Changes With the Drupal Association
With the release of Drupal 8, the Drupal Association has opted to look over the state of things and see what changes can be made while keeping its community strong.
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The Drupal community is special because of its culture of adapting to change, determination and passion, as well as its fun and friendship. It is a combination that is hard to come by, even in the open source world. Our culture enabled us to work through long, but ground-breaking release cycles, which also prompted us to celebrate the release of Drupal 8 with 240 parties around the world.
Throughout Drupal's 15 years history, that culture has served us really well. As the larger industry around us continues to change—see my DrupalCon New Orleans keynote for recent examples—we have been able to evolve Drupal accordingly. Drupal has not only survived massive changes in our industry; it has also helped drive them. Very few open source projects are 15 years old and still gaining momentum.
Drupal 8 is creating new kinds of opportunities. For example, who could have imagined that Lufthansa would be using Drupal 8 to build its next-generation in-flight entertainment system? Drupal 8 changes the kind of end-user experiences people can build, how we think about Drupal, and what kind of people we'll attract to our community. I firmly believe that these changes are positive for Drupal, that they will increase Drupal's impact on the world, and that they will grow opportunities for our commercial ecosystem.
To seize the big opportunity ahead of us, and to adjust to the changing environment, it was the Drupal Association's turn to adapt and carefully realign their strategic focus.
During the last couple of years, the association invested heavily in Drupal.org to support the development and release of Drupal 8. Now that Drupal 8 is out, the Drupal Association's Board of Directors made the strategic decision to shift some focus from the "contribution journey" to the "evaluator's adoption journey"—without compromising our ability to build and maintain the Drupal software. The association will reduce its efforts on Drupal.org's collaboration tools and expand its efforts to grow Drupal's adoption and to build a larger ecosystem of technology partners.
We believe this is not only the right strategic focus at this point in Drupal 8's lifecycle, but also a necessary decision. While the Drupal Association's revenues continued to grow at a healthy pace, we invested heavily, and exhausted our available reserves supporting the Drupal 8 release. As a result, we have to right-size the organization, balance our income with our expenses, and focus on rebuilding our reserves.
In a blog post today, we provide more details on why we made these decisions and how we will continue to build a healthy long-term organization. The changes we made today help ensure that Drupal will gain momentum for decades to come. We could not make this community what it is without the participation of each and every one of you. Thanks for your support!
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