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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

Healing HealthCare.gov

While some have been successful in signing up for health care on healthcare.gov, many others have been frustrated, and citizens and the media continue to raise complaints and frustrations about this poorly functioning website.
With the President of the United States making national news statements about The Affordable Care Act being “more than just a website” and promising to resolve the issue, the question remains: How can we heal HealthCare.gov? And importantly, how long will that take?
It’s important to note that technology projects of this scale are complex to say the least.
So, what... More

This (two!) weeks in Drupal Core: October 30, 2013

What's new with Drupal 8?
Greetings! We took a week off last week to attend BADCamp. There was sprinting-o-plenty, as well as tons of sessions on Drupal 8.
Photo credit: Amazee Labs
In the meantime, a lovely new Drupal 8 landing page has launched, which includes a list of major new features, information about the current state of the release, and a nice, big, green, demo button!... 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

See What's Trending on Acquia.com; It May Surprise You

Having run websites for more than a few years, it’s always interesting to see what content is trending on your website. As marketers, we tend to get stuck on what’s coming next. If something has been out there for a few weeks or months, it’s old and we forget about it. This isn’t always the case for our end users and content readers, or for how our content is served on search engines. Seeing what is trending will tell you what is relevant and trending doesn’t always equal your most recent posts.
Recorded webinars for Acquia are videos on-demand of our thought leadership content. We create... More

Bridge the gap between Drupal & Non-Drupal content using RDFa/Semantic Data

Problem at hand!
Search is a hard thing to achieve, it really is. Let me show this by using an example of a restaurant chain that wants to add Drupal as their homepage of their whole chain. Of course, like many other organizations they do not only have Drupal running but also a subset of other web frameworks of open and closed source systems.
Now, they want Drupal to become the front-page of all that content, but would you want to migrate all of this content in Drupal just so it becomes navigable so the Drupal site could redirect all content to the right site?
If we want a generic search... More

To Succeed in the Digital Wilds, Beware of the Zombies

The zombies are running faster. It's true. If you look at the speed at which zombies run in TV and movies over the past 20 years, they're getting faster. And according to Tim Walters and Robert Rose, the speed at which consumers demand information is increasing at the same rate as the speed of the zombies.
Walters and Rose used this fantastic analogy at last week's Inbound Marketing Summit in Boston during their keynote, titled, “World War C: How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Fast Moving Consumers." I’ve been inspired to build on this comparison. Even though I don’t have the slides of... More

To Be a Great Government Contractor, Think Like a Taxpayer

Earlier this week, my 13-year-old twins were arguing over who was technically responsible for emptying the dishwasher. One referenced their strict chore-sharing schedule, while the other pointed out a few “technicalities” in that contract. When I asked them the question, “What is the right thing to do here?,” they both realized they held some responsibility. For those of us working with the government, we need to constantly ask ourselves, “Are we doing the right thing by the government and for taxpayers?”
Regardless of our contractual responsibilities, if we focus on the objective and hold... More

The Importance of a Drupal Community

Drupal was created with the old adage in mind, “it takes a village.” As an open source community, there are many opportunities where developers can meet other developers and learn about all-things Drupal. These events vary in length and location, but at all events, you’ll get the chance to learn from the best and share your knowledge of Drupal. Genuine’s Associate Director of PHP, Mike Miles, who has attended many past Drupal events explains what to expect from a Drupal Meet Up, Drupal Camp, and Drupal Conference.
Drupal Meet Ups
The most widespread events that take place at least once a... More

The PHP reality - meet Thijs Feryn


I spoke with Thijs Feryn, Technical Evangelist at Combell at the Portland Convention Center while DrupalCon and Symfony Live were both happening there in May 2013. This conversation gives some background and context to Thijs's Acquia.com guest blog post, "Why PHP is for Real".

Thijs's post is about PHP's history, use, and ecosystem (community, frameworks, QA, performance, and my favorite: PHP the Right Way.). It includes a plethora of links to popular, useful tools... More

Why PHP is for Real


PHP has evolved from its humble beginnings as the lingua franca for script kiddies, into a “true” programming language. Nowadays, huge numbers of businesses and organizations of every size depend on code written in PHP.

When you look at the top 10 of most popular programming languages, PHP holds the number 5 position. When we focus on languages used for websites and web applications, PHP is number one. Did you know that 3 PHP... More

Using Drupal to Increase Student Engagement at IES Abroad

IES Abroad is one of the largest and most notable operators of study abroad programs in the world. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Richard Bartecki, EVP of Marketing, to better understand how their Drupal strategy is helping support their business growth. What I learned was that, like many of Acquia's college and university partners, IES Abroad has been able to increase its online effectiveness with students all over the world by harnessing the power of Drupal for mobile delivery, SEO, and for overall online storytelling.... More

Et si Henry Ford avait lancé la révolution digitale ?

