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Best Practices for Optimizing your Workflow

In the typical Web project, there are many steps to get your work done. You have to define the site structure, setup necessary modules, create content, make sure everything works, deploy, fix, repeat.
If you go global, the busywork gets compounded. You multiply your process by the number of languages, pages, words per page, people involved, steps involved and time zones. Some people keep track of pages in a spreadsheet, and every time a page changes, they have to copy and paste out the content, send it for translation and wait for the translation provider to email it back. Good luck avoiding... More

Drupal core updates for September 4, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
It has been a month since the last update on Drupal core development. In the meantime we met and worked hard together at TCDrupal and Drupalaton at the start of August triaging outstanding critical issues and resolving some. Also we collaborated on making Drupal's frontend better at Frontend United at the end of the month.
We've... More

Two Lessons Learned from the State of Oregon vs. Oracle Lawsuit

Oregon recently filed a lawsuit against Oracle over the failed deployment of the “Cover Oregon” healthcare exchange website. The State spent over $240m on the development and deployment of this portal, and the lawsuit seeks to reclaim over $200m in damages. Oregon claims it was falsely promised a “95% out-of-the-box” solution for its portal, and that Oracle’s actions amount to a “a pattern of racketeering activity.”
Oracle counters these allegations by... More

The Australian Government and I tell you: “Why Drupal”


I had the privilege of being one of two keynote speakers alongside the Australian Government CTO, John Sheridan, at the 2014 Drupal Gov Day in the Australian capital, Canberra. The Australian Government has announced it is building its “GovCMS” and centering on a single technology: Drupal implemented on a standardized, public-cloud-based platform. Drupal in the guise of GovCMS will be the... More

Retail and Non-Profits Have More In Common Than You Would Think

One of the main reasons I got into marketing, and specifically marketing for commerce, is because people fascinate me. How does a consumer make a purchase decision? Why then? Why that product? Why is Target ‘Le Target’ while Wal-Mart is ‘Wally World’? I’ve spent my whole career digging through those questions, only to come up with more.
A few weeks ago my Facebook feed, along with yours I’m sure, became jammed with people dumping an ice bucket over their head to raise money for ALS. My co-worker Sean even wrote an Acquia blog about it. Prior to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I’d never really... More

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 6 - New Back-End Features in Drupal 8

Welcome to the 6th 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.
Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant. Where applicable, Drupal... More

Personalisation: Delivering a Connected Digital Experience

The rules of engagement between brands and their customers are changing. We are now living and working in a connected world, in which customers expect their contact with a brand to always be consistent, whether that’s online, via mobile or in person. As connectivity increases, so too will the level to which consumers expect a personal, and personalised, service. Marketers and their organisations that don’t develop personal experiences for their customers could be at risk of losing out to more engaging competitors.
One size or made to measure?
The ‘one size fits all’ approach to marketing is... More

How I learned Drupal 8

In this post, I will share my experience on trying to learn Drupal 8 during its alpha stage, talk about some of the challenges of keeping up with the ongoing changes while trying to learn it, and end with some tips and resources which proved useful for me.
How it began
During a few weeks, a group of colleagues and I embarked on a learning project to get up to speed on all things Drupal 8. We did not fully know what to expect given that we were starting this at a time when D8 was still in Alpha and changes (even big ones) kept coming daily.
So, my... More

Rest easy with Acquia support

Where other Platforms offer a generic support bucket without the breadth of expertise to solve every problem, Acquia has services tailored to your needs. We have multiple tiers of support personnel prepared for problems of any difficulty. To ensure our customers’ success, we also provide:
Acquia Ready to help your team through the transition to Acquia or Drupal
Professional... More

Why A Former Forrester Analyst Is Betting His Career on Acquia and Drupal

I recently left my role as senior analyst at Forrester Research, where I helped to lead research on web content management and digital experience tools, to take a new challenge at Acquia.
The change is still fresh enough that nearly every day someone asks me, “Why Acquia?”
There’s no single answer -- 101 factors fuel any job change. Here, I saw the chance to make an impact by helping to highlight Acquia’s innovation in delivering a cloud-based platform built on open-source Drupal web content... More

Drupal 8 & Empowerment through Drupal


Part 1 of a 2-part conversation with Angie Byron in front of the cameras at NYC Camp 2014. In this part of our conversation we go over some of the inspiring and thought-provoking ideas we encountered there, and then jump to some of the benefits to users of the technical improvements built into Drupal 8.

What are the consequences of your technology?

