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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

Acquia Digital Transformation Tour: Learn to Bridge the IT-Business Divide

I’ve been on the road for Acquia a lot since joining from Forrester Research in mid-summer (hello, Cleveland!). My focus: talking to technology and digital business pros about – and, really, advocating for – successful digital transformation. We recently added four new dates for the Acquia Digital Transformation Roadshow, evening events that bring together tech and business peers to meet, drink, eat and hear me talk about responding... More

#AcquiaEngage Recap: PFunk, Digital Disruption and the Future of Engagement

We need the funk, gotta have that funk. Owww….. Emerging through the noise of a packed venue at Boston’s Royale, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic brought “pure funk mayhem” to all in attendance. As the first night’s entertainment at Acquia’s first ever conference, Acquia Engage, George Clinton and company were a tremendous compliment to the sessions, speakers and people - all of whom are working to achieve... More

Meet Drupal core contributor & mentor, Kalpana Goel

Kalpana Goel - web developer with Forum One - and I sat down to chat at DrupalCon Amsterdam. We discussed the topic of Dries Buytaert's Amsterdam keynote: the potential benefits of "gamifying" and rewarding companies for supporting contributions, especially to Drupal core; Kalpana's discovery of Drupal; her contribution to the Drupal 8 web services initiative and Drupal's culture of sharing, and some of the benefits that are coming with Drupal 8. Discovering Drupal, making Drupal better Kalpana encountered Drupal the first time: "I was working at the White House, but at that time,... More

Champions of… Context - Introducing Acquia Lift ContextDB

My favorite baseball team did not have a good year on the field. The Boston Red Sox finished dead last in their division. But when I caught a game late in the season, I had to tip my cap to the team’s marketing department. As soon as I entered the venerable, 100-year-old Fenway Park, my smartphone buzzed with a friendly greeting, and a $15 discount offer on any souvenir over $50. My Red Sox app noted that it was my third visit of the season, and extended an appreciative welcome. Later, after we reached our seats, it offered us a number of upgrade options. During the game, I could review... More

Two Become One: Publicis to Acquire Sapient

Sapient, a pioneer and fixture of Massachusetts’ digital industry, announced today it has agreed to be acquired by Publicis, the world’s third largest advertising agency with $7B in sales, for $3.7B. An Acquia partner, Sapient employs 13,000 people worldwide with a large presence in India, and operates three primary divisions: Nitro, Government Services and Capital Markets. Initial reports say that a new division called Publicis.Sapient will be formed and join Publicis’... More

PHP is getting Faster

Competition is helping to drive big performance gains in PHP. Alternative ways of running PHP are becoming viable and with them is coming accelerated speed. Why worry about performance? PHP is not the fastest language in which we could write web applications, yet we continue to do so for many other reasons. Pure speed of a language is rarely the main deciding factor for many projects. Developer productivity, for one thing, is usually more important. And in many applications the bottlenecks will not be in the application code; instead it is where interaction with other systems takes... More

Acquia’s Response to the October 15 Drupal Security Alert

Acquia is committed to ensuring the security and performance of our customers’ sites. On October 15, the Drupal Security team announced that all Drupal 7 sites are highly vulnerable to attack due to a SQL Injection vulnerability. At Acquia we deployed a platform-wide "shield" that protected all of our thousands of customer sites hosted on Acquia Cloud from the moment the security announcement was issued. The Acquia team worked tirelessly to prep for the formal announcement and... More

Acquia, Investors and Teaming Up to Build Greatness

In the summer of 2007, I received an email from Michael Skok of Northbridge Venture Partners, who I had known for 12 years at that time. I had recently exited Mercury Interactive after its acquisition by HP. He suggested that I meet with a entrepreneur around a project he was looking at. When I met with Jay Batson, and short thereafter with Dries Buytaert, I was intrigued. It was Michael's vision about the possibilities however that really grabbed my attention. The three asked me later that year to join the yet unnamed company as its founding CEO. Timing being what it was, I had... More

How to Hire Developers for Large-Scale Applications

We’re often helping our clients build up their internal capabilities to support the digital products we build together. For our Drupal platform engagements the most difficult part of this is often finding the experienced Drupal talent to help seed their new platform team. I’ll break down below how Myplanet has gone about identifying and hiring some of the most talented Drupal developers for ourselves and our clients: Identifying Candidates Drupal developers will often identify themselves within one of three categories: Site Builder Themer Module Developer Experienced Site Builders mostly work... More

Party City’s Spooktacular Product Wall Improves the Shopping Experience

A good user experience doesn’t always require technology It’s almost Halloween and I needed to put the finishing touches on my costume. This year I decided to make up my own costume – I am Wine Woman, fighting sobriety one grape at a time with my trusty side-kick Sangria Girl. Once my friend Bethany and I settled on our costumes, I immediately went to amazon.com to try and piece it all together. Purple dress, purple tights, purple Mardi-Gras mask (because, why not?) and a purple cape added to my cart and I was good to go! Except, unbeknownst... More

Drupal in the Philippines, Own your Own Code & More - Luc Bézier

On being an open source developer "Like a lot of people, I did both sides of technology; working on paid, proprietary systems [and open source]. There is a big difference. I can't imagine myself going back to any proprietary system where I have to pay; I can't share the code I am doing with anyone; I have to ask a company about the right tool to use. I love the way that everybody contributes to the same piece of code, trying to make it the best ... and for free!" I asked about working on proprietary systems where you can't look at how your peers have already solved a problem: "If... More

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