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How Acquia helped scale API calls for Major Train Operator

Last year, a major train operator in the Eastern US region came to us and asked to help build a system on Acquia Cloud for their train API. They wanted to open up their train schedules, arrival times, delay timings, all that information for everyone. This meant that the infrastructure behind the API had to withstand a huge flurry of requests every second, while remaining very responsive. And in the meanwhile we also had to make sure that only authorized applications can access this API, applications that this operator approved.
The requests would look something like this:
Our client had their... More

Conference Organizing Distribution (COD) 7 Beta2

COD Beta 2
Over the Holiday weekend, over 25 tickets were solved coming out of the Alpha6 and Beta1 release of COD. Late Monday night, COD Beta2 was released! This release includes fixes to the session submission system, specifically where time-slots and tracks weren't being properly saved in some conditions. We also made changes to the administration menu paths to de-couple them from the node and be less confusing. You can see the full release notes here: https://www.drupal.org/node/2299327... More

Implementing Acquia Cloud Site Factory: What You Need to Know

Acquia Cloud Site Factory (ACSF) is a unique multiple site management platform that offers clients the ability to create, manage, and deploy many sites from one dashboard. Running many sites from one platform comes with a different set of challenges though that need to be addressed for enterprise clients:
Key Differences from a typical Acquia Cloud Enterprise project
Scale
Theming
Codebase
Resourcing
Estimating
Getting Sites Live
Scale is the most obvious difference. ACSF projects are building a platform for hundreds of different sites. When building one or a few sites on Acquia Cloud... More

Deliver digital faster with Drupal – Part 1


Act, react, and execute faster with Drupal. Your time-to-market can be the difference between success and failure in today’s rapidly changing and evolving business world; you don’t know what tomorrow’s killer app or innovation will be, but you need to be free to embrace it. How fast can you build and provision digital properties to leapfrog ahead of your competition? What happens when the market changes and shifts around you – yet again or constantly? A modular, open source solution with an active professional community like Drupal lets you re-use, re-arrange, and re-assemble components and... More

Acquia Lift: Define, Test & Iterate

Acquia Lift is a great tool built by an amazing team. It has been well received and brings some powerful features to Drupal. One of those unique features is that its completely integrated with Drupal which opens the door for editors to use it in the same workflow they are used to. This added power creates a new unique challenge: to target, test and personalize a web experience for each visitor.
It’s not magic
At the end of the day Acquia Lift is still a tool, it doesn’t magically increase the conversions on your website by adding tests and variations to all content. The tests on your... More

How to Own an Action Plan for Testing Strategy

In today’s marketing world, buzzwords like automation, user experience and custom content fill the pages of every blog post for customer experience and lead generation. It’s no wonder, given the wealth of data available on every prospective customer. With digital footprints growing exponentially, marketers and website managers have the ability to develop unique experiences for every visitor, but they often get a little tongue-tied when it comes to explaining how content development and targeting decisions are made.
The reason for this issue is simple and straightforward–testing strategies are... 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.
Apple recruits top watch industry sales exec
Apple has hired one of the watch industry's top sales execs, Patrick Pruniaux, TAG Heuer's sales and retail VP. Pruniaux will be working on the iWatch and positioning it as a market leader in an ever changing and competitive wearables landscape.
"Clearly, the team in Cupertino wants someone who can market wristwear to a large audience."... More

CI&T and Acquia host Drupal 8 Hackathon

Cross-posted with permission from CI&T
We partnered with Acquia to grow the Drupal global community
CI&T can never have enough Hackathons! We simply love them! Last Thursday and Friday, CI&T hosted another +Drupal 8 Hackathon with our partner +Acquia at our global headquarters in Campinas, Brazil. The challenge for each team was to migrate one module from... More

Selling the Story: From Store Operations to Experience Management

As the ecommerce channel becomes the key channel for many consumer driven brands, ownership of its P&L is moving to the marketing organization as that channel becomes the primary digital face of the brand. As marketing itself moves from a rigid “funnel” model aligned to a marketing calendar (Dads-and-Grads, Back-to-School, Black Friday) and the classic Four P’s of product-price-promotion-and place to a more fluid experience customized to the individual, the need for the marketing communications model to adapt becomes imperative.

