GTA is moving the state's web portal and 65 agency websites from a proprietary content management system to an open source platform hosted in the cloud. The switch will make it easier and faster to add new online services, provide greater support for mobile devices and result in significant cost savings.
GTA recently awarded a contract to Phase2 Technology to migrate the state websites from Vignette, the current enterprise content management system, to OpenPublic, a Drupal-based system for government. Phase2 and its partners, Acquia and Mediacurrent, will install and customize Drupal in a cloud environment, migrate content and provide Tier 2 support. The project is set to begin in October 2011 and is expected to take about one year.
"We are excited about the benefits Drupal will bring to the state," said Calvin Rhodes, Georgia's State CIO and GTA Executive Director. "This new platform will give us greater flexibility to offer more online services to Georgians while making government more efficient and saving taxpayers money."
The use of an open source platform means Georgia agencies can more easily add new and innovative service modules from the development community to their websites, particularly those designed for mobile devices. In addition, the move to cloud hosting will allow GTA to eliminate at least 20 servers, and cost savings are projected at $4-$5 million over five years.
As part of the project, GTA will also overhaul the state's web portal, www.georgia.gov.
Drupal is currently used to manage content on numerous, high-profile government websites, including the U.S. House of Representatives and The White House.