Open source on Georgia's mind

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B204

Excerpt

The state of Georgia runs its web publishing platform using Drupal. This was the first open source implementation handled by any state at an enterprise level. Within a period of one year, the state needed to build a Drupal based platform and migrate 55 websites with new interface designs. This talk addresses the costs benefits Georgia saved by implementing open source and showcases some of the challenges and wins the state experienced while moving to open source.

Description

Five years ago in 2011 the State of Georgia decided to change its web publishing platform to an open source solution. The plan was to move 55 websites from a proprietary content management system hosted at the state’s data center to Drupal hosted in the cloud. The move was not only technical but also involved governance by working with 45 Georgia state agencies to make this change at the same time. The business case for a Drupal implementation promised efficiency benefits and cost savings of $5 million for the state’s web presence. Now five years after Georgia moved to an open source platform, how did the promise hold up?

This session will cover the following:

A close look at Georgia’s ROI on implementing open source

How other organizations can plan for a large scale open source implementation

The technical, business and end-user influences on Georgia’s platform

Managing a digital services team to support an enterprise

Other states, local governments or any organization looking to implement an enterprise open source solution will benefit from this session.

Speaking experience

Nikhil Deshpande has presented on many topics surrounding Georgia's migration to an open source platform. Most notably, he was selected to be the keynote speaker for the 2013 DrupalGovCon, Washington DC and 2013 Drupalcamp Atlanta. Partial list of experience:

2015 NYC Camp, United Nations New York, NY
Panelist, Government leaders panel
http://nyccamp.org/session/government-leaders-panel

2015 Acquia Engage
Public Sector Breakfast Panel: Digital Innovation and Transformation in Government
https://engage.acquia.com/

2015 S2LQ, Montreal, Canada
Georgia's Investment in Open Source
http://s2lq.com/conf%C3%A9renciers-0#nikhil-deshpande

2015 GOVTalks, Atlanta
Content: Get to the point
http://portal.georgia.gov/interactive/govtalks-content

2014 Digital Summit, Atlanta
Extreme Makeover; Georgia's Enterprise Web Redesign
http://digitalsummitatlanta.com/2014/speakers.html

2013 Drupal Gov Con. Washington DC
Keynote

Speaker

  • Nikhil deshpande headshot

    Nikhil Deshpande

    Director of GeorgiaGov Interactive

    Biography

    Nikhil is Director of GeorgiaGov Interactive, a division within the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA). GeorgiaGov Interactive provides content publishing solutions and strategic counsel to the state of Georgia agencies and elected officials. Nikhil oversees the strategy and operations of Georgia.gov and the Drupal-based web publishing platform which hosts around 75 websites for state agencies and elected officials. Nikhil has 15 years of public and private sector experience in web services.

    Nikhil led the Drupal migration project for GTA to centralize Georgia’s web presence on an open source platform hosted in the cloud. Nikhil speaks and writes about Georgia’s Drupal project hoping to help other state and local governments realize the benefits. Nikhil is an advocate of open source and web standards.

    He holds a master of fine arts in Interaction Design and a master of design degree in Visual Communication. Nikhil is also an adjunct faculty member at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta campus, where he teaches Interaction Design and Social Gaming. Reach Nikhil on Twitter @nikofthehill.

    Sessions

      • Title: Open source on Georgia's mind
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B204
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        The state of Georgia runs its web publishing platform using Drupal. This was the first open source implementation handled by any state at an enterprise level. Within a period of one year, the state needed to build a Drupal based platform and migrate 55 websites with new interface designs. This talk addresses the costs benefits Georgia saved by implementing open source and showcases some of the challenges and wins the state experienced while moving to open source.

      • Speakers: Nikhil Deshpande

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