Where in the past marketers might develop a handful of... More

Building A Great DX: Expand Your Community

A friend of mine recently celebrated a birthday at Morton’s Steakhouse.
How do I know?
I saw pictures of her personalized birthday Morton’s menu on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Turns out she didn’t even request it. The Morton’s staffer who took the reservation a few days earlier routinely asked her husband if they were celebrating a special occasion.

Morton’s took it from there. And when the personalized menu arrived, my friend captured it with her smartphone and broadcast it across her social networks.
That’s tapping the power of community to amplify a message, which in this case... More

Train better by forgetting what you know

I recently conducted formal training session for some end users of a Drupal content management system (CMS) our Professional Services team is building. These end users were not web developers, not professional content strategists, and had no prior experience with a CMS. But these "first-timers" represent one of the benefits of an enterprise Drupal CMS: that content owners in business units can... More

Indivizo.com: Using Drupal to build your agile, SaaS product business


Drupal is the perfect tool for building SaaS and product businesses. A late night hotel room conversation about Drupal's agility, power, and flexibility above and beyond powering great websites with Bálint Kléri during Drupal DevDays 2014 in Szeged, Hungary.

Bálint is the technical lead of Indivizo, "The fastest way to the perfect candidate", an online HR tool built on Drupal for interviewing job applicants.

Bálint's favorite thing about Drupal

"My... More

Website Testing: What you need to know about A/B Testing

The concept of A/B testing is nothing new. It has been used in marketing, as well as many other industries to ensure that the right product or process is put in place. Once you start looking into A/B testing, you may begin to get excited about the fact that you can test just about any marketing process you put in place. After such a discovery, the question then becomes about the types of processes you should be testing. Where do you start? What marketing processes benefit the most from A/B... 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.
Bloomberg Leveraging Apple TV, Amazon Fire to Build Global Brand
If you’ve heard of Bloomberg, you probably associate the brand with breaking financial news and in-depth market coverage. With the impact of digital though, Bloomberg is looking to create awareness to establish itself as one of the top brands to consume news across even more platforms according to Aviad Stein, senior global manager... More

Support Help Center Replaces Email Submission for New Tickets

As of Tuesday, 1 July 2014, we will stop accepting new support requests by email and will direct all customers to submit requests via the Support Help Center web interface. We will continue to support email as a convenient channel for customers to update all currently open and future support tickets.
Why? This is part of our continuing effort to provide excellent service to our customers, and it is very difficult to treat emailed requests with the same consistent level of service as requests received online or by phone.
As of... More

Closing the Drupal Education Gap

Demand for Drupal talent is high… Really high. A good Drupaler can find work on some of the most notable sites in the world next to other great minds and in good working conditions. Drupal is taking the world by storm, converting government agencies, Fortune 500s and many more on a daily basis. But this popularity has come at a price. The existing talent pool is just too limited to support Drupal’s popularity without serious investment in developing a greater pool of talent, and that something the existing community has got to own and make happen. Here at Acquia, we’ve worked toward this goal... More

So What is Acquia Lift, Anyway?

I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of my time over the last year thinking and talking about Personalization in Drupal (just ask my wife), and I’ve had the privilege of working with a brilliant group of people to help design and build a solution for it. Since we launched Lift in February, I’ve also given a large number of demos and discussed Lift in great detail with organizations large and small, learning ever more about what the needs are in the market, and stealing..err..borrowing ideas from them as I go along.
This post marks the first of a multi-part blog series where I hope to distill... More

Gábor Hojtsy: DevDays Szeged and the new wave of contribution in Drupal


Gábor and I sat down for a chat at United Nations headquarters at NYCCamp in April 2014. We talked about the very productive contribution sprints at the NYC Camp; effecting positive change in the world with technology and how Drupal 8 will enable anyone to communicate using tools in their own language; and the incredible energy and quantity of contributors at the Drupal DevDays in Szeged Hungary.

