End of life imminent for Drupal 6

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Launched in 2008 Drupal 6 has served a large base of sites for the past 7 years even with the more recent Drupal 7 launched in 2011.

As a provider of Drupal support and hosting services Ixis still look after a number of clients who are running the latest up to date Drupal 6 codebase. However, with the announcement of Drupal 8 launching on November 19th 2015 this starts the countdown to the end of the extended support policy - which is 3 months after the launch of Drupal 8. The final 3 months will only cover security updates - not functionality or bug fixes.

Becoming Drupal

Starting work at Ixis meant the world of Drupal opening up in front of me for the first time! I am no stranger to IT Security or Penetration Testing environments but the world of Drupal was full of new words and acronyms, none more alarming than Drupalgeddon which seemed to be in every sentence and some sort of world ending event.

Coming from a background in Account Management for over 15 years, my role at Ixis is to manage the client portfolio which is ever expanding with new clients and Drupal work. I will also be updating the company website, hence the blog. So actually working with a Drupal website will be exciting, although it's no development work. This I will leave to our experts.

We had a ClueHQ

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Our recent team social took us to the depths of Warrington for a challenging evening of burger ordering and escaping from a locked room.

FILLED: Drupal Site Builder / Developer Job

Come and join our well established UK team as a web developer building Drupal powered solutions. We build and support interactive sites and applications of all kinds, so every project can offer different challenges and solutions. You'll have the opportunity to be involved with projects ranging from international brands, enterprise public sector organisations through to charities and media sites. We also run several internal projects which you'll have chance to provide input and development for - this is where we often experiment with new ideas, techniques and technologies first! The technical skills we're looking for:

FILLED: Senior Drupal Support Technician Position

Come and join our well established UK team as a senior Drupal support technician. We support interactive sites and applications of all kinds, so every client can offer different challenges and solutions each month. You'll have the opportunity to be involved with projects ranging from international brands, enterprise public sector organisations through to charities and media sites. We also run several internal projects which you'll have chance to provide input and development for if you wish - this is where we often experiment with new ideas, techniques and technologies first! The technical skills we're looking for:

FILLED: Sales and Marketing Executive Job Vacancy

We are recruiting for a Sales and Marketing Executive to join our Stockton Heath office. 

Role: Sales and Marketing Executive

Location: Stockton Heath Warrington

Salary: Dependent upon experience

Start date: Candidate will start ideally March/April 2015 – depending upon circumstances.

Hours: We work 37.5 hours per week with a flexible start and finish time to fit around busy traffic periods and family commitments.

5 ways G Cloud benefits SMEs

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Yesterday we were highlighted by the Cabinet Office as a leading example of the positive impact the G Cloud procurement framework has had on SMEs.  

In his speech at Sprint 15 on the successes of digital transformation in Government, Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude recognised our rapid growth through winning contracts with Government agencies and local authorities.  Read the full speech here.  

Looking forward to a Drupaltastic 2015

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It was an exciting and busy year here at Ixis in 2014 as we continued to build our portfolio of Drupal clients

Highlights have included celebrating our tenth birthday and building on and growing the team’s expertise which has allowed the company to win more clients across a variety of sectors. We also celebrated one of our best financial quarter since Ixis was founded in 2004. 

Ixis in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500

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Ixis are delighted to announce that we have been placed in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 listing, which recognises the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, The Middle East and Africa (EMEA.)

Over the last 5 years from 2009 to 2013 Ixis has achieved a fantastic growth rate of over 400% through a market focus on delivering exceptional Drupal services to the UK public sector and a range of private sector companies and leading global charities.

Strengthening our Relationship with the British Council

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We are delighted to be working with the British Council on a new Drupal hosting and infrastructure support project. The British Council are valued clients, and we have worked with them for more than 6 years managing both the global suite of 150 country sites, and the prestigious suite of Drupal teaching and learning sites.

We will be working to to create four individual platforms for hosting key Drupal websites on, moving away from just one main infrastructure, to improve resilience, efficiency and increase availability to the sites which generate more than 35 million page impressions per month and are used by more than 65 million people each year alone.

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