It’s nearly a decade since the release of Drupal 7. During this time, we have seen new legislation in web accessibility, privacy (GDPR), the rise of mobile internet, and the proliferation of high-performance devices.
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This article is a preface to the white paper, Education 4.0. Access the white paper here.
Industry 4.0 is the result of the latest industrial revolution; first there was mechanisation, followed by mass production, computerisation, and now automation. It is the convergence of digital, biological and physical worlds into Cyber-Physical Systems resulting in the rise of automation.
It was during his 2015 DrupalCon Europe keynote when Dries Buytaert first discussed the ‘free-rider problem’. Dries proposed improvements to the way Drupal tracks contribution an a scale of “social capital”. This would better recognise all types of work and how contributions can lead to a bigger impact in the world.
Running a business is demanding. To be successful requires leadership be equipped with a broad range of skills from financial astuteness to empathy for staff. Whilst developers have ample resources from which to draw reference on best practice, for managers and business leaders knowledge gained is often be deemed competitive advantage and so kept secret or is accessed only through expensive training or courses.
Working in open source brings many benefits including the fostering of knowledge transfer that transcends merely code. It is to the benefit of all that business leaders in Drupal share this openness and are willing to reveal lessons learnt or formulae of success, that in other industries would remain behind closed doors. A fine example of this mindset is DrupalCamp London CXO, this years incarnation was no exception.
Prof. Costas Andriopoulos, Cass Business School, spoke about leadership and innovation in scaling enterprises. He explained that it’s far wiser to sort out your business early, when you are small and well ahead of scaling because what kills businesses is success, age and size.
Outlets for contributing to Drupal beyond code, whilst abundant, are not always evident to those having interest to do so. I want to help people become better acquainted with ways to get involved and how to start their contribution journey. Be they completely new to Drupal or simply yet to find an outlet.
Whilst at Drupal Europe last month, I was privileged to be invited by Drupal’s founder, Dries Buytaert, to a round table discussion, aimed at further marketing the Drupal project.
Bringing together a number of leaders from the Drupal community, we all shared the same desire to boost the marketable assets of the open source platform. One of the ways we hope to achieve this publicity is by creating a comprehensive, customer-facing "Pitch Deck".
This weekend we hosted members of NWDUG who held the UK’s first ever distributed Drupal Sprint, together with the London Drupal community.
Drupal Europe promises to be the most significant community lead conference in the history of Drupal on the continent. Redefining and reinvigorating what a major Drupal conference means to the community, business users and agency leaders Drupal Europe promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience.