TYPO3 Talk with Daniel Homorodean - TYPO3 will conquer the world!

TYPO3 Talk with Daniel Homorodean - TYPO3 will conquer the world!

Welcome to the TYPO3 Interview Series - 4! We have launched the TYPO3 initiative for business executives, professional freelancers, marketers, decision-makers etc. The ultimate goal, Inspiring people to communicate about TYPO3 eco-system by keeping the philosophy of OpenSource.

We have been interviewing and inviting TYPO3 business people to share their views to build a better TYPO3 eco-system for a better TYPO3 tomorrow. T3Terminal has been developed and is focusing on having a "Fruitful TYPO3 Eco-System".

This week we have been honored by Daniel Homorodean, the CEO at Arxia TYPO3 Development Agency, Leader of TYPO3 Community Expansion Committee.

Explore the article where Daniel shares his views about history and potential of TYPO3 and open-source community, and how we can build a better TYPO3 Eco-system together!

Let’s hear about his life in time, journey with TYPO3, and a lot more. Thanks Daniel for your insights.

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System
  • Interviewee : Daniel Homorodean
  • Company : Arxia, TYPO3 Agency
  • Designation : CEO
  • Topic : Together Building a Better TYPO3 Eco-system
Q1
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Hey Daniel, Tell something about yourself to our audience.

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

I like to explore, to involve myself in projects that can change the world for the better and to help people develop their potential. I also like challenges, a lot. Running my own software agency gives me the support to always get into new challenges :) Arxia ( www.arxia.com) is based in Romania and TYPO3 takes a major part of our activity, including development, consultancy and training.

Q2
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First question, How did you initially get involved with TYPO3?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

From 2011 we got involved more and more in the TYPO3 Community.  
Initially, we supported the growth of the Romanian community, then we started to promote TYPO3 in other countries.
We have established the international event TYPO3 East Europe in 2013 and organized code sprints in our city. From 2018, I am very involved in bringing TYPO3 to new markets, I lead the TYPO3 Community Expansion Committee and the newly launched TYPO3 International Mentorship Program. Through these initiative, TYPO3 became known by many IT communities in different countries, it was embraced officially by the government of Rwanda and already people from 7 countries where TYPO3 was not known before are learning it from experienced technical mentors.

Q3
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How do you contribute to TYPO3? How does your company encourage open source business practices?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

We believe strongly in the power of communities, the advantages of collaboration and in building partnerships. We believe in open source as a catalyst for technical communities and as an enabler for better value development in the markets. I encourage my colleagues to contribute technically on TYPO3 and they have been actively involved in various sprints. Our most visible contribution is in promoting TYPO3 and the collaboration spirit in the web development communities from our region and other parts of the world.

Q4
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As a TYPO3 business executive, When you look back, Are you surprised or feel lucky with the overall success of TYPO3?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

We have still a lot to do in order to bring TYPO3 on its deserved position in the global scene: the well-known, widely adopted enterprise open source CMS of choice for government, universities and corporations. We are working with a fantastic technical tool, developed by wizard programmers, but our beloved framework is not yet globally embraced and this is what I want to contribute in changing. I am not surprised, nor feeling lucky, but feeling eager to help achieve the goal of having TYPO3 all over the world.

Q5
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As a TYPO3 Marketer, What was your biggest challenge to building your TYPO3 business?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

Operating in a country and a region where TYPO3 is not well known, we had to invest more effort in presenting TYPO3 to our local market and to the developers that we wanted in our team. Since there were no knowledgeable TYPO3 people in the workforce market, we had to train every new colleague ourselves. But we gained something from this effort: it helped us to become more competitive in promoting TYPO3 and in training and coaching people how to use it.

Q6
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Over the years, the TYPO3 business ecosystem has evolved. Where do you see it going in the future?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

TYPO3 will conquer the world, it will be the enterprise CMS of choice in every market and the community will grow steadily and globally. We are deeply involved to make it a reality. This is the common effort of our TYPO3 community and partnership between the TYPO3 agencies is the key.

Q7
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TYPO3 is 20+ years old OpenSource CMS, Although we have very less CMS Marketshare. eg., At present, TYPO3 0.6%, WordPress 63.6%. In your personal opinion, What do you think about what we majorly missed in TYPO3 journey?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

Some might think that we are not in a global competition and might take comfort that  TYPO3 was constantly strong in several countries in Central Europe. Still, we live in an interdependent world, where if we are not pushing for market development we are at risk of losing also what we already have. The coordinated business drive and the expansion operational focus is instrumental to acquire market share. Both were relatively recently adopted by the TYPO3 Association. We will not take over Wordpress but we can become an active presence in every country, the choice for complex strategic projects. This, I believe, should be our goal, and we are now better prepared to make it happen.

Q8
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Unlike other CMS' where do you think the TYPO3 business ecosystem lags behind?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

A perceivable weakness can be turned into an advantage. I do not see TYPO3 as being business-driven.  Most of our competition is focused on selling. This focus generates results but we can go a different way. I see TYPO3 instead to be community driven. Properly capitalized and fueled by passion, this can generate adoption, at a level that business focus alone cannot.

Q9
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If you could change one thing about TYPO3 Eco-system, what would it be?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

If you would want to change something in your ecosystem, you would work on it and do it, isn’t it? Like you do it yourself, with T3Terminal. I want TYPO3 to be a global force, adopted world wide by clients and developers. That is what I am actively working on.

Q10
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For people, it’s challenging to understand the philosophy of OpenSource and Business together. What’s your opinion on making a successful OpenSource Eco-system by maintaining the ethics of OpenSource?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

The sustainable business results come from the value that we create. Concentrate on value creation, on contribution, on cooperation and on helping others and the business results, and revenue and profit will come naturally.

Q11
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What do you think of the global expansion of TYPO3? What do you feel the TYPO3 Business Eco-system needs most?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

Most of my answers so far touched this topic. We still need more people and companies directly involved in global expansion initiatives. There are plenty of reasons to get involved and each reason is good: do it for your image, do it for your business, do it for TYPO3, do it for fun.

Q12
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As we are managing T3Terminal, TYPO3 Marketplace, what are some key factors that would attract you? What do you think about the T3Terminal.com?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

A TYPO3 marketplace was needed for a long time. I admire the people who act to make things happen instead of waiting and you did well in taking the initiative.

Q13
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What characteristics do you look for in a reliable TYPO3 Marketplace must-have?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

The technical support has to be top notch and the content has to be constantly kept up to date. It could also be an added value if the marketplace would be open to curated contributions developed by various TYPO3 agencies.

Q14
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In your opinion, What’s the #1 mistake that you see TYPO3 businesses/agencies make?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

To think that TYPO3 “sells itself”. Successfully selling TYPO3 services requires continuous focus on bringing more clients towards TYPO3 and no agency should be comfortable just because the demand for TYPO3 is at a good level in several countries in Europe.

Q15
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Last but not the least, Apart from TYPO3, What're the things you love to do?

Interview with Daniel Homorodean: Building Better TYPO3 Eco-System

I love discovering new places and cultures, I am an avid mountaineer and I collect old coins and African ritual masks.

Heartily thanks to Daniel for taking the efforts and time to conduct these interviews and sharing your views. 

One more thing, if you want to share your views regarding the TYPO3 Eco-system, you are more than welcome. Feel free to reach us or drop us a message in the comment section below.
 
Also, thanks to all Post Status readers, we will see you at the next interview. Till then stay tuned :)

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