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The coming era of data and software transparency

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 5:04pm

Algorithms are shaping what we see and think -- even what our futures hold. The order of Google's search results, the people Twitter recommends us to follow, or the way Facebook filters our newsfeed can impact our perception of the world and drive our actions. But think about it: we have very little insight into how these algorithms work or what data is used. Given that algorithms guide much of our lives, how do we know that they don't have a bias, withhold information, or have bugs with negative consequences on individuals or society?

Acquia raises $55 million series G

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 28/09/2015 - 12:59pm

Today, we're excited to announce that Acquia has closed a $55 million financing round, bringing total investment in the company to $188.6 million. Led by new investor Centerview Capital Technology, the round includes existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Split Rock Partners.

The future of decoupled Drupal

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 24/09/2015 - 2:43pm

Of all the trends in the web community, few are spreading more rapidly than decoupled (or "headless") content management systems (CMS). The evolution from websites to more interactive web applications and the need for multi-channel publishing suggest that moving to a decoupled architecture that leverages client-side frameworks is a logical next step for Drupal. For the purposes of this blog post, the term decoupled refers to a separation between the back end and one or more front ends instead of the traditional notion of service-oriented architecture.

Always be shippable

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 22/09/2015 - 8:26am

Drupal will soon be 15 years old, and 5 of that will be spent on building Drupal 8 -- a third of Drupal's life. We started work on Drupal early in 2011 and targeted December 1, 2012 as the original code freeze date. Now almost three years later, we still haven't released Drupal 8. While we are close to the release of Drupal 8, I'm sure many many of you are wondering why it took 3 years to stabilize.

How Acquia is addressing the explosion of sites

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 15/09/2015 - 9:50am

I believe that the "digitalization" of the world is a "megatrend" that will continue for decades. On the one hand, organizations are shifting their businesses online, often inventing new ways to do business. On the other hand, customers are expecting a better and smarter user experience online.

This has led to two important sub-trends: (1) the number of sites an organization is creating and managing is growing at a rapid clip, (2) so is the underlying complexity of each website.

Seb Van Stichel

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 14/09/2015 - 8:18pm
Seb van stichel

Today the world welcomed a healthy baby boy: Seb Van Stichel. Congratulations to my sister, Mien, and my brother-in-law, Johan. My Opa, the oldest member of our family at 94 years old, is holding his great-grandson, the youngest member of the family. I'm honored to be Seb's godfather; my Christmas budget will be going up. :-)

Drupal 8 now ships with beta-to-beta updates

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 08/09/2015 - 8:39am

We've just achieved a big and exciting milestone in Drupal 8's development: starting with Drupal 8 beta 15, we are providing beta-to-beta upgrade paths. This will make it much easier to update Drupal 8 development sites between the current beta and future betas and release candidates.

There has been a lot of excitement building around Drupal 8. Many have been wondering when to start building Drupal 8 sites. The answer for many is NOW.

Digital Distributors: The Supermarkets of the Web

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 04/09/2015 - 1:30pm

It's hard to ignore the strong force of digital distributors on the open web. In a previous post, I focused on three different scenarios for the future of the open web. In two of the three scenarios, the digital distributors are the primary way for people to discover news, giving them an extraordinary amount of control.

Giving back and making money

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 31/08/2015 - 4:29pm

It's not easy to build an Open Source software company.

Digital Distributors vs Open Web: who will win?

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 25/08/2015 - 12:25pm

I've spent a fair amount of time thinking about how to win back the Open Web, but in the case of digital distributors (e.g. closed aggregators like Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Flipboard) superior, push-based user experiences have won the hearts and minds of end users, and enabled them to attract and retain audience in ways that individual publishers on the Open Web currently can't.

Acquia announces it is ready for Drupal 8

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 13/07/2015 - 1:02pm

I'm excited to announce that starting today, Acquia is announcing we're ready to fully support our customers with Drupal 8. This means our professional services, our support, our product engineering, our cloud services … the entire company is ready to help anyone with Drupal 8 starting today.

One year later: the Acquia Certification Program

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:31pm

A little over a year ago we launched the Acquia Certification Program for Drupal. We ended up the first year with close to 1,000 exams taken, which exceeded our goal of 300-600. Today, I'm pleased to announce that the Acquia Certification Program passed another major milestone with over 1,000 exams passed (not just taken).

