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on 09th June 2017 / by webmaster
Anoop John, CTO, and founder of Zyxware Technologies got a chance to attend the DrupalCon, Baltimore held between April 24th and 28th, 2017. DrupalCons are occasions Drupalists look forward to, to gather together from across the globe and talk about Drupal and Drupal related trends, business, and opportunities. Anoop did visit some of our clients before flying back to India, so we could not get him immediately for a chat on his experiences at DrupalCon Baltimore. Here are a few excerpts from the interview. Q. What is your main takeaway from DrupalCon Baltimore? I feel that the whole of the Drupal ecosystem is gearing towards the key value proposition that Drupal 8 is offering and that is Drupal as a digital platform. Every digital company who had a stall at the conference are trying to leverage the strengths of Drupal as a digital platform and project themselves as a digital agency that helps enterprises use Drupal and their services. Another thing which I realize is that Acquia, the company that is trying to create this big Drupal wave is strongly behind this initiative. And you can see that in the branding that they are projecting. They are also trying to aggressively push this into the large enterprise game. And far away from a create a small website, small do it yourself website kind of games. Some of the large vendors actually brought a lot of their clients to come to the conference. So that is one of the key takeaways from the conference. Another thing from Zyxware perspective is that there are a lot of opportunities that is opening up. And we are there. In terms of the size of the organization, in terms of what we have done so far, in terms of our vision, in terms of our strategy that we have already outlined. We are quite aligned to where Drupal is heading. For example, one of the key tracks in the conference was about using intelligence AI and AR based systems. Similar systems to allow intelligence to be brought to the platform. One of the keynotes itself demonstrated the ability of Drupal to be the repository which can drive learning and AI engines. Which was very interesting because you need very strong technical competencies to do some of that stuff. And it is very easy to differentiate whether you have that technical competency. With strong technical competency on the agency front and Drupal with its strong platform capabilities you can actually, go into a lot of unchartered territories with Drupal. Big enterprises are interested. We are no longer in a time period where people are asking,” Hey, Is this open source?” Let us embrace open source. And then AI tools are there. For instance, one of the keynotes demonstrated AI. From the conversation that was shown, you wouldn’t know that you were talking to a bot. You are effectively talking to a sales rep who is trying to help you with picking the right product and showing content related to that. Q. How do you see Drupal evolving in the future? $ 10 billion worth of new ECM opportunities will be opening in the next 5 years. $ 10 billion worth. That is what Gartner is saying. Now Drupal is approximately worth 7% of all CMS space, right? Now, even if you take 7% of 10 billion that is $ 700 million. Drupal is going to get quite bigger because it is going to compete with AEM on some of these large opportunities. And some of the shares will be higher than the 7 percentage. I do think that there will be a few millions worth of new opportunity for Drupal in the ECM space. But there is also these non-enterprise or non-fortune 2000 kinds of companies. This is the bottom half of the pyramid. I don’t know whether Gartner is actually accounting for that. That market is still interesting enough for companies of our size. In the US, take the top 5 Drupal agencies out of the picture, we are comparable to the rest in terms of size. What is interesting in these numbers is, the pie is still significantly large given the number of players who are going to be taking the pie. So even if we take 1 percentage of that 700 million that is still 7 million. So there is still a lot of opportunity in Drupal in enterprise as well as in the sub or medium to large enterprise space. And where is it going? Drupal itself is pitching as an API first platform. That is the key thing. API first. When Drupal 8 was first conceptualized it was a mobile-first but now when it is being branded it actually is being branded, they are pushing it as an API first though mobile first is still there. Which means that enterprises can use Drupal without throwing away all the existing systems. It can be the platform or the portal that connects everything together and speaks to everything with its API. Q. How about headless Drupal? How do you see it playing? There was one track for headless Drupal and implementations. Definitely, Dries is pushing for some form of headlessness in Drupal. The full power of Drupal can be achieved when you don’t do headless. But headless will allow you to embrace other technologies, say for example having a full front end developed in Angular 2 and then have Drupal supply the data to that. I think a lot of digital marketing guys would love having that kind of flexibility to create their front end in HTML and JavaScript and not have Drupal developers come into the picture. Especially with the lack and shortage of Drupal talent, they can leverage on PHP, HTML, JavaScript to build a front end app and then Drupal developers can come and take care of the rest of the services. And most of them are out of the box now. I see a lot of that kind of engagement where digital marketing could strongly use headless. Q. How is Drupal 8 progressing towards Drupal 9? Dries mentioned that in his keynote I am not really on top of that but one thing is clear: Migration from Drupal 6 to 7 was tough. 