In 2008, the University of Waterloo formed a committee to select a web content management system.
In March 2009, the selection was narrowed down to three CMS's, Drupal being the only Open Source one of them. The other two being RedDot by Open Text (a company headquarted locally in Waterloo), and Cascade Server by Hannon Hill.
Later RedDot was selected as the CMS of choice.
However, when the team was sent for training on the the product, they found that it lacks certain things.
So in February 2010, the decision was revisited, and Drupal was selected as the platform of choice for centrally supported web site creation tool within the University of Waterloo!
Here is the full project charter document.
The University of Waterloo joins the nearby University of Guelph who recently chose Drupal as the platform of choice as well.
Over the coming months, we will be hearing directly from members of the respective teams at Waterloo and Guelph about their experience with using Drupal. Watch the Waterloo Region Drupal Users Group for announcements.
Gerhard Killesreiter (not verified)
It would be interesting toSat, 2010/02/27 - 20:41
It would be interesting to learn what the "certain things" are that made Drupal win in the end.
Not much details ...Sun, 2010/02/28 - 18:57
I don't have first hand details, but you can watch the Waterloo Region Drupal Users Group for future presentation by University of Waterloo team members.
puregin (not verified)
UBC also uses DrupalSat, 2010/02/27 - 20:44
UBC is also switching to Drupal en masse, as is the Vancouver School Board.
Many many Canadian universitiesSun, 2010/02/28 - 18:59
Yes, many Canadian universities already switched: U PEI, U of Windsor, U of Guelph and U of Calgary.
Many on their way, such as McGill and U Waterloo.
More to come for sure ...
Anonymous (not verified)
The Waterloo Region DistrictTue, 2010/03/02 - 15:21
The Waterloo Region District School Board is also in the process of moving all its websites to a mix of Drupal and WordPress. The Board's main site is already running on Drupal.
Great to hearTue, 2010/03/02 - 17:10
A while ago, I noticed that SJAM's site was done in Drupal. Then a month or so ago I noticed that the main board site is Drupal.
Great to hear that it is official.
Can you please attend one of our meetings in Kitchener and see if you can do a talk on why Drupal was chosen, what things you liked, what you think can be better, ...etc.
James Schumann (not verified)
We'd love to come out. IFri, 2010/03/05 - 14:05
We'd love to come out. I meant to make it out last time, but the timing didn't work for me. I've joined the group over at d.o and I'll keep an eye on things there.
More information ...Thu, 2010/03/04 - 13:17
In the March 4, 2010 bulletin of UW Daily News, there is tidbit:
Rick Vugteveen (not verified)
Excuse me?Sat, 2010/03/13 - 18:24
“This is not a reflection in any way on Open Text’s product.”
What a joke! The university sent 20-plus people to training for the product and then decided to do a 180 and switch to Drupal. How is that not a reflection of the product?