While working with other agencies and NGOs during the last 1,5 years, we collected more and more information about the time and money that Drop Guard will save your agency. On our website, we claim that Drop Guard will cut your update costs by 40%. CTOs and COOs want to challenge numbers like this and ask how exactly this ROI is calculated. That’s why I want to share the detailed information in this blog post with you.
Security updates are released every Wednesday. If you work in a Drupal shop that cares about security, you have to apply updates for every site every Wednesday or at least Thursday.
With the end of September, DrupalCon Vienna is also coming closer and we can't wait to welcome you to our booth #S08. As a Silver sponsor of the event, we'll have the chance to present continuous update management to you on site. But - we also can't wait to learn a lot from other agencies and attendees! At DrupalCon there's always a chance to learn something new, be it a whole new approach or a connecting piece of unidentified issues - by asking but most of all by listening.
Drop Guard is in a continuous process of optimization and development. As it is still a unique platform concept on the market place, we started years ago with a sketchy blueprint of what Drop Guard is today - and rather will be in future. With this post I will give you a quick overview of what is planned and something which is a little secret between you and me.
When it comes to new tools, different workflows or any other kind of process changes, a company needs to ensure that the changes happen as smooth and resource saving as possible.
Drop Guard will undergo some big improvements this year to keep this switch for our users, developers, small Drupal shops and big agencies, as simple as possible. Besides outside-feedback from customers, we always love to hear the thoughts of our own team members. This time, we want to share an interview with our web developer Serkan Bekdemir, who’s now responsible for the Drop Guard usage in our own company, Bright Solutions.
Enjoy a scoop of honest critique and suggestions!
Manuel, our CEO, and I spent our last Thursday and Friday on the European Drupal Business Days in Frankfurt, Germany. The event was the third of its sort, attracting CEOs, Marketing Managers and other influencer. As the event title might tell in advance, it was a business and marketing tailored session schedule throughout.
After a kicking Keynote from Jeffrey aka Jam, Manuel just jumped on the “sell value, not Drupal code” train with his session “recurring revenue in the Drupal business”. Sure, we all know the power of "content first" but do we really adjust our thoughts and steps to this mantra? I don't think so. Value entails revenue. Not the other way around.
We, at Drop Guard, never stop thinking what else can we do to help Drupalistas around the world to get aboard of the continuous update process ship (as we call it) as soon as possible. More and more threats are being discovered every day, and it's absolutely imperative to stay alerted all around the clock either with help of automation platforms like Drop Guard or doing things your own way.
Let’s see where to start first. There will be a lot of “first” today in this post, that’s really exciting and shows that 2017 started quite encouraging. The Splash Awards took place yesterday in Hamburg - it’s the first time that Germany hosted this Drupal event. The first Splash Awards ever were organized by the Dutch Drupal Foundation in the Netherlands back in 2014 (thank you for encouraging all other countries!).
The holiday season was a lot of fun for the Drop Guard team, but also very busy. We've worked hard to deliver a whole package of impressive features and improvements to our update management platform. Big plans were also made for 2017. Without further hesitation let's start the New Year with the news!
Two days ago another highly critical security update affected Drupal and many other CMS systems. It was the PHPMailer Library which leaves millions of websites vulnerable to the remote exploit (see https://www.drupal.org/psa-2016-004 for details). In comparison to Drupalgeddon which had a risk of 25/25 this update has 23/25. BUT there are some things which make this update even riskier than Drupalgeddon:
Our CEO Manuel and Joe, Marcel and Serkan from our team visited the last Drupal event of this year in our calendar: DrupalCamp Munich alias #dugmuc. It's been a pleasure to support this event as Silver Sponsor! With the 4th of December, we closed the Drupal season with great “Days”, “Camps” and “Cons” in 2016.