It seems like a lot is moving in Drupal for government, after Drupal got serious momentum when the White house launched their Drupal site the Drupal Government Days in Washington DC on 18 May, 2012, will be the third dedicated Drupal Government event.
Last year I (Kristof Van Tomme) helped to organize the Drupal Gov Days in Brussels, together with Ivo Radulovski (Segments, Austria) and Hanno Lans (Datascape, The Netherlands). We organized the event with the support of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Belgium (special kudos go to Bart Van Herreweghe who made it all possible), the Information and Communication Technology FPS (Fedict), the International Press Centre, Belgium.be and the Drupal Association.
We’ve been re-encoding the video’s from the conference and... Read more
In January we held the 2012 Drupal Process CXO meetup in Microsoft's new Amsterdam office (event photos). The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, several people said it was for them one of the most useful Drupal events in recent past. The meetup provided an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning about the business processes used in large European Drupal shops, the tools and services they use, sharing best practices, and discovering how Drupal companies can grow from an entrepreneur centered culture to a process driven one.
The Drupal community is still characterized by a large number of fast growing businesses. All of these companies are experimenting with different processes to solve similar problems. So there was a lot to learn from each other, and based on the... Read more
Many business leaders in the Drupal community see products as a means to diversify away from a pure service business. Most of us however don’t have prior experience with product business models and definitely not with models that are GPL compatible. Given that Drupal products by definition are built with open source software, we believed there is a real need for an exchange of best practices and ideas.
We organized the Drupal products meetup in the Microsoft HQ of Rome, on 24-26 February, 2012 (see: event photos).
The meetup aimed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning... Read more
Drupal executives clearly expressed their interest in learning about company best practices regarding software use at the 1st DrupalCXO meetup in Brussels in 2010. As an action point of the meetup, we launched a survey on ‘Software Used in Drupal Development’ and prepared a preliminary report that contains the summarized version of the aggregate data obtained last year.
The results primarily come from European and North American companies that were founded less than 10 years ago, have no more than 20 employees, and are partially or not virtual. Although 78% of the surveyed companies use agile software development, there are other popular methodologies, too (waterfall, incremental, prototyping and other approaches). The survey participants were asked about the tools they used... Read more
On 24-25-26 February we'll have the first Drupal product summit in Rome. One of the discussions I'm personally really looking forward to having is the possible business model for a quadruple-win Drupal appstore.
Ever since Robert Douglass' controversial session at the Drupal Dev Days in Brussel, I've been thinking about how it would be possible to create a Drupal appstore that benefits Distribution owners, app developers, hosting companies and module maintainers alike.
In the mobile phone industry appstores have created a whole new ecosystem of application developers that earn a living off of inexpensive mass products where previously only very expensive dedicated applications existed. Something similar is possible for Drupal and could bring Drupal users more features at... Read more
On February 24,25,26 we are gathering in Rome with Drupal's established and aspiring product owners to talk business models.
17 participants have already signed up, including people from some of the most established products we have in Drupal:Dries Buytaert and Marc O'Brien from Acquia (Commons, Drupal Gardens, Dev Cloud, Acquia Drupal) Jeff Walpole and Karen Borchert from Phase2 Technology (Open Publish, Open Atrium, Open Public, Managing News, TattlerApp Pantheon is sending 2 people (signups pending) Commerce guys (signups pending)
I believe that the lack of diverse and well adapted business models is one of the major hold backs to extending and entrenching Drupal's reach into a range of vertical product markets, the next necessary step if we want to keep Drupal... Read more
January 27-28-29 I'm organizing a follow up of the Drupal CXO days in Amsterdam. The event will again be sponsored by Microsoft (special thanks go to Michaela Kraft who organized the venue and the budget for the meetup).
This meetup aims to facilitate peer-to-peer learning about business processes between leadership of Drupal shops. What are the best practices? What kind of processes do you need? How do you grow from a entrepreneur centered culture to a process driven culture?
I'm really excited about this meetup and I think that the focus on processes should give us ample opportunity to explore more in depth some of the biggest questions many of us are facing. We already have 26 people signed up for a total of 60 places so if you would like to participate be quick!... Read more
On 7 & 8 November I'll be attending DITA Europe in Prague. At the conference I'll be giving a talk on Strategies to Implement an Enterprise Social Platform with DITA Content.
On the evening of the 8th I'll be doing a try-out of the talk I submitted for Drupalcon Denver: What we can learn from single sourcing in a multi-device world at a local Drupal User Group.
And last but not least we are organizing a Drupal-DITA code sprint as part of the first openDITA code sprint on the 9th of November. If you are interested in documentation in Drupal, want to work with the enterprise standard for technical documentation, want to do stuff with Drupal and DITA or live not far from Prague and want to be part of a cool codesprint, you should definitely fill in the registration form... Read more
In the past months I've been including QR codes in my presentations to make it easier for the people watching my presentations to tweet about them.
It's fairly easy to prepare such a QR code:Encode your Twitter message so that it's safe for usage in URL's, I've been using http://www.albionresearch.com/misc/urlencode.php Prepend it with: http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?source=webclient&text Use a URL shortener (to make the code compacter) Encode that URL in a QR code
I've been using Google's shortener since it has the QR encoder built in: simply take your shortened URL and add ".qr" to it, goo.gl/M5g0t.... Read more
Pronovix has been working on a functionality set for Drupal that makes it easier to build single sourced documentation platforms. Our work has sufficiently advanced to serve as the basis for bespoke built sites and we are actively looking for product owners or technical writers that would like to build a documentation collaboration site for their communities.
We've created a platform where we can generate demo sites that demonstrate the work we've done so far. To get access to your own demo site, fill in this questionnaire. We'll use your answers to do some basic configurations to make the demo site better fit your requirements and we'll contact you for a walk through.
This survey should take about 10-15 minutes, after your submission we'll contact you with your login... Read more