Acquia CEO on Open Innovation and New Markets for Drupal [Sept. 30, 2013]
By Jason Hibbets
Drupal is seeing tremendous growth in adoption and high demand for Drupal talent. Over the last few years, I’ve watched Drupal evolve from a content management system to a social publishing platform, and now it’s looking to establish itself as a web engagement management platform—managing more than just content. Drupal already has a strong presence in government, media, publishing, higher education, and high tech. So, what markets are next?
To find out we asked the CEO of a different company, Tom Erickson of Acquia. Drupal is a free, open source web development platform for online content and user communities, and Acquia is a commercial open source software company providing products, services, and technical support for Drupal. Together with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson, Tom is a founding director of Acquia, and in 2009, he became CEO. He has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software and is passionate about travel, photography, and open innovation.
We asked Erickson about Acquia’s roadmap as they move ahead, some of their highlights from 2013, the future of open hardware, and what’s being done to drum up Drupal talent. We also got his big picture thoughts on open source and open innovation. He was, however, tight-lipped about his upcoming talk at All Things Open. Read on for more in this interview.
What are some of the business sectors where Drupal is being deployed today that you didn't expect a year ago?
One of the biggest business sectors that Drupal has deployed that’s new is actually in pharmaceuticals. While it’s an area that Drupal historically hasn’t been used in a lot, it’s growing quickly because the pharmaceutical industry is going through massive destructive changes, and with those changes, they’ve got to re-do their business processes and lower their costs.