First things first - an apology. I realize it's been a couple of month since I put up a post about our Board meetings. I definitely apologize, and will try not to let that happen again. However, know that you can always see the meeting minutes, materials, and recordings on our site.
In the next couple of weeks we'll be launching a new sponsorship opportunity for Drupal Supporters on the homepage of Drupal.org. The following is background information and a proposal for the program. We would like a period of public community feedback. Feedback is open until the 6th of July. At that time, we will incorporate the feedback into the sponsorship program plan.
I want to share today that the Association is implementing a new financial plan to address lower than anticipated revenues in 2015. To align our spending more closely with our revenue, we are implementing expense cuts that I’m very sorry to say include staffing. Regrettably, we are losing three staff people today from operations, engineering and our community teams. This was not a decision we came to lightly, and we’re committed to helping those staff through their transition as best we can. In this post I want to share some information about how we got here, and our revised plan.
As our community grows, so do our programs. This year in addition to hosting trainings and both the Community Summit and Business Summit, we offered a Higher-Ed Summit at DrupalCon. As soon as it was announced folks clamored to sign up, and the tickets sold out at a rapid pace. We at the Drupal Association feel like this is a great example of how the growing variety of offerings at DrupalCon illustrates the increasing diversity of our community’s interests and skillsets.
Breaking a Guinness world record is no easy feat, but in 2014, the folks behind Bart’s Bash did just that. With help from Drupal, they coordinated the world’s largest-ever sailing race — a fundraising event in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson.
This quarter saw a phenomenal turn out for the Drupal Association’s May Global Training Days! 25 training companies from 15 countries participated in hosting Introduction to Drupal sessions. A huge thank you to our community organizers and trainers, you are helping grow Drupal adoption globally!
To see all the action, pictures, and new Drupalers from the May training, check out twitter #DrupalGTD!
As a part of our effort to recognize individual contributions to the Drupal ecosystem we’ve slightly adjusted the options available to a user when making an attribution in the issue queues. Instead of simply assuming that a comment made without an attribution to an organization or customer is done by a volunteer - we now allow volunteers to explicitly mark their work as such. Requiring a positive affirmation of the volunteer attribution should improve the accuracy of the data we are gathering about the Drupal ecosystem.
The sky is truly the limit for getting value from attending a DrupalCon. There are so many ways to involve yourself, be a part of different opportunities to give back, and meet many people from all over the world and of all walks of life. At DrupalCon Los Angeles, we saw so many of our wonderful community members coming together to share their experiences and learn from each other -- and one of the places where this happened most was at our Monday summits.