by kvantomme / 29 March, 2012

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

by kvantomme / 29 March, 2012

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 about product strategies and business models between product managers and the leadership of Drupal shops in general. The Drupal products meetup was organized as an Open Space Technology meetup: no slideshow... Read more

by mmaczel / 25 January, 2012

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

by kvantomme / 19 January, 2012

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

by kvantomme / 8 January, 2012

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

by kvantomme / 6 January, 2012

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!

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by kvantomme / 19 October, 2011

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 and come over... Read more

by kvantomme / 14 April, 2011

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 our... Read more

by mmaczel / 25 January, 2011
The Drupal Developer Days Brussels 2011 (DDDB), held on 4-6 February 2011, aims to foster the Drupal software and its community, and provides a forum where developers can share knowledge and the cross-pollination of their ideas can initiate new innovative projects. The Drupal Developer Days is a community initiative, which in its current incarnation can be traced back to the ‘national representatives' meeting at Drupalcon CPH. In fact, critical organizational gusto had already been gathering in the Belgian Community, and in Copenhagen Roel De Meester and Kristof Van Tomme suggested that this energy could be directed into a European event: so the Drupal Developer Days was proposed to be held in Brussels (at Vrije Universiteit Brussel/VUB) in parallel with FOSDEM. The idea was realized by... Read more
by kvantomme / 28 November, 2010

This is a crosspost of the wiki I create at 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 the ideal infrastructure... Read more