A change of direction - still Drupal but going back to my roots as a Consultant
Ten years ago I was an Enterprise CMS Consultant for a Java software house in London. I worked with many blue-chip clients and innovative startups including Volkswagen, B&Q, and The Foreign & Commonwealth Office to name a few. I had a team of twenty developers and designers working with me to produce some of the most advanced Internet technology at that time.
Unfortunately that time came to an end and our funders pulled out during the 'dotbomb' days of 2001. There were literally no 'proper jobs' around in the industry, so I decided to set up on my own. I spent the next few years building a business developing sites using Free/Libre Open Source CMS-driven sites, and three years ago I moved myself and the business to Brighton to try and grow a team. For one reason or another this simply has not happened and I find myself still sitting mostly behind a desk in order to pay my rent whereas the activities I do enjoy doing, such as organising the local Drupal Group and next month's Drupal Discovery Day, are fun but take a lot of time and I don't directly make money out of them. For sure I make contacts, but my client base stretches far beyond Brighton so I mostly do these events in order to grow the local community and give back to the Drupal community which has served me so well for the last six years I've been using it.
Last week this changed. I spent a day providing Drupal Consultancy at Brighton & Hove City Council who are starting to use the platform and wanted the assistance of an experienced Drupal person to help get them up to speed. We had an amazing day, and to be honest I had the first day of work I have enjoyed for many years. We went through code-driven development through install profiles, various modules needed for their particular uses, and a strategy for developing micro-sites which will enable them to work with local suppliers. I realised that my experience - not only through Drupal but throughout the last 20 years in the IT industry right from my very first job helping small businesses choose computer systems, can provide a lot of value in a short space of time to any team which is looking to embrace Drupal as a platform for rapid web application development.
So, on the eve of DrupalCon London I thought it was about time to update my blog and let you all know that I can help your team cut out some of the Drupal learning curve (see pic, sorry don't know who the original artist is!) and be up and running on Drupal, the "right" way. I'll be updating my site to reflect this and make it a little clearer as to what my offerings are, in the mean time please do contact me if you have a development team or business who would like to embrace Drupal as I can save you many hours/days/weeks/months/years of potential pain!
I've been through this so you don't have to!