Winning back the Open Web

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 23/06/2015 - 8:58am

The web was born as an open, decentralized platform allowing different people in the world to access and share information. I got online in the mid-nineties when there were maybe 100,000 websites in the world. Google didn't exist yet and Steve Jobs had not yet returned to Apple. I remember the web as an "open web" where no one was really in control and everyone was able to participate in building it. Fast forward twenty years, and the web has taken the world by storm. We now have a hundreds of millions of websites.

The post-browser era of the web is coming

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 8:38am

At yesterday's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple announced its annual updates to iOS, OS X, and the new watchOS. As usual, the Apple rumor blogs correctly predicted most of the important announcements weeks ago, but one important piece of news only leaked a few hours before the keynote: the launch of a new application called "News". Apple's News app press release noted: "News provides beautiful content from the world's greatest sources, personalized for you".

State of Drupal presentation (May 2015)

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 01/06/2015 - 2:27pm

I gave my State of Drupal presentation at DrupalCon Los Angeles in front of 3,000+ attendees. In case you didn't attend DrupalCon Los Angeles, you can watch the recording of my keynote or download a copy of my slides (PDF, 77 MB).

Why WooMattic is big news for small businesses

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 3:38am

Earlier this week Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic, parent company of, announced the acquisition of WooCommerce. This is a very interesting move that I think cements the SMB/enterprise positioning between WordPress and Drupal.

Skiing in France

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:02pm

While I love photography, I never really got into video. Because I'm not the guy to pull off flips on skis or jump out of planes, I never considered myself the target audience for a GoPro. However, I got a GoPro for Christmas and was eager to try it on a ski trip to the French Alps. Below is my first attempt at shooting and editing video. The French Alps are stunning and that alone is reason to watch the video.

Content platform + user platform = BOOM!

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 8:05am

Here is a very simple thesis on how to disrupt billion dollar industries:

Content platform + user platform = BOOM!

That is a bit cryptic, so let me explain.

The Big Reverse of the Web

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 10:08am

I believe that for the web to reach its full potential, it will go through a massive re-architecture and re-platforming in the next decade. The current web is "pull-based", meaning we visit websites or download mobile applications. The future of the web is "push-based", meaning the web will be coming to us. In the next 10 years, we will witness a transformation from a pull-based web to a push-based web. When this "Big Reverse" is complete, the web will disappear into the background much like our electricity or water supply.

How much money to raise for your startup? [Flowchart]

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 02/03/2015 - 1:52pm

From time to time, people ask me how much money to raise for their startup. I've heard other people answer that question from "never raise money" to "as little as you need" to "as much as you can".

5 things a government can do to grow its startup ecosystem

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 24/02/2015 - 7:15pm

Building a successful company is really hard. It is hard no matter where you are in the world, but the difficulty is magnified in Europe, where people are divided by geography, regulation, language and cultural prejudice. If governments can provide European startups a competitive advantage, that could come a long way in helping to offset some of the disadvantages. In this post, I'm sharing some rough ideas for what governments could do to encourage a thriving startups ecosystem.

Making Drupal 8 fly

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 19/02/2015 - 7:57pm

In my travels to talk about Drupal, everyone asks me about Drupal 8's performance and scalability. Modern websites are much more dynamic and interactive than 10 years ago, making it more difficult to build modern sites while also being fast. It made me realize that maybe I should write up a summary of some of the most exciting performance and scalability improvements in Drupal 8.

Growing Drupal in Latin America

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 7:45pm

When I visited Brazil in 2011, I was so impressed by the Latin American Drupal community and how active and passionate the people are. The region is fun and beautiful, with some of the most amazing sites I have seen anywhere in the world. It also happens to be a strategic region for the project.

On the hard choices we make every day

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 26/01/2015 - 7:41pm

Every morning when I wake up, I have choices to make. While I want to turn Acquia into a billion dollar company, I also want to grow Drupal to be the leading digital experience platform. Both are connected and some of the work overlaps, but it still requires me to decide how much of my energy to focus on my duties as the CTO of Acquia as well as my duties as the project lead of Drupal.

I am what I read

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 21/01/2015 - 6:05am

Almost every night before bed, I spend time reading. I love the feeling of falling asleep a little wiser than when I woke up. And often I read in the morning too. I read about photography, technology, investing, business, and more.

I love reading anything that provides a "mental workout"; articles or blog posts that stretch my mind or that point me in a different direction, that help me articulate my own emotions and my thoughts, or that make my imagination travel in time and space. Changing minds is changing lives. Reading makes me who I am.


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