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NYSE Relies on Open Source for Growth [May 28, 2012]

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The announcement by NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext, that it is expanding the terms of its partnership with the Warsaw Stock Exchange, illustrates how the exchange company expects to significantly increase revenue by commercializing its own technology.

NYXT, as the unit is known internally, generated $490 million in revenue in 2011, up from $444 million in 2010 and $363 million in 2009. Management says the company is on track to hit $1 billion in revenues by 2015. NYSE also sees commercialization of its technology as a wedge allowing it to develop relationships with blue chip customers for its financial exchange businesses.

Bob Kerner, chief digital officer for NYSE, says the technology organization has been able to ramp up to support this aggressive growth strategy by using Drupal, an open source application used to build web sites and tools for collaboration and knowledge management. Drupal was first released in 2001, but has gained in popularity since 2007. Kerner’s team also uses a software development methodology called Agile, which is characterized by rapid, iterative development cycles and close collaboration between developers and their internal customers.

Make life easier with Drupal [May 28, 2012]

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Mark Newton shows how the open source content management system can make life easier for you and your clients
There are many different ways to build a website these days. When I first started in this business, you wrote HTML files directly onto a local web server and, if it all looked good, then uploaded these files to the live web server.

Later, the introduction of scripting languages made the need for such a staging server all the greater, because links between pages and menus were (and often still are) hand-coded, and so in danger of becoming broken.

Drupal is a tool-building tool: Drupal at Stanford and beyond with Zach Chandler

Drupal is a major presence at Stanford University, one of the world's premiere educational and research institutions. Since the creation of Stanford Web Services and its in-house Drupal hosting platform in 2011, the number of Stanford Drupal sites has more than tripled and 2-3 Drupal sites are created there every day.

NBC Universal

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Rob: Rob Gill, I’m Director of Operations for NBC Universal’s O&TS, Operation Technical Services. We’re shared corporate organization that tries to promote best practices.

Chris: I’m Chris Herring. At NBC Universal, we use Drupal as a centralized publishing system for a lot of the NBC Universal brands.

Rob: Across company, we have 30, 40 brands: Bravo, SyFy, Telemundo. We have films, parks and we’re in a unique position to work with all of those different brands and their digital properties. We had tried a lot of the enterprise content management systems out there. They were very content-specific so there might be a really good blogging platform and if you want to build a website out of it, you could modify that blogging platform and sort of get it to do most of what you wanted it to do. Drupal was one of the first, if not the first, platform to come out. It was more of a global solution to a website as opposed to using something and then trying to make it work for everything else.

Chris: The fact that there’s a community behind Drupal made a huge difference, particularly around time to deploy for a new site.

Rob: Another major, major factor for us is on the editorial side. We have, in some cases, brands that have 30 editors that are entering content and very specifically, Drupal scaled really well on the editorial side. We consider our primary customers the editors that use the system and they have been incredibly happy with it so that was the success that we’ve built on. As we push - continue to try to push Drupal as our standard across the company, being able to back that up and have an Acquia-type company, has been very helpful.

Chris: We tend to use Acquia as a knowledge resource so when we’re researching a particular use case or a business problem, we tend to use Acquia to help us make that final determination on which module we should use. The few times that we have engaged Acquia for that sort of architectural guidance and advice, it’s been really interesting to me because each time, not only were we told the right way to go, but the options we were considering we shouldn’t have even been considering. They helped filter a lot of the noise that is out there in the community down to the exact right option to solve a business problem.

Drupal goes to Rock Center

NBC Universal is a world leader in media and entertainment and is headquartered in the mecca for these industries - Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Meet Chris Porter, Drupal hero

Chris Porter talks about the satisfaction of helping people solve the hard problems that will let them run their Drupal installations and their businesses better.

He says he feels like a hero sometimes, because he's welcomed by people who have invited him to come and help, rather than being the consultant who shows up because someone is forced to buy help for a proprietary system.

IBM’s SugarCRM Deal Is a Sweet Sign for Commercial Open Source Software [May 1, 2012]

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IBM’s recent decision to replace its Oracle Siebel customer management system with SugarCRM’s web-based application is a big vote of confidence in commercial open source software.

Commercial open source software can be appealing to corporations because it often includes legal protections, quality controls and customer service. It has been used by startups such as Eucalyptus, which provides software for private clouds, and Acquia, which provides service and support for Drupal open-source content management systems.

The combination of open source code and quality controls helps companies such as SugarCRM compete with much larger rivals such as Oracle and Salesforce.com, which sell software based on proprietary standards.

Bryan Hirsch, "Helping the Federal Government solve public sector problems with Drupal"

Bryan Hirsch comes from a background of software engineering and political activism. He originally joined Acquia as an engineer on the Drupal Gardens team thanks to his expertise and interest in software-as-a-service products. His new position at Acquia as Senior Technical Consultant Acquia Government Practice Department allows him to leverage his longstanding interest in using open source software in government to save taxpayer dollars, improve civic engagement and government services.

Announcing Spark: authoring improvements for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

At DrupalCon Denver, I announced the need for a strong focus on Drupal's authoring experience in my State of Drupal presentation. During my core conversation later in the week, I announced the creation of a Drupal 7 distribution named "Spark" (formerly code-named "Phoenix"). The goal of Spark is to act as an incubator for Drupal 8 authoring experience improvements that can be tested in the field.

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