The Business Side of Drupal: A Research Journey

chartJonathan Sims is Assistant Professor of Strategy at Babson College. A 2013 PhD graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he wrote his dissertation on entrepreneurship within Drupal.

Drupal.org team week notes #26

Upcoming deployments: improvements to comments

You may have noticed that Drupal.org user profiles now let you upload your picture. These will be shown with comments. You can see a preview on the staging site, the HTTP user/password is drupal/drupal: in the issue queue (example) and forum (example). You can log in with your Drupal.org username and password to test more.

There are more improvements to come in the next few weeks. This is the first round of implementation for a design process led by Mark Carver and Bojhan Somers. Read more about the design changes and future work in the issue queue.

Next Drupal Association Board Meeting: Live and in-person at DrupalCon Austin

Twice a year we get the opportunity to hold our monhtly Drupal Association board meetings live and in-person! We are more than excited to get to Austin to greet old friends and meet many new ones. While we're (mostly) all there, we hope you'll join us for the June board meeting. We'll be in room 10B on the third floor of the Austin convention center at 11:45 am.

Calling All Design Firms: DrupalCon needs you

 

DrupalCon on etch a sketchThe Drupal Association is seeking two creative and innovative design partners to create the web and print designs for the 2015 and 2016 DrupalCon events. We’re looking for people who understand that each DrupalCon is a singular expression of the Drupal community, DrupalCon location, software innovation, and extreme nerdiness, and know how to turn this into compelling designs that are functional, fun, and make people look twice.

Improving Drupal.org support

Per the 2014 Leadership plan, one of the imperatives for the Drupal Association is making Drupal.org a great tool for the Drupal community, building Drupal adoptions and developer satisfaction. One very important part of a great tool is great user support. The speed and ease with which users can get help when they have a problem greatly affects overall experience.

As with many other things on Drupal.org, historically support has been provided by an amazing group of community volunteers with a little help from the Drupal Association staff. Recently the Drupal Association staff had to step in heavily during a few intense times, such as after the security incident last May, when we reset all user passwords. Association staff answered hundreds of support requests, 24 hours a day, over the week following the incident.

The site is growing and demand for support is growing as well. Luckily so is the Drupal Association’s tech team. As we get more bandwidth, we are planning to do more in terms of user support...

Drupal Association Board Meeting Summary: 14 May 2014

If there is any steady measure of the passage of time it may just be the monthly Drupal Association Board Meetings. Another month is behind us, meaning that we 30ish days closer to DrupalCon Austin and all the other work we have planned for the year.

Please Welcome Mike Lamb & Rob Gill to the Drupal Association Board of Directors

I’m excited to announce that the Drupal Association Board of Directors has filled two open seats on the Board. Please welcome Mike Lamb of Pfizer and Rob Gill of NBC Universal. Mike and Rob fill board-appointed seats rather than the At-Large seats that are filled via community vote (by the way, stay tuned for communications about the next community vote for 2015 At-Large seats).

We couldn’t be more thrilled about Mike and Rob joining the board. Because they both have extensive experience as end-users of Drupal, we believe they will provide valuable input from a perspective that currently isn’t fully realized on the board.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day logoToday is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and people and companies from all around the globe are participating. I had the privilege of giving a speech this morning on how Drupal is one of the best content management systems for accessibility. It’s always inspiring to see the Drupal community’s commitment to accessibility.

A limited time offer for Drupal Association Members

When we ask our members the biggest reason they join the Drupal Association, we've heard over and over again that our members do so because they want to support Drupal and the community.

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