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Meet Peter Wolanin: We are changing the world.


In 2004, Peter Wolanin, then a full-time scientist, discovered Drupal while volunteering on a political campaign and building its website. As he puts it, the road to becoming a full-time software engineer at Acquia started when he discovered that "pretty soon, I got more interested in fixing the bugs than building the site ... "The satisfaction of fixing things sort of drew me in."

Comparing Drupal now to Drupal 4.6

"To do anything different in Drupal 4.6, you had to know the recipe. At that point, there were a lot of PHP snippets ... '... More

Introduction to Drupal Commerce

Drupal Commerce is a powerful Commerce framework build on the Drupal 7 API, core and contrib. It puts the distributions on the map once again through the Commerce Kickstart package, a ready to go e-commerce store.
It is important to clarify the difference between Drupal Commerce and Commerce Kickstart: Drupal Commerce (DC) on its own is nothing more (and less) than a powerful framework that implements various commerce related APIs (checkouts, products, payments and so on) on top of, or extending the already powerful Drupal 7 API, while Commerce Kickstart (Kickstart) is a distribution package... More

Dev Desktop Selected as 2012 Trend Setting Product

Dev Desktop has been selected by KMWorld as a Trend-Setting Product of 2012. https://www.acquia.com/downloads This is a great honor for Acquia from this leading content management authority http://www.kmworld.com/ Last year, the Acquia Network made the KMWorld 2011 Trend Setting Product list as well.
This year, the list and related article on Dev Desktop will be featured in the September 2012 issue and online September 1st. We had some incredibly stiff and deserving competition this year. All told, more than 700 products were... More

Drupal world domination - step 2

In recent years, a new breed of incubators called seed accelerators have had success helping new companies get started. They provide mentoring, connections, and capital. Depending on the accelerator, even the branding from having been accepted into the program adds value.
The best example I've seen is TechStars. TechStars has helped launch dozens of companies over several years by attracting extraordinary mentors, and running a well-thought-out program for getting startups off the ground.... More

Acquia fastest growing software company in US

Wow!
Today it was announced that Acquia is the eighth company on the Inc 500. This means we are the eight fastest growing private company in the United States. With nearly 7 million private companies in the US, being honored as number eight is an enormous accolade. In addition, we are the first software company on the list, making Acquia the fastest growing software company in the US. The current print edition of Inc Magazine also... More

Drupal Goes to College

Starting in September, I’ll be teaching a 10 week long course at Queen's University Belfast in their Open Learning Program. Register now for this course £110.00.
Acquia has been working closely with colleges to deliver Free student Drupal training on campus. But we're working to expand Drupal's reach into higher education by developing this 10 week course.
I'll be developing... More

BuildAModule memberships are now available through Acquia's network

We're excited to announce that BuildAModule has partnered with Acquia to make our full video library available immediately to Acquia network subscribers.
Why are we excited? Well, because Acquia has been rapidly growing and evolving their offerings to the Drupal space, and more and more people are finding value in their services. Web shops use Acquia when they want to give clients 24-hour support, enterprise level customers use Acquia's project managment services to connect the right developers and designers with huge projects, and they offer lots of other pretty amazing services.... More

Mollom acquired by Acquia

We're excited to announce that Mollom has been acquired by Acquia.
For the foreseeable future, Mollom will continue to be offered as it is today. I will continue my role as general manager of Mollom, Ben will continue to lead the development of our products and the Mollom team will remain unchanged. If you are a user or customer of either Mollom or Acquia, everything will remain exactly the same.
When Ben and I started Mollom almost 5 years ago, we wanted to do something important. While most people were trying to figure... More

Did you hear? Acquia acquires Mollom

We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of Mollom (www.mollom.com), the spam blocking solution that has already stopped nearly a billion spam messages. The fact that Mollom was co-founded by Dries Buytaert, also one of the founders of Acquia, makes Mollom an even more a perfect fit Acquia. We are determined to provide the best and most innovative services and Mollom, with its superior and unique technology, allows us to expand our social publishing and web-experience-management services to our current customers and to an even broader audience.
Basically... More

