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Didn't realize Drupal was a platform for Digital Marketing? Check this out...

Most Web Content Management systems have traditionally been sold to and bought by IT. However, innovation that has come out of the consumer technology space over the last decade has accelerated what experts are calling the "Consumerization of IT". Drupal is now in the center of this trend, which has shifted the buying center for Enterprise web technologies from IT to Digital Marketing organizations. The onslaught of mobile computing, social media, and the cloud has created a perfect storm where simple, yet powerful platforms like Drupal are now being leveraged purely for Marketing agility.... More

Drupal Training in Australia & New Zealand

If I may start this post with something obvious - let me say that "Drupal is global." In my last post I wrote about DrupalCon (and associated Training) coming to Europe in August. Today's post brings us even further from this writer's desk - crossing the equator, the prime meridian, and crossing seasons from the hot hot summer we're having here in Boston to the deep down under winter of Australia & New Zealand. In the coming month, there will be 3 weeks of training provided by one of Acquia's Training Partners -... More

Meet Acquia's training partners

By Heather I'm going to be blogging about our training partners and their trainers this summer, because they are awesome, and I'm very proud of what they're doing. All of our training partners are really busy. For example, Doug Vann is traveling around the US to teach and consult, soon he'll be in Austin on July 9-13 for a full week of training courses with NxtTeam. It's a good thing he doesn't also have to update and maintain his own materials. We... More

Drupal goes to Rock Center

NBC Universal is a world leader in media and entertainment and is headquartered in the mecca for these industries - Rockefeller Center in New York City. This was the perfect venue to interview Rob Gill, Director, Operations and Christoper A. Herring, Director, Publishing Program of NBC Universal and hear them outline their reasons for selecting Drupal and how they implemented it within their vast organization. NBC Universal has 30 to 40 leading brands, such as Bravo, and has numerous internal constituencies it needed to include in order to create a platform all could leverage. Drupal... More

10 Worthy Investments for Delivering a Truly Captivating Web Experience

Over the past decade, socialization on the Web has completely transformed how people consume information and interact with one another. Today’s marketing organizations now have the responsibility of capturing an integrated view of their customer across channels, while simultaneously promoting, delivering, and measuring engagement of those customers. This must be managed at every touchpoint along the customer journey all the way from initial response to checkout. There is an underlying complexity associated with marketing with customer engagement. However, sophisticated digital marketers are... More

The Power of OpenSaaS at Warner Music Group

Last month, we announced the launch of Enterprise Drupal Gardens, our OpenSaaS site factory platform. As part of that announcement, Warner Music Group launched 80 artist sites on Enterprise Drupal Gardens - including Cody Simpson, T.I., B.o.B, Portugal, The Man, Stevie Nicks, Iron & Wine, Surfer Blood, JaneDear girls, Jason Derulo, Waka Flocka Flame, Shinedown, Paramore, Wiz Khalifa and... More

Microsoft’s investment means Open Source is no longer a community, it’s a movement

For many years now, developers around the world have celebrated and promoted the numerous benefits that open source has to offer IT and business communities. Despite the flare for technology innovation and bringing new offerings to market, the real value of the open source community is the culture of the people that represent it. A shared ethos, coupled with a collaborative working model and mutual respect has delivered and will continue to deliver cutting edge software offerings that are increasingly competing with traditional proprietary vendors. But open source has moved beyond simply... More

Signing up for the business result

Recently I watched a movie called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. Check it out if you can it’s really good. It reminded me of how important it is to be passionate about what you do and never take your eye off the result. I like to think the work we do as Acquian’s - with the help of partners - results in epic business outcomes for our clients. My role in professional services, working with clients, can be both demanding and rewarding. A core aspect of my role is ensure not just delivery, but delivery excellence, and that what we do makes a difference. When teams approach a project by the letter of... More

Acquia Partner Training

Acquia's partner program is a fantastic resource for our customers as they seek to deploy the most interesting and useful Drupal projects they can. Our partner program is also a great way for our partners to grow their business - by working with us on larger deals they can get exposure and experience with larger clients than they may work with on their own. Partners also get exclusive access to Acquia staff for advice and support. One of the ways that we help our partners build their expertise, experience, and business is through training. As an example of how we work with our partners to... More

European public services must follow Iceland's open-source lead

Originally posted: http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/1761/european-public-services-must-follow-icelands-open-source-lead To many in the private sector, the idea of super-size contracts that are expensive to run and almost impossible to break free from seems ludicrous The global economic crisis has triggered a series of unprecedented social and political upheavals that have left many governments on the brink of bankruptcy. The high volume of... More

Training @ DrupalCon & Beyond

Wow! It's been an exciting three days so far of DrupalCon. Trainings, meetings, presentations, BOFs, keynotes, booth time, parties, and time with old (and new) friends. For me, I've been meeting partner after partner and getting excited about the year to come. Before I get to more recap though, I want to highlight a couple events coming up in the coming weeks. First, our Partner Isovera is at the Computer in Libraries conference happening in Washington, DC. They want to remind everyone especially in Boston of an opportunity to take "... More

Acquia Cloud By the (Big) Numbers

The Acquia Cloud continues to flourish! We set new records in the last month, thanks to our customers' exceptional Drupal sites, delivering 1 billion page views from Managed Cloud and Dev Cloud alone. When you add in Drupal Gardens, it amounts to over 100 terabytes of content! We’ve set performance records for individual sites as well. A customer’s recently-launched Acquia Cloud site delivered over 25... More

Higher education meet-up at DrupalCon

It's that time of year again where we are gearing up for another great DrupalCon. Next week, 3000 Drupalists, including more than 70 Acquians, will be migrating out west to the Rocky Mountains for an action packed week filled with sessions, stickers, beer, and lots of face time with the best open source community on the planet. There is one remarkable event that caught my attention and that speaks volumes about an important trend we're seeing: the Higher Ed Drupal Users meeting on Wednesday. Why is this so interesting you... More

Training + Drupal = Success!