5 to 6 was tough. 6 to 7 was tougher. As for migration from 7 to 8, you effectively have to rebuild your site in 8. One of the key architectural considerations for further development of Drupal is that we are going to eliminate that process. There will be no massive transition. Whatever is in 9 is already in 8. Those things that are not going to be in 9 are already being deprecated in 8. Progressively as you keep up to date with what is happening in Drupal and you upgrade your core, over a period of time your system is already 9 ready. You can flip to 9 in a snap. Without having to go through a painful migration. Which means..it will be actually very interesting for large enterprises. We are effectively getting a system which you can keep upgrading into the future without a big transition, without any significant jump in cost for any kind of transition. It is just your ongoing development. Sometimes a function is deprecated. You start eliminating that function. The function will continue to be supported for several more versions so you slowly remove that function from your code base and over a period of time that deprecated feature will no longer be used. Which means your system is more ready to go to the next version of Drupal as you move along with versions of Drupal which was not how it was handled in 6 and 7. You have big API change between 6 and 7. You have big API change between 7 and 8. So that is no longer going to be the case. Transitioning, migrations and updates out of the box is going to be painless and more important than painless it is going to be very fast. Just like a newer version, it is going to have a new set of functions and features that were introduced earlier maybe could have been experimental and the set of function turned off because they were deprecated in the previous versions. That is actually quite big. I’m sure that is going to be very big because it is going to be very tough for competition to do this. Cause this can only be done in Open Source system where there is no licensing involved. Otherwise, they will have to give it for free. So they will have to change their models also. But their APIs are not as heavy as Drupal 8. They expose only what they need to access. But Drupal exposes everything. So I think this is going to be a key consideration for large enterprises. Q. Anything else you would like to add. From a few conversations I had with a set of vendors, I get this feeling that there can be more collaboration between vendors because the opportunity is huge. Large ISPs like IBM, Accenture are going to tap this opportunity. Unless vendors really collaborate much more deeply, I think that small vendors will find it difficult to really benefit out of this Drupal game. So unless you are big you are not going to get that and you will only find that difficult to get into that big league as well. That is what I feel. Maybe there will be more acquisitions. Maybe large vendors will come and acquire some of the small firms. News Drupal conference Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 23rd December 2016 / by webmaster
Zyxware Technologies is now in the third position at the drupal.org marketplace, a coveted spot right behind MD Systems and Acquia. Yes, we are tooting our own horn, but it has been quite an uphill journey these last ten years of our existence. The Drupal marketplace is the best place to find reputable Drupal vendors to take care of your requirements. There are 2739 organizations on drupal.org providing Drupal Services globally. These providers are ranked on the basis of the issue credits captured by drupal.org’s credit system. Resolving issues with codes, design, comment or more help in earning these credits. Being ranked third is a testimony to the dedication and commitment we as a team have in contributing to build Drupal to be the best. Coming third in drupal.org is another milestone in Zyxware's journey of achievements but we still have miles to go, enabling people to leverage on the latest technology by delivering true value to the world at large. News Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 01st December 2016 / by webmaster
According to the latest rankings displayed in drupal.org, Zyxware Technologies recently overtook its nearest competitor to earn the top spot in Drupal.org as the highest contributor to Drupal from India. This has also resulted in improved global rankings in Drupal.org positioning us as one of the top 5 contributors in Drupal from all the companies across the globe. The rankings are based on the number of issue credits received by all contributors working on behalf of Zyxware in drupal.org for the past 3 months. The number of credits reflects the efforts we have put in both our own 59 projects as well as third party modules including the Drupal core. There are currently around 69 registered companies from India actively contributing back to Drupal. We have been proactively working to contribute back to the Drupal community for close to a decade and we have recently stepped up our contribution activities in the past two years which have led to around 59 projects. Our top modules are Search404 and Disable Messages used by around 50,000 sites. We have been continuously tweaking our approach to contributions. As it stands there is no dedicated team to manage contributions. All our developers are encouraged to make contributions while working in commercial and internal projects resulting in new modules addressing a specific need to patches with bug fixes or improvements to the existing code base. Team Zyxware Drupal News Drupal Contributions Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 01st November 2016 / by webmaster