Angie explains why she was excited to be at the UN for NYC Camp, "I felt really energized coming in here. I got into Drupal from a humanitarian angle. I love the whole open source ethos around... More

Acquia Global Support: We Turn Down for Nothing

One of the greatest perks about working at Acquia is that we support a broad spectrum of customers, large and small, technology and service, domestic and international. Whether it is a media company in the Middle East, a healthcare company in New Jersey, a European retailer or a large educational institution in the Asia-Pacific/Japan region, we have them all. But that means we have to provide a true global support model for our customers. One that consistently delivers high levels of service, focuses on customer success and inspires confidence in our customers.
There are no phantom... More

You Have 24 Hours - Gamify Awareness Like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’ve been on any social platform within the last few months, I’m sure you’ve seen a friend, family member or any number of celebrities make videos of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, and then challenging a others to do the same. Oh, and each challenge carries a time limit of 24 hours.
The list has evolved to feature the likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk, and it’s picking up steam through the rest of the celebrity... More

Drupal Stories Kick Off: My Own Drupal Story

It’s no secret that Drupalists are in high demand. I’ve blogged about the need for training more Drupalers and getting to them earlier in their careers previously, but that’s just one aspect of the greater topic which merits a closer inspection as a cohesive whole.
Drupal is an open source content management framework with a rabidly helpful community of developers, many of whom have been involved in creating some of the most notable properties on the web. It’s not surprising that good Drupal developers are a highly sought after... More

The U.S. Digital Services Playbook is the Future of Digital Business

Last week, the Obama administration unveiled a new program called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service is a team of America's best and brightest digital strategists, who will collaborate with U.S. government agencies to make digital experiences more consumer friendly, and help the government better respond to the pressures of digital disruption. This initiative was created based on learnings from the successful partnership between public and private sector... More

An eCommerce Retrospective: Ten Summoner's Tales, Twenty Years Later

20 years ago the world changed. On August 11, 1994 Phil Brandenberger paid $12.48 plus shipping for Sting’s “Ten Summoner’s Tales” and made history as the very first online shopper. One year later Amazon.com and AuctionWeb (later to become eBay) both embarked on a historic journey to become the power-houses they are today.
20 years ago. Wow. Not only does that make me feel incredibly old, but I can’t... More

New Commons Media Integration

Drupal is known for providing a broad range of functionality with its extensible core and the tens of thousands of free contributed modules which add or extend functionality. One challenge for people who are building applications on top of Drupal is taking advantage of this flexibility and broad range of available functionality without compromising the usability of their applications for end users, and even for themselves as site maintainers.
This pattern holds true around media integration for Drupal. Drupal’s Media module powers over... More

Drupal Best Practices Within Acquia Cloud Site Factory

In today’s super-competitive marketplace, staying ahead of the competition means being able to respond to changing markets instantly. Launching a new marketing campaign, a new brand, or even a new family of brands can mean the difference between success…or trailing the pack. Acquia Cloud Site Factory offers a turnkey solution for deploying one site—or hundreds of sites—quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing the branded experience expected by your visitors.
Today, I want to talk about how Site Factory turns your... More

Drupal 8, Semantic Web, Linked Data and Security: upcoming events

With the first beta version of Drupal 8 around the corner, now is a good time to get excited about Drupal 8’s new features and APIs. The feature I’m the most excited about is the integration of schema.org mappings into Drupal entities and fields, allowing search engines to better understand the content on your site. When it comes to security, the Twig framework with its auto-escape feature is undeniably the #1 change that will increase security by dramatically reducing the risk of Cross-site scripting... More

Automatic Module Upgrader for Drupal 8 getting some love!

Back in February at the Acquia Build Week hackathon, Team "Upgrade Roboto" (webchick, Wim Leers, Gábor Hojtsy, xjm, japerry, and estha) published the Drupal Module Upgrader project.
The project is a script that scans the source of a Drupal 7... More

Commons Team Improving Contrib & Core

As part of our day-to-day maintenance of Drupal Commons, we often assist with Drupal contributed modules that are included as part of Commons but not specific to the application, whether that means fixing bugs by writing or reviewing patches, or coordinating with other module maintainers and the Drupal Security team to help reduce the time between reported issues and security advisories.
Below is a partial list of popular Drupal modules that are... More

Why should I go to DrupalCon? - Rebroadcast - The benefits of being there


With DrupalCon Amsterdam and The Prenote right around the corner, it seemed like a good time to revisit this recording from when I had the tables turned on me at DrupalCon Portland and got interviewed by Ray Saltini from Blink Reaction. He asked me some great questions about Drupal, and especially why you should come to Drupal community events like DrupalCon. See you in... More

Amazon invests in Acquia

Topic: AcquiaDrupalI'm happy to share news that Amazon has joined the Acquia family as our newest investor. This investment builds on the recent $50 million financing round that Acquia completed in May, which was led by New Enterprise... More

Local Drupal Development Sandboxes

If you're doing Drupal development, having a local sandbox is a necessity. Why? No one should be making untested changes on a production or staging server. And, a development server should be free of initial development errors where the developer should execute a small set of engineering tests before deployment. Plus, it can be time consuming to regularly deploy code developed locally onto a development server. To summarize: a local sandbox is absolutely best practice. I hope to summarize how to quickly get up to speed without having to rehash the lessons I have learned.
Disclaimer
This blog... 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.
Scale like Twitter with Open Source
Want to know how to scale like Twitter? The you should check out Apache Mesos, an open source project that engineering lead Benjamin Hindman started while he was a PhD student at Berklee. Described as an operating system for your database, Mesos helps developers write applications easier at Twitter and not have to worry about server reliability.
"As of today,... More

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