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2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference

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Comparing Open Source CMSs: Joomla, Drupal, and Plone

Open source content management systems (CMS) are particularly attractive to the nonprofit community because of their cost-efficiency, but what do these systems actually do? And what are the differences between the most common CMSs? We’ll compare Joomla, Drupal, and Plone for typical nonprofit needs, and then experts in each of the systems - Ryan Ozimek, David Geilhufe, and Patrick Shaw – will demo the systems and answer your questions.


  1. What, in general, do these open source CMSs do?
  2. High level similarities and differences between Joomla, Drupal, and Plone
  3. An understanding of some of the concepts and practices in each system

Session Tags:

Idealware Opensource Webmasters Tools


Track: IT Staff & Consultants
Start Date & Time: Apr 05, 2007 3:30 pm
Session Type: Breakout
Room: Congressional Room B

Speakers List

Laura Quinn | Idealware

Laura has been working in the software sector for more than 15 years. As Idealware’s Executive Director, she directs Idealware’s research and writing to provide candid reports and articles about nonprofit software. Prior to Idealware, Laura founded Alder Consulting, where she helped nonprofits create Internet strategies, select appropriate software, and then build sophisticated websites on a limited budget. She has also selected software, designed interfaces and conducted user research for multi-million dollar software and website implementations with such companies as Accenture and iXL. Laura is a frequent speaker and writer on nonprofit technology topics.
David Geilhufe | Netsuite
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, David Geilhufe has been in and out of nonprofits, technology and the private sector throughout his career. He has founded nonprofits, developed venture-funded enterprise software systems, built foundation grant programs, built open source communities, and mentored at-risk youth into high-tech employment. David is currently the Philanthropy Program Manager at NetSuite, creating an ecology that can effectively deliver a sophisticated, web-based ERP, accounting, CRM and ecommerce platform to charities and social enterprises, helping them become more effective and helping increase their social impact. He helped found and is actively involved with the CiviCRM open source community, the first and only open source constituent relationship management platform for the nonprofit sector. David coordinated over 2,000 volunteers in the Katrina People Finder Project to build a searchable database of every missing person on the web which connected loved ones with missing persons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As Senior Program Officer at the Beaumont Foundation of America, he managed a $10m grant portfolio. He has also be a Senior Product Manager for the Accel Partners-funded enterprise software start-up DigiGroups and was the founding director of the Eastmont Computing Center in Oakland, CA.
Ryan Ozimek | PICnet, Inc.
Ryan Ozimek is the founder and CEO of PICnet and for six years has managed the Washington, DC company's growth since its inception. Ryan leads PICnet in providing open source Web solutions to non-profits, socially responsible businesses, and government agencies, with a strong focus on the Joomla content management system. Bringing together his passion for business and policy, along with his hands-on technology world experience, Ryan focuses on moving beyond the nuts and bolts of technology and rising to finding new ways to empower organizations to better meet their missions. As a leading supporter of open source software, Ryan led PICnet to be the first business to provide open source servers and Web services to the US House of Representatives. In 2006, PICnet ushered in Non-Profit Soapbox, the first on-demand open source CMS solution specifically for the non-profit community, based on the Joomla framework. Long fascinated with the crossing of technology media and policy, Ryan holds a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA, and a B.A. in communications from UCLA.
Patrick Charles Shaw | 501 Commons
I manage the web and database team at NPower Seattle. NPower Seattle leverages the open source Content Management System Plone to deliver feature rich websites, and leverages to deliver data tracking and reporting tools to customers. I have broad expertise in both web and database, but am not a coder. I help craft planning and implementation scopes of work, manage projects, and help identify areas of growth for our team. I have presented at the Word Wide Plone Conference at Seattle University's Masters in Non-Profit Leadership Program, at NTEN, and at other local conferences

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