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Dries Buytaert

Chief Technology Officer
Acquia, Inc.

Dries Buytaert is an open source developer and technology executive. He is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, an open source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Buytaert is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed technology company. Acquia provides an open cloud platform to many large organizations, which helps them build, deliver and optimize digital experiences. A Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review. He blogs frequently on Drupal, open source, startups, business, and the future at buytaert.net.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 14:50
In March, I did a presentation at SxSW that asked the audience a question I've been thinking about a lot lately: "Can we save the open web?". The web is centralizing around a handful of large companies that control what we see, limit creative More...
Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 - 09:29
Earlier this month, the international media group Hubert Burda Media (about 2.5 billion annual revenue, more than 10,000 employees, and more than 300 titles) released its Drupal 8 distribution, Thunder. Thunder includes custom modules specifically More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 04:11
I've been writing a lot about what I believe is important for the future of Drupal, but now it is your turn. After every major release of Drupal I do a "product management survey" to get your ideas and data on what to focus on for future releases More...
Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 - 14:38
At DrupalCon Mumbai I sat down for several hours with the Drupal team at Pfizer to understand the work they have been doing on improving Drupal content management features. They built a set of foundational modules that help advance Drupal's content More...
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 17:02
Contributed modules in Drupal deliver the functionality and innovation proprietary content management solutions simply can't match. With every new version of Drupal comes the need to quickly move modules forward from the previous version. For users More...
Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 23:06
This week's Grammy Awards is one of the best examples of the high traffic events websites that Acquia is so well known for. This marks the fourth time we hosted the Grammys' website. We saw close to 5 million unique visitors requesting nearly 20 More...
Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 12:21
As many of my loyal blog readers know, I sit down to write a retrospective at the end of each year. It's helpful from the perspective of seeing how far Acquia has come in a single year, but it should also give you a glimpse of what is in store for More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 13:08
A couple of weeks ago a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of one of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the world asked me how a large organization such as hers should think about organizing itself to maintain control over costs and risks More...
Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 16:31
The web has done wonders to make government more accessible to its citizens. Take the State of New York; NY.gov is a perfect example of taking a people-centric approach to digital government. The site lets people easily access state government news More...
Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 - 15:03
At Acquia Engage, our annual customer and partner conference held last week, Cisco's Jamal Haider spoke about the tremendous savings ($400 million USD!) that came from building its support community on the Acquia Platform and Drupal. The company More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 13:11
The explosion of content continues to grow. With more and more organizations managing multiple sites and digital channels, the distribution of content is increasingly difficult to manage. Content can easily become siloed in different sites or More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 08:23
Today Acquia announces the WPP-Acquia Alliance, a global partnership with the world's largest communications services company. This isn't just a milestone for Acquia -- I believe it to be significant for the Drupal community as well so let me tell More...
Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 - 08:59
Today, we're excited to announce that Acquia has closed a $55 million financing round, bringing total investment in the company to $188.6 million. Led by new investor Centerview Capital Technology, the round includes existing investors New More...
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 05:50
I believe that the "digitalization" of the world is a "megatrend" that will continue for decades. On the one hand, organizations are shifting their businesses online, often inventing new ways to do business. On the other hand, customers are More...
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:29
It's not easy to build an Open Source software company. Canonical recently has made a change to its intellectual property policy. The new policy prevents developers from distributing altered binary versions of Ubuntu. Users are still allowed to More...
Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 - 09:02
I'm excited to announce that starting today, Acquia is announcing we're ready to fully support our customers with Drupal 8. This means our professional services, our support, our product engineering, our cloud services … the entire company is ready More...
Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 09:31
A little over a year ago we launched the Acquia Certification Program for Drupal. We ended up the first year with close to 1,000 exams taken, which exceeded our goal of 300-600. Today, I'm pleased to announce that the Acquia Certification Program More...
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 - 09:30
In my travels to talk about Drupal, everyone asks me about Drupal 8's performance and scalability. Modern websites are much more dynamic and interactive than 10 years ago, making it more difficult to build modern sites while also being fast. It made More...
Posted on Friday, January 9, 2015 - 15:01
As is now a tradition for me, here is my annual Acquia retrospective, where I look back at 2014 and share what is on my mind as we start the new year. I take the time to write these retrospectives not only for you dear reader, but also for myself, More...
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:06
One of the world's most trafficked websites, with more than 100 million unique visitors every month and more than 20 million different pages of content, is now using Drupal. Weather.com is a top 20 U.S. site according to comScore. As far as I know More...

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