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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. Building a Great DX: Start a Conversation Bentley University’s Design and Usability Center, located just outside Boston, is a fantasy playground for a digital experience geek like me. The center’s usability labs are equipped with one-way mirrors, eye-tracking technology, and biometric sensors for testing the emotional impact of digital campaigns. t’s this kind of feedback that attracts global... More

Award-winning Site Connects Saïd Business School Community

MySBS is the intranet site of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. It provides faculty-facing services, such as internal news, announcements, reminders and messaging. It’s also a self-organizing collaboration platform. Pronovix won first prize Acquia's inaugural Partner Site of the Year Award Program for its work on MySBS in the Higher Education and Internal Community site categories. Kornél Lugosi and Diana Lakatos of Pronovix contributed to this post. At the end of 2012, I started hearing rumors about the need to build an intranet for... More

Building a Great DX: Start a Conversation

Bentley University’s Design and Usability Center, located just outside Boston, is a fantasy playground for a digital experience geek like me. The center’s usability labs are equipped with one-way mirrors, eye-tracking technology, and biometric sensors for testing the emotional impact of digital campaigns. It’s this kind of feedback that attracts global firms like Fidelity Investments, CVS, FAO Schwarz, Houghton Mifflin, and Ericsson. It also attracted me. I wanted to talk with Bill Albert, who directs the center. Bill has spent more than 15 years on the frontiers of user interface design,... More

DrupalCon Amsterdam Coding and Development track

Cross-posted with permission from ymbra.com While the American Drupalistas (and some brave travellers) are enjoying a fantastic DrupalCon in Austin, the Amsterdam organising comittee is working hard to produce the best European DrupalCon ever. This team is formed by Drupal Association staff and a group of volunteers, of which I am one, and at the moment we're in the... More

Digital Disruption Drives Total Business Transformation

Digital is changing business as usual. And changing government as usual. And higher ed as usual. Whether you’re Timex, the State of Georgia, or Oxford’s SAID Business School, interacting with the public is rapidly changing and evolving. As organizations struggle to transform, digital strategists of many descriptions and titles are appearing on the scene to help devise strategies and achieve major organizational goals in the evolving digital environment. Chief digital officers, and more broadly digital strategists, are tasked with paving the way for innovation in the ever-changing landscape of... More

Selling the Story: The Commerce-Content Connection

The Mad Men era of the 1960s introduced the concept of storytelling to Madison Avenue and the brands they were pitching. Now storytelling is being integrated into the science of selling online, turning the classic catalogue-cart-checkout model into something closer to a magazine but with the added capabilities of personalization, segmentation and recommendation engines. The ecommerce experience is making a transition from the familiar paradigm of search-compare-select to something closer to “shopping the story.” The implications for marketers and ecommerce professionals are profound and... More

Acquia acquired TruCentric

We’re excited to announce that Acquia acquired TruCentric, a software-as-a-service company that is focused on providing personalization for websites. Earlier this year we launched Acquia Lift, which brings testing and personalization capabilities to Drupal sites. With TruCentric, we acquired not only a great complementary product that we will integrate with Acquia Lift, we also gained a great team with a long history and strong leadership in marketing automation... More

Installing Drupal 8 on Acquia Cloud

Want to use the most awesome version of Drupal on the most awesome Drupal hosting? ;) This guide is for you! Let's Get Started! First, head to http://www.acquia.com/acquia-cloud-free to set up your new site. This process takes a few minutes, but worry not; you can bide your time watching helpful tutorial videos! Once your site is provisioned, you'll be taken to the Acquia Cloud workflow page. Upgrade PHP version (important!) Drupal 8 requires at least PHP 5.4 in order to install, so the first order of business is switching your environments' PHP versions,... 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. Samsung and Oculus to turn Galaxy smartphones into VR headsets By collaborating with Oculus to bring smartphone technology and capability to headsets, Samsung looks like its trying to beat everyone on the quest to virtual reality. "Samsung will of course provide hardware for its VR device, but Oculus is handling software development. The upcoming product will allegedly place a strong emphasis on... More

Cathy Theys: Give and get good patch reviews session AND SymfonyCon interview!

In a massive Cathy Theys double-header this week, hear parts rescued from our conversation at SyfonyCon Warsaw (which was plagued by technical difficulties) and check out Cathy's insightful session, 'Patch Reviews: Get good reviews, give good reviews. Faster.' It is full of practical advice to take your contribution to Drupal and open source software to the next level. In the podcast interview, we talk about the opportunities Drupal has given Cathy; some of the benefits of the refactoring that has gone into Drupal 8; joining up with the Symfony community: mutual learning, different... More

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 4 - Multilingual Improvements

Welcome to the 4th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the... More

Building A Great DX: Getting Started

An awesome web site is no longer enough. A fantastic mobile app? Just part of the puzzle. Today, you need to think bigger, much bigger. You have to create a great digital experience. Sounds daunting, right? But here’s the good news: the most successful approaches to this lofty ideal can be surprisingly simple, and elegant, if you base them on timeless insights into human nature. How do you define a great digital experience? Here at Acquia, we live and breathe “digital experience.” It’s an idea we want to share with our partners, colleagues, and our own customers. But as I’m beginning... More

Acquia Cloud API Applications: A quick tour

The Acquia Cloud API is a web service and CLI that allows developers to build powerful tools, automate repetitive tasks, and create custom development and testing workflows for sites on the Acquia Cloud platform. Released two years ago, our customers and partners have been building amazing things on Acquia Cloud API and we figured it was time to share some of them. We hope this will reveal the potential of the Acquia Cloud API and show some examples of what it can do for... More

Are You Prepared for Your Usability Study? Three Steps for Success

At DrupalCon Austin, I'm very excited to be teaching a full-day workshop, UX Bootcamp: Evaluating and Improving Your Web Sites. In the workshop, I'll be sharing all of the essential steps for designers and developers to evaluate and improve their web sites. Read on to find out how to get started. The first thing I tell people is that usability testing isn't an arduous process. It's a technique that anyone can learn with training and lots of practice. At its core, a... More

The killer Acquia Cloud feature you need to start using right now

Cross-posted with permission from Third and Grove If you have read our blog you know we are big fans of automation and drush here at Third and Grove. Anytime we can throw a bash script at... More

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