A tiny introduction

Hello, I’d like to introduce myself as the newest addition to the UX team at Acquia, where I've been fast at work getting my hands dirty with Drupal Gardens. Even as a beta tester, I was impressed with Acquia’s vision to make Drupal more accessible through Drupal Gardens. Like with any open source projects, if there are easy ways to start using a platform adoption can increase dramatically. Automattic figured that out with Wordpress.com, and it has been a huge success for their platform. I hope Drupal Gardens continues to help in the adoption of Drupal in much the same way.
A little about me... More

BlazeMeter and Acquia: The Yin and Yang of Drupal Performance

by Daniela Sztulwark
BlazeMeter is proud to announce our first partnership, with Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal.
Like the mystical forces of yin and yang, BlazeMeter and Acquia are complementary forces that interact to form a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system.
And our combined forces create a new standard in the world of load and performance testing.
That means Acquia users can now use BlazeMeter's load testing cloud to quickly and seamlessly create comprehensive load tests to benchmark their Drupal installations.
BlazeMeter's load testing cloud provides a dedicated,... More

Evolving product: Drupal Commons

The Drupal Commons 3.x interactive demo was posted recently, and we’d love your feedback.
But in the meantime, I'll go into the reasons Drupal Commons software was redesigned, our approach and some of the tough challenges we faced. In a future post, I'll get into the details of the design process.
Mission statement: Drupal Commons empowers communities with easy-to-use collaboration tools so that they can answer questions, share solutions and self-organize.
The goal and challenge for the Drupal... More

Acquia migrates PayPal and Ebay from Jive to Drupal - Case Study

The X.commerce website, x.com, provides online communities for PayPal, eBay and X.commerce developers. The developer sites were powered by Jive Engage.
Team
x.com engaged Acquia in a services agreement for development and migration efforts that lasted approximately 6 months and then transitioned into a support phase with Acquia’s Remote Administration offering. Acquia partner VML was engaged to perform site-building and theming development, and Cyrve (acquired by Acquia midway through the project) was... More

“A Peace Corps for Geeks”: Better Government with Drupal

Generally, I’m not easily impressed but I was quickly taken by Code for America. www.codeforamerica.org/ The organization correctly considers itself a “New Kind of Public Service. Helping Governments work better for everyone with the people and power of the web”. I think they’re living up to their high expectations with a focus and determination we need more of in government today. Recently, I connected with Abhi Nemani, Director of Strategy and Communications, to learn more about CfA and how it leverages technology for its success. His comments... More

Building loyalty with Drupal

A number of years ago, I had the good fortune of being a client of Loyalty Builders, an innovative analytics company based in beautiful Portsmouth, NH. www.loyaltybuilders.com The company’s customer transaction analytics make it possible to predict customer purchase and loyalty behaviors, target marketing to specific segments, and more. Marketers are increasingly selling their products across multiple platforms and channels and need to select technologies that can expand to their changing needs. The demand for Loyalty-Builders-type... More

Drupal Commons 3.x Interactive Prototype Posted

Following extensive collaboration with Jeff Noyes and Lisa Rex of Acquia's design team, we're excited to share an interactive prototype of Drupal Commons 3.x, and we hope that you'll provide feedback.
These designs showcase our focus on providing all Drupal Commons sites with a smooth out-of-the-box user experience and responsive, mobile-ready theme that looks great on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.
The prototype depicts the majority of the "community member" functionality from the Drupal Commons MVP user stories that we posted for review a... More

Meet the trainers

In a recent blog post, I introduced some of Acquia's training partners, as a follow up, I wanted to introduce the trainers.
One of the things I do in my job is meet all of the new trainers who join up through our Training Partner program. I interview them initially, and then give them an orientation to the course materials and what to expect in the classroom. As they teach and we get feedback from participants, I improve the materials with the trainer's feedback, and they improve on their in-class delivery.
Most of our training partners are Drupal... More

