Kieran Lal

Technical director, enterprise sales
Acquia, Inc.

Kieran is the Technical Director of Enterprise Sales at Boston-based Acquia. In this role, he provides technical leadership to the Acquia sales team and works closely with Acquia's customers. He has been a leader in the Drupal community since 2004, when he earned his nickname, Amazon, by following a dream that he was biking through the Amazon river basin. That spirit of adventure continues in his multiple roles within the Drupal community today. He has been involved with and has pioneered many projects including the drupal.org redesign, Drupalcon Boston & San Francisco, the coordination of the Drupal security team, and many more.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 20:42
Today was the beginning of the fifth Drupal.org redesign sprint. The prior sprints in order are: Cologne Germany, Cambridge Mass. USA, Paris France, Drupalcon Washington DC USA, and now San Francisco USA. If you've not yet taken the time to More...
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 13:14
Narayan Newton and I gave a talk at Drupalcon on the state of the http://drupal.org infrastructure. Narayan, Gerhard, David, and myself are currently working on a infrastructure budget proposal for the Drupal association. This proposal will give More...
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 13:14
Narayan Newton and I gave a talk at Drupalcon on the state of the http://drupal.org infrastructure. Narayan, Gerhard, David, and myself are currently working on a infrastructure budget proposal for the Drupal association. This proposal will give More...
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 12:03
Approximately a year ago I helped layout out a vision for how we could add test driven development to the Drupal core development process. Here's an update on the automated testing process. Jimmy Berry and I gave a talk at Drupalcon DC. More...
Posted on Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 00:11
It has been a really exciting year at Acquia and I am celebrating with Champagne with my colleagues at Acquia for a couple of reasons, one of them being the New Year. It has been a lot of fun the last few weeks helping our sales team deal with a More...
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 11:59
Greg Beuthin, from AF83 has been running San Francisco Drupal local group meetings for the last year. He moved from San Francisco to Paris last month, and long time Drupal user John Faber stepped up to take over Greg's AF83 responsibilities More...
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 16:53
The Drupal project has been doing user experience work for several years but the pace has really picked up in 2008. This year alone we've have already completed two studies, both for Drupal 6. Over the last week Leisa Reichelt, from Mark Boulton More...
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 19:50
Last weekend I attended BADCamp. The camp was organized by Tao Starbow, Dan Robinson, Chris Bryant, Dmitri Gaskin, and Jen Lampton. The event was a big success and filled up to capacity with the waiting list closed weeks in advance. One of the More...
Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 15:24
I've been working on the Drupal security team for over three years now. My current role is coordinator of the security team and that means I help to coordinate when releases happen, review security announcements, recruit new members, and review More...
Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008 - 12:31
If you are organizing a Drupalcamp you are probably finding that you are thrust into a fund raising role. As the Drupal association fundraiser, let me offer you a quick tip for raising money to meet your Drupalcamp expenses. First, follow the rules More...
Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008 - 11:23
It's been a couple of weeks since Web 2.0 New York. The event was a success and early reports indicated it exceeded expectations for the event organizers. For Acquia it was a successful event. We met over 214 people who were running Drupal sites More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 12:41
It's political season here in the United States, and that means it's rumor time. Research has shown that if we are exposed to information as little as eight times we are more likely to believe it. Logic, facts, reason don't necessary apply to our More...
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2008 - 13:45
In the Drupal community we have a saying talk is silver and code is gold. For over a year now, members of Acquia have been both talking and coding, and I think it's time to bring some of this to light. In future posts I'll also highlight Acquia More...
Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 21:09
I am in the final quarter of a whirlwind 2 months of professional and personal travel. If you love to travel, you might consider joining Acquia's professional services team where travel is not a requirement, it's an opportunity. San Francisco - More...
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 15:51
Here's a video of some Drupal showcase sites. I know there are a bunch more out there. Here's a list of resources for find more Drupal education sites provided by Bill Fitzgerald:http://groups.drupal.org/node/8136http://groups.drupal.org/node/ More...
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 15:50
Wow, what a weekend. I got up around 4:30AM Saturday morning to fly to Los Angeles. My new colleague Brenda Boggs, from the Acquia support team, was kind enough to pick me up at LAX on her way to Drupalcamp LA from San Diego. Two weeks earlier I More...
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 19:50
The history of the taxonomy sprint Back in March 2008, Scott Mattoon, from the Open Architecture Network and Sun, contacted me regarding a TED prize alumni, the Encyclopedia of Life(EOL) who wanted to attend Drupalcon Boston. I was introduced to More...
Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 16:39
On Sunday the Drupalcon organizers arranged for a code sprint at the excellent József Attila Study and Information Centre. What a difference great infrastructure makes to the productivity of a day of sprinting. The work area was the open birds of More...
Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 00:01
The first 13:45 is Szeged conference logistics, so you will want to forward to get to the beginning of the keynote. If you are interested in participating in the re-design please join the redesign group. More...
Posted on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 23:41
I got a chance to interview MySQL European community manager Lenz Grimmer about how to grow your Drupal local group by engaging with a local MySQL community. If you are one of the 149 Drupal local group ambassadors, or would like to be, consider More...

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