Drupal 8: Business Opportunity for Agencies
May 31, 2016
Drupalcon’s Focus: Drupal 8 Release
Another successful Drupalcon, in the books. I’ve personally attended every North American Drupalcon since 2008, first as the founder of Treehouse Agency, then as the President of Phase2, and now representing GeekHive. The energy and enthusiasm of the attendees and presenters always impress me, it’s such a passionate community and one I’m proud to be a part of. What was really exciting this year was the focus on the Drupal 8 release and the positive reviews it’s receiving from early adopters.
The Driesnote (keynote by Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal) offered a great market perspective on what this release means for the community. The market of large enterprise companies, project size, and scope using Drupal continues to grow, and now includes the likes of Nike, Pfizer and Tesla. Now more than ever, it’s clear that it’s a great time for agencies to break into the Drupal market and utilize this robust platform as part of their high-end service offerings to build their creative ideas upon.
Drupal 8 Brings Opportunity to Agencies
I was lucky enough to get in on the first wave of Drupal success that many companies prospered from and built my career in the industry on Drupal projects. During this Drupalcon, I was asked, as a late addition, to join a business panel advising other business owners. The last few years there has been a bit of a lull in the community, we’ve collectively been holding our breaths and waiting, with much anticipation, for what would come next. With Drupal 8, the forward momentum is building and there’s another wave on the horizon that many of the big Drupal shops are ready for – but there’s more work than the current community of service providers can handle. It’s the perfect opportunity for creative agencies, who haven’t been involved with Drupal projects before, to get involved and build a name.
As much as there’s a lot of potential for growth, there are also potential pitfalls to avoid. If I look back on my time in the space, I’ve seen creative agencies try to jump into the Drupal world and fail because they don’t have the developer knowledge needed to make the project successful. It’s essential in those cases to not give up, but to find a partner who has the proficiency needed to perform at a high level.
For Project Success, Find a Partner with Experience
As a technology agency we’re excited for the innovative potential within the space and the opportunity for creative agencies to build their client projects by partnering with tenured Drupal agencies, like GeekHive, that will support them to implement the technology correctly. We recently partnered with Cramer on an exciting Drupal 7 project, the Cynosure AMPS portal rebuild and redesign, and have additional Drupal projects in the pipeline now that Drupal 8 is prime for. Check out our technology director’s recent blog post about this Cynosure collaboration: Technical Aspects of a Redesign on Drupal.
If you need a partner who gets it and won’t let you fail, contact us, we can help.
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