Government of Bermuda: How to pitch, plan, and build a citizen-centric web portal with Drupal

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Session Recording:

Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic, located off the east coast of the United States, with an economy largely based on international business and tourism. As the highest ranking population with Internet adoption in North America, the Government recognizes the value of having a strong and sustainable online presence to serve the Island’s citizens and industries, for now and for years to come.

Their mission, to facilitate innovation and technology, meant they needed to be able to executively engage with residents and businesses, share resources, seamlessly access a large number of internal applications, integrate with third party systems, and provide high-value services as efficiently as possible.

The Government knew that its existing portal was not meeting their needs. It was government department-centric and used a variety of platforms and methodologies to generate content. They were looking for a new approach. Based on their market research, they were looking for a citizen-centric design, with an emphasis on providing significant value to its residents and businesses, that leverages leading-edge technology to transform their business processes.

In this session Steve Lavigne, Technical Lead & Manager at OPIN Software, will discuss:

  • How Drupal was pitched as the right choice over SharePoint & other proprietary systems.
  • The arguments made to move to Drupal specific hosting (Acquia).
  • The future-proofing plan; including the plan to move to Drupal 8.
  • How we proposed third-parties for seemless integration with existing systems.
  • The plan on how we intend to bring 100s of government services online with Drupal.

This session is for you if you:

  • Work within the enterprise space and want to secure more business.
  • Have ever struggled in suggesting Drupal, as the right choice, to an enterprise level audience.
  • Are curious about how to implement a Drupal site within an organization with many moving pieces.

About the Presenter(s):

Steve Lavigne is a Technical Lead & Manager at OPIN Software, where he architects Drupal solutions and oversees the day-to-day development of many Drupal projects.  Steve also works closely with the sales teams on all RFP responses and scoping exercises.  He has 12+ years of experience developing enterprise level solutions and is currently the Vice President of the Ottawa Drupal Association.  He has also spoken at many Drupal camps and meetups across Canada.

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Community and Being Human