Can you use Drupal as a document repository? There’s no reason why not and in fact it has many benefits. I was lucky enough to be invited to give a talk at the Drupal Show and Tell in London last week where I described a recent project we’ve delivered. This was for a Local Authority in the UK who were replacing a legacy Content Management system. The existing system was used to store a huge number and variety of documents from proofs of identification to reports and copies of invoices and correspondence.
I was lucky enough to attend the AIIM Forum London this week. In many ways though it felt like the ECM market hasn’t really changed over the last few years. But is ECM actually holding back Digital Transformation? From the sessions Sharepoint is still the default for Document Management, and it still ends up a mess if it’s not done right. Most of the vendors are pushing Sharepoint plugins or services and these were mainly incremental advances.
We’ve had two big announcements recently which have the potential to move the UK IT industry to the next level. The first is that Amazon Web Services (AWS) are planning to open a datacenter in London and the second is that Drupal 8 has been released. The combination of in-country data storage and world leading open source provide a compelling proposition for UK organisations especially in the public sector. An AWS data centre in London removes one of the last reasons people had not to go to the cloud.