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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
Last week I attended Content Management Strategies/DITA N-America, afaik the leading conference in the DITA community. The conference with 300 participants reminded me a lot of my first Drupalcon in Brussels, there are some obvious differences (e.g. most attendees are not programmers but technical writers, the food was as good as the food we got on the Drupal Gov Days) but if you look closer you'll see that the DITA community has a sharing culture much like our own.
On Tuesday I attended an informal meetup where we could ask questions to the members of the DITA Oasis committee in which it was brought up that we need to get more people involved in the development of the DITA Open Toolkit. I suggested to organize a code sprint and it seems that already now some of the practices in... Read more
This is a crosspost of the wiki I create at http://groups.drupal.org/node/109119
In February LeeHunter posted his wish list of features for "an awesome technical communication CMS". I've copied his list and processed the comments in the discussion and some of my own, and added our current status implementing these features and ideas of how any missing features could be implemented in the near future.
I'm very much aware that in the coming months most documentation efforts will probably go into getting the documentation updated for Drupal 7, and it's strategically a bad idea to at the same time change from a freeform format to a structured documentation format, rebuild the infrastructure and do a mayor content update.
Nothing prevents us however from dreaming up... Read more
We've published the first version of our DITA Integration module which allows to handle DITA documentations with Drupal. It's still being developed and we would not suggest to use on a live site, but as a proof of concept, it's ready for testing! For now, we have the following features:You can upload dita tasks/concepts/documents. You can use graphmind to build a DITA map from your uploaded topics. You can convert your dita documentations into xhtml or pdf2, or you can download them in tar.gz You can schedule your conversions, and have them run on cron, or run them immediately with a simple command in command line. Create relation tables in the map with Drupal's taxonomy With the Simple Dita Forms submodule, you can build simple tasks and concepts with a form. With the DITA feeds... Read more
Next video in the DITA documentation progress report series in which I demonstrate the results of the work of my colleagues Denes, Tamas and Kornel.
In this video you'll see:A prototype of the documentation client and server that can be used for centralized documentation similar to how the localization server works. Poorman's DITA: A CCK form with the most important elements from the DITA topics (currently tasks and concepts) that is transformed into valid DITA XML DITA file upload: upload function for individual topics DITA folder import: a feeds extension that imports DITA topics from a folder in your Drupal installation Usability improvements on the DITA map export functionality: it's no longer required to use the command line interface to export maps. A short demo of... Read more
After stimulating discussions at DrupalCon Copenhagen, a ’new breed of Drupal events’ came to life: the Drupal Executives Meetup (DrupalCXO).
Its first incarnation took place in Brussels on 8-10 October 2010. The main organizer of the event was Kristof Van Tomme (Pronovix) and he got a lot of help from Rudy Van Hoe (Microsoft), Michaela Kraft (Microsoft) and Jakub Suchy (Dynamite Heads). The goal of the event was intensified networking, sharing best practices and building collaborations among Drupal companies to keep the pace in a rapidly evolving, almost turbulent market.
The target audience reacted very quickly: from the available 60 places there were hardly any left 3 days after that the meeting was announced! Finally, 64 Drupal executives and freelancers attended... Read more