Why Drupal 8 is the platform of choice for CMS Projects?

30 Oct. 2017 General

CIOs and CMOs often turn to analyst firms like Gartner when choosing a vendor for various IT and software requirements. Gartner MQ (Magic Quadrant) is one such reliable study that uses proprietary qualitative data analysis to show market trends, like direction, maturity and participants.

Recently, the 2017 Gartner MQ for Web Content Management recognised Acquia and by extension Drupal as a top 3 leader. It marked Acquia’s placement as a leader – fourth year in a row.

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What further cements Acquia/Drupal’s position is that they received the highest marks for “Cloud Capability and Architecture”. Hot on the heels of this recognition, came the Drupal Business Survey 2017 which shows Drupal has a steady position in the market. Especially Drupal eight that has secured its role as the most popular version for new Drupal projects.

Drupal 8 cements its position

Drupal 8 is the newest version of the Drupal CMS and has already cemented its place in the market as the preferred choice for new projects. Drupal 8 was the most commonly used platform by respondents for new Drupal projects (38.1%).

An interesting fact that the survey reveals is that existing Drupal clients have broadened the scope of their services, skill-sets, techniques and expertise. In fact, they have changed their business model over the last year to expand their work and respond to the market demand. Data showed that companies started to offer more services and grow their technology stack. So, what are some of these capabilities of Drupal 8 that make it a platform of choice for new projects?

Flexibility

Drupal’s insistence on Open APIs ranging from Drupal 8’s API-first initiative to APIs for Acquia Lift, Site Factory and Acquia Cloud to enable businesses in delivering critical capabilities faster and better.

Digital Ecosystem Integrations

Drupal 8 has superior integration features like REST API in core, API-first publishing and out of the box responsive and out of the box headless playing nicely with your organisation’s email, analytics, marketing automation, and other digital tech solutions.

Arguably one of the most potent Drupal 8 features is its ability to blend with other technologies and share content resources seamlessly. As Dries Buytaert, Founder of Drupal commented, “There are powerful market trends that oblige us to keep focused on this: integration with diverse systems having their APIs, the proliferation of new devices, the expanding Internet of Things (IoT), and the widening adoption of JavaScript frameworks.”

Significant changes in technology landscape

There are several critical updates in the tech landscape of Drupal as Drupal development services increasingly adopt JavaScript technologies. According to the State of Drupal Presentation 2017, more than 50% of Drupal organisations are also using Node.js to support the needs of their customers.

Not surprisingly, Drupal 8 has become the go-to release for a large number of agencies, and one of the key reasons is what the company’s strategy claims to be ‘ambitious digital experiences’. Its sweet spot is websites or digital experiences that require a degree of customisation or flexibility – what the founder calls ‘richness’.
Therefore, anyone from individuals, to startups, small businesses, universities, museums and non-profits are using Drupal in their ambitious projects where they require a varying degree of custom-support and integrations.

Powerful site building tools

As the presentation reveals, the Drupal ecosystem comprises a majority of organisation websites that need high to medium degree of richness that SaaS builders are unable to provide.
These stakeholders need user-friendly, intuitive site-building tools that are simpler to navigate and learn and don’t require installing and configuring scores of custom modules or writing much custom code. Drupal has already announced layout builder, workspaces and media library to improve the site building experience and also proposed adding a modern JavaScript to its core.

Why Drupal 8 is gaining momentum?

Drupal 8 has established its position as the most popular version for new Drupal projects as the CMS market shifts towards more integrated and complex solutions. Drupal agencies can confidently respond to the trend owing to modern Drupal 8 architecture, capabilities and also by integrating Drupal into greater solutions. Drupal provides genuinely ‘ambitious digital experiences’.

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