Building a New News Organization for the World

I like to feature innovative people, concepts and companies that are using Drupal. I’m particularly fascinated by industries in a significant state of flux that are being changed and challenged by unique models and individuals. The news industry, and media in general, is an example of one of these broad vertical sectors. There are smart disruptors wisely coupling technology and capital to create the next generation of news and information leaders. One example of such an organization is the Global Post, which is based on the Boston waterfront. www.... More

Meet Michael Cooper: Insight, improving Drupal performance and security


Michael Cooper, Engineering Director for the Acquia Network ("If it's broken, it's probably my fault."), brought a vision with him when he came to Acquia: a tool to manage, optimize, and secure large numbers of Drupal websites easily. This has turned into one of the Acquia Network's crown jewels, Insight, which monitors hundreds of metrics on live Drupal sites and offers not only alerts for more than 170 kinds of potential problems, it... More

Didn't realize Drupal was a platform for Digital Marketing? Check this out...

Most Web Content Management systems have traditionally been sold to and bought by IT. However, innovation that has come out of the consumer technology space over the last decade has accelerated what experts are calling the "Consumerization of IT". Drupal is now in the center of this trend, which has shifted the buying center for Enterprise web technologies from IT to Digital Marketing organizations. The onslaught of mobile computing, social media, and the cloud has created a perfect storm where simple, yet powerful platforms like Drupal are now being leveraged purely for Marketing agility.... More

What is DrupalCon?


Those of us getting really excited that it is almost time for DrupalCon again sometimes need to explain to our friends, colleagues, or family members what all the fuss is about.

Explaining DrupalCon

Have you ever had trouble putting it into words? "Yeah, Mom, we sit in rooms together and write code! ... Yes, I do that all year ... Yes, I talk to these people online all the time ... But DrupalCon is incredible because it's so ... y'know, great! I met Dries! I committed a patch with Webchick!"

I was thinking about this recently and started jotting down some of my impressions of what... More

Acquia Search just got a lot better

My name is Nick Veenhof and I've been a member of the Drupal community for quite some time now. (more than 5 years it seems!). I've been trying to focus on the Search front, more specifically on the Apache Solr Search Integration front. Since September 2011 I have been working on Acquia Search, the Apache Solr Module and all of its derivatives. In this blog I would like to explain what that means from a technical... More

Drupal Training in Australia & New Zealand

If I may start this post with something obvious - let me say that "Drupal is global."
In my last post I wrote about DrupalCon (and associated Training) coming to Europe in August.
Today's post brings us even further from this writer's desk - crossing the equator, the prime meridian, and crossing seasons from the hot hot summer we're having here in Boston to the deep down under winter of Australia & New Zealand.
In the coming month, there will be 3 weeks of training provided by one of Acquia's Training Partners -... More

False Promises and the Illusion of Freedom: Why OpenSaaS Matters

You can’t read any technology publications, go to any tech events, or read a business journal these days without hearing a common theme; SaaS and the Cloud are The Future. For those in the know, the idea of having the infinite scalability of cloud resources, of not having to patch or maintain software, and knowing that they can get started more quickly or spin down resources at will is incredibly alluring. The promise is clear: it’s about Freedom.
We get this. Freedom has always been at the heart of Acquia and Drupal. The early days of open source were about the promise of “... More

Meet Katelyn Fogarty: "I speak Marketing and Engineer!"


The technical marketer

Katelyn Fogarty, Manager of Online Marketing at Acquia, is a great example of the kind of Acquian who brings a variety of skills and experience to the table – in her case Drupal development and configuration, online marketing, and management – and combines them to perform a unique function uniquely well at Acquia. There are a number of Acquians who have been able to enrich their non-developer, but still Drupal-related work at Acquia with a background of Drupal skills. In Kate's case, she can explain business and... More

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