A busy 2017 beckons…

Happy New Year from all of us here at Adaptive!

After a busy year during 2016, we're refreshed from the Christmas break and looking forward to another productive year ahead.

With a number of exciting new development projects in the pipeline for clients, together with Drupal 8 continuing to mature as a product, there's certainly lots to look forward to as we head into 2017. We're also working on a new internal project to further improve upon our existing working processes moving forward. More on this below.

Our development calendar for the first few months of the year includes the launch of new websites for our client, Vent-Axia, both in UK and German markets, following on from the launch of their new Dutch site last year. We're also continuing work on development of a number of new portal platforms for EducationCity.com. This follows on from the recent launch of their new product and website, Novabods. The website was built by the Adaptive team in the last quarter of 2016. We're also in the final stages of several other new website builds for various clients, which we're very much looking forward to showing off in the coming months. We also working with new local Derby business, Vaperscape, on their new website too.

In addition to our new site build projects, we've also just started working with three new clients to take over ongoing support and development of their assorted Drupal websites within the next few weeks. Together with a number of further conversations ongoing with other businesses about our Drupal support services, it's a very positive start to the year for our fantastic Support team.

We're also looking to get much more involved this year with building production sites in Drupal 8. As we outlined in a previous blog post, we've been cautious so far in our adoption of Drupal 8 for new client sites. Whilst the core platform continues to grow and stabilise since its official launch just over a year ago, a key issue for us to-date has been the slower development of key contributed modules for the platform. However, this looks to be turning a corner in recent months and we're now looking forward to expanding our internal experimentation with Drupal 8 into a number of public-facing websites during 2017.

We also have an exciting key project internally to development a new project management system for the Adaptive business - and possibly others. Nicknamed JIM (Job Information & Management), our aim is to build a Drupal-based system which delivers everything from the management of initial leads and enquiries through to requirements gathering, estimating/quoting and then delivery project management and reporting.

The project has been borne out of a desire to have a single system to manage our full business workflow, rather than using multiple different third-party systems for different purposes. Having built a number of complex data management systems for clients, we've decided to turn our hand to building our own work management system so we can tailor it just how we need it. Also, while we're building this initially for our own use, we certainly have in mind that core elements of it can potentially be re-purposed for some of our clients with similar requirements going forward. Keep an eye on our blog in the coming months for more details on this project.

Finally, as we move into the new year, we're very mindful of the fact that 2016 was such a busy year for us that we've not had the time we would have liked to get out and about and catch up with many of our existing clients. We aim to rectify this in the first half of this year by getting out and about to see as many of our existing clients as possible, so look out for requests coming in from Dan and Steve in the near future - you have been warned!

Some exciting times ahead for Adaptive in the coming months and we're very much looking forward to getting stuck into things. Once again, a very Happy New Year to everyone and our very best wishes for a successful 2017.