Drupal CMS SaaS Solutions - UK Research and Design to Vietnam Production and Deployment

"Digital Arm" of your organisation, outsourcing now here's a solution.

Try Vietnam.

Vietnam is a country which has one of the highest skill levels. Don't believe me then have a read of http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33047924   

Google CEO Sundar Pichai's recently checked out the skills base and Microsoft manufacture there phones here http://thenextdigit.com/18035/microsoft-shifts-production-base-hanoi-chinas-loss-vietnams-gain/


I have been in Vietnam for over one year and this is a permanent fixture. I have formed great relationships with software houses, and am currently engaged in training programs both "what is CMS" and Drupal for IT graduates. I have gathered together a "Dream Team", at your disposal, do give us a try!

AGILE Drupal production, which is affordable and to the highest technical levels.
Skype: bobby.ramdin
Call: VN 01235 728752 I'm about half a day ahead, your morning session in UK is mid-afternoon here.

CMS for the business users, Drupal 8.2, now with more "outside-in"

About CMS's and Drupal
Content managed systems CMS. There are many CMS's but the one that always stands out from the crowd, is Drupal. It saved my web career a several years ago  after trying many CMS's like Typo3 and Wordpress, they had little flexibility to for example scale if a small business flourished and customise, make it future-proof. Logically and through much learning, for me Drupal was the best CMS for managing workflows, users, content and adding business API's as required, so with these self establishing qualities, Drupal is where I have focused, and so I promote this primarily to my client, when applicable.  

Drupal's success largely has come from regular updates, from a very large global development community and followers. It's author Dries Buytaert also with Acquia, the corporate arm of Drupal, with research and development dedication develops solutions further.

Lately Drupal's 8 paradigm has been on higher security, more extensibility, continual adaptation to media device displays, and how this is produced, such as decoupled or "headless" Drupal, and other tangibles with technology. 
The CMS API, that anything data can be integrated with. Together with Amazon and other cloud suppliers we've been using Drupal as SaaS for a few years as well.
For example Lufthansa is building the in flight entertainment application with Drupal as the framework.

The problem for business user
Editing CMS content
When a user edits content, normally you need 2 screens open, one to edit and one to preview the changes. If a block is required, you need to open another page, for the block section and select the block, its attributes and assign it to a page/s, in a region, controlled by the theme layer.  
Not a good process for the business user, having to open, apply, close, reopen, that's way too many clicks. We certainly don't allow so many clicks for buying an item. Less clicks the better, more asynchronous, nice UI, better UX. 

As a UX designer and solutions architect, I always research, evaluate more about administrator's tasks, and editors of content, especially taking note of the learning curve, as its business critical, not to have too longer down time for learning. Budgets, anxiety. Simplify the solution (make your production more streamlined) so that the business has a user friendly interface.
Handover of Drupal applications and the passing on of knowledge and tuition of the end product, can be a very daunting task, as business users have a variety of skills levels. As long as the CMS application progresses the business productivity rather than hinder it.

I've worked on many event management solutions, researching how booking clerks manage bookers and to bookers, how they book.  The ability to examine the business user and there user experience needs is crucial indeed, not only the public user or subscribed user, whatever the user case maybe, all are connected.

The Drupal Solution


What is the difference between a Forum and a Group

I came across a video tutorial, where the tutor described the term or meaning of group to be that of a forum.
That's not entirely accurate.

Earlier on in the year I had a closer examination to this inaccurate paradigm. A client presented me with a prototype produced by their contracted development agency. They described there situation as confused and dismayed, by:
A. the lack of collaboration - clients objectives not be realized through close analysis, lack of communicative research. 
B. the result

Within several days I presented myGroups prototype In using Drupal Groups with additional interactive wireframes presenting extra functionality needed to be developed in a Drupal custom module.
This is my standard practice, researching yourself, working on the IA and the UX,  establishing connections between the client and the development and production, and recognizing the full scope of the solution. 


Forums as a set of posts that can be categorized using vocabulary, taxonomy. A set of posts, comments and discussion threads. You can add extra functionality and create files sharing as well.


We are all familiar with Facebook groups.

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Drupal has its own community built versions, perhaps leading the way for Facebook with Organic groups, however my choice is Drupal Groups. There's an excellent article https://www.deeson.co.uk/labs/group-alternative-organic-groups . 

Groups downloaded of Drupal.org https://www.drupal.org/project/group 

Organic groups or OG makes a content type a group, and dependent on entity reference to link, groups, terms and nodes together, however Group creates groups as entities so you can be more flexible, allowing multiple roles and permissions connected with it, and also the ability to create sub-groups.





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