On 31st October 2016, Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi inaugurated the digital exhibition “Uniting India: Sardar Patel” including the web portal, http://sardarpatel.nvli.in/ at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The website was developed by Zyxware Technologies in partnership with IIT Bombay as part of the National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) initiative of Ministry of Culture, Government of India under the National Mission of Libraries . The portal showcases the life of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and was unveiled on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. While speaking on the occasion, Modi stressed on the need of the hour to have that same unity that Sardar Patel worked hard for. Sardar Vallabhai Patel had played an integral role in bringing the princely states under one union. The site is built on Drupal 8 and showcases information about Sardar Patel collected from various libraries along with the ability to translate it to different languages. A timeline on the site along with interesting facts, quotes, and a quiz tells us who the man is and how he came to be known as the ‘Iron Man of India.’ Photo courtesy: http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/ News Zyxware Drupal 8 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * M S Labba (not verified) access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 21:49 This is really something to be proud of... Great work guys, Keep going.. Add new comment
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on 20th September 2016 / by webmaster
Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal acknowledges Zyxware’s contributions to the development of Drupal. Drupal powers more than one million websites. Being an Open source and Free software, Drupal relies heavily on sponsors and code contributions for its development and enhancement. According to Buytaert, 659 organization worldwide has contributed code to Drupal.org just in the last one year. Dries Buytaert has recognized Zyxware Technologies contributions and we are well within the top 30 organizations. The top 30 organizations, as he puts it,” plays a crucial role in the health of the Drupal project” and contribute roughly around 29% of the total credits. Staying true to our motto,” Be the change you wish to see in the world”, we affirm our responsibility and contribute to the development and building of Drupal: A robust and flexible platform to build web applications. Drupal truly does have a healthy and diverse community of contributors and we are proud to be an active member of the Drupal community. Zyxware is excited about the progressive turn of Drupal with the latest Drupal 8, its great potential and wide spectrum of opportunities! To read Dries Buytaert’s blog, click here! News Drupal Dries Buytaert Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 14th April 2016 / by webmaster
We have been involved with the Drupal Open Curriculum initiative under the Curriculum and Training group in groups.drupal.org for the last few months and have been helping build up the content for the initiative. One of the important pieces of content that is expected to be developed as part of this initiative is the question bank with objective type questions that can be used to evaluate the progress of the training of Drupal developers. Significant progress has been made on the build up of the question set. The project has been getting feedback and inputs from the community and they have been incorporated into the curriculum. There is a lot of work that is to be done to get this to completion though and we are expecting more people to chip in with contributions. The questions are being compiled in a google document and you can access this question bank here. The questions are created as multiple choice questions (MCQs) so that this can easily be set up in any LMS as Drupal tests. Once the Open Curriculum project delivers on its objectives, we believe that we will have a quality repository of content which can readily be consumed by new recruits in Drupal companies to help in their rapid training and deployment. This should in turn help faster adoption of Drupal by companies and help ensure a healthy volume of competent Drupal developers in the market. We are one of the leading Drupal development companies in India. We offer Drupal development offshore services and are experts in our domain. To know more please get in touch with us. Drupalgive Drupal Training Drupal Planet Teaching Drupal News Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * Jonathan Shaw (not verified) access_time 18 Feb 2019 - 21:49 Your shortlink to the question bank is broken Add new comment
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on 05th April 2016 / by Anoop John
