You might have read that Acquia was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.

It's easy to underestimate the importance of this recognition for Acquia, and by extension for Drupal. If you want to find a good coffee place, you use Yelp. If you want to find a nice hotel in New York, you use TripAdvisor. Similarly, if a CIO wants to spend $250,000 or more on enterprise software, they consult an analyst firm like Gartner. So think of Gartner as "Yelp for the enterprise".

Many companies create their technology shortlist based on the leader quadrant. That means that Drupal has not been considered as an option for hundreds of evaluations for large projects that have taken place in the past couple of years. Being named a leader alongside companies like Adobe, HP, IBM, Oracle, and Sitecore will encourage more organizations to evaluate Drupal. More organizations evaluating Drupal should benefit the Drupal ecosystem and the development of Drupal.


maartendb (not verified):

"Yelp for enterprise", true but I look forward to the day that Gartner's research methodologies are as transparent as a fivestar rating system.

Good news for Acquia/Drupal anyway, congrats!

Yoshiyuki Ueda (not verified):

First, congrats to all Acquians for this amazing milestone! Second, this "Yelp for enterprise" also works country like Japan where Acquia/Drupal not yet well-developed and I believe now IT managers in Japan would start considering.