May
16
2014

Connecting with the Drupal world

One of the most important aspects in embracing Drupal as the framework behind the new CMS of the University of Edinburgh, is engaging with its enthusiastic and creative community. As part of this strategy, the University sponsored Drupal Camp Scotland 2014 and contributed with two, very interesting presentations.

“Come for the software, stay for the community”

The Drupal slogan encapsulates all there is to say about how active its community is. That is the reason why, apart from the technical reasons behind choosing Drupal as the successor of the current system, we are always very excited in engaging in events like DrupalCamp Scotland 2014. Overall, it was extremely inspiring to have the opportunity to share the strategy, philosophy, progress and goals of the new CMS project with a non-University audience, a process which triggered a lot of positive discussions with people using Drupal in similar or different business areas.

Where business and technology meet

The two day conference was split between a business day, accompanied by a training course, and a technical-oriented day, both of them being well attended. The University’s business day presentation delivered a high level view of the scope, vision and goals of the project. It was very interesting to receive a lot of questions regarding our project methodology, challenges that we face and our plan for future change management.

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But, the University’s contribution of presentations didn’t stop there, as Mairi Fraser and Adrian Richardson shared their views on automatic deployment. Again, it was well received and subsequent offline discussions confirmed that the technical work being done to support the new service is on the highest of levels of development among the local and worldwide Drupal community. Mairi posted her views about DrupalCamp Scotland 2014 on the IS Applications Development Services blog.

There were a lot of interesting presentations throughout the two days, including keynotes regarding the digital transformation behind the gov.uk website and various open source business models. Furthermore, a good touch around popular Drupal modules and techniques certainly got us thinking on how we can embrace it to enhance the website and CMS service.

As we near the time when the current University of Edinburgh website will start migrating to the new service, this engagement will continue to escalate through participation in local and international events. We are already preparing our presentation proposals for the Drupal Conference in Amsterdam which will take place in late September this year. Certainly looking forward to all the interesting conversations there.

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