The Amsterdam Sessions 2014

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With the 2014 European Drupal conference fast approaching, the Ixis team members attending this year have scoured the schedule for their must see see sessions this year, and why.

For the Developers

Content Staging in Drupal 8 (Wednesday 10:45) - moving content about from dev to production has always been a huge pain in Drupal, so hopefully we'll get a chance to see how this might work in Drupal 8 and finally put an end to the question of when and where the client should start adding their conent during the development phase.

The Real Ale Trail

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Hello, I am Peter the new project manager at Ixis and I would like to share with you my impressions about my first social event at Ixis. Matt (the guy who is hiding his face behind his beer) suggested a few weeks ago to go out for some beers at the weekend, but not in a regular way, let’s mix it with some tradition.

So four of us from the Ixis team decided to have a go at completing the famous Ale Trail of the north.

We are 10 today - A look back

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We are 10 today (ok strictly tomorrow but it's the weekend!)  We're all off to Centre Parcs over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate, and thought it was good time to reflect on some of the highlights and changes over the previous ten years.

Restricted Operations Using Rundeck

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As part of our migration to using Ansible for configuration management within the hosting team, we have begun to introduce Rundeck as a means of allowing users without direct shell access to servers the means to execute drush commands.

Rundeck is an Open Source job runner, providing a web-based interface to enable users to dispatch commands to remote nodes without the need to access them directly.  Rundeck offers many features including the ability to execute jobs (a collection of commands to be dispatched to a node), ad-hoc commands and scheduling.

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DrupalCamp North East

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We are really looking forward to this weekends DrupalCamp North East.  

Our friends over the opposite coast will be hosting their inaugural conference and welcoming new and old faces to the world of Drupal.  

I have been given my first keynote opportunity on the business day and will be discussing how the public sector have adopted drupal and are leading the way in innovation.  

There are still tickets left and its a not-to-be-missed camp - especially for the saturday evening social event, where we will be treated to some of the famous North East hospitality.  

Nippy EdgeCast Purging

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Since we integrated the EdgeCast CDN for one of our clients, and released a related EdgeCast Drupal module we have been encouraging more and more clients to consider a CDN layer to accelerate performance to multiple geographic locations and maintain an excellent uptime even during site maintenance periods.

A recent international client who is running many domains with federated content using the Domain module needed to make use of the content delivery network to improve performance and resiliance for their sites.

DrupalCamp Yorkshire is here!

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We are looking forward to supporting this weekends Drupal Camp Yorkshire being held in Leeds at the Electric Press.  

Whilst a number of the community are meeting up next week at DrupalCon Austin, the Yorkshire contingent will be gathering to share knowledge and enjoy a few beers too.  There will even be a live link up with Austin on Saturday as Alex Burrows delivers his talk on Panels at 16.30 GMT.  

I am particularly looking forward to hearing more about Drupal 8 and how the community are preparing for its release.  

FILLED: Drupal Site Builder / Developer Job Vacancy

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POSITION FILLED. THANKS TO ALL WHO APPLIED.

Due to a successful start to 2014 we're expanding the Drupal team!

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.

St Georges Day Lunch

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Saint George's Day is the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England.

In an effort to celebrate St Georges Day here at the office we've gone all traditional English for lunch with a large order for the local chip shop and a not-so-English round of beers for the team.

The Easter Bunny Hopped In

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The Easter bunny popped in to the Ixis office just in time for the long weekend break.

All the desks were left with a boxed chocolate delight, including special ones for our nut allergy sufferer. They didn't last long for some of the staff when they were broken in to and devoured with a few mugs of tea and coffee in the morning.

Next week might be an opportunity for us all to bring in our chocolate remains to share amongst the team when we've had too much over the weekend!

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