Amazee Labs: Drupalcon Europe gets going

Planet Drupal - 27. September 2017 - 14:00
Drupalcon Europe gets going

The people have arrived from all around the world. The booths have been set up. #DrupalConEUR 2017 - It has begun!

Bryan Gruneberg Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:00

The obvious highlights of the day were the Prenote and the Keynote address.

What is the Prenote you ask? You can check it out for yourself! You may even recognise some of the people who took part!

Where are we from?

Our friends over at Pantheon ran a “from the stage” survey of the community in the room (and I guess a few people who were watching the live stream). Inky, Dania, Lees and I are from Cape Town and Mostfa is from Tunisia. I’m fairly sure that Amazee Labs people account for a large portion of the 1% from Africa.


What do we like?

It starts with the community of course. There is meeting people, sharing food, learning, sprinting on the project. And friends!


… and of course, there is beer. And people, and travel, and connections, and OIDA.


… and there are stickers and hugs… AND beer sessions, and networking beer, and community beer. And if you keep an eye out and stay vigilant you might just spot a beer.



Dries took to the stage to the expected applause from the room. He spent quite some time going through the product stats and if you weren’t at the Driesnote it's worth checking out the full presentation below.

At Amazee Labs, we use Drupal all the time. It supports most of what we produce, and it underpins 100% of what we do. In my team, we support, extend, and maintain a myriad Drupal 7 and 8 sites. Soon we will be onboarding some of the more ambitious Fully Decoupled Drupal-React sites that the sprint teams have been hard at work on this year into the maintenance and extension project phase. It is really helpful to have someone like Dries stand up and force us to take stock of where Drupal is a product and to highlight some of the things that the people using the product should be thinking about.


“The CMS Vendor Landscape is changing”

The CMS vendor landscape is undergoing a transformation. With the rapid rise and adoption of various Javascript frameworks, and patterns, CMSs are increasingly becoming (or in the case of Drupal, being used as) headless providers of data and content. This will over time inevitably change things for the Drupal project.


“Drupal is for Ambitious Digital Experiences”

So what is the graph telling us? It maps different potential Drupal users in two dimensions along Reach (how many people will the system touch?), and Richness (how many features will the system have?). Perhaps the most striking piece is the explicit acknowledgment that the SaaS competitive platforms are now mature and feature-rich enough to make them more appropriate for blogs, portfolio, and brochure sites.

But we can also see that Drupal isn’t only for enterprise clients. To quote Dries: “Ambitious is much more than just enterprise”. In fact, enterprise clients are only a portion of the potential Drupal market. There is plenty of space (perhaps even the majority of the market?) for feature-rich sites to be built and deployed for customers who we would not consider Enterprise. And Dries’ talk suggests that we should think about this, and start to include this in our strategies, and to help our customers to include this in their strategies.

Dries Buytaert: State of Drupal presentation (September 2017)

Planet Drupal - 27. September 2017 - 13:55

Yesterday, I shared my State of Drupal presentation at DrupalCon Vienna. In addition to sharing my slides, I wanted to provide some more detail on how Drupal is evolving, who Drupal is for, and what I believe we should focus on.

Drupal is growing and changing

I started my keynote by explaining that Drupal is growing. Over the past year, we've witnessed a rise in community engagement, which has strengthened Drupal 8 adoption.

This is supported by the 2017 Drupal Business Survey; after surveying 239 executives from Drupal agencies, we can see that Drupal 8 has become the defacto release for them and that most of the Drupal businesses report to be growing.

While the transition from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 is not complete, Drupal 8's innovation continues to accelerate. We've seen the contributed modules ecosystem mature; in the past year, the number of stable modules has more than doubled. Additionally, there are over 4,000 modules in development.

In addition to growth, both the vendor and technology landscapes around Drupal are changing. In my keynote, I noted three primary shifts in the vendor landscape. Single blogs, portfolio sites and brochure sites, which represent the low end of the market, are best served by SaaS tools. On the other side of the spectrum, a majority of enterprise vendors are moving beyond content management into larger marketing suites. Finally, the headless CMS market segment is growing rapidly, with some vendors growing at a rate of 500% year over year.

There are also significant changes in the technology landscape surrounding Drupal, as a rising number of Drupal agencies have also started using modern JavaScript technologies. For example, more than 50% of Drupal agencies are also using Node.js to support the needs of their customers.

While evolving vendor and technology landscapes present many opportunities for Drupal, it can also introduce uncertainty. After listening to many people in the Drupal community, it's clear that all these market and technology trends, combined with the long development and adoption cycle of Drupal 8, has left some wondering what this all means for Drupal, and by extension also for them.

