You know when a piece of software is mature when it starts being adopted by financial services organizations. ING Financial Services recently moved a number of sites from Oracle Stellent to Drupal. Among these sites are, the main portal for their US market. The driver behind this migration was to move to a platform that was more dynamic and provided faster time to market.

During the initial launch of the project, ING had no one that knew Drupal, MySQL or PHP. They brought in external help to do the site development. Today, they have an in-house team to develop upcoming Drupal sites. Many large organizations follow exactly this trajectory.

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BarisW (not verified):

Great news, thanks for sharing! This will surely help selling Drupal to the financial market.

BarisW (not verified):

Just wondering, what are the unique selling points of Drupal in the financial sector? What triggered ING to switch to Drupal?

Michael Connor (not verified):

Dries, I was the architect for the ING site, though I've since moved on to work with Coca-Cola. ING has very progressive leadership and they instantly recognized Drupal's potential. We moved mountains with Drupal 6 and the cost/efficiency gains were mind blowing.

We are all excited for Drupal 7!


Michael, I'd be keen to learn more about the "mind-blowing cost/efficiency gains" that you are referring to.

Also, is Coca-Cola using Drupal now? Coca-Cola helped me create Drupal so that would bring things full-circle. ;)

Michael Connor (not verified):

For efficiency gains a few things come to mind.

  • Using NodeImport and also a few bootstrap scripts, we were able to move thousands of records from Stellent to Drupal automatically. This saved us a lot of manual rework.
  • CCK allowed us to quickly create content types that fit business users needs perfectly. Creating a new content type in Stellent is more difficult.
  • WYSIWY/TinyMCE enabled us to include business users in the process of content creation and maintenance so that they could work independently of technical resources. This eliminated a key bottleneck so we could scale the team up. NodeLink helped here too.
  • Rules and Workflow enabled us to automate many otherwise manual processes.
  • Views was a godsend. We previously had report pages that were done manually. We would update a record by hand and then update the rollup page by hand as well. It was slow and there were many inconsistencies. Views enabled us to just pull the data we needed and change it at will.
  • We actually had our Information Architect building forms with Webforms. This used to take weeks when I used to build this in Java and we didn't even have the capability in the previous CMS. With Webforms, we could sit down with business owners, find out what they needed, and then execute before the meeting was even over.
  • The ImageCache module eliminated the need for manually resizing images all the time. We could include an image in a record and the right thumbnail was always there in the view automatically.

There are too many great things to list them all and I'm sure Matt has been making a lot of other great strides recently.

Can you say anything more about how Coca-Cola helped with Drupal? I'm interested in bringing Drupal to Coca-Cola and that may help me generate interest.


Matthew Wetmore (not verified):

Mike was critical in getting ING to really see the benefits of Drupal. As the person that took over after Mikes departure, I've been able to keep that vision going. Once we showed how fast we can stand up a marketing/micro site and the things we could do that we couldn't do before it was a much easier case to make.

Brian (not verified):

It's a good news ! A lot of big websites migrate to Drupal since the beginning of the year. In France, the website use Drupal too since last month ! Trouver un prestataire pour du webmarketing n'est pas facile : c'est la raison pour laquelle je préfère me tourner vers une agence webmarketing digne de ce nom