GETTING THE MOST OUT OFOPEN SOURCE & DRUPALMichael E. MeyersVice President, Large Scale DrupalOffice of the CTOAcuqiamichae...
IntroductionI recently joined Acquia!Acquia was founded by Drupalcreator and project lead,Dries BuytaertA commercial open ...
IntroductionFounder and CTONowPublic.comThe first venture-backedDrupal based startupBuilt the company from an ideato a Top ...
IntroductionCTO at Examiner.comThe first Top 100 Internet siterunning Drupal.One of the first Drupal 7 sites;we launched 6 m...
IntroductionAdvisor to the Boardof Drupal AssociationThe non-profit dedicated tohelping the Drupal CMS.Appointed in 2008, t...
Presentation OverviewGetting the Most out of Drupal(and Open Source Software)Organizations get a lot of value from DrupalM...
Building a Website Internet PresenceBuilding an Internetpresence.Content Everywhere:PC’s, mobile, Xbox, smart TV’s, etc.Co...
Building a Website Internet PresenceIncreasingly you havemore then one presence...Platform: Multiple brands andproducts, e...
Building a Website Internet PresenceIt is not just about you oryour site / brand.3rd Party and Partner Integration:Social ...
Building a Website Internet PresenceSupporting a diverseorganization with manyneeds and usersVarious Groups and Department...
No Single Solution Gets You 100%For larger organizations, no singletechnology solution – open source orproprietary – will ...
An Extensible SolutionOrganizations go through an analysis & review process to find asolution that meets most needs, say 75...
Drupal Increasingly the Choice Platform2% of the Internet is running on Drupal - millions of websites                     ...
Drupal Increasingly the Choice Platform2% of the Internet is running on Drupal - millions of websites   Media & Entertainm...
What Makes Drupal So Awesome?                                                          Profiles & 
                        ...
What Makes Drupal So Awesome?                                                           Profiles & 
                       ...
What Makes Drupal So Awesome?Behind all that great code is an amazing community!•   over 2,000,000 websites running drupal...
Get the Most out of Drupal: ParticipateDrupal is FREE - and can be downloaded at no cost, but youhave to invest (money and...
Participation RoadblocksIt is a new process - takes time to learn best practicescontribute first for success:work in the op...
Announcing Large Scale DrupalA membership program forthe largest users of DrupalCommunity within the larger Drupalcommunit...
Acquia is “Giving Back” Not a ProductLarge Scale Drupal is NOT an Acquia product like Gardens•   Acquia is not making mone...
LSD: CommunityNetworking•   private events - quarterly membership conferences•   peer to peer - meet and learn from each o...
LSD: Knowledge SharingKnowledge sharing, education and training•   networking events, online forums, peer to peer•   webin...
LSD: Collaborative DevelopmentIdentify strategic & meaningful projects - common problemsdevelop generic “85% plus” solutio...
LSD: Collaborative Development Model“85% Plus Solution” - Shared Development Costsupfront costs: range from 10% to 40% vs....
LSD: Collaborative Development Model“85% Plus Solution” - Shared Development Costsupfront costs: range from 10% to 40% vs....
LSD: Collaborative Development Model“85% Plus Solution” - Shared Development Costsupfront costs: range from 10% to 40% vs....
LSD: Collaborative Dev - ExampleContent Staging Initiative (CSI)•   Identified by majority of LSD members as    a pressing ...
LSD: Strategic InvestmentsIncreasing long term value, maximum return on investmentMore forward looking investments - “futu...
LSD: Strategic Investments - ExampleWeb Services and Context Core Initiative (WSCCI)•   transforming Drupal from CMS to RE...
LSD: Summary and Next Steps• Growing our membership from 12 to 40 by the end of this year• Proving out the model• Launchin...
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  1. 1. GETTING THE MOST OUT OFOPEN SOURCE & DRUPALMichael E. MeyersVice President, Large Scale DrupalOffice of the CTOAcuqiamichael.meyers@Acquia.com@michaelemeyersDrupal Business Summit: New York City, June 11th, 2012
  2. 2. IntroductionI recently joined Acquia!Acquia was founded by Drupalcreator and project lead,Dries BuytaertA commercial open source softwarecompany providing products, services,and technical support for the opensource Drupal social publishing system.
