So, Doug Vann emailed the two of us a while ago and said that I should have you on because
"I'm on the record as a huge fan of Tom's for his well educated and well rounded perspective on proprietary and Open Source software solutions. ... I'd be excited to hear Tom interviewed on the topic of how Drupal 8 will continue to erode into the proprietary market."
I thought that sounded good, so here we are!
Web Content Management
- When you replied, you said that Drupal 8 is the most important product release in the history of the WCM market. Can you start out by explaining what WCM stands for and what qualifies software as a WCM product?
- You also mentioned that the 2nd most important release was Day Software’s CQ5. What is that?
- When I hear about Drupal’s competitors, I generally hear about Wordpress and Joomla. Why aren’t either of those number two?
Drupal’s Place in the WCM Market
- How has Drupal faired in the WCM market so far?
- What do you see Drupal 8 bringing to the table that sets it apart from other products?
Questions from Twitter
- How does Drupal 8 change the comparison with AEM? Specifically what are the features with Drupal 8 that bring Drupal to a more level playing field with AEM? Is there a single specific feature that Drupal does hands down better than AEM?
- MY MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION
- Drupal promotes an "Ownership Society" where Universities, Media Companies, Governments, etc. hire in Drupal talent and build sites inhouse. How does D8 impact that trend? Is D8 more for shops and agencies and less for DIYers or is that just F.U.D. talking?
- Any Drupaler would state that Drupal has been "disruptive" insofar as we have allowed highly visible sites to ditch their proprietary CMS in favour of Drupal.
- To date, has that success been "truly disruptive" by your definition?
- With the astounding advancements baked into D8, are you looking forward to an even more disruptive presence in the CMS playing field?
- Is Drupal 8 ushering in a new era which will see a fundamental shift in how Drupal is delivered in the areas of customer procurement, engagement, and delivery?
- To reword that. Are Adobe CQ5 and Sitecore shops operating significantly different than Drupal shops today AND are we going to see Drupal shops retooling and reshaping to a more enterprise looking organization?
- In The past 18+ months, it seems that more people are willing to admit that Drupal 8 is moving Drupal "Up Market." Agencies are often the vendor of choice in those deep waters. Should we expect some more mergers and acquisitions which will ultimately empower agencies to deliver Drupal services inhouse?
- The little guys
- Where are the little guys in the D landscape?
- Do you still see the $10K and the $45K range websites feeding the smaller end of the Drupal ecosystem?
- MY MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION