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Questions from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 1

Today we held part 1 of our Drupal for Project Managers mini-course. Here are the questions Adam addressed in our interview today. If you missed the session you will be able to watch the recording (recording link coming soon!). Ask your questions below in the comments. Don't forget to Sign up for June 5 - Part 2: Implementation. with Jakub Suchy. Part 1 - Kickoff and Discovery - Interview with Adam Boysen "Never mistake... More

The Truth About WYSIWYG Editing in your CMS

Yesterday at DrupalCon I saw Karen McGrane speak for the first time. Karen is a respected content strategist and frequent keynote speaker. She's fantastic, and I was thrilled to see her speak live for the first time. The main point made during Karen’s keynote is that we need to think differently when thinking about digital content. Legacy processes designed for print publishing shaped much of the way we work today in a CMS. This in turn has shaped how CMS products have evolved. Here’s how... More

Help for Oklahoma (help4ok) website launches

Many of us don't have to look too far back to recall the impact of a natural disaster: Sandy, Chelyabinsk, Lushan, and now Oklahoma. When they occur there is typically no shortage of assistance available, but coordination is always a major challenge. In every neighborhood affected, people naturally check on each other to assess need individually. Front line knowledge is abundant but remains difficult to share in a meaningful way. Connectivity is limited. Accommodations are in short supply. Dense traffic obstructs support efforts. The logistics alone are almost as crippling as the event... More

Open Source and Local Economies - Meet Ranko Marinic

Here is one more conversation I had at Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria in April, 2013. Ranko Marinic is from Croatia and has some great perspectives. He works as an IT consultant with a wide range of technologies and with Drupal "by night". He is studying economics and has become interested in the economic effects on local communities of implementing open source software. Ranko also talks about the moment he really started believing in open source as a social movement. Local Economies and Open Source The City of Munich adopted Libre Office and Linux (see below for links to more information... More

A Reflection on Karen McGranes DrupalCon Portland Keynote

I just finished listening to the DrupalCon Portland’s Wednesday keynote presented by Karen McGrane about UX experience and content for all devices. Watch the keynote here. What I took away from her talk was, we need to start thinking about our content in a way that can be used in many places and not just thinking about the one spot we want it in at this very moment we request it. Wow is this really a new way of thinking? I’ve been working with Drupal for the past 5 years starting with Drupal 5 in 2008. At my last job... More

Thoughts on the DrupalCon Portland Keynote

Today was the official start of my first DrupalCon. As a newbie, it was a fun experience to see 3,300 Drupalists all in one room, anxious to hear from Dries, the original developer of Drupal. Here are some of my thoughts from today’s keynote: Do Well. Do Good. Change the World. Dries kicked off the keynote with a video from the head of Drupal for whitehouse.gov. After the video, Dries spend some time talking about their citizen engagement application called “We the People”. “We the People” is an application that allows citizens to directly petition the government, one of the constitutional... More

Event summary: DrupalJam 2013

Last Friday the annual one-day DrupalJam conference was held in the Rotterdam Feyenoord soccer stadium. The conference, which saw its eighth edition - if I recall correctly - is shifting to be more business focused with its new motto Drupal beyond the code, and was a great success with over a 100 participants. This blog post serves as a high-level summary of a couple of the talks that I attended. Some of the talks were in English whereas others were in Dutch, as the... More

The DrupalCon Portland Sessions every Webmaster should attend!

Hello DrupalCon! Have you arrived yet? DrupalCon Portland starts officially tomorrow but come and get your badges and awesome t-shirts. I was going through the session list to pick out what sessions would be most beneficial for me and I wanted to share what I thought were the sessions every digital marketer or Webmaster should attend.Tuesday: 9:00 am – 10:00 am OR 204 - BlackmeshThe Future of Views This session is directed towards site builders and people who have used views before. Views are... More

5 Things I'm Looking Forward to at DrupalCon Portland

Hello from Portland! Today is the start of my first DrupalCon. Acquia is a Diamond sponsor, and we've got a huge presence at the show. 1) Dries' keynote. I've watched his keynotes in previous years before joining Acquia. Dries just a great job educating, entertaining, and inspiring the Drupal community. I love his dry sense of humor, which I trust will be on full display tomorrow. 2) Expanded launch of Acquia Free Tier. At DrupalCon, we'll be opening up access to the new... More

Automate review for security risks with source code analysis

Security issues are created in custom code when developers cut corners during development or don't make proper use of the APIs, among other reasons. There are several ways to discover such issues, including peer-review, code scanners, vulnerability scanning, and even by being exploited -- tho certainly undesirable! While each has its place and individual merits, let’s talk about security-focused source code scanning for Drupal and preview Acquia’s static code analysis, in development for Acquia Insight. Being open source... More

Percona Live 2013 MySQL Conference

I recently attended the Percona Live MySQL conference and wanted to share some of the exciting activity in the MySQL community. For our databases we use Percona Server 5.5 and standard MySQL replication with a multi-region offering using Tungsten Replicator. At the conference there was a lot of attention for MySQL 5.6. The first aspect to hit the spotlight was the fact that Oracle had produced another quality release among worries that under their stewardship MySQL would slowly be killed off. There are a couple of aspects that still warrant attention like the number of bugs in the official... More

Sign up for free Drupal for project managers - mini-course

Are you a project manager working for a company adopting Drupal? Are you new to managing Drupal projects? This course is the right one for you! This course follows the life cycle of a Drupal project from start to finish and back again and is based on our full day Drupal for Project Manager’s course. I did a call-out internally for co-teachers on this course, and I was delighted by the response. In fact, the materials for the course reference a book chapter by Amye Scavarda... More

Drupal's Impact on Higher Education will be Reflected at DrupalCon

Nearly 20% of the registered attendees at next week’s DrupalCon are from higher education institutions. Will you be one of them? Drupal is having a major impact in higher education and based on the registration list alone it appears that the higher education community will have a major impact on DrupalCon. The sheer number of schools represented, the diversity of the institutions in terms of size and scope, and the range of titles and responsibilities of individuals from those schools all point to next week being a great opportunity to share best practices, network with peers, and learn... More

Voices of Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria 2013

Here are the highlights from a few of the conversations I had with attendees of the 2013 Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria, held in April in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The camp was a wild success and attracted a large, international crowd. I'll post a couple more interviews I did at this event in coming weeks. Josef Dabernig Dasjo is an active Drupalist from Austria. He was part of the Drupal Austria Roadshow in 2012 and was part of the... More

Weather.com Moving to Drupal

Today, I am proud to announce that one of the highest profile websites in the world, Weather.com, will be joining the Drupal community. With 100 million unique visitors per month, to my knowledge, Weather.com will be the highest traffic Drupal site in existence, validating the open source content management system's power and flexibility within the high-traffic website landscape. It is easy to understand why Weather.com, based in Atlanta, Ga., though barely... More

Dream It. Drupal It. (Develop It!) DrupalCon.

Hey developers ~ new, experienced or otherwise, undecided! DrupalCon Portland is just around the corner — have you thought about the week and what you want to accomplish? Keynotes, sessions, a new job, and "people to see" are certainly popular options. As one colleague put it, "Spending time with all the cool, smart people that I talk to online." Maybe just making sure you have some of these ten things to bring with you to Con is all you can muster right now. If you're attending, here's the... More

Top 3 Ways to Ensure Your Outbound Sales Team Isn’t Sent Home Crying

The buyer’s journey is changing. Sales and Marketing used to be able to control their brand’s messaging and value proposition through the limited number of mass communication channels (such as network TV, commercial radio, newspapers, and even email, website, and banner advertising into the mid-2000s). Social media and other forms of user-generated content, though, have revolutionized how buyers research, evaluate, and select business partners. In fact, Sirius Decisions says that as much as 70% of the buyer’s journey now happens... More

Listening to your own marketing or your vendor’s?

Let's look at the hot topic of personalization. I get enquiries about this, almost on a daily basis. And I fully agree that it can be a powerful tool to engage customers and increase your conversion rate. But before you go into the perilous journey of personalization you need to get all of the other things right. Why would you personalize content when your content sucks? Bad content is bad content, personalized or not! Why would you personalize content when your team cannot deal with the overhead of managing this? It will end up annoying your customers and have an adverse effect on conversion... More

Building an Association Site on Drupal Commons 3.0

When the team at Blue Coda first began thinking about launching a new community website for the 60,000-member National Apartment Association (NAA), we kept our options open. The NAA, America's leading advocate for quality rental housing, required a bold new web presence with an integrated yet extensive and dynamic community. We were intent on creating a great, new digital experience for the NAA. Given the overall complexity of the new site and our relatively tight timeline for delivery,... More

Drupal Camp Scotland 2013 Double-Header

This week's podcast features two Drupal Scots: Duncan Davidson (recorded live in a back alley right after Drupal Camp Scotland 2013) and Brian Ward (recorded via Skype, post-event). Duncan is the Scottish regional manager and UK Professional Services Manager for i-KOS and Brian is a developer at heehaw.digital in Edinburgh. I apologise for the slight audio deficiencies that crop up in both recordings. Meet Duncan Davidson Duncan has been involved in running the... More

Acquia Cloud Free Tier - Exclusive access at DrupalCon Portland

This DrupalCon is going to be super exciting. This DrupalCon, the Acquia Cloud team is offering exclusive community access to the Acquia cloud free tier. What’s that??? Free you ask, well yes it is. Acquia Cloud Free Tier has all the capabilities of cloud hosting but even better, because you don’t have to pay for it. Each free tier subscription comes with two separate Dev and Stage environments. It also includes all the goodies that Acquia Network comes with like Insight, Acquia Search, Mollom etc. With free tier, you get access to an additional interface Cloud API which lets you do most... More

Adobe Just Killed Traditional Software Licensing

At today’s Adobe Max Conference, Adobe announced that they would stop selling traditional shrink-wrap licenses of Adobe Creative Suite products – Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc. Now it’s all about the Creative Cloud and its subscription-licensing model. You can no longer buy the Adobe Creative Suite; you can only subscribe to the Creative Cloud as a monthly or annual subscription. In other words, Adobe just... More

Let's Get Personal: The Basics

Personalization is as old as marketing itself. Give each customer what they want, how they want it, when they want it. New technologies, platforms, and devices give us the tools to reinvent this venerable approach, expanding its reach and effectiveness. To wring the maximum value out of personalization, you have to track your results, constantly re-evaluate what you are doing, and adjust your strategy accordingly. In Part One of this 5-part series on personalization, we'll start with the broad strokes. Personalization: The Basics At a "Future of Marketing" virtual conference a few years ago... More

Dream It. Drupal It. (Drink It!) DrupalCon.

Can you believe that DrupalCon is less than a month away? I certainly can't! This year, DrupalCon is taking over Portland, Oregon, the home of the Drupal Association, our west-coast office, as well as a burgeoning open source community.  For those of you unfamiliar with DrupalCon, it is an international event that brings together the people who... More

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