  3. 3. IntroductionFounder and CTONowPublic.comThe first venture-backedDrupal based startupBuilt the company from an ideato a Top 500 site.
  4. 4. IntroductionCTO at Examiner.comThe first Top 100 Internet siterunning Drupal.One of the first Drupal 7 sites;we launched 6 months beforethe official release.
  5. 5. IntroductionAdvisor to the Boardof Drupal AssociationThe non-profit dedicated tohelping the Drupal CMS.Appointed in 2008, the yearafter the organization wasfounded.
  6. 6. Presentation OverviewGetting the Most out of Drupal(and Open Source Software)Organizations get a lot of value from DrupalMaximize ROI and reduce TCO byengaging the community, doing projectsopenly, and contributing code.What Large Scale Drupal isdoing to help... http://www.nationalcynical.com/thoughtconduit/news?id=580
  7. 7. Building a Website Internet PresenceBuilding an Internetpresence.Content Everywhere:PC’s, mobile, Xbox, smart TV’s, etc.Contextual Content and Responsive Design
  8. 8. Building a Website Internet PresenceIncreasingly you havemore then one presence...Platform: Multiple brands andproducts, each with their own Internetpresence 200+ Drupal sites on Acquia’s Managed Cloud
  9. 9. Building a Website Internet PresenceIt is not just about you oryour site / brand.3rd Party and Partner Integration:Social Sharing and Authentication
  10. 10. Building a Website Internet PresenceSupporting a diverseorganization with manyneeds and usersVarious Groups and Departments:Internal and external stakeholdersthat you want to empower not restrictSupport over Longer life-cycles, many years:At the same time technology is rapidly changing http://cmbuzz.com/2011/03/childrens-ministry-organizational-chart/org-chart/
  11. 11. No Single Solution Gets You 100%For larger organizations, no singletechnology solution – open source orproprietary – will get you 100% of whatyou want right now, let alone what youthink you need in the future!At the very least you:customize the user experience to reflect your brandMost users: build specific functionality and features There is no “silver bullet”...
  12. 12. An Extensible SolutionOrganizations go through an analysis & review process to find asolution that meets most needs, say 75% or more...Extensible:You choice must enable you to costeffectively build the rest of what you need http://demagnify.usegrid.net/
  13. 13. Drupal Increasingly the Choice Platform2% of the Internet is running on Drupal - millions of websites Best Platform http://www.flickr.com/photos/lumaxart/2293239853/International and broad adoption across a wide array of industries
  14. 14. Drupal Increasingly the Choice Platform2% of the Internet is running on Drupal - millions of websites Media & Entertainment Public Sector EducationInternational and broad adoption across a wide array of industries
  15. 15. What Makes Drupal So Awesome? Profiles & 
 Content! Friends!The “85% Plus” solution (Micro)
 Rich
for large organizations: Blogging! Media!• Feature rich core system, you get a lot “out of the box” UGC! Social! Publishing! Template!• 15,000 + modules extend it’s capabilities Analytics! Workflow!• no need to reinvent the wheel Groups! Mobile! Social
 Menu / IA! Tagging!
  16. 16. What Makes Drupal So Awesome? Profiles & 
 Content! Friends!Faster “time to market” (Micro)
 Rich
• “glue” together a bunch of modules Blogging! Media!• quickly and easily extend and customize to meet your needs UGC! Social! Publishing! Template!• focus more on the unique aspects of your business Analytics! Workflow! Groups! Mobile! Social
 Menu / IA! Tagging!