It's that time of year again. That time when we're going to get flooded with new ideas, examples, and ways of using Drupal. Why? It's DrupalCon season of course! DrupalCon starts next week, and as we build up to that, it is a frenzy of setting up meetings, having pre-meeting meetings, and coming up with things to present to everyone in your meetings. As part of that build-up, one of our partners has been visiting us the past couple days. Owen Lansbury from PreviousNext has been in our office talking about the past... More

Is full time co-location critical to project success?

A daily part of my job is to pitch professional services products. There are a broad array of topics raised by prospective buyers as they evaluate risk and look for the best solution. A recent encounter got me thinking about co-location strategies and the criticality of full time co-location to project success. What’s at stake? Managing risk on enterprise projects can be a full time job. With so many variables - it’s often easiest to simplify the issue of co-location and mandate it as a must do. The argument is that team co-location for the duration of an engagement means better oversight,... More

Innovate or Die

I just attended OnMedia in NYC this week. It was my first time attending the event. I really enjoyed the format - panel discussions on topics such as social commerce, VC outlooks, and the socialization of video & TV - interspersed with CEO presentations from startups looking for new investors or partners. This is the closest to what it must be like any given day at Menlo Park - all the ideas, innovations, and discussions around what trends we're seeing and what's going to stick... More

.net Web Design and Development Survey 2012 – have your say!

The team at .net magazine have launched their web design survey this week. For those of you who don’t know, .net magazine is a valuable resource for those serious about web design and development on both sides of the Atlantic. Every few years they run a comprehensive industry survey. This year, Acquia is proud to sponsor the 2012 edition of the survey, which aims to build a detailed and thorough profile of the web design industry, its members and key trends on an international basis. Most importantly and in the spirit of openness (and... More

Distributions Summit in San Diego

The year is winding down and it was such a great year for Drupal! This was my first year with Acquia however it was not my first with Drupal. I worked with Drupal at OpenProj back in 2007 – it was a very active site with downloads exceeding 2 million. It has been a new and wonderful experience getting involved in the Drupal community through Acquia. In 2012, I look forward to actively contributing to the community and making an impact with Drupal Distributions. With that, my wish list for Distros in 2012 is quite long! I am excited to announce that we are going to... More

Drupal Training Down Under

PreviousNext is both an Acquia Enterprise Select Partner and an Acquia Training Partner. They are also the primary sponsor for the DrupalDownunder conference in Melbourne, Australia on January 14 & 15, 2012. (Yes, they are a busy and productive bunch!) DrupalDownunder is a community-driven event with presentations by a large range of developers and organisations using Drupal in Australia, and will certainly provide great value to those who attend.  ... More

uTest and Acquia Partner Up

Forbes writer, Tom Taulli, wrote: “Drupal is a powerful force in the tech world.” With more than two million downloads since its inception, we whole heartedly agree. Partnering with Acquia not only gives us the great opportunity to reach web developers all over the world, but it also offers us the chance to share our respective best practices and lessons learned in building world-class communities. Just as uTest taps into its community of software professionals to provide its customers with functional, usability, load and security testing, the Acquia Network draws from the collective... More

How to use Hello Drupal

By Heather James If you're running a business around Drupal services, giving talks and presentations is great way to highlight your own expertise and get the word out about Drupal. Preparation, however, takes time. We created "Hello Drupal" as a free hands-on session with materials and activities to help potential Drupal users and clients understand some fundamental concepts of Drupal. I used it on Saturday with 12 attendees at DrupalCamp Derry **, and it worked even better than the last time I... More

Dries & Drupal Training in India

Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal and the CTO of Acquia, is visiting India in November (from the 7th to the 11th). He will be joined by Ron Pruett, Acquia CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), and Jacob Singh (Acquia Senior Advisor). They will be visiting Delhi (7,8 Nov), Mumbai (9,10 Nov), and Hyderabad (11 Nov) to engage with the developer and business communities and to further the adoption of Drupal. In each city, DrupalCamps will happen at which Dries will speak. We encourage anyone local to these events to attend, and submit sessions!... More

Get compelling arguments for Drupal

How do you promote, use, and enjoy Drupal? When you tell people about it, what makes them pay attention? How do you communicate your successes to those who haven't discovered it? The Drupal Association wants to know. A few weeks ago we published five data sheets promoting Drupal in the Publishing, Education, Government, High-Tech, and Entertainment markets. Like many Drupalists, we kept running across great Drupal sites in these fields, but had a hard time remembering them when we wanted to show how wide Drupal adoption is. Seeing all those big... More

Why Publishers Should Care About Drupal

Acquia has published a white paper — Enterprise-Grade Web Publishing with Drupal — that focuses on the needs of professional publishers. While I’m the author and lead analyst, I crafted this report with help from many people in the Drupal community, particularly at Phase2 Technology, Palantir, and Acquia. For those of us who’ve tracked the rise of the web over the past decade, it comes as no surprise that the publishing industry is in an uproar. Publishing is now a democratic activity — anybody with a browser can... More

Free Drupal Training for Students

Acquia is pleased to announce three weeks of FREE Drupal training at our Burlington, MA headquarters. These weeks are September 26, November 14, and December 12 - with specific dates and times for courses below. The links for each course include basic information about what will be covered, prerequisites, and registration links. FREE Attendance at these courses is limited to current students and job-seekers. Acquia partners may also send trainees, and should email or call their Acquia contact for more information. These events are part of our commitment to increase Drupal skills throughout... More

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