Not just multilingual, how about omni-lingual?

Regarding how Drupal can empower people everywhere to communicate and improve their lives and world, Gábor describes some of the benefits Drupal... More

Streaming logs on Acquia Cloud

Sites on Acquia Cloud generate a variety of logs that are useful for developing, debugging, and analyzing your site. Acquia Cloud lets you download log files and also provides SSH shell access so you can access log files directly, but we wanted to make it even easier to access and correlate multiple logs from multiple sources, all in real time.
Today, we're announcing the public beta release of our new log streaming feature, which lets you stream... More

The Emmys, Grammys, SAG Awards and Acquia

As Media and Entertainment director at Acquia, I have been very busy this quarter evangelizing Drupal as the future proof, flexible, and robust digital content platform of choice for the industry. Acquia of course offers premier hosting, support, services and products for companies running Drupal and this quarter we have on boarded many new media brands as customers. One media industry segment we focused heavily on this second quarter of 2014: professional entertainment associations such as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and... More

Gábor Hojtsy: A Whole New World for Multilingual Sites in Drupal 8


More than 800 (yes, eight hundred) people participated in the issues around improving multilingual features and APIs in Drupal 8 for the past two and a half years. Almost 500 issues have been resolved in this initiative as of this submission making Drupal 8 a truly outstanding release for everybody looking to create even single language non-English sites but especially those making multilingual sites. This session aims to show you around all the great improvements and give tips as to how to best utilize the new solutions.

Presenter Dossier: Gábor Hojtsy
Drupal 6 Lead, Drupal 8... More

Demo Framework: A distribution pretty much guaranteed to blow their minds


This post is part of a series: A Beginner’s Guide to Distributions: A fast-track to Drupal development. I want to apologize to my loyal blog readers, I love you so! I had a bit of a personal hiccup, which meant a few weeks of my life were shuffled up and didn't fall back in the places I had put them. I am continuing with this series, and TODAY, you can join me and Jakub Suchy for a webinar talking all about... More

Don't Reinvent the Wheel, Open Source it

Last week, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would open source their entire patent portfolio and exemplified how organizations can drive innovation by adopting open source practices and principles throughout their entire businesses - beyond software development.
In particular, Musk highlighted that top human resources – talented, motivated people – are what drive the success of organizations, not patents. Talented people gravitate towards environments that foster innovation and growth, where they’ll have an opportunity to work on new and interesting challenges.
At Acquia, we... More

Why Drupal? First Principles


This post will give us some common ground on which I can build my case for Drupal. To get started, we’ll need working definitions of success in business today, the nature of open source software, and a quick explanation of Drupal itself. In subsequent posts, we’ll explore specific concepts and examples of how Drupal enables success because it is open source software at scale – a powerful combination: the empowerment of freedom multiplied by an ecosystem of thousands of service providers, tens of thousands of developers, and millions of sites online.

What is success? How does Drupal get... More

5 PHP Components every Drupal 8 Developer should know: Part 1 -- Composer

Drupal 8 has made a lot of changes. Architectural and technical changes abound, but Drupal 8 has also brought social changes. We’re not really feeling the full effects of those changes quite yet, but with time, I believe the implications of Drupal 8’s new direction will have an amazing impact for the good of our community. A big part of those changes was the decision to adopt outside code. The 180 degree turn from a primarily NIH (Not Invented Here) culture to a PFE/PIE (Proudly Found Elsewhere/Proudly Invented Elsewhere) culture has been shocking and dramatic. We’re still feeling those... More

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