Life as … a Drupal Developer – Bram Driesen


The majority of our Tobania world (called “the galaxy” according to our Tobians) is populated by our consultants. Each with their own expertise strapped to their backpacks, they head out to our client’s workplace to deliver targeted projects. Perhaps at yours as well? Well, time to get to know them personally! Featured in this edition: Bram Driesen, Drupal Developer.

What is a Drupal Developer?

A Drupal Developer is responsible for developing customised solutions for the customers. This ranges from creative website content to complex property and customer management systems. He/she builds integrations with external platforms such as Immoweb and Office 365.

What makes working as a Drupal Developer so unique?

As a Drupal Developer, you are part of one of the largest Open Source DXP platforms. Being able to contribute back to this community while doing work for our customers is great and provides brand recognition for Tobania as well. Did you know that Tobania has received more than 70 issue credits in the last three months?

How would your colleagues describe you?

I would say eager and motivated.

What is your go-to productivity trick?

My go-to productivity trick would be to turn off e-mail notifications and only attend meetings where you are really required.

“”As a Drupal Developer, you can stand out by having a “strong” user profile on, showing that you know your way around and know how to report bugs.””

How can you stand out as a Drupal Developer?

In my opinion, that means having a “strong” user profile on, showing that you know your way around and know how to report bugs. That way, you can potentially help fix them or contribute your own modules.

What did your career path look like?

I joined Tobania in 2020. In addition to the role of Drupal Developer, I expanded my knowledge and became part of our DevOps team.

If you could go back in time. What would you say to yourself at the beginning of your career?

I would say that every customer eventually encounters the same challenges.

What gives you a professional high?

If I get credits for helping to solve a Drupal core issue.

Do you aspire to be a mentor to others one day?

With more than seven years of contributing to the Drupal eco-system, I love coaching and “pushing” others to do the same.

What skill did you develop over your career that was worth all the effort?

I don’t know an exact skill. But I think you learn to make things work with the sometimes-limited information you get from customers.

Why should a fellow Drupal Developer join you at Tobania?

You get to be a member of the best team within Tobania! Moreover, being part of our (in-house) Drupal Factory is a really wonderful experience!