I’m sitting in the main concert hall at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, UK waiting for the beginning of the 1st keynote. The hall is getting full and there’s obviously a ton of geek energy in the air….
The State of Drupal
Time to 100,000 sites:
3 Important Modules for 7:
The State of Drupal Survey – 2011
(Drupal is probably growing faster in Europe than North America)
Drupal in one word: Flexible, Awesome, Powerful, Complex, Community.
Replace legacy platforms, Mobile, IT Cost Reduction.
A lot of organizations are realizing that they can standardize on one platform – Drupal. Imagine simplifying your internal teams around one platform instead of 10 …
Drupal is uniquely positioned to fill this – it has reach, flexibility and scalability to become the platform for almost all websites.
Who does Drupal compete with?
The issue is not to compete with WordPress – the issue is to complete the vision…
Complexity goes up as power is increased… the iPhone breaks that paradigm … amazing tech + easy to use = market leadership. That’s what Drupal needs to find. We need to embrace the tension of usability and functionality.
How do we increase adoption? Survey respondents were overwhelmingly developers:
Interesting – Drupal 7 hasn’t changed the minds of many about how easy Drupal is to use. Definitely a marketing issue – Dries shoed the WP showcase site vs. drupal showcase site.
Bottom Line: expect a ton of Drupal marketing in 2011/2012.
Drupal needs: technically strong, easy to use, well marketed = Apple.
The State of Drupal 8
Here is the state of the Drupal 8 initiatives:
Bottom Line: if those 9 things can be accomplished, Drupal 8 will be pretty awesome.
Questions and Answer Session for Dries
Who is using Drupal 7?
And that was it. Dries received a huge round of applause as you would expect. The keynote was pretty much what I anticipated after attending DrupalCon Chicago. He spent more time on the path for Drupal as a movement than the actual CMS – but very informative. The survey results seem to indicate that Drupal is still mostly Geek territory… (duh!). The marketers and salespeople that use/know Drupal are almost non-existent.
I heard a fair bit of chatter after the keynote that was negative toward the marketing issues that Dries suggested. I agree with Dries – he said during the keynote that Drupal developers need to “get over themselves” to some degree … this is a huge business that needs to start acting more like one in my opinion.
I would expect some significant movement in the Drupal world to take over Joomla as the #2 CMS within a year or two… will be an interesting time!
Pics from the Keynote:
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