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No, you don’t have to be a developer to contribute to Drupal Sprints

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive Ways to Contribute to 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend There’s a Drupal Sprint taking place at Genuine in a couple of weeks and you automatically think, “Oh, it’s a developers event.” Think again because that’s a Sprint myth that needs to go away, especially when more contributors are needed to help with pushing Drupal 8 beyond writing code! A successful Drupal Sprint needs people who can test patches, write... More

Top 3 Challenges Facing Public Sector Intranets

All intranet efforts start out with the best intentions. Organizations envision an information hub for their community made up of easy to find websites that are simple to create and maintain. A one-stop shop for all their information needs, if you will. Many of these efforts fail, causing the end users to shudder at the mere mention of such an attempt again. And for government organizations, there are additional challenges when creating an intranet as part of a Digital Government Strategy. This got me thinking about the top three challenges public sector agencies are facing with intranet... More

Drupal Commons | Social Business Platform

Cross-posted with permission from Blue Coda Companies are continually looking for better and more integrated methods by which to connect with their users. While platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn offer large populations, and many of your users are undoubtedly already on there, they leave a lot to be desired. Primarily, the ability to control your community data, and use it in meaningful ways. Without access to the back-end data for your community, analysis is much weaker or not... More

Learning Through Celebration

Cross-posted with permission from Drupalize.Me During DrupalCon Prague I had the pleasure of giving a presentation about teaching Drupal 8 as part of the core conversations track. In the presentation I talked a lot about providing a good learning environment for people starting with Drupal 8, and removing the fear and uncertainty that are so... More

Skateboarding and Drupal ‘Collide’ For Public Good

What happens when two passions, one for skateboarding, one for Drupal collide? Read the details below, and learn how, now with help from Acquia, the result of this “collision” is geared for great success. Let’s begin at the beginning: In 1995, Long Beach Council member Mike Donelon was getting multiple calls from a constituent complaining about skateboarders in front of their house. In researching the situation and talking to the kids involved, they told him they had no where to skate legally, safely and hassle free. The need -- and benefit -- of a public skatepark quickly became apparent.... More

For Ops Team Member, Giving Back is the Goal

Some years ago I was working for the public sector and had some innovative ideas for using free and open source software in order to make things more agile, stable and cheaper. This involved not only changing the users' desktops but more importantly the online presence, the public services and the deciders' mentality. It was then I came to know software like Typo3, Plone, Mambo/Joomla, Wordpress and ultimately Drupal. Dragged by inspiration to draw some guidance projects, I started a quest to bring the... More

Support Team Marks 100,000 Engagement Milestone

One of the main drivers in the founding of Acquia was to support organizations that wanted to use what was then a relatively new technology called Drupal. So it meant a lot as the customer solutions team recently hit the milestone of successfully completing 100,000 support engagements. This is a particularly rewarding number because it represents the thousands of times we’ve been able to successfully help Drupal users meet the challenge of managing and scaling their sites. Our customers, including some of the world’s leading Drupal users, are on the cutting edge of technology. Their sites... More

Analyzing the App Generation

Cross-posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com The rapid innovation of digital media and its impact is as big as the introduction of the written word or printed messages. This is according to Harvard psychology professor Howard Gardner, and I couldn't agree more. Gardner made this statement as he and co-author Katie Davis discussed their new book "The App Generation" at a packed First Baptist Church in Harvard Square. But what interested me most aside from the riveting back and forth between Davis and Gardner was the... More

Battleplan for Search & Solr in Drupal 8

tl;dr Contrib Search maintainers are committed to make Drupal 8 kick ass with Search API. Search is a massively cool technology spectrum with loads of really tough problems such as language stemming, delivering search as a site scales and helping customers actually find what they want. However, solving these is not so easy. Let’s look at the history of Search and Solr in Drupal. Drupal 6 Drupal 6 got a great Apache Solr Search module, thanks to PWolanin and RobertDouglass. There was a 1.x and... More

How Timbre Disrupts Your Local Concert Market

Posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com For the average concert-goer, there are more events than one can wrap one’s head around. It’s hard to keep track of who’s coming to town, what merits your attention, and what’s ultimately worth your commitment (and hard-earned greenbacks). On the flip side, artists struggle to get their name out, despite the Internet’s ability to democratize access. The fight to own record store shelf space is over; now, artists largely host their music online. But capturing and motivating an ever... More

A Tale of Two Roadmaps: Drupal vs Jive

During the era before the marketplace began moving at lightspeed, having a “roadmap” laying out the coming features offered by a software vendor was seen as a plus. Knowing what to expect and when was a comfort. Today, being confined to a roadmap is like being in a straightjacket, prevented from moving and pivoting with rapid market demands. It’s ok if there a roadmap, but the roadmap has to be mine, not the vendor’s. The limitations and constraints presented by a proprietary vendor’s roadmap came to mind last week as I read about a Jive Software product announcement in an industry... More

BADcamp 2013 - What to expect?

