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The Acquia Podcast: Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire and guests in conversation on topics in and around Drupal, open source, technology, community, and business. Meet people and hear stories at the interface between the digital and the real. Hear about challenges, successes, and how open source thinking and practice is changing the world.
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Mar 31, 2017

Episode 255: Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire - keynote address, Drupal Camp London, 2017

See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/255-no-one-wants-website-dont-sell-drupal-move-value-chain

 

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Thank you, Drupal community - I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who helped me prepare this presentation, sharing their insights into how Drupal fits into bigger and better ways of doing business. The fact that we can all talk about this so openly while competing for business is one more sign of how special the Drupal community is. I’m so glad you all choose to “open source” some of the ways you are succeeding and help the rest of us along the way! And thank you Drupal Camp London organizers for the invitation to give a keynote address at your conference, and thanks to the audience for your presence and warm reception despite the early hour on Sunday.

Drupal isn’t enough anymore

10 years ago, just having a website was transformational. But pretty much every business has one nowadays; they're a commodity. You need something especially good looking, functional, or powerful for it to be special. Your skillset--the ability to make functional, powerful websites--was also transformational, a good base for running a business. Now that is largely a commodity, too. Competitors like Wordpress.com, Squarespace, Wix, Shopify, and others offer solid, attractive, basic websites with lots of useful functionality. And they are only getting easier to use with every release.

So don’t sell Drupal!

What's the answer? How do you stay relevant and build a sales pipeline today? Don't sell Drupal. Move up the value chain. If you simply receive instructions to put a banner here and a slideshow there--to turn someone else's plan into code and nothing more--you're not where you need to be on that chain.

Placing yourself and your business higher up the value-creation chain means offering more than writing code, more than offering to build Drupal websites. You need to offer more: business value. You might have special insights or expertise. You might be able to solve the problems of a particular industry or vertical especially well it. You could deliver value through something you build with Drupal. Drupal might be one of your weapons of choice for facilitating digital transformation, or marketing, or what have you ... and you have a choice: specialize or diversify ...

Session Takeaways

  • Why hanging out the Drupal slate isn't enough anymore.
  • Questions and problems that businesses need help with today ... That you may be able to answer.
  • Examples of Drupal-based businesses delivering more value than just Drupal code.

My Thanks ...

My thanks once again to all of the following people and everyone else whose ideas and actions helped inspire me and help our community:

  • Florian Lorétan - Wunder
  • Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg - Zivtech / Probo.ci
  • Tim Deeson & Christiann Jansen - Deeson
  • Megan Sanicki - Drupal Association
  • Lukas Fischer - NetNode / OpenInbound
  • Dave Ingram And Andrea Rosi - Acquia Lift
  • Adrian Rollet & Ronald Ashri - Roomify
  • Dominique de Cooman - Dropsolid / Cooldrops
Mar 16, 2017

My trusty microphone, camera, and I recorded a few great conversations at DrupalCon in Mumbai that have never been released until now. Today, a conversation with Rakesh James, who credits Dries for giving him a way to live and support his family with Drupal. Rakesh is an extraordinary and generous person; he's personally paid that forward, giving others in India the chance to change their lives, too, by teaching hundreds of people Drupal and giving them a shot at a career, too. He's also a top 30 contributor to Drupal 8 core.

Rakesh told me about the moment he both discovered and fell in love with Drupal. His manager gave him permission to check out Drupal for a project, "I started it with Drupal 5. I got a big error. My senior [colleague] said I could post on Drupal.org because he was sitting far away and could not debug for me. I posted the error ... After one hour somebody from the community replied that it would be better if you started with Drupal 6. That was amazing. If you post it, somebody from the [other side] of the planet replied to me, 'You should do this.' From that amazing [moment] till now, I have that feeling. All the time when you go to the community and post something, you'll be getting the right answer. In an hour's time. That is so amazing."

"I feel like when I have gotten something, I should give back to others who are struggling. If they have a little education, know how to play with the computer, I should teach them Drupal. That is the best way of doing it. I spread the word because I got something. The people are around, this magic should be with them also ... So they will have a better life. They'll have a better salary. It's a better way to do that; teach the kids in pre-university colleges. We should teach them. I volunteer my time for that. Two Saturdays a month, we go out to the colleges. Every first Saturday, we have a community meet-up; the other Saturday we go to a college and teach them Drupal."

