[Evangelism] The State of Drupal

Matt Hamilton matth at netsight.co.uk
Mon Nov 23 12:17:36 UTC 2009

On 23 Nov 2009, at 08:07, Dylan Jay wrote:

All great points, and agree with you... one point specifically I have  
been noticing recently...

>> 8) The party line on Acquia is that what's good for Acquia and  
>> Dries is good for Drupal. I saw not a hint of discomfort with that.
> I think this is one of the most important points. Maybe it won't  
> last, and maybe the community will suffer long term by Acquia making  
> lots of money? Maybe Drupal will end up being vendor opensource with  
> all its downsides? Who knows.
> In the medium term, as an Plone development company, I think Acquia  
> gives Drupal an unfair advantage. Just the other day we had a very  
> large organisation say they went with a proprietary solution because  
> "we can't sue Plone" and decided this before we could even present  
> to them or explain that opensource means you can purchase a plone  
> solution from an integrator and then sue them if it goes wrong. We  
> have liability insurance :)
> Acquia gives Drupal the perception of size and credibility to those  
> who don't know any better. We can dismiss these risk adverse  
> decision makers of big organisations but I think those people  
> matter. I agree with Dries when he says "We should all agree that at  
> the end of the day, success should be measured by the number of  
> people working with Drupal, not by the number of people working on  
> Drupal". Plone kicks Drupal and a lot of proprietary CMS butt,  
> feature for feature but Acquia makes Drupal easier to sell by giving  
> the perception of security. Anything we can do to help sell plone is  
> good for plone otherwise we risk being "irrelevant".

... Acquia have shown up on a few 'Magic Quadrant' type lists from  
Analysts. Not Drupal, but Acquia. Now Plone is not listed there at all  
as it is just an Open Source 'project' and not a 'vendor' in the  
traditional analyst sense. That said I think that is an advantage ;)  
but I'm sure potential buyeers might not.

Someone recently pointed out that the role of most Gartner-type  
analysts is not to comment on the suitablity of the CMS to your  
particular organisation, but to just comment on whether the vendor is  
going to be around next year or not. Hence why 'Plone' is not on those  
lists as it is not a 'vendor', but it does make me think we do lose  
out a bit on mindshare as a result.

Its a tough one as I agree what you say about Acquia making Drupal  
easier to sell.... but on the other hand I don't want to ever end up  
with a 'Plone Acquia'.


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