You're a Drupal professional, and/or you play with the web for a living. You're moderately familiar with Professional Services, or at least interested in it. You get the tensions between making timelines happen and making clients happy. While this will be development-focused, it's focused around what clients actually want. We're not going to talk about database layer abstraction and assorted other 'word salad' phrases. We might be talking about Fields in Core and how that upgrade affects existing sites.
Upgrading from Drupal 6 to 7: The Client Edition
As you'll notice, this is a presentation from a speaker who doesn't have a voice today.
Hullo! So this is me – Amye Scavarda @msamye Chief Gardener at Function [email_address]
So everything that I would have said.. will be up here. We'll see about Q+A.
First off, Houston is awesome. This has been a fantastic Southwest Drupal Summit.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gusset/3723961589/ You're a Drupal professional, and/or you play with the web for a living. You get the tensions between making timelines happen and making clients happy. We're not going to talk about database layer abstraction and assorted other 'word salad' phrases. We're going to talk in plain english.
You can also tell them that if they want this car to go faster, they should put some gas in it. Like paying for your coding time that will go back to make Drupal better. This sounds snarkier than I mean it, but it's true.
The point being: Does your shared hosting have all of that?
The Shrimp Dinner Rule of Hosting - If you would be concerned about consuming a shrimp dinner for what you pay in hosting, you might think about upgrading. No one likes food poisoning. – mark jaquith, WordPress lead developer
After all that? Go play with it anyways. Go see what happens when you peek under the hood. There's a lot of great stuff that's happening that webchick's talked about.
See if you can figure out the use cases you'd need it for.
Plan carefully. Write it down, and be willing to kick it back out to some of the people you've met here for a sanity check.