DrupalCamp Florida is right around the corner, and we’re gearing up for three days in Orlando! This will be our first in-person event in 2+ years, and we’re excited to see some familiar faces. Sevaa Group has supported DrupalCon and DrupalCamps for years, and it has proven to be a great source for networking and learning. We’ve made so many business connections and friends since we first came on the scene in 2001.
Now that the DrupalCamp Florida session schedule is live, we’ve had a chance to pencil in a few that look interesting, though there are many. Here are three sessions that are definitely on our radars:
Evaluating the Landscape of Drupal Competition
Who: Adam Bergstein
When: 2/19 at 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Drupal is not alone in the space of digital tools. Competitors like WordPress, Joomla, Wix, SquareSpace, and more all offer similar content management features. Other products like Contentful and Webflow offer specific capabilities that also compete with Drupal.
This presentation tears down each of these products in an attempt to better understand its overlap with Drupal. How does Drupal differentiate? What opportunities exist for Drupal to become more competitive?
This talk takes a high level look at Drupal as a product by performing a SWOT analysis. Concepts like low/no-code, configurability, data modeling, APIs, and developer experience will be explored.
This is a common question we get from customers and leads alike, “Why Drupal?” Drupal and WordPress have been the most popular among our customers, but there are still few that use other CMSs. The answer depends on the backend user and what their requirements are. We generally recommend Drupal to those who are a bit more comfortable with a more technical backend. Whereas WordPress has a pretty simple infrastructure on the backend. One of the biggest advantages of Drupal is the fact that it is open-source, so there’s no lack of support and documentation out there.
Building a Relationship in a Virtual World
Who: Kaylen Wagner
When: 2/19/22 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Working remote seems to be the new normal, and it is time to face some of the challenges that come with it. Like relationship building. I’ve heard people say variations on, “you can’t get to know people unless you see them face to face!” Or, “the best ideas happen if you’re in the same room!” And well.. I disagree. Emphatically! I’ve been building relationships with colleagues and customers from afar for 6 years, and I’m here to say: it can be done. It’s just another skill that you needed to practice and develop.
In this talk we’ll:
- Discuss tips and tricks to building relationships over Zoom
- Exercise some new muscles for distance EQ
- Shed light on what you’ve already learned in the last few years of remote work
- Cover strategies to help build your team spirit when you can’t get together in the same place
Sevaa Group has been working remote for a couple of years now, and the experience has been interesting. Of course, there are pros and cons to working in the office and working from home. One thing I think we can all agree on is finding that work life balance sweet spot. As a team, we’ve certainly had to get creative with seeing each other outside of work. That was easy to do before a pandemic, but now, we make it a point to get together on a quarterly basis for Jackbox and drinks.
We’ve also helped our customers make the transition as well. In September 2020, we worked with Buckhead Christian Ministry to remove the need for a physical office. We started by migrating the infrastructure to a dedicated private cloud. In addition, we also had to look at the human aspect of remote work. We assessed all of the team members needs and put together a “package” of remote workplace essentials.
Issues, Epics, and Milestones: Keeping Projects on Track in Gitlab
Who: Albert Hughes
When: 2/19 9:45am to 10:30am
Large scale web projects come with many moving parts including people, ideas, requirements, timelines and budgets. The role of a Project Manager is to bring those moving parts together, point them in the right direction and guide them towards a common goal.
In this session we will use real world examples to showcase how GitLab can be used as a powerful tool for Project Managers to help keep projects and teams on track towards the common goal.
Attendees will learn:
- Ways to use GitLab to manage projects
- Pros and Cons of using GitLab to manage projects
- Additional info about using GitLab as a DevOps platform for SourceCode Management, CodeReview, CI/CD, and more
The main goal of the project manager is to keep everyone informed and on track. It’s true that there are many moving parts and often too many cooks in the kitchen. As a project manager, you have to be organized and assertive. Having the right tools really helps. We often use Active Collab for our team organization and GitLab as a way of doing code reviews. What sort of project management tools do you find most helpful? What functionality is a must when looking for a project management tool.
Meet Us at DrupalCamp Florida
There’s still time to register for DrupalCamp Florida if you haven’t yet. You can view all of the training and sessions here. This year we’re a Gold sponsor of the camp and will be hanging out our booth when we aren’t attending a session. Meet us at the booth to talk with Will and enter to win our door prize, an Elgato stream deck. See you there!