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While we do offer many other services, we specialize in Drupal development. Drupal is a content management framework (CMF/CMS) that enables us to construct highly functional and extensible web sites, apps, intranets, and content management backends for mobile apps and more complicated, integrated systems. The fact that it is open source and supported by a large and organized community of committed developers means that it is a technology that organizations can rely on, and one which provides very significant cost and time savings for you when building and maintaining a web presence or an internal application tool chain.

Enterprises, small and large, public and private, use Intranets to maintain continuity of information access and ease of remote collaboration. Traditionally, Intranets have been built on proprietary platforms such as Sharepoint. But open source Drupal is becoming an increasingly popular and more viable option. Compared to costly proprietary platform licensing fees that are typically based on number of users, the cost of running a Drupal Intranet is significantly less than proprietary platforms.

Drupalís out-of-the-box user management, collaboration features, and content management capabilities make it a natural fit for use as an Intranet. It easily integrates with employee account management systems like Active Directory and Central Authentication Service by way of the LDAP module or CAS module. Drupalís core collaboration modules such as Forum and Comment, combined with numerous collaboration modules available in the Drupal community, offer organizations the ability to enjoy a rich social business experience. In addition, its highly configurable content and file management features provide the ability to build an Intranet tailored to meet unique asset management needs. Some featurs of our Drupal intranet solutions include:
ADVANTAGES OF USING DRUPAL AS A CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

USER MANAGEMENT

For organizations needing enhanced user management, Drupal presents a variety of options. For those that already run Drupal as a web content management system, user management across the enterprise can be enhanced by adding single sign-on capability using one of a number of module options.

COLLABORATION
Drupal facilitates collaboration. In terms of enterprise content management, Drupal's rich feature set provides users the ability to exchange information via forums, streams, webforms and commenting. When combined with social networking modules for microblogging (Statuses), voting (Flag, Vote Up/Down, Fivestar, Rate), and following/friending (Flag Follow, Flag Friend), Drupal is capable of running as a full blown social business platform.
CONTENT & ASSET MANAGEMENT

Drupal eases data management throughout the enterprise. Widely known as a CMS, Drupal is fully capable of file and asset management. Its out-of-the-box content versioning feature automatically saves new versions of content that can be easily rolled back if needed. Another Intranet component thatís important when dealing with large amounts of corporate data is a strong search feature. Technologies like Apache Solr and Google Search can be plugged into a Drupal Intranet.

QUICKLY DEPLOYING AN INTRANET

A Drupal distribution may be a better option if an Intranetís functional requirements arenít extremely unique and launching quickly is the highest priority. Distributions such as Drupal Commons and Open Atrium are pre-configured installations that already have embedded Intranet-type features such as groups, commenting, activity streams, following, trending content, blogging, and a customizable user interface

Drupalís wide selection of collaboration and user management tools, combined with its modular and flexible framework, make it a sound fit for use as an Intranet technology. Because its technical architecture was crafted with customization in mind, Drupal often surfaces as the logical cost-effective choice.

Further for mid-size and large businesses, Drupal enables "Enterprise Content Management" or ECM, which minimally encompasses Document Management, Collaboration, Records Management and Web Content Management. An enterprise online portal is a specially designed website that acts as an entry point for bringing information together from all these diverse sources in a uniform way. Building an enterprise online portal presents a unique set of challenges, including integrated authentication, governance of content added by multiple content contributors, migration of legacy data, and hosting within an enterprise infrastructure among others.

While Drupal is a CMS platform and not an ECM platform per se, it is gaining increasing attention as part of a suite of tools that mandate an ECM suite. The main reason for this attention is that Drupal fairs well in almost all major benchmarks that are indicators of a CMS capability at enterprise level, including the following:

Content Management: Being a powerful content management tool, Drupal allows for updating content frequently with no big hassle.

Integration & Social Interaction: Every piece of Drupal functionality can be extended without hacking core files. This allows for easy integration with other web applications such as Payment Services, CRM, Social Networks, ERP, GeoLocation tools and many more through open standards and web services like XML, REST and JSON. Drupal Commons is a fully-functional social business software solution that can be used for building enterprise intranet. It has been specially designed as a complete platform to replace the proprietary products currently available.

