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 Monday, August 25, 2008 - 11:43
I have been meeting a lot of interesting people on the road, and lately it's been librarians. It turns out that a lot of libraries love Drupal. I've put together a showcase video of libraries that use Drupal. Next time you are at your library, More...
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2008 - 10:02
We had over a dozen volunteers from the South Bay, San Francisco, and Berkeley group at the Drupal booth. We also had at least four people ask about a North Bay group. One of the problems when you have so many fun and interesting people working at More...
Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 - 14:31
One of the unfortunate aspects of marketing events is the use of the Booth Babe. We were lucky to have Dmitri at our booth and we were joking at the Drupal booth that we were booth babes. More about LinuxWorld in San Francisco. More...
Posted on Monday, August 4, 2008 - 08:58
The Drupal community got together to help promote Drupal at Hostingcon, in Chicago last week. We learned some important lessons. One hosting company told us they were sponsoring their local Joomla group and had managed to grow it to over 300 users More...
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 17:45
Last night I met with Tiffany Farriss and Drupal association board member Larry Garfield at the Palantir offices in Chicago. I was in town for HostingCon. We reviewed the six proposals we received from 6 design firms. The proposals are extensive More...
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 14:01
We have some good news for Acquia watchers: the Carbon distribution and Spokes network service have entered private alpha testing and are steadily marching towards beta. We've been conducting internal alpha testing for Carbon and Spokes for a few More...
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 13:54
This year we had about a dozen members of the Drupal community show up to help run the Drupal booth at OSCON. We frequently needed at least 4 people at the booth to answer all the questions and still had people waiting to learn more. A large part More...
Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 18:47
Back in April and May the Acquia marketing team and I decided to jump into the frying pan with Drupal events and really see how successful we could be in spreading the word about Drupal and Acquia. We produced some good marketing content, More...
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 13:38
Last night the San Francisco user group celebrated Bastille Day at the Paris SoMa (South of Market) co-working office, and San Francisco office of AF83.com. Greg Beuthin has done a great job building up the San Francisco users group over the last More...
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2008 - 13:53
In the month of June we enabled Google Analytics on Drupal.org as part of an effort to build a user experience toolkit. The toolkit was designed to provide insight on: what users were searching for, what traffic patterns and workflows vistors were More...
Posted on Friday, June 6, 2008 - 03:21
##Acquia and growing Drupal Part of my responsibilities at Acquia are to help grow the number of Drupal users. The Drupal community is growing quickly and the credit for that growth belongs to thousands of contributors and hundreds of Drupal More...
Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 14:23
This is the seventh blog post in a series about user experience improvements in Drupal 6. In my research, several core developers suggested that improvements to Drupal's administration were significant enough to warrant its own category. More...
Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 18:07
According to Wikipedia, "Interaction design defines the behavior (the "interaction") of an artifact or system in response to its users." In previous versions, Drupal has mostly used static interfaces that update when the user submits a form, or More...
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 13:23
This is the fifth blog post in a series about user experience improvements in Drupal 6. Drupal is very popular with developers who want to leverage the contributed modules to meet their feature requirements. Previous versions of the theme system More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:45
This is the fourth blog post in a series looking at user experience improvements in Drupal 6. One of the principles of the Drupal project is that Drupal should have low resource demands, and "have minimal, widely-available server-side software More...
Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 10:44
This is the third blog post in a series which examines the user experience improvements in Drupal 6. There are no widely accepted measures of usability, but I like to measure four attributes when testing the usability of an application. These More...
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 11:12
This is the second blog post in a series examining Drupal 6 core contributor user experience improvements. Improving the user experience in Drupal is one of the biggest challenges the Drupal community faces, mostly due to a competitive pressure More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 12:17
This is the first blog post of a series of posts that will examine the Drupal core contributors user experience (UX) improvements in Drupal 6. My intent is to help shed some light on the kind of user experience improvements the core contributors More...
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 - 13:04
Last week we had a business kick-off meeting for the Drupal.org re-design. The purpose of this meeting was to start two important efforts: establishing business objectives for the re-design, and begin the re-design request for qualifications and More...
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 15:08
Last week I helped organize Drupal day at Newstools 2008. At our peak, we had 65 journalist in the room and 35 watching online. We had several presentations: * Introducing Drupal for Newspapers * Showcase video (shown below) * Jose Zamora on the More...

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