Becoming an early adopter has some risks, but it also has huge benefits. In this presentation, I'll cover the benefits to you and your organization in becoming early adopters of Drupal 8, give you a brief overview of new key features along with the advantages they offer; I'll provide practical tips and show you some tools that will help you get up and running quickly with D8 (how to know if the contrib modules you need are ready, how to expedite your custom module porting & data migrations, etc.). There is no one size fits all answer, but I'll also cover some of the questions you should ask yourself and your team to help you evaluate if Drupal 8 is a great fit for your project, today. I'll help you find ways to derisk the process to help you get to that "yes" decision now - based on my experience at Examiner.com where we launched the first Drupal 7 site and the first top 100 website on Drupal six months before the official release of the D7 platform. Finally, if you decide you need to stick with Drupal 7 (which will be support and around for many years to come) or if you need to find ways to extend the life cycle of your current investment in Drupal 7, I'll briefly cover what has been back-ported and how you can take advantage of many D8 advancements in D7.
By Michael Meyers
Intermediate (install and configure modules/themes)