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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.

Recente blogs

Posted on donderdag, 10 november 2016, 10:08
Last week Acquia announced a partnership with Magento. I wanted to use this opportunity to explain why I am excited about this. I also want to take a step back and share what I see is a big opportunity for both Drupal, Acquia and commerce Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 8 november 2016, 04:23
Today, when you install Drupal 8.2, the out-of-the-box media handling is very basic. For example, you can upload and insert images in posts using a WYSIWYG editor, but there is no way to reuse files across posts, there is no built-in media manager Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 19 oktober 2016, 10:59
I wanted to share the exciting news that Nasdaq Corporate Solutions has selected Acquia and Drupal 8 as the basis for its next generation Investor Relations Website Platform. About 3,000 of the largest companies in the world use Nasdaq's Meer...
Posted on maandag, 17 oktober 2016, 19:16
Last week, we launched a new version of Acquia Lift, our personalization tool. Acquia Lift learns about your visitors' interests, preferences and context and uses that information to personalize and contextualize their experience. After more than a Meer...
Posted on Vrijdag, 7 oktober 2016, 08:33
DrupalCon Dublin marked my 28th DrupalCon and #Driesnote presentation. You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 23:55) or download a copy of my slides here (185.4 MB). The first half of the presentation I provided a technical update Meer...
Posted on maandag, 3 oktober 2016, 10:46
When I was on vacation in Italy this summer, I had no internet, which gave me a lot of time to think. Some of that time was spent reflecting on why I do what I do. I have been working on Drupal for over 15 years and on Acquia for almost 10 Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 28 september 2016, 04:46
In the past, after every major release of Drupal, most innovation would shift to two areas: (1) contributed modules for the current release, and (2) core development work on the next major release of Drupal. This innovation model was the direct Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 6 september 2016, 11:39
There exist millions of Open Source projects today, but many of them aren't sustainable. Scaling Open Source projects in a sustainable manner is difficult. A prime example is OpenSSL, which plays a critical role in securing the internet. Despite Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 23 augustus 2016, 03:10
Over the weekend, Drupal 8.2 beta was released. One of the reasons why I'm so excited about this release is that it ships with "more outside-in". In an "outside-in experience", you can click anything on the page, edit its configuration in place Meer...
Posted on donderdag, 21 juli 2016, 12:50
Yesterday the City of Boston launched its new website, Boston.gov, on Drupal. Not only is Boston a city well-known around the world, it has also become my home over the past 9 years. That makes it extra exciting to see the city of Boston use Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 29 juni 2016, 05:34
What feelings does the name Drupal evoke? Perceptions vary from person to person; where one may describe it in positive terms as "powerful" and "flexible", another may describe it negatively as "complex". People describe Drupal differently not Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 21 juni 2016, 13:29
I sent an internal note to all of Acquia's 700+ employees today and decided to cross-post it to my blog because it contains a valuable lesson for any startup. One of my personal challenges — both as an Open Source evangelist/leader and entrepreneur Meer...
Posted on dinsdag, 14 juni 2016, 01:39
In my latest SXSW talk, I showed a graphic of each of the major technology giants to demonstrate how much of our user data each company owned. I said they won't stop until they know everything about us. Microsoft just bought LinkedIn, so Meer...
Posted on donderdag, 2 juni 2016, 16:00
The battle for the marketing cloud just got way more interesting. This week, Salesforce announced its acquisition of Demandware for $2.8B in cash. It will enable Salesforce to offer a "Commerce Cloud" alongside its sales and marketing solutions Meer...
Posted on maandag, 16 mei 2016, 10:55
Last year around this time, I wrote that The Big Reverse of Web would force a major re-architecture of the web to bring the right information, to the right person, at the right time, in the right context. I believe that conversational interfaces Meer...
Posted on donderdag, 12 mei 2016, 14:25
DrupalCon New Orleans comes at an important time in the history of Drupal. Now that Drupal 8 has launched, we have a lot of work to do to accelerate Drupal 8's adoption as well as plan what is next. In my keynote presentation, I shared my thoughts Meer...
Posted on maandag, 25 april 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 Meer...
Posted on Vrijdag, 8 april 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 Meer...
Posted on woensdag, 6 april 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 Meer...
Posted on maandag, 4 april 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 Meer...

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