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Proprietary CMS Vendors: 2005 Called, and it wants its Open Source FUD Back

Today I came across a new infographic from nonlinear creations, which compares open source and proprietary CMSs. nonlinear creations is a digital agency who does lots of CMS implementations, mostly in Sitecore. It's another attempt by a proprietary vendor and its partners to discredit open source using FUD. What's FUD you ask?
Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is a tactic used in... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 4: Posting Jobs


After you’ve worked hard on defining your requirements and writing your job description, the next thing you want to do is get that posted in as many places as possible where it can be seen by your job seeker. In this series, we're outlining a 5-step strategy for building a great Drupal team. In this step, we’ll focus on getting your job posting seen.

Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles... More

IT Builds New Revenue Streams on Cloud

Richard Sanchez, president of Miami-based cloud-computing company 0NL9, Inc., is no longer surprised to see IT skills applied in new -- and potentially profitable -- ways.
One of his clients is a company that leases storage containers in over a hundred locations across Canada and Europe. Recently, an IT pro on staff, "who was previously doing things like fighting computer viruses," took the initiative to develop an online calculator that allows prospective customers to price their lease online, based on the size and availability of the container.
The IT staff for another client, a handbag... 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

Drupal 8: CMI, Plugins, OO - Meet Yves Chedemois - Part 2


Part 2 - In this podcast, Yves Chedemois, aka yched, and I cover some changes to Drupal 8 core – CMI, the plugin system, and how they (and object oriented code) benefit developers. 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.... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 3: Widening Your Net


In our previous blog post, we focused on defining your requirements  to help you prepare your job description. To attract the right candidate, you’ll also include the qualifications you require and find ways to portray your company culture. In the third post in the series, we’re emphasizing ways to widen your net and increase your chances of attracting the best candidates in these 5 steps:... More

Cloud Shifts IT Focus to Business Strategy

As cloud hosting has become part of the technology landscape, offsite technical expertise also has become the norm. This has changed the game for IT, greatly simplifying the configuration, operation, and support a company's technology infrastructure.
"Acquiring and implementing technology is no longer the secret sauce of IT," admits Tom Catalini, the chief information officer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Yet, to Catalini, these are positive developments. "IT pros have a much better opportunity to really engage in the business now," he says.
Catalini, president of the Boston Society... More

Financial Services Adapt to Challenges, Advantages of Digital Marketplace

It’s no secret that a global shift is taking place in corporate cultures due to the change in the way brands tell their stories through various digital channels.
In the financial services industry, we are starting to see this shift take place in real time due to the way digital media and social are entrenching themselves into each brand. In order to keep up with this rapid change of innovation, a brand and its story needs to be visible through all platforms.
This includes the ability to connect with customers across the globe. Financial Services companies can now attract and convert a new... More

Microsoft Takes a Page from Apple

Cross-posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com
Over the weekend I made an effort to evade the New England cold and pop into the mall to do some pre-holiday shopping. As I walked past the Apple store, I saw exactly what I had expected: an array iPhone 5C's and 5S's in the window, illuminated by glowing lights that formed a snowflake.

I expected nothing less from the brand that truly integrates content, community and commerce. Delivering this integrated experience is what makes the Apple Store work so well. The products, the... More

Sleigh Bells Ring, Is Your Site Up? Five Last-Minute Tips

With Thanksgiving falling late this year, retailers and brands are scrambling to deal with almost a week less of shopping time between turkey day and the big day. With less time, the stakes are higher than ever to ensure your site’s uptime. There are sites that are too big to fail (e.g.... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
A-Ha Social Business Summit - New Hampshire #throughglass
Google Glass Explorer Donald Schwartz attended the A-Ha Social Business Summit where everyone was there to share social marketing knowledge with a focus on video. So, of course, he was busy all day with Glass demos and discussions around where wearable might fit into the social mix.... More

Gen Y's & the lessons of a pet supply store are the future of Acquia

"At my family's store growing up, if a customer came in 1 minute before closing, you didn't tell them to leave! You didn't bother them at all. You let them shop. You let them shop for as long as they needed, even if they didn't buy anything. And you closed the store once they were done shopping!"

I'm incredibly fortunate to run our sales development team at Acquia. In a nut shell, our job is to build sales pipeline to help our company continue its growth. The team is made... More

Forrester Report Tackles the Great Content and Commerce Divide

Imagine this: You walk into a local department store and browse until you find just what you’re looking for, but then you discover there’s no cash register in the building… you have to walk several blocks to get to the place where you can checkout.
Sounds kind of crazy, right? Well, while you’d never find that situation in-store, that’s the situation that all too many digital shopping sites have created for their potential shoppers. Unfortunately many brands and retailers take consumers down disjointed research and purchase experiences, which works against the ultimate goal of conversion.... More

This (two) weeks in Drupal Core: November 20th 2013

What's new with Drupal 8?
Config translation UI in core
We now have a config translation UI in core! The module builds forms off of configuration schemas and automatically attaches translation operations to overview and edit forms. Whilst working on this module dozens of core bugs and DX issues were identified and resolved, all of which made Drupal 8 better.
Congratulations to everyone who worked on the issue for the last six months. With 27 people credited, the issue tied with this issue for the record... More

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

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