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Custom Distributions on Acquia Cloud: Part 2 -- Updating with Drush Make

In the first post of this series on Drush Make we looked at building a custom Drupal install profile on Acquia Cloud using Drush make. In this installment, we look at managing and updating the code in your install profile and deploying it onto Acquia Cloud. Keeping up with new releases is one of the most important aspects of maintaining any site and leveraging Drush make can dramatically reduce the effort involved with that process. If you’re unfamiliar with Drush, there is extensive documentation provided... More

Weather.com using Drupal

One of the world's most trafficked websites, with more than 100 million unique visitors every month and more than 20 million different pages of content, is now using Drupal. Weather.com is a top 20 U.S. site according to comScore. As far as I know, this is currently the biggest Drupal site in the world. Weather.com has been an... More

Meet Cal Evans ... Meet Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

Voices of the ElePHPant / Acquia Podcast Ultimate Showdown Part 1 - Cal Evans and I got the chance to sit down and talk (a lot!) at DrupalCon Amsterdam and talk about a range of topics we have in common. In this first part of a 2-part series, we talk Drupal, PHP convergence and the "PHP Renaissance", open source communities, proprietary v open source business and the ethics of helping, and more. Why PHP? According to Cal, PHP has three things going for it: "It is a great language; the only language designed for the Web." "It has an awesome set of documentation, maintained by... More

Lush: A Digital Love Story

We’re about to release a case study on Lush.co.uk, and I hate to spoil the fun, but I just can’t help it. As I write this post I’m on a flight back across the pond from London, where I had the pleasure of meeting, first-hand, the team behind Lush.co.uk. iKOS Digital, one of my favorite agency partners and the strategy team behind Lush.co.uk, co-hosted a Digital Transformation breakfast briefing with Acquia last week. Myles... More

Building a Great DX: Make Shopping an Experience

It was an enviable assignment, a challenge that I was happy to accept: check out the Friday night shopping experience at a Bass Pro Shop. Jason Thibeault, a co-author of Recommend This!, suggested the idea when we were discussing the evolution of Internet shopping. “Online shopping is no longer a button -- a separate place to make a transaction,” he said. “Now it’s an experience, a community with multiple opportunities for interactions.” It’s the difference, Jason said, between buying a fishing rod at Walmart, and buying one at Bass Pro Shop on a Friday night. “You should check it out,”... More

My attempt to migrate a Drupal 6 site to Drupal 8

I wanted to better understand the process of upgrading a Drupal 6 site to Drupal 8. In summary: the toolkits are there, but it isn’t quite seamless yet. I tried more than 10 migration configurations with varying degrees of success. You’ll find below a walkthrough of how to do it, and a summary of the functionality to date. Firstly I have setup a test Drupal 6 site. I have used Devel (Devel Generate) module to generate Users, Taxonomies, Content (story / page) in D6 site. I haven’t enabled any other core/contrib modules other... More

Microsoft Offers Up .NET Framework to Open Source

Historic changes in society sometimes begin with a concession. Last week, Microsoft announced it will make available as open source code its server-side .NET stack and core runtime frameworks. Like the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will look back on this as a moment to remember. At Acquia, our mission is to make the... More

A Bit of History: The Proprietary Past

A profound change has happened to the Content Management World: No business knows the value and pain of content management like the press, and there were a couple laughs at yesterday’s media briefing when I quoted Acquia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Tom Wentworth: “Everyone hates their CMS.” The strategic value of a strong CMS is central to the success of any media operation: no industry was disrupted earlier and more profoundly than publishing. From the earliest days of web publishing, no technology held more hope and delivered more disappointment than content management . At Acquia, we want... More

Women in Technology: Better Business, Better World – Meet Vinita Rathi

I met Vinita Rathi at the recent Digibury Weekender, where she gave a presentation entitled "Why we all need women in tech." Her presentation was thought- and audience-question provoking and I was thrilled when she agreed to sit down with me and talk about women in technology. In this conversation, among other things, we touch on how businesses with more women in leadership tend to be better performers financially; motherhood and maternity leave as a business advantage; perspectives on problem solving; and how to move technology companies... More

A Platform for a Country: Australia’s govCMS

When I first met Dries Buytaert I asked him why he started Acquia. To paraphrase him (because I wasn’t taking perfect notes): I realized after getting some calls seeking advice that if Drupal was going to be adopted by the world’s greatest brands and institutions, it would need a company like Acquia to support them. I’m sure Dries has seen that vision come true many times over the course of Acquia’s seven year history, but I wish he had been in Sydney with me yesterday when the Chief Technology Officer of the Australian Government, John Sheridan, announced to the country’s top tech press that... More

Building a Great DX: Get Started with “Smarter Data”

There’s one word that comes up in every discussion about Big Data: “overwhelming.” Because it is. A recent Economist survey of global corporations revealed that only 19 percent felt that they were effectively managing and utilizing their big data. Feel better? Okay, now let’s regroup and get started on smarter data -- data you can actually use to deliver great digital experiences. Here’s one small, smart, real-world model worth bringing into the digital realm: the way the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain gathers data. Every employee of the Ritz-Carlton helps to maintain a company-wide database... More

A Recap of Acquia Engage, as told through Twitter

*/ @acquia Thanks for letting me be part of the 1st #AcquiaEngage conf. Perfectly executed. Congrats! — Holly Bounds (@hollymbounds) November 5, 2014 It’s hard to believe only one week ago, I was kicking off Day 2 at Acquia Engage, Acquia’s first conference at the Westin Copley in Boston. We had nearly 500 people attend, a fantastic outcome! Acquia Engage started off with a keynote from Acquia’s own Tom Erickson... More

PSR-What? Shared Standards for a Bright Future

PSR stands for PHP Standards Recommendation - these are documents which lay out how the PHP community has agreed things will be done. The standards are developed by the FIG (Framework Interoperability Group), which draws members from all the major frameworks and tools built in PHP. Since they have been very widely adopted around the PHP world, including in Drupal, I thought it might be nice to give a quick recap of which standard relates to what. They have rather unmemorable numbers rather than names, which can... More

Why the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCM Matters to Commerce

Three weeks ago, Acquia reached a major milestone. Gartner released its annual Web Content Management Magic Quadrant, and for the first time, Acquia made the coveted Leaders quadrant. This is a huge accomplishment for Acquia, and makes everyone here extremely proud to work for such an amazing company. Since Gartner does a Magic Quadrant report for both WCM and Commerce, commerce execs may pay little attention to the WCM report. I’m here to tell you - that’s a mistake. The lines between commerce and content are blurring, and commerce... More

Plan for Successful Drupal Adoption

Change is hard. In technology, it is also inevitable. Done poorly, it can lead to busted budgets, blown timelines, and bloated scope. Done well, it can transform your organization. Planning is key to successful change--and planning must account for human needs as well as technical requirements. What is an adoption plan? An adoption plan for a software project has elements of the following: Product management Communications Project management methodology Risk mitigation Development methodology User acceptance testing Training Software adoption is as much about managing people as it is about... More

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