Sevaa Group tries to be involved with the Drupal community as much as possible. We sponsor and attend DrupalCon and DrupalCamps, and we work with Drupal on a daily basis. We do everything from managed Drupal hosting to building Drupal sites from the ground up. In fact, our lead developer, Dan, will be presenting a talk at DrupalCamp Atlanta about a very special Drupal project in collaboration with Georgia Tech.

This year, and every year, we’re honored to be a sponsor of DrupalCamp Atlanta 2018. This is our — year contributing to the camp and it gets bigger and bigger every year.


5 DrupalCamp Atlanta Sessions

Here are 5 sessions we’re especially looking forward to this year. With such a large lineup of speakers, DrupalCamp appeals to a variety of skillsets. Not only are there sessions geared towards developers, but also designers, content creators, and those in leadership positions.


1. A CEISMC Shift: From XLS to Web App

Of course we’re showing up for our lead developer’s session! Dan worked closely with The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC for short) at Georgia Tech. Dan built a Drupal application that allowed a more flexible, accessible, and engaging way to track projects that were previously run mainly through Excel worksheets. The new web app allows middle and high school students to provide feedback, test experiments and publish a project for grading and revision.

Dan’s session will take you through the journey start to finish. By the end of the session, you’ll understand:

  • How concrete data modeling and planning can be the backbone of a web application.
  • That even good modeling and planning can be flawed in the face of contract work.
  • The latent power of Drupal 7 and Organic Groups.
  • Troublespots and crisis found only upon release to dozens of middle schoolers.
  • The secrets behind the custom code for our email-free signup.

Who: Dan Hansen, Lead Developer for Sevaa Group
Friday, 11/9 at 3 PM
Where: Room – Piedmont B


2. Project Management Madness: 3 Key Programs for Communication, Personal Tasks and Large Projects

Rachel Evans is the Web Coordinator & Digital Media Specialist for the University of Georgia School of Law & Law Library. She took part in the Atlanta Drupal Users Group’s Minicamp this summer. Her session will use key platforms to provide examples of how her team manages multiple tasks across three unique programs including Slack, KanbanFlow, and Trello. She’ll give us the pros and cons of each and explain how each program works with one another. No matter what your role is, these programs serve to accomplish the unique goals that come with each project and help streamline communications.

Who: Rachel Evans, Web Coordinator & Digital Media Specialist at the UGA School of Law & Law Library
Friday, 11/9 at 1 PM
Where: Room – Piedmont B


3. Salesforce and Drupal: Getting the Best of Both

In one of our recent projects, a nonprofit asked us to reintegrate their Drupal website with a single instance of Salesforce. Not only will this session show developers how it’s done, but it’ll also help project managers understand the technical side of things. Drupal and Salesforce are two very different platforms, but they’re equally beneficial for organizations. It’s important that they communicate well together so that data can flow smoothly between the CMS and the CRM. Drupal offers various integration modules to sync data between multiple systems. This session will show you how to find the right solution for your project and which features work with your system.

Who: Aaron Crosman, Senior Consultant at Attain & Chris Pifer, Principal Consultant at Attain
When: Friday, 11/9 at 3 PM
Where: Room – Peachtree B

4. Conquering Difficult Conversations

No matter what your role is on the team, difficult conversations are inevitable. Whether it’s to address budget, timing, or performance issues, this session will give you 6 strategies to tackle those uncomfortable talks.

Who: Johnnie Fox, CTO of Promet Source, Inc
When: Saturday, 11/10 at 10 AM
Where: Room – Peachtree A

5. Tips on Securing Drupal Sites

Security should be an important aspect of every project. Are you utilizing static code analysis, End to End testing, and automated testing? Greg Monroe will give us an overview of his experience with GDPR Security audits, DoS attacks, brute force login attacks, robot crawlers, and hackers doing security probes. For each of these issues, Greg will explain how we can protect our own projects against them. Attendees will learn about helpful modules, best practices, and resourceful frontend tools to aid in the security process.

Who: Greg Monroe, Senior Drupal Developer at SolarWinds MSP
When: Saturday, 11/10 at 2:30 PM
Where: Room – Piedmont B

Be sure to get your tickets for DCATL before it’s too late, November 8th is only a week away! We’ll be there at our booth with free swag and conversation. See you there!

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