We’re ready to Rock! BADcamp 2013 Preview! We’re 3 days away from BADcamp 2013 and we could not be more excited. What is BADcamp? BADcamp stands for the Bay Area Drupal camp - an annual event that happens in Berkeley California where local Drupalists get together over four days of summits, sprints, trainings, sessions, BOFs, networking, parties and more. I’m particularly excited about this year’s BADcamp because we’re making a big splash. The incredible bunch of Drupalists and engineers we have at Acquia never ceases to amaze me. Passion for Drupal, Open Source and the community rides high in... More

Tutorial: Drupal 8 Sitebuilding - Modeling data with Fields

Sitebuilders will be able to do much more with Drupal 8 right out of the box. There are many excellent enhancements you'll want to know more about. Because new Drupal adopters will have the essential functionality of the most popular contributed modules to use, I think this is going to make Drupal easier to discover and learn. As the manager of our training program here at Acquia, I think it's going to make training much more... More

Acquia and BLEN Corp power Unfurlough.us

The United States Government has shutdown — for the first time in 17 years — on October 1st, 2013. According to estimates, some 800,000 government employees were furloughed on that day. For those people, the shutdown created an incredible amount of uncertainty and financial pressure. As one of my friends who is among the furloughed said, “… [it] doesn’t mean the mortgage and car loan payments aren’t still due.” We thought about how we can help and the answer was obvious to us:... More

Tutorial: Drupal 8 Site Building preview - Less is more

(updated Oct 8- went from 14 contrib modules you don't need to 32! thanks to larowlan, klausi, webchick, swentel, gabor and wim leers for heads-up!) Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll dig into the main Drupal 8 site building tasks and how they’ve been changed in the next version of Drupal. In today’s introduction, I want to give you some observations about the site building experience in Drupal 8. I’m starting in this post by pointing out what modules are GONE from core in Drupal 8- and what contrib modules you won’t need to install since that functionality is included in Drupal 8. On... More

Prepare to be Amazed: Acquia Partner Site Awards Now Accepting Nominations

Our partners bring our solutions to life through their creativity, their development skills and their understanding of their clients’ businesses. The Partner Site of the Year Awards is one of my favorite programs because it showcases the amazing work of our partners. Last year was our inaugural year, and the bar was set high by our 114 nominees and seven category winners. I predict the competition will only be tougher in 2014, with more submissions and more great examples of digital innovation.... More

Drupal Commons Tutorial: Customizing Community Website

Often community managers are moving between a variety of fractured systems. They might have a community discussion in a forum application, but they need to edit content in a CMS. Recently we completed two live tutorials showing community managers how to manage groups, users and the content on their sites using Drupal Commons. Drupal Commons allows you to unify the content editing and community experience. It is online community software that works right out of the box. It is used to build knowledge sharing networks, collaborative spaces... More

Drupal will not be ugly; we will not punish dissent

The Drupal community is looking inward. This introspection was in large part sparked by the BackDrop fork of Drupal. In short, Jen Lampton and Nathan Haug selected a specific commit of the Drupal repository and set off on a new project from that point in time in Drupal's development. Drupal is an open source project. Forking is a right anyone has under its licensing terms. We all make a little fork of Drupal... More

Online Communities Require Member Commitment

In my last blog post I talked about what is required to build and sustain online communities. One thing that hasn’t been talked about is the commitment needed from community members. And without members who engage with the community regularly, there is no community. Commitment from members can include: · Paying a membership fee · Committing to make a certain number of meetings/programs per month/year · Asking and/or answering a certain number of questions online · Mentoring a new member and... More

Why Online Business Communities Matter for You

Remember when someone first said, “your business needs to be on the Internet?” and you dismissed them because it didn’t seem to be critical? Now having a website is the equivalent to being listed in the yellow pages 30 years ago. More recently came the clamor of “you need to be on social media.” Each evolution engendered skeptics but a few took advantage of the new opportunity to gain a larger share of their market – whether that be customers for consumer companies, donors for non-profits or constituents for government agencies. Today, most businesses connect with customers, employees,... More

Low-cost Drupal website brings high-end rewards for Kansas City non-profit

The journey from a dimly lit photo of a young woman with a blank stare to the smiling young man at the top of the homepage is a metaphor for the hope that Higher M-Pact brings to troubled teens, but also mirrors the journey of Higher M-Pact’s online presence. Higher M-Pact’s website enables visitors to learn how the non-profit helps high-risk urban youths strive for a better future. They did this by intervening sooner rather than later with these youths to motivate, engage and inspire. Obstacles are turned into opportunities, and a... More

Prague Demystified: Essential guide to the next Drupalcon capital

Prague - the capital of the Czech republic, an ancient city, one of the most beautiful in the world, a place that has caused political turmoil throughout centuries, mecca for on-the-budget bachelor parties, and the next venue for Drupalcon. What should you know, what should you try to see, and what to avoid? Welcome to my guide to essential Prague - all the things that you should do, visit or try while in the Czech Republic. I would like to give you a perspective of someone born in the country and who has lived in Prague for over 7 years - and provide tips for some less traditional trips and... More

Notes from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 3 - Launching

Today we held Part 3 of our Drupal for Project Manager's course with Amye Scarvada @amye. We focused entirely on issues around launching. This is the project manager's opportunity to stave off any potential disasters at the point of going live. It's the project manager who can check that all considerations have been made, and even in some cases plan and test for rollback... *just* in case something goes pear-shaped. (recording and presentation coming soon!) Join next week for... More

Lessons from DrupalCon: Come for the Product, Stay for the Community

It’s been a couple of weeks since I came back from my first DrupalCon. It was a whirlwind event full of sessions, customer meetings, and yes – a few parties. There were over 3,300 attendees at DrupalCon, and we had over 700 of them at our Acquia Customer Love party. It truly was an awesome event, and I met lots of great people. Most of them Drupal developers. Here’s a secret: I used to be a developer. I learned BASIC when I was 10 on my trusty TI-994/A. I wanted a computer to play games, but my parents... More

Questions from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 2

Today we held part 2 of our Drupal for Project Managers mini-course. Here are the questions Jakub addressed in our interview today. If you missed the session you will be able to watch the recording (recording link coming soon!). Ask your questions below in the comments. Don't forget to sign up for next week - June 12 - Part 3: Launching with Amye Scavarda. Part 2 - Implementation - Interview with Jakub Suchy Introduction Your team - clarifying... More

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