If you have any doubts about Rakesh's sincerity in all this, watch how moved he is in the video from about 10:30 to 11:50 :-)

DrupalCon Asia Mumbai 2016 was almost exactly a year ago now. Of all the conferences I have been to, Mumbai was probably my favorite. I met an incredible, active, enthusiastic Drupal community that welcomed everyone with open arms, incredible food (!), and a LOT of selfies :-)

See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/254-mumbai-memories-meet-rakesh-james

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Mar 16, 2017

My trusty microphone, camera, and I recorded a few great conversations in Mumbai that have never been released until now. Today, talking about full-time contribution to Drupal 8 while building the Acquia Lightning distribution, passion for community and paying it forward in open source, and Drupal in India with Abhishek Anand.

At the time of recording, Abhishek had been a Drupalist "for seven years and two months." He started using Drupal to prepare for a job interview for an internship while he was still studying and said he wished he'd discovered it sooner. It would have saved him a lot of coding to make websites for his college. Later on, Abhishek even turned down jobs at bigger companies to stay where he was and doing Drupal, "I just loved this job. And seven years later this journey in Drupal has been exciting."

Though he is a capable coder, Drupal's toolset made his life and work easier, "For doing anything else, you had to write a lot of code, even for small things. With Drupal, I can sit with someone who knows nothing about PHP or coding and they can build a website. At the same time, the biggest thing was that I can also be a part of this community that's built this. Whatever I'm building, can go back to the Drupal community. Having code written by me on Drupal.org is exciting for me. Someone else will use my code ... When someone files an issue [on one of my modules], I know that they are using it. It's a great feeling knowing other people are using the code I am writing. It's an amazing feeling."

DrupalCon Asia Mumbai 2016 was almost exactly a year ago now. Of all the conferences I have been to, Mumbai was probably my favorite. I met an incredible, active, enthusiastic Drupal community that welcomed everyone with open arms, incredible food (!), and a LOT of selfies :-)

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See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/253-mumbai-memories-abhishek-anand

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Mar 14, 2017

My trusty microphone, camera, and I recorded a few great conversations in Mumbai that have never been released until now. Next up in “Mumbai Memories”, taking Drupal 8 from awesome to super-awesome with Neetu Morwani!

Neetu landed a Drupal-related job right after graduation, as she explains: "Accidentally, I started working in Drupal." In the nearly four years since then, she has become an enthusiastic member of the community and made a lot of code contributions to Drupal (thank you, Neetu!). She's now a Drupal developer at Acquia's New Delhi office and was a speaker at DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. Listening to Neetu talk about the significance of DrupalCon coming to India, how it is changing people's lives in India, her excitement is palpable. This energy was everywhere at DrupalCon in Mumbai. The Indian Drupal community is a wonderful (large!) group of men and women who are bursting with energy and ideas about how to improve the world.

DrupalCon Asia Mumbai 2016 was almost exactly a year ago now. Of all the conferences I have been to, Mumbai was probably my favorite. I met an incredible, active, enthusiastic Drupal community that welcomed everyone with open arms, incredible food (!), and a LOT of selfies :-)

See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/252-mumbai-memories-taking-drupal-8-awesome-super-awesome-neetu-morwani

Mar 13, 2017

My trusty microphone, camera, and I recorded a few great conversations in Mumbai that have never been released until now. So lets’ get started with a little thing I’m calling “Mumbai Memories”.

Meet Ujval Shah from the state of Gujarat in India. He’s been doing and evangelizing Drupal for a long time — he’s worked with every version of Drupal from 4.6 to 8! Ujval was part of the first-ever Indian Drupal Camp in Ahmedabad in 2008, and he’s been generously speaking, training, and contributing to open source software for a decade.

DrupalCon Asia Mumbai 2016 was almost exactly a year ago now. Of all the conferences I have been to, Mumbai was probably my favorite. I met an incredible, active, enthusiastic Drupal community that welcomed everyone with open arms, incredible food (!), and a LOT of selfies :-)

See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/251-mumbai-memories-ujval-shah

 

Mar 10, 2017

Suchi Garg is an IT professional through and through and happened upon PHP and Drupal essentially by accident at work. As of 2017, she has been working exclusively in Drupal for a decade and is still very passionate about code, contribution, the community, and passing on her knowledge through training. She is Technical Services Manager at Acquia.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/250-suchi-garg-career-makes-community

Mar 1, 2017

DrupalCon Dublin keynote community voices - In Acquia podcast 248, Acquia Office of the CTO Multimedia Designer, Alena "ASH" Heath and I talked about helping capture stories of contribution and change from the Drupal community. In this quick follow-up, here are the soundbites that were featured in Dries Buytaert's "Driesnote" address at DrupalCon Dublin, 2016.

