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How can Acquia help you grow Drupal in Europe?

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.

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?


Posted on by Anja Schirwinski.

Hi jam - for us here in Germany I think we could really use a lot of the material Acquia provided, but it's not really useful until it's translated. I guess this is true for lots of other European countries.

I just realized what this Hello Drupal thing is and it looks like a great thing that local user groups could do to attract more people to use Drupal.

What we need most in Germany is people who can build Drupal sites, so (free) training courses within a user group setting would help. A lot of sites in Germany are built with TYPO3 and I've talked to quite a few clients who would really like to use Drupal but end up using TYPO3 only because there are plenty of developers for it.

Some of the Acquia white papers would be very useful to have in German, especially for the bigger clients. So maybe you could think about putting the open documents (white papers and training materials) up for translating, I'm sure the community will help out, we definitely will for the German part.

Posted on by Jeffrey McGuire.

We have some materials in German, French, and Spanish. We're trying to determine what each country needs and target the production and translation of appropriate marketing and sales tools. Feedback and requests welcome!

Posted on by Stefan (niet gecontroleerd).

If I would really love to see more Drupal in Europe, I think priority is Asia. In Europe Drupal is already used by very big sites, strong companies like Capgemini are pushing Drupal all over the place. But the Asia market is huge, more and more taken by MS or Java based solutions. I am thinking especially of India. China is more a closed market, so it is less immediate. But India should be priority #1 AMHO.

Posted on by Jeffrey McGuire.

Dires went to three Drupal Camps in India with Ron Pruett and Jacob Singh from Acquia. Very interesting and very exciting place! I hope we'll be doing more there soon.

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