Looking at recent industry reports one would easily spot that Drupal developers in San Francisco are growing in numbers; this growth fueled by increasing demand for Drupal-based business software solutions both nationwide and abroad. The rapid development of Drupal software development industry in the Bay Area is not quite a surprise to those analysts that keep a close watch on the industry trends and have an eye for undercurrents in a fast-paced market for web based software solutions.
Drupal is no more an exotic project based on open-source technologies in which only a few enthusiasts really believe and distributed for free which made it look unreliable to large business customers, nor customers are able or willing to pay for costly off-the-shelf software solutions. A global economic downturn hit the software market in the United States and abroad forcing customers to look for an acceptable fix of functionality and affordability in business software solutions, including Drupal-powered software in the field of business knowledge sharing and web content management.
Thus, Drupal developers based in San Francisco were among the first to start providing reliable yet affordable software solutions to local businesses, gradually convincing customers on the West coast and in the Mid-west that in times of economic difficulties it is far better to bet on an emerging yet reliable platform than to invest heavily in software solutions designed in times when money was pouring into everyone’s coffers. In result, regional software vendors and developers managed to grab a significant market share even before software developers on the East coast realized what a market potential Drupal bears, and how it’s highly extensible nature can open the doors to providing a highly customized service.
Furthermore, local software developers are well-positioned to cover a broad market that spans not only the West coast of the United States but also the market in Mid-west states, and even markets in the Northern states of the US which traditionally have closer ties to service providers based on the East coast. Easterners simply entered the market for Drupal solutions a bit later when San Francisco developers already have set foot in the market nationwide, providing services far beyond the region as well as abroad. Frankly speaking, US-based service providers are not that successful abroad where they face fierce competition by Drupal developers who are able to provide far more advantageous pricing in terms of labor costs included in the overall price of a Drupal-powered software product; nevertheless, North American software vendors are still preferred by many leading multinationals in Europe and elsewhere.
Professional expertise is often a decisive factor in the software industry, while San Francisco software developers are among the best educated across the nation, with numerous universities and research centers in the region ranking among the top high-tech educational organizations in the US. Evidently, a good number of those who graduated in these universities are hired by local companies with enterprises in the Silicon Valley and the Seattle region also eager to land local talents. This is a healthy competition, though, making the region a technology hub that is capable to service the entire nation when it comes to reliable business software solutions and Drupal-based ones, in particular.
Drupal’s free and open-source character allows for development of affordable solutions, which is of utmost importance in the context of a market which is not quite competitive in terms of labor costs when compared to service providers abroad. Therefore, many Drupal developers in San Francisco decided to bet on their in-depth knowledge of the North American market and understanding of local particularities than to put efforts in a pricing battle they cannot afford to sustain, which has been the right decision in the long run as evidenced by recent market developments and the stable positions of San Francisco-based Drupal developers in the market for business software solutions nationwide.
Josiah M. Wilkinson follows developments within the growing community of Drupal developers in San Francisco for a number of specialized media outlets in the United States and Europe. He is not surprised that Drupal gains popularity among business customers worldwide but is stunned how large software vendors missed the chance to jump in the Drupal’s bandwagon at an earlier stage.