Which Development Agency checked-in with Code Enigma and to see how they’re getting in April, what’s new with their agency and how they are getting on 2019. We wanted to hear their thoughts on Drupal 9 and to touch base with them. In this latest article, we ask them everything Drupal and Code Enigma.
How has 2019 started for Code Enigma?
2019 has gotten off to a fantastic start for us. We’ve brought on new clients and welcomed more staff.
We want to extend a very warm welcome to three new clients:
- Manta Ray Media
- Haymarket Media Group
- Understanding Patient Data
Case studies for these new clients will be available shortly.
Internally, our family has grown. We hired Sean Burlington, our new Technical Team Lead and Matthieu Decorniquet, System Administrator. We also have a couple of developers signed up, but the ink isn’t dry yet so we’ll shout about this in a couple of weeks.
We’re also well underway toward our Amazon Web Services partnership, The AWS Partner Network (APN) is a global partner program, focused on helping APN Partners build successful AWS-based solutions. As a partner, we’ll receive resources that will enable us to grow, meaning we can better support clients in achieving their business objectives. Emlyn and Jamie have their technical certification in the pipeline. Following this, we’ll be able to progress to the next level.
All in all, we’ve gained fantastic momentum in the first quarter and we’re happy to report our client satisfaction score currently stands at 4.8 out of 5.
What was the first project you won this year?
We onboarded Understanding Patient Data this year, which was a referral from The Wellcome Trust. This is exciting for us as the best way to meet new clients is through existing ones. We’ll be helping UPD with Drupal 8 website support and updates, and potentially discussing adding new features or new functionality to their site later on.
What exciting projects are you working on?
We were really happy to be tasked with redesigning the STEM Learning UK homepage. (Read the story here). Our design team recently went to see the STEM team in York and to conduct interviews with teachers for further UX research which will go toward improving the experience when using the STEM website.
What are your thoughts about Drupal 9?
It’s quite exciting, as it will bring us all the goodness of the next major Symfony version (possibly even Symfony 5). It should also see the maturity of some components that are either experimental or still lacking some features, especially around media handling.
The most exciting thing, paradoxically, is that it shouldn’t be that exciting at all. As long as developers take care in advance of cleaning up deprecated parts, Drupal 9 really is the continuation of Drupal8.
Are you off to any exhibitions or expos this year?
We’re regular goers of DrupalCamp London and this year was no exception. DrupalCamp London brings together hundreds of people from across the globe who use, develop, design and support the Drupal platform. It’s a chance for Drupalers from all backgrounds to meet, discuss and engage in the Drupal community and project. This is a non-profit event brought together by a team of volunteers and never fails to impress.
We’re excited to be sponsoring the North West Drupal Unconference. Where a conference has a schedule, the unconference starts with no agenda until the attendee (not the organisers) determine one. Everyone is encouraged to bring a talk to the event, with the day having 30 minute slots available. The focus is the Drupal Content Management Framework, and supporting subjects including databases, frameworks, security, UX, front-end development and design are also encouraged.
Why do you think Drupal is so popular within the education sector?
Drupal has been helping the education sector for many years now. We think the main reasons are that Drupal offers:
Flexibility to build a variety of solutions to solve all manner of needs; university websites, applications, publishing and other features which ultimately showcase the cumulative strength of each department and attract curious minds.
Scalability, with multi-site functionality allows clients to centrally manage and control their brand while giving content independence to each department.
Security. With the ability to protect data with a platform built on security best-practices.
Drupal.org tells us that 71% of top universities use Drupal, including MIT and the University of Oxford.
What was the most exciting project of 2018?
Each month we discuss what projects have been our highlight; assessing improvements have been realised as a result of our work. We want to thank the World Health Organisation, who were exceptional toward the end of 2018 and the start of this year.
After some initial challenges, they have now a ‘renewed’ and more user-friendly website, with a new homepage and topic pages, like this one.
Moreover, they now can login using a Single-Sign On (ADFS) so in the future they can use it with Moodle. We wrote a blog with more detail which you can read here.