Acquia Joins Drupal Community in New Orleans to Drive Drupal 8 Innovation, Adoption & Training [May 6, 2016]

Dries Buytaert to Lead Conference with an Emphasis on Drupal 8 Training & Certification

NEW ORLEANS – May 6, 2016 – Acquia, the digital experience company, today announced that Dries Buytaert, Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder and CTO, will keynote DrupalCon New Orleans on May 10. DrupalCon serves as the gathering place for thousands of people from across the globe who use, develop, design, and support the Drupal platform.

"Last year, we released Drupal 8, which was an incredible milestone for the Drupal community,” Buytaert said. “Acquia continues to fuel the pace of adoption and innovation by educating builders and developers and helping them to shorten their cycles of innovation using Drupal 8. In the spirit of training, I am excited to announce the availability of a brand new Acquia Certification exam, the Acquia Certified Developer - Drupal 8 exam. This is the first comprehensive developer certification for Drupal 8, and it will be available to take at DrupalCon New Orleans."

Drupal 8 establishes the new standard for digital experience delivery with an object-oriented, API-based architecture. It introduces hundreds of new breakthrough capabilities that give organizations the speed, security, and flexibility they need to innovate at scale. Acquia experts will do a deep dive into Drupal 8 topics in New Orleans in more than 15 sessions. Featured sessions include:

In addition to the new Acquia Certified Developer - Drupal 8 exam, attendees will also be able to earn an Acquia Certification credential at DrupalCon New Orleans by registering for the Acquia Certified Developer, Back-end Specialist, Front-end Specialist, Drupal Site Builder, or Drupal 8 Foundations exams. As a DrupalCon-exclusive offer, free retakes will be offered onsite.

Acquia will host a Partner Summit on May 9 that will give attendees the opportunity to connect with local Drupal shops and global digital advertising agencies, learn tips for building an Acquia/Drupal Technical Center of Excellence, gain insight into the Acquia product roadmap, and network with key Acquia executives including Tom Erickson, CEO, Joe Wykes, Vice President of Global Channels, Chris Stone, Chief Products Officer, and Loren Jarrett, Chief Marketing Officer.

On May 11, conference-goers are invited to attend Acquia’s industry meetup. This informal networking event will spotlight how leading organizations in media, entertainment and publishing, higher education, NGOs, public sector, financial services, and life sciences are using Drupal to deliver contextually relevant digital experiences across channels, to create new revenue opportunities and to change the ways they can interact with their customers.

The conference will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from May 9-13. Acquia is a diamond sponsor of DrupalCon New Orleans and will exhibit at booth No. 301. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Acquia booth’s ‘Query Lounge’ to get answers to support and technical questions, and also participate in mini-sessions to learn about topics including performance, security, debugging, upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, and much more.

For more information visit www.acquia.com/drupalcon.

About DrupalCon New Orleans
DrupalCon is a global conference, bringing together those who use, develop, design, and support the Drupal platform. The DrupalCon New Orleans program will feature many curated sessions and panels from some of the most influential people and brightest minds within the Drupal community and beyond, as well as countless opportunities for networking, code sprints, informal conversations, and more.

Visit https://events.drupal.org/neworleans2016 for more information.

About Acquia
Acquia is the digital experience company. Intuit, Warner Music Group, and Stanford University are among the more than 4,000 organizations that are transforming their digital businesses with Acquia's open cloud platform. Global 2000 enterprises, government agencies and NGOs rely on Acquia to create new revenue streams, lower costs, and engage audiences more deeply through content, community, commerce, and context.

For more information visit www.acquia.com.

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