Drupal is no longer for simple sites

Over the past year, I've explained why I believe Drupal is for ambitious digital experiences, in both my DrupalCon Baltimore keynote and on my blog. However, I think it would be valuable to provide more detail on what I mean by "ambitious digital experiences". It's important that we all understand who Drupal is for, because it drives our strategy, which in turn allows us to focus our efforts.

Today, I believe that Drupal is no longer for simple sites. Instead, Drupal's sweetspot is sites or digital experiences that require a certain level of customization or flexibility — something I refer to as "richness".

Ambitious is much more than just enterprise

This distinction is important because I often find that the term "ambitious" becomes conflated with "enterprise". While I agree that Drupal is a great fit for the enterprise, I personally never loved that categorization. It's not just large organizations that use Drupal. Individuals, small startups, universities, museums and nonprofits can be equally ambitious in what they'd like to accomplish and Drupal can be an incredible solution for them.

An example of this could be a small business that manages 50 rental properties. While they don't have a lot of traffic (reach), they require integrations with an e-commerce system, a booking system, and a customer support tool to support their business. Their allotted budget is $50,000 or less. This company would not be considered an enterprise business; however, Drupal would be a great fit for this use case. In many ways, the "non-enterprise ambitious digital experiences" represent the majority of the Drupal ecosystem. As I made clear in my presentation, we don't want to leave those behind.

Addressing the needs of smaller organizations

The Drupal ecosystem majority are organizations with sites that require medium-to-high richness, which SaaS builders cannot support. However, they also don't need to scale at the level of enterprise companies. As the Drupal community continues to consider how we can best support this majority, a lot of smaller Drupal agencies and end-users have pointed out that they would benefit from the following two things:

  1. Powerful site building tools. They want easy-to-use site building tools that are simple to learn, and don't require dozens of contributed modules to be installed and configured. They would also prefer to avoid writing a lot of custom code because their clients have smaller budgets. Great examples of tools that would improve site building are Drupal's upcoming layout builder, workspaces and media library. To make some of Drupal's own administrative UIs more powerful and easier to use, I proposed that we add a modern JavaScript to core.
  2. Easier updates and maintenance. While each Drupal 8 site benefits from continuous innovation, it also needs to be updated more often. The new Drupal 8 release cycle has monthly patch releases and 6-month minor releases. In addition, organizations have to juggle ad-hoc updates from contributed modules. In addition, site updates has often become more complex because our dependency on third-party libraries and because not everyone can use Composer. Many smaller users and agencies would benefit tremendously from auto-updates because maintaining and updating their Drupal 8 sites can be too manual, too complex and too expensive.

The good news is that we have made progress in both improving site builder tools and simplifying updates and maintenance. Keep an eye on future blog posts about these topics. In the meantime, you can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 22:10), or you can download a copy of my slides (56 MB).

Chelsea Manning darf nicht nach Kanada

heise online Newsticker - 27. September 2017 - 13:30
Chelsea Mannings Strafe wurde zwar von US-Präsident Obama verkürzt, dennoch ist die 29-Jährige vorbestraft. Daher scheiterte ihr Versuch, Kanada zu besuchen.

Passwort-Herausgabe verweigert: Britischer Aktivist verurteilt

heise online Newsticker - 27. September 2017 - 12:30
Als er sich bei der Einreise in seine britische Heimat geweigert hat, der Polizei seine Passwörter zu übergeben, hat sich ein Menschenrechtsaktivist strafbar gemacht. Dieses Urteil könnte Folgen für alle Großbritannien-Besucher haben.

macOS 10.13 High Sierra verfügbar: Update soll den Mac leistungsfähiger machen

heise online Newsticker - 27. September 2017 - 12:00
Durch Neuerungen am Unterbau wird das Betriebssystem zuverlässiger, flinker und zukunftsfähig, verspricht Apple. Die integrierten Apps erhalten nützliche neue Funktionen.

Prusa i3 MK3: Mehr Sensoren für weniger Fehldrucke

heise online Newsticker - 27. September 2017 - 11:30
Von außen sieht er bekannt aus, doch unter der Haube verstecken sich im neuen 3D-Drucker von Prusa gleich einige Funktionen und Sensoren, die häufige Druckprobleme angehen und für weniger Fehldrucke sorgen sollen.

Deloitte: Beratungsgesellschaft wurde Opfer eines Hackerangriffs

heise online Newsticker - 27. September 2017 - 11:00
Die weltweit tätige Beratungsgesellschaft Deloitte ist einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge Opfer eines Hackerangriffs geworden. Der sei bereits im März entdeckt worden, war aber möglicherweise schon seit Monaten im Gange.

