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Decoupled Drupal Summit Keynote - Preston So

Preston So

We're pleased to announce that Preston So, Principal Product Manager at Gatsby, will be the keynote speaker for our Decoupled Drupal Summit on Wednesday, June 12. 

Preston's topic is "The Fourth Wave of Content Management Systems" and will take us on a journey through the past, present, and promising future of content management in light of recent innovations. 

We’ll dive through the history of web development, explore the first wave of the CMS, which brought us storied luminaries like Movable Type, and then explore the second wave when Web 2.0 ruled the day and Drupal sprung onto the scene. Finally, we’ll investigate the third wave of the content management system that traffics in interchangeable presentation layers and switchable services, reinventing the conceptualization of the CMS.

Finally, we’ll investigate the fourth wave of the content management system that traffics in interchangeable presentation layers and switchable services, reinventing the conceptualization of the CMS and originating from the microservices revolution. We’ll look in-depth at the issues raised by headless CMSs as well as how the JAMstack and emerging technologies like Gatsby portend unprecedented flexibility when it comes to developer experience and more seamless, more usable, and more understandable editorial and marketer workflows.


About Our Speaker

Preston So is a globally recognized subject matter expert in decoupled Drupal and the decentralized web. He is a product architect and strategist, innovation lead, developer advocate, researcher, three-time SXSW speaker, and author of Decoupled Drupal in Practice (Apress, 2018).

A programmer since 1999, web developer and designer since 2001, creative professional since 2004, Drupal developer since 2007, and manager of local and distributed teams since 2015, Preston currently is Principal Product Manager at Gatsby where he works on improving Gatsby’s developer experience, evangelizing its ecosystem, and enabling product development. Before joining Gatsby Preston was Director of Research and Innovation at Acquia, where he helmed Acquia Labs.

Preston is the co-founder and lead organizer of Decoupled Days, a conference about the future of content management systems and their architectures. He is also the co-founder and former organizer of the Southern Colorado Drupal User Group (est. 2008).