From aGov to govCMS - the Australian Government's path to widespread Drupal adoption

07/23/2015 - 15:00-07/23/2015 - 15:45
Room A
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Business and Strategy

The purpose of this track is two-fold - one angle helps you to understand the advantages of Drupal from an organizational leadership angle and the other is to highlight the great Drupal sites and projects you're working on and to show what's possible. These sessions are business focused, and will be non-technical.


In the past 3 years, Drupal has firmly established itself as the preferred CMS of the Australian Government. Much of this adoption was driven by policies mandating the consideration of open source technologies and website accessibility, with Drupal being publicly endorsed as meeting these requirements by the Australian Government's Chief Technology Officer.

This session will examine how a small Australian Drupal firm, PreviousNext, helped drive Drupal's adoption in government with the release of the standards-compliant Drupal distribution, aGov. Through a process of close consultation with influential Government users, aGov was released in early 2013 with the aim of making it very easy for agencies to evaluate and adopt Drupal. 

Now in use by almost 500 sites, aGov was recently chosen by the Australian Government as the core of the new govCMS platform, hosted on Acquia Cloud Site Factory.

The lessons we've learnt along this journey will be relevant to both Drupal firms and internal Government teams seeking to drive Drupal adoption in their own markets.