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Publication date
15 December 2020

2020 - A Year in Review

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What a year 2020 has been! Though the pandemic brought with it some challenges, we at Annertech had a productive 12 months.

With Christmas fast approaching, let’s look back at the highlights and what we’ve been up to.

New digital projects launched

During 2020, Annertech launched a number of projects for an array of clients across the Charity, Local Government, Higher Education and Commercial sectors. We didn’t just develop their websites, we worked in collaboration with our clients as digital advisors and continue to proactively support them in improving their digital presence.

Here are some notable projects that we were proud to be part of.

Glanbia Ireland Ingredients

Glanbia Ireland Ingredients are a dairy and plant-based company supplying quality solutions and ingredients to markets across the globe.

Annertech has been working as a trusted digital advisor to Glanbia for many years. In partnership with Glanbia's award winning in-house design team, we were asked to provide our expertise in the implementation of the new Glanbia Ireland Ingredients website on Drupal.

The goal of the project was to architect a robust, flexible solution to the designs provided, while ensuring a seamless content editor experience which would grow with Glanbia in the years to come. We think the resulting website speaks for itself.

For a further look, check out the Glanbia Ireland Ingredients website here.

Glanbia Ireland Ingredients Picture

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland's national cancer charity. It aims to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

Annertech has been working with them since 2011 but this year we were asked to rethink how the Irish Cancer Society would reposition itself online.

The project goals included: to understand the core user groups of the website – their needs and frustrations; redesign the look and feel of and streamline the information architecture.

Cancer Society responsive design picture

Other projects

2020 has been a very productive year in terms of project delivery. We have rolled out digital platforms for the likes of Dublin City Council, Dublin City University and Special Olympics Ireland. In the Commercial sector, we’ve been busy with Glanbia Ireland, Sappi and 4 websites for Paragon Group.

We also continue to support, maintain and host a multitude of websites with our dedicated, ring-fenced, support team.

Events in 2020

During the last twelve months, Annertech has been actively involved in international Drupal events, while also co-hosting a webinar with our partner, Acquia.

Nurturing Digital Experience in Financial Services Webinar - 22nd July 2020

Along with our partners, Acquia, in this webinar we explore what digital engagement really means in today’s world and give actionable strategies you can begin to use right now.

Here you can access the recording of this webinar presented by Stella Power, Managing Director, Annertech and Nigel Taylor, Senior Solutions Architect, Acquia.

DrupalCon Global – 14th to 17th July 2020

With physical events being brought online due to the pandemic, Annertech was delighted to attend and participate in this truly global event.

Our very own, Christopher Torgalson, presented in the DevOps & Infrastructure Track on avoiding Automation Worst Practices which was very well attended and garnered great feedback.

DrupalCon Europe – 8th to 11th December 2020

This event has just wrapped up and by all accounts was a great success. Annertech were proud to be Gold Sponsors and we also had four Annertechies presenting!

Our Managing Director, Stella Power, was a featured speaker in the Agency & Business Track and presented a session on Successfully Managing Distributed Teams.

Meanwhile, one of our senior frontend developers, Tom Bamford, spoke in the Open Web & Community Track on how the ideal work environment is one where you feel included, supported and heard. Find out more in his session "An open (company) culture empowers autonomy and collaboration".

In addition, our Head of Managed Services, Anthony Lindsay, spoke on "How to Manage 70+ Sites without Loosing your Sanity", and senior frontend developer, Petr Illek, spoke on how "Performance is not only Speed".

To find out more about this event, visit our recent blog post: How Annertech is Contributing to DrupalCon Europe 2020.

DrupalCon Global and Europe 2020 collage of speakers and sponsor badge

In other news

Another Award!

Back in February, we were delighted to win another award – this time at the Digital Media Awards 2020. The project we did for Bóthar was selected as a winner for Best in Government & Not-for-Profit, taking home the Bronze award in that category. You can read the case study here.

New Team Members

We are delighted to announce that the Annertech team continued to grow in 2020, despite the pandemic. We have welcomed Vít, George, Dennis and Jaime to the ranks and are on the lookout for more talented developers!

New Certifications

This year some of our team members have been busy skilling up. The following accolades have been achieved:

  • Acquia Cloud Pro – Alan Burke
  • Acquia Personalisation Pro – Stella Power
  • Acquia Certified Frontend Developer - Christopher Torgalson, Juanluis Lozano & Petr Illek
  • ITIL 4 Foundation – Anthony Lindsay

Towards 2021

2020 was certainly a year like no other, and I want to take this opportunity to thank our incredible team for their continued commitment, dedication and enthusiasm, without which this year may have gone very differently. I am immensely proud and honoured to be able to work with them.

So here's to an incredible team, fantastic clients, and hopefully a more normal 2021!

From all of us at Annertech, happy new year!

Do you need help with your digital platform in 2021?

Why not talk to us to find out how we can maximise return on investment from your digital presence.

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Stella Power Managing Director

As well as being the founder and managing director of Annertech, Stella is one of the best known Drupal contributors in the world.