Automatic updates have been discussed since years already. The pro and con of letting Drupal update itself are discussed in different Drupal.org issues queues. It was not a big surprise that Dries mentioned automatic Drupal core updates as part of the strategic roadmap of Drupal in his Driesnote at DrupalCon Vienna 2017.
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.
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!).
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.
A lot of Drupal community members, who are interested in or already use Drop Guard, were waiting for this ultimate guide on continuous security in Drupal. Using Drop Guard in a daily routine improved update workflows and increased the efficiency of the website support for all of our users. But there were still a lot of blind spots and unexplored capabilities such as using Drop Guard as an "SLA catalyser". So we've stuck our heads together and figured out how to share this information with you in a professional and condensed way.