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Drupal in Italy

I recently did an interview about Acquia and Drupal with one of the leading IT magazines in Italy, Data Manager. The interview is running in the current print edition. Below you can find an English version of the interview.

The interview was arranged by one of Acquia's Italian partners, SinerVis, as part of a larger Drupal awareness campaign that culminated last week in the Do You Drupal? event that was held in Milan. Jam (Acquia's Senior Writer) and I attended and got to meet with colleagues from SinerVis as well as with members of "Associazione Drupal Italia", the non-profit that is promoting Drupal in Italy.

Robert Douglass Datamanager.it Interview

The take-away from the event was that Italy is seeing an explosion of interest in Drupal. Every company and service provider we talked to spoke of strong leads from many different industry segments, the need for training more drupalists, and an excitement for hosting more DrupalCamps (and possibly even a DrupalCon).

With such an acute need for training, it was good to learn that SinerVis, one of the leading companies for Drupal training in Italy, has as many as five Drupal courses each month with 10-12 people attending each one. They even teach a class on Drupal Gardens!

The demand for training was also mirrored in the response to the "Do You Drupal?" event. On the first day there was a room full of 50+ CIO/CTOs who listened to a range of presentations and discussions about Drupal and Acquia. Jam and I delivered a 2 hour (bilingual!) introduction to Acquia. The second part of the event, on the weekend, included training workshops for students and the general public. This drew over 200 people for two sessions. Jam ended up teaching for 5 hours, introducing Drupal, Acquia, and Drupal Gardens.

Robert Douglass Ice Cream Italy

Although I was only in Milano for one day I did manage to enjoy some of the cultural delights. This is me sampling some gelato with graphic designers and account managers from SinerVis. The market for Drupal has rarely looked better.


Here's the interview that appeared in Datamanager.it:

What is Drupal?

Drupal is a modern web content management system that meets the needs of organizations who value speed and flexibility in developing their web presence. It has a vast worldwide community of passionate developers who have built a library of over 5,000 add-on modules in the last nine years. These let you add nearly any feature to a Drupal site that you can imagine. Drupal's core code is also modular, enabling developers to change and maintain the system cleanly. This has made it very popular with people who want highly customized web sites and specific functionality.

Google Fonts API - time to Drupal market - one day

When Google announced their new Font API and Font Directory, they gave the web publishing world a great new tool that is ready to add real business value right now. The directory is a bid to close the gap between the rich visual possibilities of print media and the typographically impoverished World Wide Web. In Google's words:

"The Google Font API provides a simple, cross-browser method for using any font in the Google Font Directory on your web page. The fonts have all the advantages of normal text: in addition to being richer visually, text styled in web fonts is still searchable, scales crisply when zoomed, and is accessible to users using screen readers."

Google Fonts

US Departments of Commerce, Education, and Veteran Affairs present introduction to government social publishing with Drupal

This morning, at 9AM, I am excited to co-present with 5 Drupalers from the Departments of Commerce, Education, and Veteran Affairs.

Introduction to Government Social Publishing

Americans are interacting online with Government increasing numbers. Unfortunately, most of that online interaction is a one-way conversation. Americans are getting information, or submitting transactions through government sites. Instead, Americans are turning to online policy groups, social networks, and micro blogs to talk about government, away from government web sites.

Drupal Gardens adds blog template, analytics, pseudo-class styling & more

Last week the Acquia engineering team finished its first post-DrupalCon sprint and upgraded nearly 9,500 Drupal Gardens sites to a new release. For an invitation-only beta, that is a lot of sites. Considering that this effort is combined with running on recent daily builds of the Drupal 7 alpha, the team has no shortage of challenges.

Gov 2.0 Expo: Introduction to Government Social Publishing with Drupal

On Tuesday, May 25th, 2009 from 9AM to 10:30AM I will presenting a session on Introduction to Government Social Publishing with Drupal. I'll be covering the basics of the rise of social publishing from commenting through micro-blogging. This session is targeted at both new Drupal users and experienced Drupal users who want to learn how Drupal is being used across several US government agencies. I will also address the adoption of Drupal for national government websites as demonstrated in this slide show.

Creating Successful Support Engagements

It’s 4:00 AM, local time. You’ve been awoken by the angry sound of your iPhone’s SMS notification to tell you that the website you manage is totally offline. You’ve got a worldwide business and being operational 24/7 is critical. You call your support hotline (in Europe) which at this time has a long queue. You’re sweating, waiting. The rep finally comes on the phone and proclaims, “Hi there, Mr. Snuffleupagus, how can we help you?”

Drupal Commons is growing

At the start of DrupalCon San Francisco, we let folks know that we were working on a new Drupal Distribution called Drupal Commons. As a reminder, Drupal Commons is integrating groups, discussion forums, blogs, wikis, documents, and events into a single packaged solution. It is designed to meet the business needs of enterprises who are looking at solutions like Jive. At the time, I made a screencast to give people a quick look at what it's capabilities are.

Since the time since that initial screencast, we've had a gratifying level of interest in Drupal Commons, and so I thought an update would be useful to share.

Venti Drupalccino coming right up! Acquia Hosting's automated provisioning system

Acquia Hosting is designed to be a high performance, high reliability, highly scalable, and highly manageable Drupal hosting infrastructure. Our goal was to be able to quickly provision small and large sites, meet the enormous requirements of Drupal Gardens, and keep all of it running reliably, with a small engineering and operations team. It is easy to say that "the cloud solves all of that," and indeed cloud technology provides a substantial number of benefits.

Aspiring Drupal users want Drupal Gardens

Can the Drupal community expand by 100X? Yes! And Drupal Gardens will help.

Innovation is at the Heart of Open Source

Network World published a story about the decision that the US Veteran's Administration has made to pursue open source for their next generation VistA (VA Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture)system.

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