As CTO for Achieve Internet, William (Bill) O'Connor oversees all of Achieve's Drupal Development team. Leveraging both his skill in development along with his ability to lead, share and create, O'Connor has truly enhanced not only Achieve, but also the Drupal community. His contributions help to ensure Drupal remains a global leader in open-source content management, and Bill will be crucial in leading the Solr search efforts of Drupal.org's redesign as Achieve Internet is one of five vendors selected to lead the final push for the Drupal.org redesign.
O'Connor began working with the Drupal community in 2006; the same year, Lime.com contacted Achieve Internet to develop a Drupal 4.7 website which began Bill’s active immersion into the Drupal ecosystem. Based on the success of the Lime.com web development project, he went on to architect, lead development, and oversee Drupal web project transformations for several enterprise-level deployments including LifetimeTV.com, FastCompany.com, and APQC.org. In addition, he has provided expertise, architectural assistance, and development knowledge for prominent names such as NBC, Disney, Viacom, and Experian.
In the Drupal community, Bill (known as csevb10) maintains or co-maintains a handful of contributed modules including SimpleFeed and Ajaxify Regions and spends his scant free-time working on patches for Drupal core, patches for contributed modules, and updates to module code to keep his ticket queues at bay.
Bill's passion for Drupal web development is all-encompassing, but he has special interests in search technologies, feed aggregation, performance, scalability, image-handling and enterprise-level integration. His passion for these technologies is most evident in his work with the community, predominately through Solr search, the SimpleFeed module, and the Ajaxify Regions module. He has spoken at multiple Drupalcons and countless DrupalCamps about a variety of topics and has mentored a number of developers to a comfortable home on the Drupal platform.
O'Connor graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. His first professional work involved programming both C++ and C# Windows desktop applications for use in media and military software. Transitioning from the Windows desktop environment to the web, Bill shifted from C# to focus on PHP, developing for a range of e-commerce and content management systems. From PHP development to multi-faceted platforms, O'Connor has monitored projects from infancy to completion.
O'Connor enjoys world travel, volleyball, and is a gaming enthusiast.