At Drupalcon Copenhagen other business leaders told me over and over again how they are interested in an intensified collaboration with other Drupal shops. Several people also pointed out that this is an urgent matter, a lot is changing in the community: in the last year a number of Drupal shops and freelancers have been merging into bigger companies, many companies have been hiring at exponential growth rates, lots of big new opportunities have become available and the elephants have entered the game. Things are evolving dramatically fast. For all the above reasons business leaders feel that even more than ever before there is a need for intensified collaboration between established Drupal shops, to share best practices, to come together and voice our unique business strategies so that we may all stay relevant in a rapidly changing, almost turbulent market. That is why I decided with Vesa Palmu that we needed to organize the CXO meeting already 6 weeks after Drupalcon. I asked Michaela Kraft from Microsoft if we could maybe organize this meeting in their Brussels office, which is located in Zaventem just next to the airport. One week later we got green light, Microsoft is providing us with the venue, coffee, beverages and lunches. Thanks to them we can pull of the event without having to chase sponsors and deal with expenses and entrance fees (yes this event is for free). Without their help we wouldn't have been able to pull off the event this fast. We would like to thank Microsoft and more in particular Michaela Kraft and Rudy Van Hoe for making this possible. Last weekend I put together the site for the event (keeping it on purpose as simple as possible). I discussed the site with Jakub Suchy, who is helping me organize the event and we went live on Sunday evening. Already that night 14 participants signed up. It's now Wednesday morning and in total 50 people signed up for the event from companies that collectively representing over 300 drupalistas. We still have 10 places left, so if you would like to participate you better hurry. Should there already be 60 participants when you come t the site, still signup: we'll make a waiting list with the people that signup after the cut-off (we'll contact you by mid next week to let you know if you are in or not). You can sign up here or check out the site at http://cxo.drupaldays.org

About the author

Kristof van Tomme

CEO, Co-founder

Kristof Van Tomme is an open source strategist and architect. He is the CEO and co-founder of Pronovix. He’s got a degree in bioengineering and is a regular speaker at conferences in the API, DevRel, and technical writing communities. For a few years now he’s been building bridges between the documentation and Drupal community. He is co-organiser of the London Write the Docs meetup, and cheerleader for the Amsterdam and Brussels Write the Docs meetup groups. This year he is working on a number of new initiatives to help API product owners learn from their peers (API the Docs and the API product owner masterminds).