Drupal 8 World Wide Launch - Singapore
Recently I had the good fortune to be in Singapore at the same time as the global launch of Drupal 8 #d8. Great timing :) It was perfect opportunity to meet Acquia's local partners and potential partners and discuss the ground-breaking effort that has been nearly four years in the making.
Being the largest Open Source project in the world means that no matter where you go, you will find developers, passionate individuals, companies and enterprise all using Drupal or adopting it. In the Asia Pacific region, Open Source has taken a bit longer to catch on, but Drupal has been breaking ground quickly. The release of Drupal 8 will surely quicken the pace even more.
I spoke about what Drupal 8 is, how it is different and what are the key features that will help drive adoption. Some of the key features are:
- All new content editing experience with built in abilities to extend
- REST APIs baked in
- Mobile first, from the theme down to the APIs
- Configuration management totally in code
I also discussed Acquia's latest SaaS offering, Content Hub which allows for seamless "Create Once, Publish Anywhere" Drupal.
Lastly, Personalisation is a hot topic in the online world. Personalisation has been available for a few years, but the wider web is finally starting to understand its potential and demand it. Personalisation has been prohibitively expensive and only available within proprietary systems. Lastly, personalisation is hard. Even basic personalisation is hard.
Acquia aims to improve the Personalisation learning curve with Lift. Lift is a Drupal tuned personalisation engine that works with the entire spectrum from A/B testing, Targeting and through to real-time data collection and generating a unified customer profile.
What do you think?
What are your thoughts on Drupal 8 or anything else I touched on above? I would love to hear your opinion or get some feedback so please add a comment or drop me a line on Twitter: @davidseth.