Monthly Archives: September 2012

DrupalCon Munich August 20-24th 2012

DrupalCon Munich August 20-24th 2012

DrupalCon is an international event that brings together the people who use, develop, design and support the Drupal platform. Drupal is an open source software package that allows us to organize, manage and publish content with its CMS capabilities but also to customise and develop user interfaces and applications with its development framework capabilities.

Tom and Jason attended DrupalCon Munich last month and between them attended 26 curated sessions and panels that covered a wide range of issues within both the Drupal7 core and the contributed portfolio of modules. The event was timely as at JDi Solutions we are currently building corporate-level Internet AND Intranet sites for two Local Authorities. [more]

One of the key themes to emerge from the various sessions was how Drupal supports Web Experience Management. Web Experience Management is the buzz phrase for how the content and structure of websites is increasingly focused on creating and enhancing the user experience, both for site visitors and for site administrators. As more Local Authorities look to provide more services over the web so expectations rise from visitors that they can access these services from any device with an internet connection. Cisco predicts that by 2016 over half of data downloads will be from mobile devices with further predictions that PCs will account for only 18% of consumer internet traffic in the same year. (Source)

Against this backdrop of more sophisticated mobile devices, platforms and channels there is a need for external and internal web platforms to be more robust and sustainable to support such a dynamic portfolio of web-based services and communication channels and to ensure that the user experience is consistently of a high quality across any device or platform. One of the key reasons why we chose Drupal over other open source software is its level of customisation which allows us to tailor websites and user interfaces to the unique requirements of both the site visitor and the site administrator.

We’ll be posting more on our Drupal projects and R&D over the coming weeks and months and explaining more about how we are combining Web Experience Management with our core hosted services and software products.