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Locking Down the Cloud: Dealing with Complexity

I love this illustration from a recent Netskope Cloud Report. The IT guy, standing in his dinghy, is estimating that he has 40-50 cloud apps running in his enterprise. But check out that submerged iceberg: it’s more like 397! That’s nearly 10x the IT estimate. You’ll notice that Netskope also points out that 77 percent of those apps are not enterprise ready. We’re talking consumer cloud apps like Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, and so on. We’re talking all those “stealth IT” and “shadow IT” sites that employees set up on their own -- to prototype an idea, or get a specific task done, fast.... More

This week (or two or three) in Drupal Core

What's new with Drupal 8? Configuration system changes Over the past month, a lot of work has gone into the configuration system. With the addition of a separate module install/uninstall step for the config import process, it's finally possible to properly synchronize configuration changes with module installations or uninstallations. You can now transform a site installed with the Minimum install profile into a site using the Standard install profile by importing configuration (the case we've long said will be our indicator that CMI "works"). (... More

Great Examples of Amazing Digital Experiences!

On a mission to help companies and brands thrive in the complex digital world, Acquia partners with top digital agencies that are creating amazing digital experiences. This competition serves as a chance to showcase the best examples of their work. Acquia’s digital agency partners submitted more than 100 client sites for consideration across 15 categories. Acquia executives then selected 44 finalists, assessing each site on visual design, functionality, integration and overall customer experience. Finalists will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the digital marketing and Drupal... More

The new Docker testbot that will power Drupal Quality Assurance

Drupaldevdays 2014 at Szeged was a huge success, especially regarding the seven-day long sprints, where a lot of work was done, from the core development initiatives to drupal.org improvements and infrastructure developments. On the Drupal infrastructure team we have been quite busy, trying to improve processes, making things easier and faster for Drupal and the Drupal community. Therefore I went to Szeged and engaged live with jthorson,... 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. Innovative Solution Delivers Affordable, Assistive Technologies What would happen if you could never tell a loved one how much you cared about them or even communicate simple commands that are taken for granted each day? There are millions of Americans currently living with neurological conditions that leave them unable to communicate effectively or use a computer. With the only market-available... More

Paul Wander on PHP and Open Source in the Enterprise

Part 1 of 3: Paul Wander, co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing at the UK PHP service provider Inviqa – the co-parent company of SensioLabs UK – was kind enough to give me an hour of his time recently to talk about some interests we have in common. In this podcast, we talk about when Paul discovered open source software, Inviqa and SensioLabs UK's history, Symfony and open source software in the enterprise. In parts 2 and 3, we cover Symfony2, Drupal 8, behavior... More

Secure Acquia accounts with two-step verification and strong passwords

Today I’m proud to announce the general availability of three new authentication and access control security features for the Acquia Network. The following features will help ensure the security of your account and sites on Acquia Cloud by securing the sign-in process and enabling subscription-based access controls on the Acquia Network: Two-step verification (a.k.a. 2FA) Strong password enforcement IP address access control Any user may set up two-step verification on their Acquia account; IP address control and password strength requirements can also be enforced for all team members and... More

Locking Down the Cloud: Freeing the Cloud

When I started talking to cloud experts about automation and security, I thought that we’d spend most of our time discussing how automation reduces human error (and deliberate malfeasance). And how it frees up IT time for higher value activities. It does both of those things, of course. But I also discovered a sub-theme that kept bubbling up in my conversations: by automating security, you give a power boost to one of the most appealing features of cloud hosting: rapid elasticity and scalability. Let’s say that you need to scale up your digital capacity to handle a surge of interest and... More

The best kind of learning technology

Our training is hands-on, but what that means has changed through the years we’ve run Drupal training. Now you’re just as likely to see learners drawing on paper, collaborating with someone, giving a quick demo, or of course, working hard on their computers. I was reminded of this recently looking at some photos of a client training by our partner, Cegeka with Laurens Vandeput, Senior Drupal developer and team coach. Such simple tools are a key component of our technical... 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. The Chief Digital Officer Landscape While the CDO role is most prevalent in media and advertising, the sector where it is having the most gains is retail, with Best Buy, Walmart, Starbucks, etc. leading the way in carving out a role for a senior executive devoted to owning and innovating on the digital customer experience. Any digitally focused organization (one that relies on digital to deliver a... More

How to reliably test sandbox projects using the drupal.org testbot locally

During Drupal Dev Days in Hungary, there were many sprints that took place. You can see the amazing footage of what went on there in this nice movie, but that is not what we are going to discuss now! In this blog post, we'll talk about how to manage your Drupal 8 module upgrade while working with many people together using a sandbox. Since drupal.org does not allow you to grant per branch access to the repository, it might be risky to allow everyone commit... More

Protecting Enterprise Drupal Users Against Heartbleed

On the afternoon of Monday, April 7 2014, the Heartbleed bug was made public and demonstrated that the majority of encrypted traffic on the Internet was vulnerable to eavesdropping. In this post we wanted to provide insight into the steps Acquia took to handle this event. First, though, we want to state: Acquia’s infrastructure is now safe and hardened Acquia has been working to ensure our customers’ Drupal sites are secure no matter how or where they use Drupal Mitigating Heartbleed involves more than just software updates or server patching We are... More

DrupalCon Training with the Acquia team! UX and Security

The Acquia team is getting ready for DrupalCon Austin. We're excited about the official announcement of training at DrupalCon which is held on the Monday before the conference on Monday, June 2. We have two courses on offer which we think you'll love. One will get you started evaluating your designs with users, and how to conduct usability testing. One will help ensure your site or application is secure which is increasingly important for sites of all sizes. Sale on ticket prices until May 2nd DrupalCon training is on sale for $75 off. And the ticket pricing is $100 off the cost of onsite... More

Conference Heats Up Discussion of Customer Experiences

The warmth of Miami after a LONG winter has helped fuel the energy of the Demandware XChange Conference, but that’s certainly not the only factor. This highly engaged group is striving to keep up with the ever increasing expectations of online shoppers. Innovation abounds in commerce, as brands work tirelessly to build loyalty and engagement through their digital channels. This challenge will continue to fuel innovation, increase the speed of commerce and drive the need for new, engaging, informed shopping experiences.... More

SensioLabs UK - Lessons and chances from Drupal 8 early adoption

Part 2 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. Here, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites online, www.sensiolabs.co.uk, what their goals were, how they built it and have kept it running since May 2013, and how Drupal 8 will change... More

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