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by Diána Lakatos / 30 November, 2012

Hello, I’m Diana, a new member of the Pronovix tribe.

As I found the company to be unique in many aspects, I would like to offer some glimpses into how things are going around here.
This post is about the steps I went through before I got hired. I think it can be useful for future applicants and everyone looking for new ways to customize the hiring process to find the best fits for a company.

I applied for the technical writer position, and went through three rounds of interviews with the company’s owners on Skype. Preparing for a Skype interview is a bit different from preparing for a live introduction. I spent most of my preparation time setting up the lighting in my living room, as the light of the ceiling lamp doesn’t do me justice over camera. I also had to... Read more

by Attila Cs. Nagy / 28 November, 2012

Each year the Hungarian community organizes Drupal Weekend: a 2-day Drupal camp in Hungarian, where people meet to share knowledge in form of presentations, case studies, code sprints and informal discussions.
This year’s Weekend was held on 24-25 November. Three of us, Dániel Kalmár, Róbert Kovács and me left for Budapest on Friday and although the official program only started on Saturday, we already had the chance to meet some of our fellow Drupal developers and start exchanging ideas.

On Saturday we could choose from an impressive list of presentations, these were some of our favourites:

Bálint Kléri: New in Drupal 8
During this session Balint walked us through each Drupal initiative, then briefly introduced the current status and the remaining work.... Read more

by Kristof Van Tomme / 5 November, 2012

Out of the box, cloud storage services are not all that useful when you need to collaborate on documents in a organizational context. Most services do a pretty good job for individual use but fall short when you need to manage a complex set of projects. In this post I explain how we are using Drupal as a front-end for Google Drive and how this allows us to better organize our project documentation and create tailor-made workflows that fit our company processes.

So far we've been using a combination of a Google Docs Spreadsheet (for overview and tracking) and Dropbox to store and share our official company documents: contracts, purchase orders, offers, invoices. It's great that all documents get synched to a local folder but there are some serious limitations to this approach:... Read more

by Kristof Van Tomme / 17 May, 2012

It seems like a lot is moving in Drupal for government, after Drupal got serious momentum when the White house launched their Drupal site the Drupal Government Days in Washington DC on 18 May, 2012, will be the third dedicated Drupal Government event.

Last year I (Kristof Van Tomme) helped to organize the Drupal Gov Days in Brussels, together with Ivo Radulovski (Segments, Austria) and Hanno Lans (Datascape, The Netherlands). We organized the event with the support of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Belgium (special kudos go to Bart Van Herreweghe who made it all possible), the Information and Communication Technology FPS (Fedict), the International Press Centre, Belgium.be and the Drupal Association.

We’ve been re-encoding the video’s from the conference and... Read more

by Kristof Van Tomme / 29 March, 2012

In January we held the 2012 Drupal Process CXO meetup in Microsoft's new Amsterdam office (event photos). The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, several people said it was for them one of the most useful Drupal events in recent past. The meetup provided an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning about the business processes used in large European Drupal shops, the tools and services they use, sharing best practices, and discovering how Drupal companies can grow from an entrepreneur centered culture to a process driven one.

The Drupal community is still characterized by a large number of fast growing businesses. All of these companies are experimenting with different processes to solve similar problems. So there was a lot to learn from each other, and based on the... Read more

by Kristof Van Tomme / 29 March, 2012

Many business leaders in the Drupal community see products as a means to diversify away from a pure service business. Most of us however don’t have prior experience with product business models and definitely not with models that are GPL compatible. Given that Drupal products by definition are built with open source software, we believed there is a real need for an exchange of best practices and ideas.

We organized the Drupal products meetup in the Microsoft HQ of Rome, on 24-26 February, 2012 (see: event photos).

The meetup aimed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning... Read more

by Marta Maczel / 25 January, 2012

Drupal executives clearly expressed their interest in learning about company best practices regarding software use at the 1st DrupalCXO meetup in Brussels in 2010. As an action point of the meetup, we launched a survey on ‘Software Used in Drupal Development’ and prepared a preliminary report that contains the summarized version of the aggregate data obtained last year.

The results primarily come from European and North American companies that were founded less than 10 years ago, have no more than 20 employees, and are partially or not virtual. Although 78% of the surveyed companies use agile software development, there are other popular methodologies, too (waterfall, incremental, prototyping and other approaches). The survey participants were asked about the tools they used... Read more

by Kristof Van Tomme / 19 January, 2012

On 24-25-26 February we'll have the first Drupal product summit in Rome. One of the discussions I'm personally really looking forward to having is the possible business model for a quadruple-win Drupal appstore.

Ever since Robert Douglass' controversial session at the Drupal Dev Days in Brussel, I've been thinking about how it would be possible to create a Drupal appstore that benefits Distribution owners, app developers, hosting companies and module maintainers alike.

In the mobile phone industry appstores have created a whole new ecosystem of application developers that earn a living off of inexpensive mass products where previously only very expensive dedicated applications existed. Something similar is possible for Drupal and could bring Drupal users more features at... Read more

by Kristof Van Tomme / 8 January, 2012

On February 24,25,26 we are gathering in Rome with Drupal's established and aspiring product owners to talk business models.

17 participants have already signed up, including people from some of the most established products we have in Drupal:

Dries Buytaert and Marc O'Brien from Acquia (Commons, Drupal Gardens, Dev Cloud, Acquia Drupal) Jeff Walpole and Karen Borchert from Phase2 Technology (Open Publish, Open Atrium, Open Public, Managing News, TattlerApp Pantheon is sending 2 people (signups pending) Commerce guys (signups pending)

I believe that the lack of diverse and well adapted business models is one of the major hold backs to extending and entrenching Drupal's reach into a range of vertical product markets, the next necessary step if we want to keep Drupal... Read more

by Kristof Van Tomme / 6 January, 2012

January 27-28-29 I'm organizing a follow up of the Drupal CXO days in Amsterdam. The event will again be sponsored by Microsoft (special thanks go to Michaela Kraft who organized the venue and the budget for the meetup).

This meetup aims to facilitate peer-to-peer learning about business processes between leadership of Drupal shops. What are the best practices? What kind of processes do you need? How do you grow from a entrepreneur centered culture to a process driven culture?

I'm really excited about this meetup and I think that the focus on processes should give us ample opportunity to explore more in depth some of the biggest questions many of us are facing. We already have 26 people signed up for a total of 60 places so if you would like to participate be quick!

... Read more

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