The Drupal 8 Decision: Budgets, Bosses, and [email protected]#$% Standing Between You and the Next World-Class CMS

07/23/2015 - 11:15-07/23/2015 - 12:00
Room E1
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Business and Strategy

The purpose of this track is two-fold - one angle helps you to understand the advantages of Drupal from an organizational leadership angle and the other is to highlight the great Drupal sites and projects you're working on and to show what's possible. These sessions are business focused, and will be non-technical.

Drupal 8 is coming. When we reach “Issue Queue Zero,” your business or organization needs a sensible strategy for upgrading your sites to D8. There are variety of questions to consider including available talent, budgets, goals, and aspirations. In this non-technical session you will learn the answers to questions such as:

  • How should I think about the D8 timeline?

  • If I have a pre-D7 site, what do I need to know now?

  • What do I need to know about D8, if I am creating a new site soon?

  • How should I approach budgeting for a D8 upgrade?

  • Which considerations should play into my planning?

  • How should I approach budgeting?

This session will be of particular interest to executives, business owners, nonprofit professionals, communications staff, and site managers who face this increasingly pressing decision regarding D8.


Chaz Chumley (chaz.chumley): Chaz is a specialist in open source web and database development with emphasis in responsive design. He serves as a Technical Architect at Forum One, and previously provided open source engineering for the Smithsonian Institution. His experience includes serving as a Drupal and technology instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and presenting at NYCCamp, BADCamp, and DrupalCon. He has authored two Drupal 7 video training series for, and is currently authoring a Drupal 8 theming book for Packt Publishing.  His previous speaking experience include DrupalCon 2014, NYCCamp 2014/2013, BadCamp 2013 and multiple speaking engagements for Adobe.

Jess Snyder (jesss): Jess is the Senior Manager, Web Systems for WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, and has over 12 years experience in building and producing websites on a variety of informational and educational topics for both local and national audiences. A veteran of multiple website relaunches, her recent projects include successfully migrating from Drupal 5 to Drupal 7 and assisting Washington Week with Gwen Ifill in transitioning their site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.  She has presented multiple sessions at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference , including their Drupal Day,  and co-led a breakout session at BadCamp 2014’s Nonprofit Summit about the redesign and relaunch experience.

Andrew Cohen (andrewjcohen): Andrew is a Managing Director at Forum One, and has been consulting and speaking about technology issues for 15 years. He has led over 100 web development projects for clients including the  American Red Cross, Consumers Union, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and their popular His projects have touched numerous open source CMS platforms over the years. Since 2008, he has focused on Drupal, including projects that involved upgrades from D5 and D6. He brings over ten years experience as a presenter. He is a four-time presenter at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, has delivered seminars for Capitol Hill staff, served as a keynote speaker for the Global Health Council Conference, and led break-out sessions at a variety of regional technology camps.