DrupalCampBaltics 2019

This month, I was invited to speak at the biggest Drupal event in the Baltic Region, the DrupalCampBaltics 2019, held in Latvia’s capital, Riga. My presentation on Solution Engineering: How it can help sell discovery and holistic estimating was my first experience discussing a non-tech topic in a public setting.

Vas leading a session on the discovery phase

I talked about our work on the discovery phase in Sprint 0 and offered some ideas on how it could be made valuable for our clients. It was great to see many in the audience who had already had a similarly successful experience.

Vas answering the many questions that came from the audience after the presentation

Outside of the conference, I found Riga to be a very comfortable and friendly city with excellent infrastructure, well situated just a stone throw away from other Central European and Nordic capitals. From the business perspective, the Baltic countries offer many advantages for digital agencies to set up their operations in the region. They are European Union member states, with highly-qualified and mostly English-speaking workforce, and have no presence of global out-staffing companies like EPAM. A great discovery for our future growth?

WordCamp Kyiv 2019

Earlier this month, our team took part in the biggest WordPress event in Ukraine, the WordCamp 2019, which was held at the DEPO Conference Hall in Kyiv.

The Camp attracted a number of leading Easter European agencies specialized in WordPress development and featured many prominent presentations.

We are grateful to the organizers for the chance to lead one of the sessions and talk about our approach to marketing sites setup.

“While Gutenberg UX has emerged as the most popular tool for marketing website construction, it does have some weaknesses, which can render alternative solutions more cost-efficient,” said our Solution Engineer and CMS Practice Manager Vas Jaremchuk at the opening of the session. In his subsequent presentation, he focused on comparing two such alternative approaches, Gutenberg + Lazy Blocks Plugin and Flynt WP Framework (based on ACF Pro).

Vas leading a session on marketing website development

Our participation in the Camp gave us a boost of enthusiasm and instilled in us a firm belief that with WordPress, we are not limited to blogs and simple marketing websites but can actually do anything. That, along with many new contacts among leading WordPress contributors, has provided us with a roadmap for further improvement of WordPress practice in our company.