The backbone of the system is the Database.  Page generation requires intellgent schema design, properly normalized tables, and optimized table joins.
Scaling sites requires optimizing and cacheing database information. 
Database reporting can be sorted and filtered with results paginated to the screen or downloaded for the spread sheet.

Content Management Systems (CMS) prepackage core functionality essential to scalable and extensable web projects.

The backbone of the system is the Database.  Page generation requires intellgent schema design, properly normalized tables, and optimized table joins.

Today's expectations of user experience and design require javascript programming and thoughtful css design.

Drupal out of the box puts you man weeks to man months ahead of frameworks like CakePHP, Zend, Ruby on Rails or other Frameworks.
We believe in the right tool for the right job, and many project are built with those frameworks, but if you sites requires: