There's a Technology for That!

Track: 
Business and Strategy
Experience: 
Advanced

Nobody can do it all on their own. Drupal is powerful and flexible, and Drupal developers have amassed an incredible amount of expertise in their field. But what happens when Drupal, on its own, just...can't?

We've all heard the expression "jack of all trades, master of none." However, going too far the other way can leave us with tunnel vision, and at risk of obsolescence.

Is it possible that we, as a community, are becoming over-specialized? Is our ability to apply our deep knowledge of Drupal limited by a failure to integrate other technologies and areas of expertise? Can we, in fact, make Drupal stronger by looking to these other technologies and non-Drupal experts?

Intended audience: 

Shop owners and developers who would like to get a perspective into how investigating other technologies can better help you solve your clients' problems in the best way possible.

Questions answered by this session
Question 1: 
What are the risks of a strictly Drupal worldview?
Question 2: 
What third-party technologies have large Drupal sites benefitted from in the last few years?
Question 3: 
In a world where Drupal talent is hard to come by, how can non-Drupal developers be integrated into your projects?
Question 4: 
In what cases may popular contrib modules not be the right choice for your clients?
Question 5: 
How can developers or agencies make time to educate themselves about what's out there?
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