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Feature close-up: Multi-User - Invite your team to Drop Guard!

We happily announce our Multi-User - Invitations feature! Our users needed an option to add more team members with tailored access rights for a specific project. 
So we created the “Invitations” section in our menu bar on the left. By entering this page, you will be able to invite other team members or view the invitation for yourself.
You can assign specific projects to a team member, be it developer, support manager or project manager; as well as you can give your customer read access to the customer’s project without exposing your other projects. This access policy feature provides new possibilities for an open and understandable workflow with Drop Guard. 

We said "yes"! Our founding of App Guard GmbH

What happened? 

We founded an independent update automation company, including the Drop Guard Drupal update service! Learn more about the App Guard GmbH journey so far in this announcement post.

But first, where do we come from? 

Drop Guard was built by the German Drupal company Bright Solutions in 2014 after the idea was born to optimize the internal update process as much as possible - no more wasted time on updates, no fear of Drupalgeddon, no annoying update tasks. 
The platform service was optimized and adapted continuously besides other projects of the company, until Manuel Pistner, CEO of Bright Solutions, decided to form a team for this project, that already counted important customers. 

CeBit - we celebrated AppGuard’s MVP!

We attended the CeBit 2018 in Hanover, Germany, for the first time last week!
But this time we presented our newest extension of update automation management: AppGuard
Besides Drop Guard for Drupal update automation, we also want to provide a SaaS for everyone who uses package and dependency managers like npm, Composer, Yarn, Bundler and more. And we couldn’t believe the great feedback!

CeBit - we rock update automation!

We will be part of the great Innovation and Digitalization Business Festival “CEBIT” next week in Hanover, Germany.

Max, Joe and I will attend this fair which will welcome over 300.000 attendees, looking forward to great talks and meetups.

 

You can meet us at our booth C30/6 in Hall 027, where we will talk about update automation for dependency and package manager files. Besides Drop Guard, our Drupal update automation platform, we are presenting our next smart tool for you to automate your update pipelines beyond Drupal-based systems.

 

Best of - Update marathon 2018

I've collected a bunch of articles for you, where Drupal agencies describe their processes, workflows and experience with the Drupal update release PSA-2018-001.

Hard facts: The update was announced one week earlier and released on March 28th between 18:00 and 19:30 UTC. Due to the flood of site views and very motivated F5 finger exercises, Drupal.org was down for around an hour. Fortunately, the Drupal Community worldwide was prepared with snacks, pizza, and more pizza, remote hangman, and a lot of memes.

For detailed information, the Drupal Security Team provided this FAQ about SA-CORE-2018-002.

How applying a Critical Drupal update costed a Drupal agency 1,750.00€ minimum

This article is meant to be a further step to raise agencies’ and also customers’ awareness of the huge expenses when it comes to update management in Drupal.
It’s not about promoting a single solution or product. It’s about getting more sensitive for processes which could or should be way smarter and more efficient than they are in most companies right now. It’s about creating processes which are resource friendly, customer focused and support automation.

 

Automatic updates - a study by the University of North Carolina State

A study from the North Carolina State University discovered that projects which are using open source libraries are updated 60% more often when using automatic updates via pull requests. The base of the study are 7,470 repositories on GitHub. This blog post is a summary of the most important facts and highlights of the methods, challenges and tools when it comes to use of automation for reaching a higher security level while using open source libraries.

There are 3 main facts why open source updates are a pain for developers

  1. Developers are always busy and doing updates is no fun

Drop Guard is cutting costs by 40% - facts and figures

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.

DrupalCon's 5 top DevOps & Automation sessions

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.