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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.