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Drupal as a Career, Drupal as Business

With the proliferation of Drupal there has become a large need in the marketplace for Drupal developers, project managers, producers, site builders, architects. We will discuss the changes seen in the Australian market over the last few years and get some tips from Drupal experts.

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There will be just over an hour of presentations from speakers and then we will break into a pannel discussion with some of our business speakers, the night will continue with networking. There will be a bar tab provided by our sponsors Acquia and Cross Functional, if you would like food you can order your own from the bar, there will be tables provided in the meet-up area.

Drupal in the Marketplace

Look into how Drupal has grown within the web marketplace and also the adoption of local government'sand businesses.

Drupal Growth” - Aimee Maree Forsstrom

Present some statistics on the growth of jobs for Drupal development since 2008 and new areas of growth project management, site building and content editing. Discuss the current need in the marketplace for more Drupal developers as well as expected growth from the rapid adoption of Drupal.

AimeeMaree, is a Drupal Solutions Architect focused on levering Drupal and Linux web solutions within the Enterprise.

Drupal as a Career Choice

A common thread you hear from people is "We started using Drupal in the workplace". Look at how people have stumbled into Drupal within their day to day workplace and how has it helped people in their career progression.

"Nurturing Drupal developers in Suncorp" - Choung Vu

Drupal is a strategic web content management framework for Suncorp. It powers sites such as AAMI, GIO, Suncorp, Suncorp Bank, Apia, Bingle, Just Car Insurance, Asteron Life, Vero and many more internal, external and mobile sites. We now have a core team of over 22 people across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne supporting all our sites and this number is growing every year. A large proportion of our team was developed and nurtured in-house.

Chuong, is Team Leader of BT Onlne New Media at Suncorp with a major focus on developing and supporting the Group's websites and online presence.

"How I became a Drupal Developer" - Magda Kostrzewa

Magda was working at the ABC when she was introduced to Drupal. She fast became a part of the Drupal Sydney User Group and contributed to presentations and discussions. Magda now works as a Drupal Developer at Cross Functional and is growing a reputation for being a documentation wizard. She will discuss how her career has changed with Drupal.

Magda, is a Drupal site builder and theming specialist for Cross Functional.

Drupal as a Business Choice

Look at why companies are choosing to use Drupal as their main web delivery platform. How can Drupal grow your business and help to gain market advantage.

"7 years of evolution" - Ryan Cross

Ryan will share his story about his journey with Drupal which started as a student and university and saw him go on to run the Sydney Drupal User Group and start his own successful Drupal development house servicing government, education, no for profit and corporate sectors. Cross Functional is a Web Development house that focuses on Drupal, WordPress, Mobile and e-commerce solutions.

Ryan, is the Managing Director and Senior Solution Architect for Cross Functional servicing all sectors of business, and runs the Sydney Drupal Users Group.

“The PreviousNext Story" - Owen Lansburry

Owen will discuss the "Previous Next" story and how they came to use Drupal and went on to become the largest Drupal specific development house in Australia. Look at why companies are choosing to use Drupal as their main web delivery platform . How can Drupal grow your business and help to gain market advantage.

Owen, is a co-owner of Previous Next a Drupal focused web development agency serving the corporate and government sectors.

Drupal Support Network

How can Drupal business collaborate more efficently and help to grow the marketplace. Just what services and support are available around Drupal and how will Acquia's presence help support Drupal within the region.

"Drupal as a commercial eco-system" - John Kennedy

Drupal is rapidly becoming a mature web-technology, this has many scrambling to find Drupal talent and capitalise on its strong network. As other open-source technologies have launched into this phase many small business have been lost in the frey. A strong local collaborative commercial eco-system will enable the Sydney community of Drupal focused businesses to thrive.

John, runs a web-development agency Evelops and is active in the global conversation to foster Drupal Focused Businesses.

Acquia driving Drupal adoption in APAC” - Chris Harrop

Providing a short overview of how Acquia fits in to the Drupal community, and then looking at how the local team will be focused on driving adoption at enterprise and government... creating more demand for Drupal resource across the region!

Chris, has a strong background in building business partner relationships and is the Acquia Regional Pacific Manager for the Asia Pacific Region.

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  • Owen L.

    Fantastic. Can we do all meetups here from now on? Makes it so much more fun having a beer and meal while listening to interesting talks.

    July 12, 2012

  • thomas

    Good cross section of presenters and discussion/topics

    July 12, 2012

  • Brett P.

    Another great meetup! Thanx for organising!!

    July 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Content delivered and the range of speakers was good. Sitting up the back it was nearly impossible to hear the speakers unless they were holding the microphone to their mouth.

    July 12, 2012

  • Mark D.

    Chuong Vu gave an excellent speech on Drupal as Career. Also enjoyed the other presenters. Aimees travels from early Drupal to Drupal today & Ryans transformation from Uni Bum to Businessman.

    July 12, 2012

  • Phil D.

    I would love to see recorded presentations - had to leave early unfortunately. Thanks Ryan

    July 12, 2012

  • Ryan C.

    if anyone is interested, I tried to record some of the sessions. I'm not sure how well they came out yet, but I can post them if people are keen.

    July 12, 2012

  • Ryan C.

    Great night and excellent turn out. Hope to see a lot more people in the drupal ecosystem soon.

    July 12, 2012

  • Yassin M.

    Hey Peter, any chance you could take on a Final year Uni Student? Drupal looks so exciting.

    July 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    For people who want to learn module development, I am happy to mentor one or two in the CBD or anywhere out to Hornsby.

    July 4, 2012

  • Anton B.

    Interesting topic. A few years ago I embarked on a career change and decided to specialise in Drupal as I could see then that it was going to go places. My predictions are coming true, and we are now experiencing large demands on Drupal resources, similar to SAP R/3 when it became fashionable in Australia from 2000 onwards. As a freelance developer Drupal is my career and my business, so this is a topic close to my heart.

    June 14, 2012

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