Mar 19 2012
Mar 19

Eight years ago, I stepped out of the corporate world and started Treehouse Agency, envisioning a model of web development centered around the client relationship. Over the next couple of years, others joined me as not only employees, but also as friends. With these friends, we grew from a couple of developers building websites to a 15-person agency building some of today’s biggest and most sophisticated Drupal implementations.

Today, it is with great excitement that I tell you we will continue our tradition of growing with friends–many, many more of them. As of today, Treehouse Agency is merging with Phase2 Technology, an agency that shares our dedication to top-tier open source platform development in the government, publishing, and non-profit sectors.

In recent years we have found ourselves working in friendly competition with each other, developing parallel reputations and complementary skillsets. Treehouse and Phase2 are a very natural fit for each other in terms of our skills, values, culture and client verticals.

In the coming weeks, our companies will integrate our operations, and the combined company will carry the Phase2 Technology name; I will join Phase2 as President, overseeing financial and human capital, including talent and culture development.

I look forward to the many exciting opportunities this merger brings to the table. We look forward to offering a more comprehensive selection of services to clients, growing thought leadership, and strengthening contrib projects including modules, core development, and Phase2′s collection of distributions.

I never imagined when I started Treehouse that it would grow into what it has become today; to be joining forces with a company like Phase2–which I and many of my colleagues have grown to respect so much–is amazing to me.

Thank you to all of those who have supported Treehouse over the years: clients, colleagues, and of course the amazing team that make us what we are today.

It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we are just getting started.

For the official details, you can read the press release here. At DrupalCon? Swing by booth #419 and say hello!!!
Aug 04 2011
Aug 04

I’ve been waiting a long time to tell you something.

Several months ago, Treehouse was signed on by (Top 100 Federal Prime Contractor) Energy Enterpise Solutions as the development partner for Energy.gov’s massive, eleven-site Drupal relaunch.

Today, I am ecstatic to announce that the platform is live!

The Energy.gov relaunch represents a huge step in the ongoing progression of major government agencies moving to Drupal; these agencies have included the US House of Representatives, The White House, and the Department of Commerce, among others. As with other federal and state projects, the Department of Energy has proven to be an enthusiastic supporter of the Drupal community, with the project yielding numerous patches and even a new module or two to be contributed back to the community.

New Energy.gov homepage

The project was executed by an all-star team that included not only Treehouse but also the design and usability gurus at  HUGE and Drupal support mavens at Acquia, all brought together by Energy Enterprise Solutions. Cloud-based hosting is provided by BlackMesh.

Running on Drupal 7, the multisite platform gives the Department of Energy the tools they need to both provide a more engaging, enjoyable user experience and realize operational efficiencies.

Highlights of the project include:

  • Easy sharing of content between sites on the platform. Editors can now write content that is easily deployed to multiple sites, rather than each site having its own completely distinct resources.

  • Data visualizations and mapping. Our devs cooked up some very cool things in rendering data visualizations and maps (using the super-slick MapBox). You’ll see more on this in the next week or so as they put together blog content about the technology implemented.

  • Major editor empowerment. Along with creating content that can be applied anywhere within the platform’s network, it is now actually possible for editors to create new sites without relying on the development team.

  • Drupal breakthroughs. Innovations in using Drupal include sophisticated workflows using a state machine, and the new Bean module (currently available as an alpha release). As with the data renderings, you’ll hear more about these innovations in the coming weeks.

  • Independence. The Department of Energy now owns their site platform; its open source code means that they will no longer have to rely on a single vendor for support or site updates.

Finally, a big thank you and congratulations to Cammie Croft and Liz Meckes at the Department of Energy. It has truly been a pleasure working with the DOE team on this project.

As the CEO of Treehouse, I couldn’t be more proud of our team, nor more awestruck by what they have achieved. This project is as much of a milestone for us as I hope it is for the Department of Energy, and I am very hopeful that it will lead to more such projects with our public agencies in the future.

Keep an eye out for tech details from our team in the coming weeks. Trust me, it will be worth the read. ;) In the meantime, check out Energy.gov and join us on Twitter (@treehouseagency)!

About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

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