Extending your Agency's Reach with a Drupal Extranet

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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.


Agencies are under increasing pressure to get more done with fewer resources - and in an increasingly interconnected world. Collaborating in a modern and mobile way across organizational boundaries is critical to mission execution for many agencies.

In this session I’ll explore how Open Atrium, a completely open source intra/extranet solution (based on Drupal), can reduce a extranet’s total cost of ownership, while providing a flexible and future friendly platform that you can extend or customization, with or without your vendor.

Designed for non-developers (though informative for everyone), this talk will focus on the strategy behind implementing technical solutions for open government. I’ll delve into the most pressing concerns for government decision makers, including:

  • How to create a collaborative environment for multiple stakeholder groups while restricting access to internal content

  • How to run a large extranet platform at a manageable cost

  • How to ensure the look & feel of your extranet matches your agency’s brand

  • How to increase public transparency while maintaining tight digital security

  • How to provide rich workflow and access control functionality within a Drupal-based extranet