"EBay has 16,000 employees running on an intranet system that was built using the Joomla CMS and Joomla framework. The system does social networking and grabs terabytes of data for eBay to run reports on," said Ozimek. "Under the hood is a new generation of technology that allows developers to go beyond the basics of having a blog or brochure base website. "
One of the more recent enterprise Joomla deployments is a social networking Intranet for Children's Hospital Boston, a Harvard medical school pediatric teaching hospital.
Sarah Mahoney, the hospital's innovation community manager, looked at open source options because the proprietary system being used at the hospital prevented them from making much-needed upgrades.
Mahoney said that Joomla looked to be the best option, and the hospital contracted CloudAccess.net for support in building the site and the private memory cloud for hosting and maintenance. Knowing that Joomla was moving to the 2.5 version, Gary Brooks, CEO of CloudAccess.net, felt that Joomla was the perfect fit for Children's Hospital Boston.
"The application needed to be scalable and handle an intranet with 2,500 plus people all accessing it at one time," says Brooks, describing the project requirements.
CloudAccess.net also needed to build hardware systems under a private HIPPA system to create a safe environment for the hospital to communicate, and the hospital also had an existing login authentication system that the Joomla platform needed to connect to.
The result is a new "Facebook-like" social environment where staff at Children's Hospital Boston can see the social wall, participate in discussions and also create, share and collaborate on documents.
The same technology that helps businesses make a Joomla websites that displays properly can now help build a social networking system for the enterprise. It's a big bit step forward for an open source project entering its seventh year.
The technology behind Joomla's enterprise push
A lot of the enterprise push comes with the newest release of Joomla. Multi-database support in this version helps position Joomla as "enterprise glue" to connect separate and proprietary systems and data stores and allow companies to internally display the data.
Most open source CMS run on the MySQL database, but with the most recent version of Joomla you can use Microsoft SQL Server, Azure cloud services, Oracle or PostgreSQL. This kind of multi-database support is important for Joomla - it removes the need to spend more money and time integrating additional software to get Joomla to communicate with existing enterprise databases.
Today, Joomla is not the "little CMS that could" project that started in 2005 as a Mambo fork. It's now really two parts: one part is the CMS for websites and the second part is the Joomla platform (which is kind of like an operating system - or the brains) for the CMS.
By splitting Joomla in two parts, Ozimek said the same developers that have worked with Joomla add-ons and have deployed Joomla websites can now use the same skills they've learned over the years , but start doing some crazy things with Joomla. For those working with the Joomla platform it's the same native language and same way of doing things to go beyond the CMS .
"The reality of where technology is today, you've got to keep up and continuously evolve your skill set," said Ozimek. "As a community I'm impressed by the engineering leadership and the developers who have said we're not going to just sit here and try to keep being the best CMS because that's a dead-end. That's where I think the Joomla platform really separates itself from where the other CMS communities are going."
Ozimek predicts that 2012 is going to be the year we see a lot of apps being built with the Joomla platform.
"We're hearing that from the work eBay has done and from the support of Microsoft and other large enterprises, he said. "There's fuel in the engine to start doing some cool stuff. "
Based in Nova Scotia, Canada, Vangie Beal has been covering small business, electronic commerce and Internet technology for more than a decade. You can tweet with her online @AuroraGG.
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