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Content, meet Commerce

Today, .NET CMS company Sitecore acquired e-commerce vendor commerceserver.net. Chances are you've never heard of commerceserver.net. It's the product-formerly-known-as Microsoft Commerce Server, which Microsoft sold to a company called Ascentium, who then spun it off into commerceserver.net. Microsoft Commerce Server never quite took off relative to competitors like ATG, Hybris, and IBM. I was... More

Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends: Update on Consolidation, Video

Over the next month, I’ll be revisiting some of my earlier blog posts to see how media and entertainment trends have developed. One of 2013’s major themes in the media and entertainment industry is consolidation. Back in September, I highlighted $6.78 billion dollars in 2013 mergers and acquisitions in just one media segment: companies that own local TV station affiliates. This segment seems to be the most heavily affected by consolidation this year, and the result is companies like Gannett, Sinclair and many others face complex CMS integrations or replatforming to new CMS systems.... More

Meet Yves Chedemois - Part 1 - Drupal community funding


Part 1 - I spoke with Yves Chedemois, aka yched, on a very pleasant September afternoon outdoors at DrupalCon Prague. You might hear the odd skateboard or two in the background of our conversation. Yched is an important contributor to Drupal: he has been a maintainer of what was called CCK in Drupal 4.7 through Drupal 6.x, then became the core Field API in Drupal 7. In part one of our conversation, we talk about Yves's time working... 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

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 2: Define your requirements

In order to find candidates to grow your Drupal team, you need to define your requirements. How many people do you need on your team? What skills should each have? How much experience does each need? Read my previous post to lay the foundation for planning your Drupal team by getting familiar all of the various roles and skill sets on typical implementation teams of any size. In this series you can learn how to build your Drupal team in 5 steps:... More

Why Does DevOps Matter?

People often ask, why does DevOps matter?
The honest answer to that question is...because having the development and operations team work together is the only way IT is successful.
Over the past few decades I've worked in different environments that include: small web start ups, big pharmaceutical companies, hardware engineering shops and large software companies and banks. All were trying different approaches to deliver quality software to their end users, customers, but most of them were failing badly.
Operations people were being... More

Why Google Now is the Future of Your Website

I've been spending a lot of time with Google services lately as I explore switching from my trusty iPhone and iOS to Android, specifically the Nexus 5. It's been a surprisingly smooth transition, and I've started to prefer Android to iOS, in many ways because of the deep integration with Google Now, which gets me the right information at just the right time.
When I wake up, I get a weather forecast for the city I'm currently in, and if I'm traveling, the city I'm heading to. Before my morning commute, Google Now tells me the time it will take to drive to work, and help me navigate around... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

It's been a week since our last roundup and there has certainly been a flock of disruptive news happening. Acquia, for example was named the fastest growing private software company in North America on Deloitte's 2013 Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecom, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.
On DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption, there were several key stories that made some big headlines in the... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 1. Teams, roles and skills

In order to successfully create a great digital experience with Drupal, you need a great Drupal team. Building a great team requires some thoughtful planning and possibly widening your net a bit. In this blog series, we'll be looking at the 5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team.
Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles
Step 2: Define your requirements... More

Meet Top Shelf Modules - Part 2: Sustainability & Dries Day!


Part 2: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part two, we go into more depth about TSM's mission and discuss the sustainability (or otherwise) of Drupal's volunteer-based development model and the various efforts and experiments... More

Acquia lance son programme Digital Alliance

Acquia lance son programme Digital Alliance afin d’offrir l’écosystème technologique idéal pour la création d’expériences digitales 100% intégrées
Le 22 octobre 2013, Acquia a lancé son programme Digital Alliance , qui unit les partenaires spécialistes du marketing digital, les experts technologies et fournisseurs de solutions afin d’offrir une gamme complète de possibilités digitales et d’applications intégrées avec la plate-... More

Free Drupal Gardens iPhone app adds new content editing features

Acquia is pleased to announce the availability of Version 2.0 of the Drupal Gardens iPhone app, making it even more convenient for users on the go to manage content on their Drupal websites from the comfort of their iOS devices.
New capabilities released with Version 2.0 include:
Enhance photos before you post
When embedding a photo in post, tap to give your photos a touch of awesome before the app uploads them to your site. Sharpen focus, add filter effects, crop, change the orientation or brightness, remove red-eye and blemishes, and more! Experience the benefits of a professional photo... More