A warm round of thanks to Vijaya Chandran Mani, Zsófi Major, Drew Gorton, Franck Seferiba Salif Soulama, Suchi Garg, Ronan Dowling, Jack Holding, Sheena Morris, and Crispin Read. Thanks for all your help, contributions, and being part of the Drupal community!

See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/249-changing-lives-changing-world-voices-dublin-driesnote

Mar 1, 2017

Acquia Office of the CTO Multimedia Designer, Alena "ASH" Heath and I collaborated in 2016, collecting stories about contribution and changing lives from members of the Drupal community. Soundbites from some of those conversations were included in Dries Buytaert's "Driesnote" keynote address at DrupalCon Dublin. In this podcast, we talk about ASH's history in Drupal, this project and what we learned along the way!

See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/248-whats-driesnote-ash-n-jam-talk-community-stories

Feb 15, 2017

While passing through London in late 2016, I sat down with Tim Deeson, lead at the Deeson agency. We talked about the history of his company, delivering value with Drupal is more than delivering code, and Tim's revelations and action regarding diversity at his company and in the tech industry.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/247-diversity-differentiation-values-tim-deeson

Feb 8, 2017

A conversation about the event and why you should be there, too, this time around with Ben Wilding and Waliur Rahman, members of the 2016 Drupal Camp London organizing team.

Come along March 3-5, 2017, to Europe's biggest (best?) community event on the calendar!

Tickets and information here: http://drupalcamp.london

See the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/dont-miss-drupal-camp-london-2017

Feb 2, 2017

Acquia Podcast 57 rebroadcast + commentary - Kenny "webkenny" Silanskas passed away in late 2016. Kenny was a Drupalist, a colleague at Acquia, a musician, and a good, funny person who touched my life and the lives of many others. Godspeed, Kenny. We miss you and your huge laugh. Here, Robert Douglass and I listened to the podcast I recorded with Kenny in 2012, reminisced, and talked about the early years at Acquia and the origins of the DrupalCon Prenote. The second half of the podcast is my conversation with Kenny from 2012 and the audio version of his performance in the DrupalCon London Prenote in 2011.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/57-godspeed-webkenny-episode-57-rebroadcast-and-commentary

Jan 26, 2017

In this podcast and video, Megan Sanicki, Executive Director of the Drupal Association, and I talk about what the DA Board is all about and why you might want to run for a community directorship. The 2nd half of the podcast is also a chance to get to know Megan. Megan fell in love with the intersection of tech and community work and has been with us in the community since 2009 (or 2010, she's not sure ...).

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/245-drupal-association-board-community-elections-2017-meet-megan-sanicki

Dec 15, 2016

This conversation with Beth Tucker Long (@e3bethtl) is the one of a series of interviews Campbell Vertesi (@CampbellVertesi) and I carried out in preparation for DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. Now, we're sharing all the good stuff we captured but didn’t have time to cover in 40 minutes in Mumbai.

Our session, Meet PHP-FIG: Your community just got a whole lot bigger, Drupal is about Drupal 8’s membership in the new, interoperable PHP community. We’re covering the basics of what the PHP Framework Interoperability Group (PHP-FIG) is, what the various PSRs are and do, talk about testing and dependency management, and what it means to be a part of the new PHP community — including having better architecture, cleaner code, and more interoperability. All of this adds up to a big move to get projects “off their islands,” saving developers a lot of code, and companies a lot of money, among other benefits.

I apologize for the poor audio quality in this recording and hope the quality of the conversation makes up for it.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/244-php-fig-unsplintering-php-us-all-meet-beth-tucker-long

Nov 19, 2016

Rebroadcast: Drupal launch interviews, one year on. 18 minutes audio & video with Dries in Antwerp, visiting the dorm room where he invented Drupal for the first time in 15 years.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/210-visit-dorm-room-where-drupal-was-born-rebroadcast

Nov 10, 2016

A conversation with our newest community representative to the Drupal Association Board, Director at Large, Shyamala Rajaram, recorded walking to the New Orleans Convention Center during DrupalCon NOLA 2016.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/243-walk-through-new-orleans-shyamala-rajaram

Nov 7, 2016

I sat down with Drupal Social Media Lead, Paul Johnson at Drupal Camp London 2016, a few weeks after DrupalCon Asia in Mumbai. Paul runs the official community social media accounts on Twitter and elsewhere. I feel Paul is a kindred soul, since he and I both love highlighting and celebrating the Drupal community's stories and achievements.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/242-meet-paul-johnson-drupal-social-media-lead