We are happy to inform that, we have completed the the first phase of the project on creating a standardized Drupal curriculum for Drupal companies as planned. We have compiled and published our Drupal training curriculum on the groups.drupal.org wiki under the Curriculum and Training group. We are now looking to get feedback from other Drupal companies and Drupal developers on the curriculum and the training materials. We also would like to invite developers from the community to contribute towards making this curriculum better. The curriculum is available under the Curriculum and Training group. Drupal groups wiki is kind of difficult to navigate on its own. We have created a table of contents for all the contents published under this project. You can access the table of contents at https://groups.drupal.org/node/508323 We had originally announced that we will be publishing the content under GFDL but as per recommendations from Donna Benjamin and Dave Hall we are publishing this under CC-by-SA In the course of compiling and publishing the content we have realized that there is quite a lot that the trainers teach the developers from their experience and not necessarily directly from the training content. So there is still a lot of work to be done on the curriculum but we belie ve that the published curriculum is a good beginning. We believe learning Drupal is not a one time process and it requires continuous effort from the developer. The curriculum has been designed to help a PHP developer become a competent Drupal developer well versed in the different areas in Drupal and different aspects of Drupal development over a period of one year. There is a bit of effort required to build a comprehensive question bank to evaluate the progress of developers in this journey and we are hoping that we will be able to get some inputs from the community on this. We are now looking to publish and make available all of this content under a Moodle instance with public access so that developers or other Drupal companies can evaluate the content under a proper course perspective and contribute towards improving this. We would like to thank all those in the community who have contributed towards the effort so far and would like to invite more people to come join this initiative. Drupal Drupalgive Drupal Planet Drupal Training Teaching Drupal News Announcements Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 11th March 2016 / by webmaster
Zyxware is honoured to have Donna Benjamin, the long time Board member of Drupal Association and Chair, Community Working group, as a distinguished guest in our office in Technopark. We were really excited to meet Donna, one of the key driving forces in the open source community at both the local and global level. Sharing her experiences during an interactive session with our people, Donna emphasized the need to create local and micro communities to organise meetups and knowledge sharing sessions and contribute in the best possible ways to the Drupal community. She stressed on consistently upholding the value of 'Seva' by sharing and extending knowledge and thus making the world a better place to live in . During the course of the interaction, she also appreciated our Drupal developers for their core contributions to the Drupal community. A passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions and an Australian open source community contributor, Donna has donned vaious leadership roles in the Australian Open Source community including Directorship of Open Source Industry Australia, President of Linux Users of Victoria, Advisor to the Ada Initiative (Women in Open Technology) and, quite recently, as a Board member of the Global Drupal Association. Donna has been actively involved in organising different open source community events, including linux.conf.au in Melbourne, Open Source Developers Conference, Software Freedom Day, Drupal Downunder Melbourne, DrupalCon, Libre Graphics Day, OpenEdge, and the Australian Computers in Education Conference. In 2011, she organized 'Digitise The Dawn'; a crowdfunding campaign aimed at generating funds to digitise 'The Dawn', an early feminist magazine published in Australia between 1888 and 1905. In 2012 she received the 'Rusty Wrench Award' from Linux Australia in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Australian and New Zealand Free and Open Source Software community. She is the Executive Director of Creative Contingencies, a micro-business specialising in customised web services, project facilitation, research, and event management. We wholeheartedly believe that Donna's visit would help in fostering our long-term commitment with the Drupal community, enhancing our presence in community-related activities, and also inspire us to work and learn together in the days to come. News Announcements Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 09th March 2016 / by webmaster
DrupalCon Asia: A significant moment in the history of Drupal Mumbai was surely on cloud nine, with DrupalCon Asia painting the city red in waves of excitement, diversity, and sheer vibrance. The three-day event, held from February 18-21, 2016, in IIT-Bombay, featured high-value summits, interactive knowledge sharing sessions, Birds of a Feather (BOFs) sessions, high-calibre presentations, workshops, training, and week-long code-sprints. Held in Asia for the first time, the event garnered a lot of enthusiasm and interest, with a very powerful international presence, with attendees from 32 countries taking part in it. Yet another surprising fact is that 840 of the 1025 attendees were first-timers at the DrupalCon. For the Indian Drupal community, DrupalCon Asia provided a fabulous opportunity to connect with their global counterparts. Dries Buytaert, Founder and lead developer of Drupal CMS, delivered the keynote address at the function, that focused on the latest updates on Drupal and the Drupal community. Zyxware participates in DrupalCon Asia 2016, sponsor for DrupalGov Summit Zyxware Technologies is honoured to be a participant in DrupalCon Asia 2016. Mr. Thomas P. Thomas, CEO, Zyxware Technologies; Mr. Anoop