We are ten years old! Time flies when you're having fun. We had our ten year birthday party in Korjaamo in Helsinki on Friday and as I've now recovered from the festivities, I'll share a few notes of our short and intense history as a company.
Back in 2006, I, Thomas Enholm and Petteri Koponen got together and discussed about founding a web consulting company that would focus on implementing complex and versatile web applications. It was web 2.0 craze then and we were in that bandwagon, too.
Digitalization is the path an increasing number of traditional businesses are taking these days. But nobody really defines what it means. Usually it means that some, even most of the processes are moved from the physical world to the digital one. Some parts of customer interaction, for instance, are moved online.
This spring I had a chance to be a part of the WordCamp Finland 2016 organising team. I was the last one to join the team, and some of the planning was already in a good progress when I started. My responsibility area was communications and marketing. Based on my recent experience, I am sharing a couple of thoughts on how to succeed in organising a good community event.
On Friday the 15th of April the second WordCamp Finland took place. This event started in 2015 in Tampere and made its way to Helsinki for the 2016 edition, where over 200 people participated.
When it comes to versatility and popularity, Drupal is often the obvious CMS choice. Like all CMS solutions it has its issues but also a lot going for it. This is my second DrupalCamp and I think the topics of the presentations look quite representative of what Drupal is about and what challenges it poses to professionals delivering solutions to customers.
Exove is proud to announce that we are expanding our WordPress Café to Estonia! On 21 April our Tallinn office will open its doors for the first session. WordPress Café is a free event for everyone interested in WordPress.
Viking Motors case study, Tauno Hanni, development director at OKIA
Koodia Suomesta -kampanjan pohjalta kokoontui yrityksiä yhteen Oulussa jo toisen kerran. Tammikuun pakkasesta huolimatta tapahtuma veti Exoven tiloihin mukavasti väkeä ja vaikka tapahtuman istumajärjestys toi rennon keskustelutilaisuuden sijasta mieleen koulunpenkit, oli tapahtuman anti mielenkiintoista ja keskustelua riitti pitkälle tapahtumalle varatun kahden tunnin jälkeenkin.
I started at Exove in May 2015 as a part of the annual Trainee Program. I want to share my thoughts about how it all worked out for me.
Having had some prior experience with web development I came in expecting to be using just the same old technologies and to maybe have a somewhat boring summer. I was mistaken, within my first weeks I was working with technologies that I had only studied but never really had the opportunity to use. My coworkers have always been good for a laugh and if my summer was one thing it was not boring!
Otso Kivekäs from Codento gives a keynote presentation in DrupalCamp Finland 2015.
I didn’t know what to expect from DrupalCamp 2015, other than what I had been able to pry out of my workmates beforehand. Those explanations were also pretty vague “you go there and you listen to a bunch of guys”. However, the explanations turned out to be more accurate than I expected. Still, the event gave me a couple of new thoughts that I’d like to share. Here’s a couple of points from a front-end developer’s perspective.
Drupal 8 content management system was relased last month. The release had been awaited, and was celebrated in 207 parties around the world. One of the parties was in Helsinki. It was inspiring to see a great number of Drupal developers and users from different companies in Finland come together, share thoughts on Drupal and celebrate the release.
Even if I have been doing software development for a couple years, I never had the chance to participate in an open source camp. My experience this far has been limited to watching some keynote videos but never seeing one live.
I was not sure what to expect of DrupalCamp Helsinki, but fortunately the event organization was perfect and it started without problems. We had nice conference rooms, nice seats and sound.
Exove won "The Best New Partner" and "The Best Blogger" awards in eZ Systems conference in New York on 5th November 2015. In all, three of nine awards went to Finland.
eZ Conference & Awards 2015 takes place on November 3rd to 5th in Brooklyn, New York. The speaker line up is very interesting, including topics from technical business driven. Our CEO Janne Kalliola will take a look at open source projects from the inside, by talking about Virtual Barnraising - How Open Source Makes People Better.
I've had the privilege of attending some great events this year: WordCamp, PHP / eZ Publish Summer Camp and finally DrupalCon. These were all great experiences for a professional working with Web Content Management, but the most food for thought came from a much more modest event: A two hour breakfast seminar titled "The right content for the right context".
The three larger events focused on specific Content Management Systems:
There has been a radical shift in how enterprises want to use Drupal. Their focus is moving from sites to integrated services., and this change is typically accompanied with a set of new technologies, such as MongoDB and Node.js. Still, the role of Drupal has become more central than ever. How?
I had the privilege of visiting the combined event for PHP and eZ Publish developers. The events are called PHP Summer Camp and eZ Publish Summer Camp respectively.
Both events are held in the same location and are blended together. This year the event was held in Rovinj, Croatia - the home country of the company Netgen, an active member of both Symfony and eZ Communities. And the driving force behind the Summer Camps.
This year's DrupalCamp Baltics was held yesterday in Tallinn, Estonia. Exove had the opportunity to be both a co-organiser and gold sponsor for the camp, and I was part of the organising committee.
Planning started already early this year when the leaders of Estonian Drupal companies - me from Exove, Ivo Nellis from Fenomen, and Merle Randlepp from Wunderkraut - got together to discuss the date and the location of the camp. We soon invited also Toomas Pippar from Mild Creative to work on the brand and visuals for the camp - and thanks to Toomas, the camp was top-notch visually.
In picture from left: Jani Tarvainen, Kalle Varisvirta, Janne Kalliola
We have been selected to speak in several events in the autumn - and we are also sponsoring a few of them. It is always a true pleasure to join and support open technology events.
The Finnish Scouts - or officially The Scouts and Guides of Finland - have been using Drupal for several years. We invited Arttu Tanner from the Scouts to give a Drupal Café session of the reasons and benefits of choosing Drupal.
The Scouts have been using Drupal for both their big events, such as jamborees, and also for their site. Flip through the slides on our slideshare channel or below to learn more.
Sarah Khalil from SensioLabs talking in eZ + Symfony event in Helsinki in June. Photo by Vuokko Rekonen.
This is a guest blog entry by Bertrand Maugain from eZ Systems.
Last week was an interesting week for eZ in Scandinavia. We arranged two PHP & Symfony meetups in Oslo and Helsinki in collaboration with our local partners. Exove was joining forces for the Helsinki meetup and it was great to see so many people joining.