Drupal Ecosystem Gaining Momentum

Michael Vizard
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13 of Today's Hottest Tech Skills

Highlights of the most in-demand skills and their growth over the past year.

When it comes to finding a job in the IT sector it's all about supply and demand around a specific set of skills.

Unfortunately, too many IT people focus on the supply side of the equation rather than on where the demand is for specific types of IT skills.

A good example of where demand for IT skills is currently outstripping supply is the open source content management system Drupal. Many IT people don't know a whole lot about Drupal, but a quick look around the Web shows that a Drupal ecosystem is starting to gain momentum.

George DeMet, co-chair of the upcoming DrupalCon taking place in Chicago, says that the Drupal community is doing everything it can to help train people on Drupal, which he encourages people to come to DrupalCon to learn more about.

With the recent release of a Drupal 7 offering that provides a much more intuitive user interface, DeMet says there's never been a better time to jump on the Drupal bandwagon because Drupal is that much more accessible.

There are, of course, other content management systems such as the WordPress service that have a fair amount of momentum as well. In fact, the whole CMS category is expanding as the number of Web applications that can be deployed on top of a CMS continue to expand.

In the interest of full disclosure, www.ctoedge.com and some ancillary websites managed by IT Business Edge are all built on top of Drupal.

One of the things that is driving a lot of the interest in Drupal in these tough economic times is the simple fact that it's based on open source. If the choice is going to be between paying licensing fees for software versus hiring someone to actually build something the company can use, it's pretty clear which way most organizations are going to jump.

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