WF Tools FTW @ Pfizer

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For years people have complained about Drupal's lack of dev-stage-prod workflow. Most of the solutions either solve the the content part of the problem or handle deploying code. Now people have no reason to complain. WF Tools is a framework for coordinated deployment of Drupal code, content and configuration from a central management server.

WF Tools was first developed by Dave Hall for IAG and is now being deployed by Pfizer to manage their hundreds of Drupal sites.

The WF Tools framework fits the business rather than the business having to adapt to the tool. WF integrates many existing Drupal modules, including rules, uuid, deploy, services, while supporting third party apps and services such as Jenkins and Amazon SQS.

Pharmaceuticals, like other highly regulated industries, requires web content changes to be reviewed by multiple stakeholders in context of the site. These approvals need to be tracked and recorded. WF Tools provides the ability to preview changes in context across different environments, as well as the audit trail of approvals.

WF Tools allows multiple teams, or even vendors, to work simultaneously on the same site. The changes from each team can be deployed independently of each other. This allows for a very flexible development workflow.

Tim and Dave will explain what WF Tools is, what it can do and how Pfizer is using it. They will demonstrate an example implementation. During this session they will also cover some of the things to consider when moving to WF Tools.

WF Tools allows Pfizer to go from idea to live in an afternoon, with multiple levels of reviews and sign off.

About Dave Hall

Dave is the Web Platform Strategist at Pfizer. When he isn't working to build high quality web applications, he is working to improve infrastructure and business processes. Dave lives less than 2 hours drive from Melbourne, Australia in the bush near Newstead with his partner and 2 boys.

About Tim Holt

Tim is a Web Platform and E-commerce professional with 12+ years experience in enterprise platform management, web development, technical architecture, digital strategy and more. Currently at Acquia Tim consults with large companies like Pfizer to build robust, repeatable web platforms using Drupal. Tim lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Pfizer

All over the world, Pfizer colleagues are working together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Each position at Pfizer touches and contributes to the success of our business and our world. That's why, as one of the global leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry, Pfizer is committed to seeking out inspired new talent who share our core values and mission of making the world a healthier place.

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Wednesday · 10:45-11:45


Hiya, Dave. Could you post the video of your demo? It's very blurry when viewing it from the recorded video of the presentation.

Derek DeRaps