  17. 17. What Makes Drupal So Awesome?Behind all that great code is an amazing community!• over 2,000,000 websites running drupal• almost 1,000,000 community members on drupal.org• over 10,000 contributed module developers & 15,000+ modules• almost 1,000 core developers of the platform• thousands of services companies
  18. 18. Get the Most out of Drupal: ParticipateDrupal is FREE - and can be downloaded at no cost, but youhave to invest (money and resources) to get the most out of it.Participation and engagement in thecommunity increases value:• Hire really talented people, help them learn & get even better• Maximize your ROI - get more value, over longer timeframes http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross/541707092/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  19. 19. Participation RoadblocksIt is a new process - takes time to learn best practicescontribute first for success:work in the open - contribute your code publicly,before you commit it internallywhen it comes last things get complicated:• feel the need to “polish” it for public release• don’t believe you have the knowledge or time to engage the community long-term http://casscountyonline.com/site/content/road-restrictions-and-closures-cass-and-surrounding-counties
  20. 20. Announcing Large Scale DrupalA membership program forthe largest users of DrupalCommunity within the larger Drupalcommunity to foster:• networking and knowledge sharing• community engagement• work on collaborative projects http://www.flickr.com/photos/24301298@N08/2298550293/Leverage Economies of ScaleGiving back and making major contributions to Drupal platform
  21. 21. Acquia is “Giving Back” Not a ProductLarge Scale Drupal is NOT an Acquia product like Gardens• Acquia is not making money off the program• Acquia is giving back by staffing and financially supporting the LSD Program• 100% of membership and project fees go to running the program and collaborative dev http://www.karensperspective.com/risks-of-not-having-a-bank-account/LSD reinvests money back into the community ecosystem and contributes all code
  22. 22. LSD: CommunityNetworking• private events - quarterly membership conferences• peer to peer - meet and learn from each other• local events - engage your local community• global events - engage the broader community http://www.halfhollowhills.k12.ny.us/page.cfm?p=977500
  23. 23. LSD: Knowledge SharingKnowledge sharing, education and training• networking events, online forums, peer to peer• webinars, white papers, news letters, etc.• focus on Drupal, but encompasses the whole stack• as well as project management and software engineering http://www.tobiasclarsson.com/2011/09/methods-and-tools-for-knowledge-sharing-in-product-development/
  24. 24. LSD: Collaborative DevelopmentIdentify strategic & meaningful projects - common problemsdevelop generic “85% plus” solutions• do the project openly in the community• release the code to the community• help support that code to ensure broad adoption• support integration, provide a path to get “90% plus”• provide an upgrade path - when possible http://www.fictorians.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/stick-figures-with-laptops1.jpg
  25. 25. LSD: Collaborative Development Model“85% Plus Solution” - Shared Development Costsupfront costs: range from 10% to 40% vs. “going it alone”• depending on size of project, number of members, etc.
  26. 26. LSD: Collaborative Development Model“85% Plus Solution” - Shared Development Costsupfront costs: range from 10% to 40% vs. “going it alone”• depending on size of project, number of members, etc.customization costs: range from 20% to 40% vs. “going it alone”• depending on complexity, amount of customization, etc.
  27. 27. LSD: Collaborative Development Model“85% Plus Solution” - Shared Development Costsupfront costs: range from 10% to 40% vs. “going it alone”• depending on size of project, number of members, etc.customization costs: range from 20% to 40% vs. “going it alone”• depending on complexity, amount of customization, etc.total cost savings: range from 20% to 70% cheaper vs. “going it alone”• and you get a long term solution you’ll get more value out of over time
  28. 28. LSD: Collaborative Dev - ExampleContent Staging Initiative (CSI)• Identified by majority of LSD members as a pressing need• A large project, many had planned to do this on their ownStatus:• Discovery completed, was done publicly• Development starting this week!• Work complete in late AugustMembers have taken this off their roadmap and plan to use jointly developed solution
  29. 29. LSD: Strategic InvestmentsIncreasing long term value, maximum return on investmentMore forward looking investments - “future fund” focused on Drupal 8 initiativesPartial funding for 3 key projects that address member needs: Configuration Management Initiative (CMI) Greg Dunlap (heyrocker) Web Services Initiative (WSCCI) Larry Garfield (Crell) Views in Drupal Core (VDC) Earl Miles (merlinofchaos)
  30. 30. LSD: Strategic Investments - ExampleWeb Services and Context Core Initiative (WSCCI)• transforming Drupal from CMS to REST Server + CMS• critical to the future of Drupal and our LSD MembersModel: funding innovation by sponsoring time / hours Web Services Initiative (WSCCI) Larry Garfield (Crell)
  31. 31. LSD: Summary and Next Steps• Growing our membership from 12 to 40 by the end of this year• Proving out the model• Launching our website and public presence• Working with the community to get feedback and input• Expanding the program in 2013
  32. 32. GETTING THE MOST OUT OFOPEN SOURCE & DRUPALMichael E. MeyersVice President, Large Scale DrupalOffice of the CTOAcuqiamichael.meyers@Acquia.com@michaelemeyersDrupal Business Summit: New York City, June 11th, 2012

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