Scalability, Security, & Low Cost of Ownership: Drupal scalability has been verified by major governments and industry-leading enterprises. The White House, NASA and other high profile sites which are built on Drupal bear testimony to this fact that Drupal meets enterprises requirements and is truly scalable. Drupal is highly secure and robust. A dedicated security team is continuously monitoring and addressing security vulnerability with Drupal core through a frequent and regular update cycle. The Drupal system itself and all its contributed modules are available free of charge and will always remain free. This allows for much lower maintenance costs, as well as less dependence on service providers.

Drupal 8 is Awesome!

Drupal 8 is very different from Drupal 7 and Drupal 6, itís been completely reengineered to be a true enterprises content management system.

1. Robust!: Drupal 8 ships with over 200 new features and improvements, including some of Drupal 7ís most popular contributed modules. Drupal 8ís new core modules include ckeditor, date, and the most widely-used views module that offers flexibility and improves general Drupal layouts.

2. Editing made easier: One major concern for previous Drupal users was that content editing was complex in earlier versions. Thankfully, the latest version of Drupal has addressed this concern. Now content managersí lives are much easier with user friendly content editing features. Drupal 8 comes with a friendlier administrator UI that simplifies editing and content management.

3. Built responsive: Drupal 8 was built mobile first and ships with responsive themes out-of-the-box. This is a big win for everyone. Developers can focus on other important tasks. Editors can use admin features to edit content and run updates from their phones. Text and images are handled better on different screen sizes.

4. Object-Oriented: Unlike its predecessors, Drupal 8 relies on object-oriented programming. While this is big change for developers, it comes with great benefits. The move to object-oriented code from procedural code is a shift towards a foundation in enterprise architecture. 5. Multilingual support: Drupal 8 now includes multilingual support for 94 languages.

Drupal Intranet with Google Analytics
Drupal Intranet with Google Analytics

We integrate a Google Analytics module to Drupal intranets, allowing tracking by Google Analytics. Your Google Analytics account at http://www.google.com/analytics/ shows many more statistics about your intranet, employees and their activities while on your intranet. For example, you can: Selectively track certain users, roles and pages; Monitor what type of links are tracked (downloads, outgoing and mailto); Monitor what files are downloaded from your pages, Track user segmentation from Drupal profile data.

According to Google, "Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your intranet traffic and collaborative effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way.

Be mindful intranet is a central hub for employees to get the information they need to do their jobs and understand the bigger picture. The unique nature of the content makes benchmarking especially important, especially when executives inevitably have questions about how the system is being used and by whom. So it makes sense for internal communicators to measure your Drupal intranet with Google Analytics. An effective intranet analytics strategy is crucial to the success of modern intranet platform. Implemented effectively, it can provide actionable insights into employee behavior. You can use this data to boost employee productivity, to ensure that content is compelling and relevant and to empower employees.

The best practice is to establish a measurement strategy around critical success factors. Agree on intranet analytics data, such as the number of created new docs, page contributions, user interactions, total page views and logins, and communicate this to the workforce. Then, conduct a quarterly audit of how the intranet is being used and make data-driven decisions to boost productivity and motivate the workforce. Here at Exponent Logic, integrating Google Analytics is a standard feature that comes with our Drupal intranet solutions.

3 ways Google Analytics can improve your Drupal intranet

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1. Productivity : As employees are searching for information to do their jobs, intranet analytics can help identify wasted clicks and searches. An intranet analytics audit would focus on identifying and refining failed search queries to save employee time and boost productivity. Refining 10 failed search queries, for example, equates to saving around 15 minutes of employee time.

2. Engagement : Companies can use intranet analytics to identify employees using the intranet less than five times per week and subsequently take action to help them become more engaged with the culture and business to boost workforce productivity in the long term.

3. Empowerment : With HR departments under pressure to make more data-driven decisions about their workforce, analytics is playing an increasingly important role. Intranet analytics can help you identify evangelists, pinpoint collaboration efforts and praise go-getters Ė for example, teams showcasing intense sharing activity and engagement around large projects can be offered more resources.