Memorial Sloan Kettering is one of the largest cancer centers in the country, seeing more than 130,000 people each year. Its digital reach is even broader, reaching 5.3 million unique visitors annually from around the world. With the help of Phase2 and DigitasLBi, Memorial Sloan Kettering successfully launched one of the first enterprise-grade, fully responsive Drupal 8-based digital experience platforms in the United States, aligning perfectly with their institutional mission to embrace innovation in science and technology.
As a result, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new platform provides a targeted experience for patients, caregivers, researchers, healthcare professionals, and students.
Enhanced Flexibility & Developer Velocity With Drupal 8
Drupal 8’s configuration management capabilities, front end integrations, and object-oriented programming all contributed to the enhanced flexibility of the platform and accelerated velocity of development. Key alterations in the core software (HTML template extensions, for example) allowed difficult problems to be solved more easily than was possible in Drupal 7. Given the vibrant level of engagement and community support for Drupal 8, Memorial Sloan Kettering has also guaranteed a long-lasting return on investment by thinking ahead.
Together, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Phase2 were able to “give back” to the open source community. As a result of the project, many key patches, bug fixes, and modules were contributed to the Drupal 8 core, moving Drupal 8 closer to final release. And because this was one of the first major Drupal 8 installations, we were able to share the knowledge gained from the experience with other organizations contemplating a similar move. Not only has the Cancer Center widened the talent pool for potential in-house development recruits, Memorial Sloan Kettering played an important role in the open source development of enterprise Drupal 8.
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