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Ask The Experts - Two Year Anniversary Event

July 2015

How often do you get the opportunity to ask experts in your field any question you want? How about the chance to revisit tremendous presentations given by experienced professionals active in the Drupal community? I know... right?

Drupal Nights invites you to our two-year anniversary celebration, Ask-The-Experts. Our esteemed Drupal presenters return for a one-night-only event where the audience decides the agenda by asking this prestigious panel questions.

Dharmesh Mistry: "Customer Experience As A Strategic Differentiator"

June 2015

As competition gets fierce and technologies get more sophisticated, it is predicted that by 2020 customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. But what are the key attributes to a robust experience? And how does that feed into organization's business and user experience strategy?

In this session, Dharmesh Mistry will share the fundamentals of building a robust customer experience (CX) and its symbiotic relationship with usability and user experience (UX).

David Tarrant: Integrating CiviCRM with Drupal to Drive Non-profit Websites

May 2015

CiviCRM is designed for use by non-profit organizations. As a CRM solution it is very competitive with proprietary commercial CRMs such as Sales Force. When combined with Drupal, it offers extraordinary "out of the box" functionality. Dave will present an overview of CiviCRM with special attention on how it integrates with Drupal.

Stéphane Corlosquet: "Using to Improve SEO"

April 2015

Launched in 2011 by Google, Yahoo! and Bing, is a universal collection of schemas to describe the content in HTML. It helps search engines to better understand what the pages of your sites are about (e.g.

Renato Castillo: "It's moving day! Why not make moving data easier?"

March 2015

Already have a site but want to move to Drupal? No problem! Drupal feeds importer is here to help you.

This presentation will focus on:

  • How to import or aggregate data as nodes, users, taxonomy terms or simple database records.
  • How to import into entities
  • How to import into commerce products

Alejandro Garza: "What's for dinner: Drupal + Apache Solr Search"

February 2015

You already know the bit about how Drupal + Solr is great. This time we will go over many of the topics, adding a dash of surprises and tips that can help you make your Drupal site's search great.

Dani Nordin: "UX Design for Content Management Systems"

January 2015

Knowing who you're designing for is a vital part of every UX project. But what happens when you're not just designing for end users, i.e. site visitors, but also:

  • Content creators?
  • Website maintainers?
  • Dozens, or even hundreds of people from multiple departments within an organization—each with different content needs, levels of computer literacy, and each of whom is responsible for a significant portion of your site's content?

This is what UX Designers have to deal with when we work with a

Dan Andrews & Rosalie Keane: "Supporting Drupal"

December 2014

I finished a Drupal site, now what? How do I handle supporting my user base? How should I handle rolling out new features or changes? Supporting a Drupal site or even a Drupal based SaaS (Software as a Service) environment can be a daunting task.

This presentation will focus on our approach to handling, supporting and continually updating our Drupal based application. We will cover the following:

  • Support timeline, everything from the issue occuring to the user being informed it has been

Erich Beyrent: "The Digital Mayflower - Data Pilgrimage With the Migrate Module"

November 2014

In the year 1620, a collection of data left their proprietary database in search of a new, open ecosystem.  Okay, so maybe that's not quite how the story goes, but it works for a modern reboot of the classic saga.  

That moment of panic when someone assigns you the task of migrating a legacy site into Drupal.  It's a daunting project, fraught with undocumented data, mixed character sets, bizarre content modules, and impossible deadlines.

Heather Bauer: "User Research When You Can't Reach Your Users"

October 2014

You’ve finally convinced your stakeholders that user research is a vital part of the design and development process. You’re all jazzed up to start creating your research plan when you realize that you cannot reach out to your users and your audience is so niche that getting people outside of your users to participate in your user tests would be worse than useless. What then?

This session will discuss what to do when you have stakeholder buy in to do user research but you can’t actually reach