Ashok, Manager – Business Development; and Mr. Vimal Joseph, Senior Manager, Technology, represented the company at the event. Zyxware was also the sponsor for the DrupalGov or Drupal Government Summit held as part of the event. About DrupalGov The DrupalGov summit was organised with the active participation and support of the Open Source Consortium of India (OSCI), IIT Bombay, and the Drupal Association. The conference brought together the key stakeholders from the Indian government, consulting organisations, and technology experts from India, UK, Australia, and the EU, to discuss how Drupal could be powerful enabler for the success of the Digital India initiative. The summit also focused on discussions on the challenges confronted by Open-source projects in the public sector and involved Panel discussions, expert presentations, Discussion groups and Networking breaks. Apart from high-profile speakers from Australia and the UK, the conference was attended by top-level representatives of DeitY, Ministry of IT, Government of India; leading representatives from Government of Himachal Pradesh; representatives from academia, IIT Bombay, and high-ranking members of NIC, Open Technology Centre. The key panelists at the summit included Jeffrey A. “jam” McGuire, Open Source Evangelist at Acquia; Natalie Taylor, Sr Manager for Digital Transformation at London's City Hall, UK; and Christopher Skene, Co-architect of aGov, Australia. At the panel discussions: Sharing perspectives on Digital transformation in India Mr. Thomas P. Thomas, CEO, Zyxware Technologies, participated in the third panel discussion on “How and where can Drupal and its community be best deployed, using these tactics, to solve the challenges in Digital Transformation in India?" held as part of the DrupalGov Summit. Venkatesh Hariharan; Open Innovation Network, OSS Evangelist and OSCI co-founder, started the panel discussions by outlining the criticality of the following policies – Open Standards, Open Source Policy, Open Data Policy, Source Open Policy and Open APIs - for a successful Digital Transformation initiative in India. The panel discussions mainly focused on the various challenges that need to be addressed in implementing these policies. As part of creating a larger pool of Drupal programmers, a professor from IIT Bombay offered the possibility of using Spoken Tutorial platform as a means to introduce Drupal to new learners. Zyxware Technologies agreed to share its training curriculum to enable Spoken Tutorial to set up a course on Drupal in Spoken Tutorial. Drupal & eCommerce: Zyxware presents case study session on Drupal project On Day 3, Vimal Joseph, Senior Manager, Technology, presented a 20- minutes case study session on 'Scalable cloud based e-commerce platform on Drupal with a common back office for managing sales of entry passes to multiple events'. In this informative session, he explained the choice of Drupal as a platform for e-commerce and how it helped to achieve the client's objective, the challenges faced during the execution of the project and how it was resolved, the takeaways, and contributions on the line as part of this project. The session was well-received and generated great enthusiasm among the audience. News Announcements Sponsorship Drupalgive Drupal Contributions Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 02nd March 2016 / by webmaster
Zyxware is happy to announce the release of new modules to the Drupal community. The modules were released in quick succession last month. slick menu : This module returns a theme that can be used for theming menus using the Slick JS Library. The themed menu will be displayed as a horizontal slider. Grid Height Normalizer: This module is suitable for e-commerce sites, where the details of products and services are showcased as tiles laid out on a grid. The different amount of data in each tile resulted in uneven size of the tiles, thus breaking the grid alignment. The Grid Height Normalizer retrieves the size of the biggest tile and applies it to all the other tiles, thus maintaining the grid layout. Image Showcase Block: Ideal for e-commerce sites, Image Showcase Block enables you to showcase the uploaded images in a block. The block for images is created using a slider. The module also offers options to zoom the selected image using the Elevate Zoom jQuery plugin. Multi Level Taxonomy Auto Complete: This module provides a flat taxonomy with hierarchy as auto-complete suggestion for a text field in custom form. The module uses the jQuery token input library for the autocomplete functionality. The appearance of the drop-down and chosen items can be changed by overriding the css. Ajax Pager API: If you are working with custom pages such as reports, or a content listing using custom queries, and want to replace the stock Drupal page with a pager that fetches the paged content using Ajax, this module is just right for you. In addition, this modules pager retains the history of the pages visited by the user from the paged element using Benjamin Lupton's History.js. This enables the users to navigate the previous pages using the browser back and forward buttons. Jquery Upload Fapi: This module helps to utilize the Jquery File Upload plugin in custom forms. The module defines a custom form field widget using the hook_element_info, which can be used in custom forms via code. Two more modules are expected to be released this week. We sincerely appreciate the combined efforts of the developers and the testing team who have made this possible. News Announcements Drupal Modules Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *