The Next Generation Drupal 7: Changing the Nature of Websites

Many companies already recognize the need for processes in the environment and may even be striving to implement quality processes.  Some of these companies may be receiving the benefits of controlled processes being in place.  Unfortunately, now is the time for a sanity check.  Is there a central process management group in the company.  A group of people responsible for the entire process infrastructure.  The inevitable truth is in some companies, no such group exists or their scope is severely restrictive.  This situation happens in most instances when process initiatives require multiple groups to create and maintain their own processes without formal oversight.

 

Specifically for companies who have processes that are working, the question appears: why do we need a central process group.  Here are a few reasons:

  • Many of the people working processes in their departments may also have responsibilities, usually primary, in the operations of the department.  Growth in their position typically will not include education in processes.
  • These “process” people are more than likely working in isolation from other process people.  A central process group will allow greater collaboration in process management issues.
  • Definition of key process terms may not be consistent across the organization, especially those terms that are not commonly used, such as control points.
  • Cross process relationships are typically being discussed between process owners, not with the people supporting the processes who experience the breakdowns in relationship.  In some cases, process owners are not assigned or being responsible of the role.
  • The need for responsibility to implement the entire process architecture, not just a portion of the architecture.
  • Several processes initiatives may have similar issues or requirements, each attempting to fulfill independently from each other.  A central group can provide support in shared concerns and implementations. 
  • Audits are often staggered unless organized by a central group. 

The existence of a central process group can aid in the consolidation of efforts, as well as general refinement and introduction of process management processes.  IT Service Management frameworks, like ITIL® or ISO/IEC 20000, do not specify the existence of a process management group, only that the practices of process management are in place.  By creating a group, though, you can create a number of champion to forward the efforts of the company’s process goals. 

Drupal 7 is the next generation version of Drupal content management system.  Although its development is still ongoing, the new system promises to become fully integrated as a Web 2.0 content management framework.  It will have qualitatively different features from the previous releases of Drupal such as versions 4.7, 5 and 6.  

Some of the most favored developments that users want to integrate in Drupal 7 are the inclusions of what you see is what you get editor and the automatic upgrade tool.  These functionalities will make Drupal extremely user friendly and can be used by almost anyone with basic computer knowledge.  Drupal users are advocating for these functionalities in order to popularize the system to the general public.

Another development work in progress for Drupal 7 is the integration of content management and distribution.  The object of this integration is to create Drupal sites that serve as a website and an information portal.  The proposed design seeks to make Drupal a content management system fully functional as content distributor.  This functionality will overtake the RSS and Atom technologies because new websites created in Drupal framework will be fully capable of syndicating their own content and broadcasting it to wider audience on the Internet.  

The concept for Drupal 7 follows the idea that a website could become a stand alone information and data server.  This can significantly enhance the utility of a website.  Modern sites using Drupal technology can become active distributor of content from interlinked sites on the Internet.   

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