Oct 14, 2016

Following her inspiring keynote on diversity, inclusion, and equality at Drupal Camp Costa Rica 2016, I got the chance to speak with Nikki Stevens on front of my mic and camera. Along with sharing some fun Drupal memories like the time young Nikki broke production when Steve Rude was out for the day, a lot of this conversation is about the benefits diversity brings and how we all can improve our own organisations and communities.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/241-nothing-about-us-without-us-diversity-web-nikki-stevens

Oct 7, 2016

In December 2015, I sat down with Michael Hanby-Director-and Tawny Bartlett-Website Coordinator-from Indigo Herbs in Glastonbury, England and dug into their history with Drupal and just how much of their business they run with it. Tawny is really inspiring: she learned Drupal and its component and supporting technologies--Git, Javascript, PHP, and much more--on the job at Indigo. She says she's fallen in love with Drupal. I say she's become a Drupalist to reckon with and should be a role model for others. Open source, #ftw!

This interview, particularly the last third, is full of some great "Why Drupal?" soundbites from a sensible business perspective. Well worth listening to! A full transcript follows below as well.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/240-how-indigo-herbs-runs-almost-everything-drupal

Sep 22, 2016

Jozef Toth talks about the Drupal 8 CWI - I got the chance to follow up on my conversation with Dave Hall and Dick Olsson about the Drupal 8 Content Workflow Initiative (Podcast: Drupal 8 Content Workflow Initiative - Part 1). This post includes the video and full transcript of our conversation, as well as links to many of the people and topics we touched on!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/239-drupal-8-content-workflow-initiative-22

Sep 19, 2016

Conversations about delivering business needs with digital tools, or "How to get Drupal into the conversation without talking technology."

Acquia and several partners had a successful presence at the 2016 dmexco trade show for digital marketing and advertising. By "successful," I mean we spoke with hundreds and hundreds of people about how we can help them do better business and I think many of them will end up being happy users, consumers, and contributors to Drupal and our community.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/238-personalization-happens-acquia-dmexco-2016

Sep 13, 2016

I got the chance to talk with Dave Hall and Dick Olsson from Pfizer at DrupalCon New Orleans about the Drupal 8 Content Workflow Initiative. This post includes the video and full transcript of our conversation, as well as links to many of the people and topics we touched on!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/237-drupal-8-content-workflow-initiative-12

Jul 21, 2016

A conversation from DrupalCon Asia DrupalCon Mumbai 2016 with members of Acquia's Pune, India office: Prassad Shirgaonkar, Prassad Gogate, Prafful Nagwani, and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire in which we touch on Drupal and community in India, the history of the DrupalCon Prenote, Drupal's multilingual strengths, the Drupal Campus Ambassador Program in India, and more!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/236-live-drupalcon-mumbai-meet-acquia-pune

Jul 13, 2016

Gregg Marshall contacted me while he was finalizing his book, Mastering Drupal 8 Views, for Packt Publishing. Flatteringly, he asked me whether I'd be willing to write a foreword for it, after having a look at a late draft. I had a look, I liked it, I wrote the foreword and was pleased to run into Gregg at DrupalCon New Orleans. Listen to the audio or watch the video of our conversation. Below is also a full transcript of our chat.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/235-mastering-drupal-8-views-meet-gregg-marshall

Jul 1, 2016

Vladimir Roudakov and I sat down at DrupalCon New Orleans to talk about an event close to my heart: the 2016 edition of Drupal South. This year, it'll be held in Australia's Gold Coast. Knowing the Australasian Drupal community, this will be a very high quality event in terms of what you'll be able to get out of it. And knowing the location, right by the world famous "Surfers' Paradise" beach, if you're into sun, fun and Drupal, you'll be in for a treat!

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/234-come-down-drupal-south-2016

Jun 17, 2016

I met 15-year-old serial entrepreneur--CEO of goCreative--and budding Drupalist Brandon Relph at the inaugural ThinkNation event in Canterbury, in December 2015. In this podcast, we talk about how he got to know Drupal 8 and what he thought of it. And I was surprised to learn that there is a world of professional Minecraft out there, in which Brandon runs two professional ventures and employs a couple dozen people around the world.

Read the full post and see the conversation video at the Acquia Developer Center: https://dev.acquia.com/podcast/233-drupal-8-beginners-meet-brandon-relph

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