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Aegir: Build Once, Deploy often. Real life use-cases.

Your session in a few words: 
Using Aegir and Features to become self sustainable.
September 2, 2009 - 14:50 - 15:40
Business development and strategy
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"How to lose your clients"
' and the 5 ingredients to make them feel good about it. '

The aim of this session is two-fold.

  1. We'd like to share our experience with two recent and similar projects aimed at making our clients self-sustainable.
  2. We'd like to start up a discussion on how technology can help (or not) in doing more strategic work.

The session will be set up around two clients having similar needs: They are planning to roll out 10 or more similar sites in the next year, and it is the first time they are using Drupal.
Krimson was called in to help them build 1 site, but we quickly figured out they needed a bigger solution.

The ingredients:

  • 2 spoons of strategic focus : Don't bent the system, but use the system. Convention over configuration
  • 4 ounces of development : Building the ideal profile in 3 iterations.
  • 1 slice of Aegir : Makes those difficult tasks ease to do. Starting up a new campaign/shop with the click of a button.
  • A nice topping of Training : Make sure that the client feels confident that they can walk alone
  • Support/Hosting: Find a strong hosting partner that is able to back up as first line support.

Technical parts are already covered in another session. (Adrian Rossouw - Development Seed)

Strategic parts covered (Roel De Meester - Krimson)

  • Make small steps and don't loose scope
  • Define the missing part in strategics and let Drupal cover for those.

the title refers to the fact that we plan in advance to lose the client after 1 year. If we did our job well, they should be able to help themselves in the future.

business marketing

Strategic or institutional management is the conduct of drafting, implementing and evaluating cross-functional decisions that will enable an organization to achieve its long-term objectives.[1] It is the process of specifying the organization's mission, vision and objectives, developing policies and plans, often in terms of projects and programs, which are designed to achieve these objectives, and then allocating resources to implement the policies and plans, projects and programs. A balanced scorecard is often used to evaluate the overall performance of the business and its progress towards objectives.


Will slides of this presentation be available online? I know there were video recordings, but for fast reference I prefer slides...