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Drupal retrospective 2014

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 14/01/2015 - 11:43am

It's that time again. Time to look back at 2014, and to look forward to 2015. For Drupal in 2014, it was all about Drupal 8. As Drupal 8's development enters its fourth (and hopefully, final) year of development, it's a good time to reflect on all the work achieved by the Drupal 8 team so far, and to talk about Drupal 8's momentum heading into the final stretch to the release.

Acquia retrospective 2014

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 09/01/2015 - 8:01pm

As is now a tradition for me, here is my annual Acquia retrospective, where I look back at 2014 and share what's on my mind as we start the new year. I take the time to write these retrospectives not only for you dear reader, but also for myself, because I want to keep a record of the changes we've gone through as a company and how my personal thinking is evolving from year to year. But I also write them for you, because you might be able to learn from my experiences or from analyzing the information provided.

The future of software is data-driven

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 08/01/2015 - 5:37am

Marc Andreessen famously said that software is eating the world. While I certainly agree with Marc that software companies are redefining our economies, I believe that much of that technological shift is being driven by data. So is the value of a business in the data or is it in the software? I believe the value is increasingly more in the data and not the software. Let's investigate why.

Attitude beats experience

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 22/12/2014 - 4:23pm

The older I get, the quicker the years seem to fly by. As I begin to reflect on a great 2014, one thing is crystal clear again. People are the most important thing to any organization. Having a great team is more important than having a great idea. A good team will figure out how to make something great happen; they'll pivot, evolve and claw their way to success. I see it every day at Acquia, the Drupal Association or the Drupal community.

Announcing the Drupal 8 Accelerate Fund

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 08/12/2014 - 5:01pm
Topic: DrupalDrupal Association

Today the Drupal Association announced a new program: the Drupal 8 Accelerate Fund. Drupal 8 Accelerate Fund is a $125,000 USD fund to help solve critical issues and accelerate the release of Drupal 8.

Business model innovation beats technical innovation

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 01/12/2014 - 3:33pm
Topic: DrupalBusinessOpinionStartup lessons

Business model innovation is usually more powerful than technical innovation; it is more disruptive and harder to copy than technical innovation.

Weather.com using Drupal

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 20/11/2014 - 4:06pm
Topic: DrupalAcquiaDrupal sites

One of the world's most trafficked websites, with more than 100 million unique visitors every month and more than 20 million different pages of content, is now using Drupal.

The job of Drupal initiative lead

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 05/11/2014 - 2:18pm
Topic: DrupalLeadership

Drupal 8 is the first time we introduced the concept of formal initiatives and initiative leads. Over the course of these Drupal 8 initiatives we learned a lot and people are floating several ideas to increase the initiatives' success and provide Drupal initiative leads with more support.

Michael Skok

Dries Buytaert's website - Fri, 31/10/2014 - 9:12pm
Topic: Acquia

Some of you picked up that Michael Skok is leaving North Bridge, Acquia's lead investor. A number of people asked me if Michael is leaving Acquia's Board of Directors as part of that. I'm pleased to say that Michael is staying on as a Director on Acquia's Board.

W3C declares HTML5 standard final

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 11:14am

After 10 years of development, the W3C has promoted HTML5 to "Recommendation" yesterday: http://www.w3.org/blog/news/archives/4167. W3C's "Recommendation" status is the highest level of maturation, effectively making the markup language a formal standard.

Almost 20% of the world's websites have adopted HTML5, so for many, HTML5 is nothing new.

Acquia honored by Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 09/10/2014 - 7:57am
Topic: Acquia

My company Acquia was honored this week by BelCham, the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, as the "Company of the Year". I'm proud of this honor, which speaks to the great work that our team of more than 500 Acquians from around the globe do for our customers everyday.

State of Drupal presentation (September 2014)

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 12:41pm
Topic: DrupalState of Drupal

I gave my traditional State of Drupal presentation this week at DrupalCon Amsterdam. I decided to talk about the sustainability and scalability of the Drupal community.

Drupal 8 beta 1 released

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 01/10/2014 - 9:21am
Topic: Drupal

Today we announced Drupal 8 beta 1! This key milestone is the work of over 2,300 people who have contributed more than 11,500 committed patches to 15 alpha releases, and especially the 234 contributors who fixed 178 "beta blocker" issues. A massive thank-you to everyone who helped get Drupal 8 beta 1 done.

Scaling Open Source communities

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 30/09/2014 - 9:47am
Topic: Drupal

We truly live in miraculous times. Open Source is at the core of the largest organizations in the world. Open Source is changing lives in emerging countries. Open Source has changed the tide of governments around the world. And yet, Open Source can be really difficult. Open Source can be largely a thankless job.

Reflections on Drupal in Japan

Dries Buytaert's website - Sat, 20/09/2014 - 6:46pm
Topic: DrupalLocation: Japan

I spent the last week in Japan. The goal was two-fold: meet with the Drupal community to understand how we can grow Drupal in Japan, and evaluate the business opportunity to incorporate an Acquia subsidiary in Japan (we already offer Acquia Cloud in Japan using Amazon's Tokyo data center).

Reflections on Drupal in China

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 2:14pm
Topic: DrupalLocation: China

I just spent the past week in China, and I thought I'd share a few reflections on the state of Drupal in China.

Hiking the Great Wall

Dries Buytaert's website - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 4:44pm
Topic: PhotographyLocation: China

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China, the world's longest wall at 8,850 kilometers (5,500 miles). The Great Wall runs mostly through the mountains to take advantage of natural obstacles. As a result, it was quite the hike to get there but once on the Great Wall, the scenery was beyond sensational.

The end of ownership: the zero-marginal-cost economy

Dries Buytaert's website - Sun, 07/09/2014 - 11:48pm
Topic: BusinessThe future

Society is undergoing tremendous change right now -- those of us who enjoy services like Uber and Kickstarter are experiencing it firsthand.

Visiting China and Japan

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 03/09/2014 - 5:55pm
Topic: Drupal

After spending the summer in Boston, I'm ready to fly across the world ... literally, as I'm leaving on a two week trip to China and Japan later this week. I'm very excited about it as I've never had the opportunity to see either of these countries.

A better runtime for component-based web applications

Dries Buytaert's website - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 7:53pm
Topic: DrupalWordpressSoftware development

I have an idea but currently don't have the time or resources to work on it. So I'm sharing the idea here, hoping we can at least discuss it, and maybe someone will even feel inspired to take it on.

Open Source and social capital

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 8:27am
Topic: Drupal

The notion that people contributing to Open Source don't get paid is false. Contributors to Open Source are compensated for their labor; not always with financial capital (i.e. a paycheck) but certainly with social capital. Social capital is a rather vague and intangible concept so let me give some examples. If you know someone at a company where you are applying for a job and this connection helps you get that job, you have used social capital.

To bean or not to bean?

Dries Buytaert's website - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:15pm
Topic: Personal

Last weekend our Nespresso machine died in front of my eyes. Water started leaking from its base during use and it shorted the electricity. It was a painful death. I'm tempted to take it apart and try to repair it but it also brings up the question; what to buy next?

Part of me enjoys the convenience of the Nespresso machine, the other part of me is eager to buy my first "serious" espresso machine.

Drupal.com refresh launched

Dries Buytaert's website - Thu, 14/08/2014 - 5:52pm
Topic: Drupal

Back in the early days of Drupal, Drupal.com looked like this:

Drupal.com in 2005

Drupal.com as launched in 2005.

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