CCleaner-Malware: Avast veröffentlicht weitere Analyse-Ergebnisse

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In einem neuen Blogeintrag nennt Avast weitere Details zum Schadcode in CCleaner 5.33.6162. Dazu zählen konkrete Angriffsziele und Infektionszahlen sowie Angaben zu möglichen Herkunftsländern der Täter.

Informationsfreiheitsbeauftragte: Auch Dienstleister der öffentlichen Hand sollen Akten öffnen

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Die Internationale Konferenz der Informationsfreiheitsbeauftragten macht sich dafür stark, dass verbriefte Akteneinsichtsrechte auch für Firmen gelten sollen, die mit Behörden kooperieren und von Steuergeldern profitieren.

Leistungsaufnahme explodiert: Intels 18-Kern-Prozessor schluckt mit 5,7 GHz bis zu 1000 Watt

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Mit flüssigem Stickstoff hat ein Extrem-Übertakter den 18-Kern-Prozessor Core i9-7980XE auf 5,7 GHz beschleunigt. Die Leistungsaufnahme wuchs auf 1000 Watt.

Diesel-Skandal: Autohersteller können Updatekosten von der Steuer absetzen

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Die vom Diesel-Skandal betroffenen Autohersteller können ihren Gewinn um die Kosten für die erwarteten rund fünf Millionen Software-Nachbesserungen mindern, hat die Bundesregierung mitgeteilt. Der ADAC hält Hardware-Umrüstungen für durchaus machbar.

Krypto-Trojaner RedBoot infiziert MBR und zerstört Dateien

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Eine neue Ransomware treibt ihr Unwesen im Master Boot Record von Windows-PCs. Darüber hinaus verschlüsselt sie auch Dateien – ohne jedoch einen Weg zur Entschüsselung zu bieten.

Biometrie: Fortschritte bei der digitalen Identifizierung von Kinderfingern und verschleierten Personen

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Können verschleierte Personen anhand ihrer Augenbrauen identifiziert werden? Ab welchem Zeitpunkt lassen sich verwertbare Fingerabdrücke von Neugeborenen abspeichern? Diese und noch mehr Fragen wurden auf der Konferenz BIOSIG in Darmstadt behandelt.

macOS High Sierra: Wacom und weitere Firmen warnen vor Update

heise online Newsticker - 27. September 2017 - 10:15
Mehrere Entwickler weisen Nutzer auf Probleme mit macOS 10.13 hin und raten, mit dem System-Update noch zu warten. Neben Wacom sind auch Programme von Adobe sowie Microsoft betroffen – und weitere.

Britische Anti-Terror-Durchsuchungen: Daten von Handys und Laptops wandern zum GCHQ

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Allein zwischen 2009 und 2016 hat die britische Polizei auf Basis eines Anti-Terror-Gesetzes mobile Datenträger von über 400.000 Personen vor allem bei der Einreise untersucht. Laut einem Snowden-Papier gehen die Daten auch an den Geheimdienst.

Microsoft: Neues Design für Web-Plattform Office 365

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Die Online-Version von Microsofts Office-Suite hat ein neues Aussehen erhalten. Die Startseite ist übersichtlicher gestaltet und soll die Produktivität im Web erhöhen.

PUBG-Entwickler kritisiert Epic Games und Klon-Spiel Fortnite Battle Royale scharf

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Der Entwickler von Playerunknown's Battlegrounds hat Epic Games aufgrund ihres Klon-Spiels Fortnite Battle Royale scharf angegriffen. Die Firma denkt nun über weitere Schritte nach.

Erste Z370-Mainboards für Intel Core i-8000 tauchen auf

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Der Mainboard-Hersteller Gigabyte veröffentlicht Spezifikationen zu Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 und Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming.

USA: Städte buhlen um Amazons zweites Hauptquartier

heise online Newsticker - 27. September 2017 - 7:30
Bürgermeister und Wirtschaftsvertreter mehrere Städte in den USA und auch Kanada werben ungewohnt öffentlich darum, dass Amazon sein zweites Hauptquartier bei ihnen errichtet. Amazons Strategie scheint also aufzugehen.

MakerCon: Call for Proposals läuft noch zwei Wochen

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Nur noch bis zum 8. Oktober können Sprecher ihre Vorträge zur zweiten Auflage der Fachkonferenz für die Maker-Community und innovative Unternehmen einreichen. Der Espruino-Erfinder Gordon Williams wird eine Keynote halten.