Drupal's ability to replace proprietary systems like Oracle and SAP

wanflap's picture

Hello Enterprise group! I have extensive experience with enterprise systems like JD Edwards, Oracle, and SAP, in manufacturing and now I'm a Drupal developer. I would like to start a discussion about Drupal's ability to replace these proprietary systems. I suffered many years dealing with these systems and would love to see Drupal put the RIP label on their strangle hold on industry. I'm especially interested in:
1) What does Oracle/SAP/etc do that Drupal can't do?
2) What parts of Oracle/SAP/etc can be replaced by D7? D8?
3) Are you using Drupal in your enterprise now? If so, how?
4) Do you think Drupal has a future in this market? (Acquia certainly thinks so)
& anything else you want to add.


Dries mentioned the enterprise market

wanflap's picture

Dries mentioned the enterprise market in Prague. What do you think? Will it happen for Drupal?


rachel_norfolk's picture

What Oracle Apps and Sap bring is breadth of code - there are LOTS of pre-built "apps" that automate many, many different business processes. Hey, there's even a pre-built option for managing the dispensing of narcotic drug raw ingredients withing a pharmaceutical factory... (As an extreme example I have seen in use)

Businesses get into these tools because of there options; certainly not because of the overall niceness of the product.

What Oracle Apps and Sap bring is breadth of code

wanflap's picture

Could open source replace these apps which require licenses? Is it worth re-building these as open source?
(Dries seems to thinks so)

It could, yes. Trouble is,

rachel_norfolk's picture

It could, yes. Trouble is, would it be worth it?

worth it? YES

wanflap's picture

My previous company, a large manufacturer, paid Oracle over $150k/year in license fees. Yea, it may be worth it.