How can Acquia help you grow Drupal in Europe?
by Jeffrey A. McGuire
Dries Buytaert, co-founder/CTO of Acquia was interviewed recently. This is nothing new, of course, as the Drupal project lead, one of the world's largest and most active open source developer communities, he's in the limelight a lot. The interview by Nick Heath appears in Tech Republic under the rubric "European Technology".
The article is a good read and covers much of Drupal's backstory that we know and love: the growth from dorm room bulletin board system to global player on the web, starting and staying on the cutting edge of internet technology, and Dries' personal journey over the last 11 years.
What was new and exciting to me was that it touched directly on a topic very close to my heart and my job as Community Affairs Manager at Acquia: driving increased Drupal adoption in Europe. In case you didn't know, it's official. Acquia is in Europe. There's an Acquia office in Oxford and teams promoting Drupal and our services across Europe.
We want you to work better, on bigger projects, and convince more organizations across the continent to center their technology choices on Drupal. As a company and as a collection of talented, motivated individuals, Acquia is doing everything it can to grow and improve Drupal for everyone using it, customer or not.
Here's a taste of what's going on at Acquia now to support clients, partners, and Drupal itself. But what more can we do for you?
Acquia and great Drupal experiences
Acquia's products and services are designed to help make every Drupal experience a success.
- If you are a developer, the combination of Dev Cloud and an Acquia Network subscription with Acquia Insight gives you a host of tools to increase your velocity and the quality of your work.
- If you want to get your first taste of Drupal, build a beautiful, dynamic, community site or start a business building small to medium sites for others, Drupal Gardens is for you.
- If you want to learn Drupal development, Acquia and a global network of training partners run Drupal training courses around the world at every level.
- If you want to help convert more folks to Drupal, you can run Acquia's Hello Drupal! course for beginners yourself any time you want and for free!
- If you run a Drupal site and need proactive support, uptime monitoring, advice on architectural and technical choices and solutions, Acquia offers all of the above and more.
Acquia and making Drupal great
- Acquia sponsors community events: Drupal Camps, Cons, Summits, Code Sprints; the places where the community comes together, where ideas, inspiration, and code flow. It is my job to try to make as many of these as successful as possible through contributions of money or facilities, finding speakers, helping Acquians attend and more.
- Acquia Drupal development happens in the issue queues. A lot of code development done for Acquia products and services happens in the Drupal.org issue queues and the resulting modules, patches, and improvements are available to all of us to use in our own Drupal work. Examples include thousands of hours of work on the Drupal core, the Drupal Apache Solr project, Media module, the Commons distribution, the Views 3 UI, Webform, and more.
- Acquia engineers contribute during work time. Acquia's technical staff have "Gardening Days" allocated to furthering their own Drupal side projects and helping out on the technical side of the community. Projects like the Boston Initiative to train new core contributors and a huge number of modules benefit from the attention their maintainers can pay them during working hours.
I'd like to know what else can Acquia do for you.
What can Acquia do for you in Europe or your part of the Drupal world?