Why you should be excited about Drupal 8

If you're a developer who has worked mostly in Drupal over the last several years and haven't come up for air and taken in the general direction of PHP application programming, you're in for an interesting ride. Many of us who developed our programming chops with Drupal have taken our cues from the Drupal codebase itself, where nearly all functionality is wrapped in functions, and where most big problems were solved in-house rather than being farmed out to third party libraries. One tendency has been to follow suit with our own code, which means that some of us have missed out one some major... More

Announcing One-Click Install Drupal Distributions on Acquia Cloud

As Dries has stated many times, Drupal is the future of the web, and distributions are critical to that future. On a CMS where speed to market is already a strength, Drupal’s distributions represent ready to use solutions for assembled digital experiences.
Today we’re excited to launch one-click distribution installations on Acquia Cloud, eliminating a barrier for non-technical site owners to try Drupal and simplifying the evaluation process for users comparing Drupal to proprietary CMS vendors. For developers and site builders, this means you now have a free way to create a live website... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

In order to create a great digital experience today, a brand must remain in step with consumer expectations and one step ahead of the competition. Constant innovation is essential to take advantage of the opportunities for successfully disrupting an established market, as well as to mount a defense against others disrupting your business.
We'll be sharing a weekly roundup of some of the highlights from DigitalDisruption.com as the staff of this recently launched site follows the rapid changes that are affecting how we all do... More

This week in Drupal Core: November 6, 2013

What's new with Drupal 8?
Greetings. For any of you who celebrated Halloween, Dia de Muertos, All Souls' Day, Samhain, or any other holiday marking the halfway point between equinox and solstice or between the material and spirit worlds, we hope you enjoyed your festivities and reflections. Drupal.org itself observed the event by dying for a day on October 31, and coming back to life as a Drupal 7 website on November 1. Thank you to everyone who contributed to... More

Meet Top Shelf Modules - Part 1


Part 1: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part one, we go over the concept behind TSM, the quality and challenges in the Drupal contrib. module space, Drupal 8 and why it is time to upgrade your modules now (!). In part two, we... More

Building an accessibility green board for Drupal

We are in the process of establishing an accessibility testing green board for Drupal. A green board will allow us to know when accessibility regressions are introduced to Drupal core as we approach the beta and release candidate stages of the Drupal 8 release cycle.
The testing platform and tests are under development and progress is solid,... 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

Healthcare.gov & Why Enterprise IT Projects Keep Failing

You would have to be living on another planet to not to have heard about the failures of the healthcare.gov site. It seems like every day, there's another high profile failure, where the site doesn't work, or its hosting servers go down. It's been great fodder for late night comedians. Last weekend, even Saturday Night Live got in on the action. My favorite two quotes from the skit:
“A lot of folks have been talking about our new healthcare enrollment site, how it’s been... More

Building an A+ Responsive Drupal Site for the Shared Value Initiative

Cross-posted from the Genuine Interactive Blog
The Shared Value Initiative is a global community of practice committed to driving adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies, civil society and government organizations. Launched by FSG Founders, Mark R. Kramer and Harvard Business School Professor, Michael E. Porter, this initiative is being promoted beyond word of mouth and global events. FSG approached Genuine to build a website for Shared Value... More

Meet Google Glass Explorer Don Schwartz

Posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com
I met Don Schwartz, New England area Google Glass Explorer, at Tech in Motion's recent "Wearable Technology Mixer" at the Baseball Tavern in Boston. Schwartz and I discussed Google Glass and the ways its augmented reality is a key disruptor in the digital space.

1) Tell me about yourself, how you came to become a Google Glass tester, and what kinds of things you do with it.
In February, I responded to the Google challenge, "If I had Glass... " My response: If I had glass I would... More

Building websites and Mountain Climbing – views from the Summit with Drupal

In today’s information saturated marketplace, content is king. Every organization from the largest Fortune-listed to the small “mom and pop shops” need to deliver up-to-date information to their customers and employees. Like any endeavor, the right tools define how successful the process will be. It is also a team effort between business leaders working with users to understand their needs providing direction to content creators who produce relevant content and that flow back to the business leaders for publishing. Building, maintaining and utilizing are not a job for a few dedicated people... More

Come to Drupal South 2014 - Unlikely Hero! - Meet Josh Waihi


In this podcast, I have a chat about Drupal with Josh Waihi, Enterprise Architect for Catalyst IT, and also find out why you should attend Drupal South in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2014 if you possibly can (Submit your session proposals now!)

Amazing news, hurray! – Since this podcast was recorded at the DrupalCon Prague sprints on September 27th (hence our scratchy voices in the conversation), the Drupal South team... More

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