L’industrie automobile est un secteur qui peut se révéler particulièrement instructif quand il s’agit de comprendre un peu mieux tout ce qui se cache derrière les processus de fabrication, les techniques d’assemblage, etc. L’évolution du secteur automobile ces cent dernières années est riche d’enseignements et tous les secteurs pourraient s’en inspirer. J’ai eu l’occasion récemment de nourrir ma réflexion à l’occasion d’une discussion avec les responsables d’une grande entreprise automobile.
On attribue à Henry Ford d’être à l’origine de LA révolution majeure qui a permis aux masses d’... More

Open deur? Open source.

Emerce E-day 2013.
Ruim 2000 bezoekers afkomstig uit de marketingwereld kwamen samen om van elkaar te leren, kennis te delen en ervaringen uit te wisselen. Het geheel is immers meer dan de som der delen. Deze gedachte is niet uniek. Wat je er mee doet, wél.
Acquia en Drupal hebben van deze gedachte hun drijvende kracht gemaakt. Door te werken met het ‘open source’ platform Drupal kan de Drupal-community meedenken over ICT-oplossingen die er zijn of die ontstaan. Iedereen mag zijn of haar ervaringen delen en verbeteringen suggereren daar waar hij/zij denkt dat ze horen. Hierdoor zijn... More

Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens: part 4 of 4 - module upgrades and more


Part 4 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @da_wehner). We talked about what's going on in Drupal 8 and how you will benefit from all the new stuff. This... More

The Rise of the DevOps movement

DevOps, DevOps, DevOps … the whole world is talking about DevOps, but
what is DevOps?
Since Munich 2012, DrupalCon had a dedicated devops track. After talking to
a lot of people in Prague last month, I realized that the concept of DevOps is still very unclear to a lot of developers. To a large part of the development community, DevOps development still means folks working on 'the infrastructure part' of the development life cycle and for some it just means simply deploying Drupal, being concerned about purely keeping the site alive etc.
Obviously that's not what DevOps is about, so let's... 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 WYSIWYG, inline and responsive images


There are some excellent improvements to modeling data in Drupal 8, including a number of new fields. This is going to make it easier to model content in Drupal. Let’s look at the image handling in Drupal 8 and what changes are in store. In this post we'll look at:

The image field in Drupal 8
Inline images — the tradeoff
Drupal 8’s WYSIWYG editor
Drupal 8 inline images
Responsive images in Drupal 8 (picture)
Responsive support in Drupal 8, some issues you can help on.
Correction: An earlier version of... More

Investing in the Big Idea: Prototyping with Drupal

You have a Big Idea. Your Big Idea is going to change the way your agency works. Your Big Idea involves using technology to increase citizen engagement / be more efficient / collaborate internally / share data / do something awesome.
You need to convince your department to invest in this Big Idea. Should you:
A. Create a presentation with lots of slides, bullet points, charts, and clip art
B. Create a presentation with a few slides, giant words, and quirky pictures. Deliver it TED-talk style.
C. Build a prototype
If you want a chance at getting your Big Idea off the ground, pick C. Here’s why... More

Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive - Meet iKOS


Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive

iKOS is a digital agency specialising in eCommerce and Drupal. I caught up with Myles Davidson, Managing Director and Richard Jones, Technical Director, at DrupalCon Prague where they had been busy getting up to speed on developments in Drupal 8.

Share More, Do More Business - Give to Receive

Buy This Book – Richard is the author of ... More

Next steps for how Acquia plans to give back to Drupal 8 in Q4

People wonder what we do at Acquia's Office of the CTO (OCTO). In order to provide some more transparency, I wanted to share how we plan to give back between today and the end of the year.
Drupal 8 beta 1
Now that we're forgoing an upgrade path for a migration path, we need to redefine the release criteria for 'beta 1'. We also need to track the issues that block beta in order to help escalate the most critical of the critical issues. We will work with... More

Inbound Marketing Summit Boston Day 1 Recap

After 19 presentations and a keynote by Razorfish CTO Ray Velez, day 1 of Inbound Marketing Summit Boston is complete. Personalization, omnichannel marketing and social were hot topics today, but I want to discuss some of the presentations that impressed me the most.
Right off the bat, Velez urged the crowd to really think about effective content marketing and to remember that a good marketer no longer is in the business of selling stuff, but instead should be focusing on the needs of the customer. But what really made his... More

This week in Drupal Core: October 16th 2013

Welcome to the fourth edition of this week in Drupal core!
What's new in Drupal 8?
This week saw a large number of bug fixes and cleanup task as we work hard cleaning up our APIs and codebase for a beta release. The next alpha (alpha4) is slated for October 18th since it has been a while since alpha3 was released and also in order to have something stable to port modules from during the various sprints/sessions at BADCamp. There are... More

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