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Down On the Street at the New York Drupal Business Summit

We kicked-off the first of our multi-city Drupal Business Summit events in the Big Apple yesterday and it was a rousing success. For me, every Drupal event is a learning experience, and yesterday’s event was no exception.

Speakers including Bob Kerner, VP of Technology at NYSE Euronext, Jamie Clark from Zagat and Andrew Hoppin, CIO of the New York State Senate, shared great stories about how they are using Drupal as a platform for change within their organizations. This change extends beyond the sites they build to include how they manage their development processes, how they evaluate technology, and interact with their business counterparts.

In discussing why he chose open source and Drupal, Bob Kerner shared that the ability to review the source code was important, to ensure that vendors are sneaking anything into the code that his team can’t see. At the same time, he said that community is where innovation happens and Drupal’s epic global community is what sealed the deal in the selection process. His team has launched a few websites to date, including content site Money Sense and data-driven site LatencyStats, and he has another 20 sites currently in development.

Longtime Drupal evangelist Michael Meyers shared his experience moving to Drupal 7 - with many lessons along the way, both technical and managerial. Martin Coady, from VML, shared his firms’ experience using Drupal to eliminate the disconnect between creative and technology in an agency world. Drupal gives his dev teams the ability to implement their creative team’s entire vision on sites like the European Cartoon Network sites and LG’s Fame video contest site.

Attendee and sponsor feedback was positive all day, check out the tweet stream at #jointherev to follow the conversation from yesterday and at upcoming events.

Special thanks to TMG eMedia, who helped us put on this event, and to our NYC sponsors - Phase2 Technology, Blink Reaction, Four Kitchens and Treehouse Agency.

The Drupal Business Summit series continues on - Washington DC is scheduled for next Thursday, November 18th, Chicago on November 30th, and San Francisco on December 2nd. I’m looking forward to presentations by Dave Cole from the White House, World Economic Forum, GSA and many others. Registration is still open for all three cities, visit to register. If you are interested in taking part in one of these great events as a speaker or sponsor please contact Katie Staveley at