It's one of those "be careful what you ask for" scenarios. We've built the Drupal Commerce modules and the very successful Commerce Kickstart distribution. What happens next is pretty crazy: A niche community developed around the modules.
Since the launch of the Drupal Commerce Delivery Partner program at DrupalCon Portland and my last blog describing our unique approach to partnering, we have received lots of interest from Drupal and non-Drupal integrators interested in expanding their Commerce business and leveraging the unique skills, expertise, and services of Commerce Guys to deliver projects quicker and with less risk. The following provides a brief overview of what we have been up to.
About three months ago, a request went around the office looking for people to step up and help review a book on Drupal Commerce that was being created by Packt publishing. At first, I was hesitant —
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Commerce Village at DrupalCon Portland to drink, see demos, and meet the folks who make Drupal Commerce thrive. We had some great sessions, too, both in our Village Square and in the main conference.
If you couldn't make it, don't worry: we recorded all the sessions and have posted them to our site. And although there were some only-at-DrupalCon opportunities, home-schooled Drupalistas won't remain empty-handed! Read on....
We make a habit of attending as many camps as we can, and often contribute talks and sponsorships when we are able. So when DrupalCamp Paris was announced, we couldn't miss the opportunity to submit as many talks as we could... considering it was in our own backyard!
** UPDATED ** We're going to live broadcast everything so those who are unable to join in person can still join virtually! Keep tabs on the #pmofs IRC chan and ask your questions (moderated by Don Vandemark) and we'll post the link to view here asap wednesday morning portland time.
Now also posted on Drupalcon Portland website!
The PMoF's Are Happening!
Drupal Commerce Delivery Partner Program to Launch at DrupalCon Portland
The Opportunity (and why you should care about Drupal Commerce)
Collaboration in open source is a key element to why it is so successful. You can see the effect of enabling collaboration in this video. In the first minute, it is just a couple guys working on the software. But then, they open a new branch, and invite the whole world to help contribute, and you see a swarm of activity that results as people cooperate and collaborate on building something that benefits everyone.
I've been a little reluctant to go to camps if I'm being honest. They always gave off a "coders only!" kind of vibe, and not being a codemonkey myself, I was afraid of feeling useless or left out. This year I was lucky enough not only to attend this event, but to speak at it (I'd like to give very big thank you to the sponsors of Drupalcamp Stockholm and to Commerce Guys for making my trip to Stockholm possible!).
This camp was in a word: Awesome. They sold out, and for good reason! Here are my top 5 reasons for why this camp really rocked it:
I absolutely love going to Drupalcons. The excitement is palpable and it's always so great to catch up with the core team, sponsors, speakers & other awesome contributors in person. But it wasn't always so for me! Chicago was overwhelming and I couldn't help but feel out of place, not to mention the killer bout of Drupal-Flu that had me sick as a dog for a week! But things have really changed since that first conference. Sydney was the best yet!