to keep pace with the needs of the contemporary marketer.

So how can you avoid these issues? The first step is to make sure that in the crowded world of content management systems you choose the one that best meets the needs of your business.

At Deeson we specialise in the open source Drupal CMS that’s built specifically for managing online content, communities and commerce.

As a marketer I know that Drupal has a lot to offer marketers in 2015, so here are my top five reasons why Drupal can really help you build and deliver marketing campaigns:

Integration with social media
We all know that the right social media can be a great platform for reaching your audience. We work with Robbie Williams and his management team to develop and run Robbie’s official website.

The site is designed with social content at its core, featuring heavyweight social integrations to give a seamless cross-channel experience for Robbie’s fans.

Using Drupal we’ve made sure it’s resilient to the traffic spikes that are inevitable on a website for a global pop legend.

Targeted to the right audience
Another very clever thing that we can do with Drupal is to flexibly personalise the content of a website according to the users visiting the site regardless of whether a user is logged in.


Drupagora 2014 : « Drupal est parfaitement adapté et intégré au SI » [20 Octobre 2014]

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TOOLinux est partenaire de Drupagora, le rendez-vous de l’éco-système Drupal qui rassemblera une fois encore plus de 350 professionnels le 14 novembre prochain à Paris. Cyril PIERRE DE GEYER, (Directeur de l’Executive MBA, Epitech) et Maxime TOPOLOV (CTO, Adyax) ont accepté de répondre à nos questions.
Cyril PIERRE DE GEYER : « C’est aujourd’hui le CMS le plus utilisé dans les grands groupes et organisations »

Vous axez Drupagora cette année clairement sur l’entreprise et l’intégration au SI, c’est un signe fort par rapport à Wordpress ou d’autres CMS ?
Absolument ! Drupal a déjà gagné la guerre des CMS Open Sources dans l’entreprise. C’est aujourd’hui le CMS le plus utilisé dans les grands groupes et organisations. La vraie concurrence pour Drupal est aujourd’hui celle des CMS des grands éditeurs, historiquement très présents dans les SI : Oracle, Adobe, IBM. Raison de plus pour démontrer durant Drupagora 2014, que Drupal est parfaitement adapté et intégré au SI.

Quels sont les principaux arguments en faveur de Drupal face à ses concurrents en 2014 ? Oracle, Adobe...
S’il n’y en avait qu’un seul, ce serait la communauté. Aucun éditeur, aussi puissant soit-il, ne peut faire face à la plus grande communauté Open Source au monde, celle de Drupal. Le deuxième argument est la modularité de Drupal. Avec un coeur très léger et plus de 26.000 modules, Drupal est à la pointe de l’innovation, là où les éditeurs proposent une roadmap, toujours en retard par rapport aux demandes du marché. Puis, c’est le prix, un projet moyen Adobe est estimé à 2 millions de dollars et plus de 450.000 dollars de coûts de licences. Avec un nombre d’intégrateurs plus importants et donc un marché plus concurrentiel, les coûts d’un projet Drupal sont largement inférieurs. L’absence de coûts de licences permet de développer plus de fonctionnalités, d’être plus innovant et d’être plus proche des demandes de vos clients finaux. Enfin, les objections sur l’absence d’un éditeur ne tiennent plus, avec Acquia et sa présence internationale, Drupal est désormais présent dans la fameuse matrice Gartner des CMS.
(Paru dans Toolinux.com)