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Acquia Preparedness Helps Calm Hurricane Sandy

For a family in the path of a powerful hurricane, preparedness might mean stocking up on fresh water and canned food, or even installing a generator. For the Operations Team at Acquia, preparedness in the face of an encroaching “superstorm” meant working closely with Amazon Web Services to ensure continuous availability of Acquia hosted websites.
As the National Weather Service sounded warnings of a hurricane that was developing into a “perfect storm,” the Acquia team reached out to our Technical Account Manager at Amazon Web Services, whose network of data centers provide the foundation for... More

Disaster Preparedness with Acquia Cloud: Contingency Plans & Crisis Comm

Hurricane Sandy has highlighted the importance of continuity planning. Acquia’s contingency and communications plans are designed to ensure that our services and products remain available through such extreme weather events and also to make sure that problems are detected and communicated quickly and accurately to our customers.
High Availability and Disaster Recovery at Acquia
Acquia has a complex set of procedures and policies in place to ensure availability of our cloud products and services. Acquia Cloud, Acquia’s Platform-as-a-Service product, and Drupal Gardens, our Software-as-a-... More

Joining Acquia Cloud Engineering

I spent a thrilling 7 years at my previous company before it was time to move on. In that time I was instrumental in building a leading SaaS community platform and Single-Sign-On solution and got to work with many world renown clients. When I chose to leave I knew I wanted to take my time in selecting my next job. Thus, I researched multiple companies searching for a role that would satisfy my passions for engineering team and product management, building massive, scalable globally-distributed LAMP systems and exciting client engagements. Although opportunities at wonderful companies... More

Acquia hiring at BADCamp

I love attending events like BADCamp. Being here gives me a chance to connect with many people I've known for a long time, but I also get to meet new people that share our passion for Drupal.
A lot of friendships are made at these events. In the Drupal community, we have a saying: “Come for the Code, Stay for the Community”. It's intriguing to see these friendships develop. Often times we end up working together; either commercially through Acquia, or as volunteers on... More

Time to Consider Open Source for Digital Experience? Forrester thinks so...

A few months ago, we began discussing some options with Forrester research around getting a refresh on how Enterprises are now using Open Source platforms for Digital Experience. We worked with Forrester in true partnership to create a customer survey that was constructed to dig deep to understand... 1) What are the main challenges in 2012 regarding Web Content Management systems, who are the key stakeholders and where are organizations struggling? 2) How are customers using Open Source today and what are some of the differences and similarities between open source and proprietary solutions?... More

Drupal performance data has never looked so good

Written by: TraceView
Do you wonder how your site is performing for end users? Why certain pages are slow or throw exceptions? If server resources are limiting performance?
As of today, the most detailed and actionable Drupal performance data available is just one click away for Acquia Network subscribers—thanks to AppNeta’s newly launched, awesome partnership with the Acquia team!
And, even better, AppNeta’s TraceView APM service is free for Acquia members to get started!
AppNeta TraceView installs in seconds and delivers real-time performance insights for developers. Our software... More

Working smarter: Drupal-enable your team with training

In the landscape of web development, working and learning are converging. I think about this quite a bit at Acquia as we keep tuning our courses and training program.
We often focus on the technical benefits of adopting Drupal. However, it occurred to me the other day, there are potential auxiliary benefits in terms of empowering staff by using Drupal. Drupal has the potential to increase job satisfaction and motivation by posing a fundamental shift in how individuals and organization work.

Despite that, there are still risks. I started to visualize the impact of training on this... More

Acquia at BAD Camp 2012 – see you there!


I am pleased to be able to announce that Acquia is a core sponsor of this year's Bay Area Drupal Camp. We've been part of BAD Camp and sponsored before, but it's a privilege to be part of making Drupal's largest and best free, annual event a reality again this year. And we're so excited about everything going on: hiring, sessions, summits, and more! Old friends and new, stop by our table and say hi.

We're hiring!

Stop by with a resume or your personal pitch if you'd like to be part of the... More

Drupal-to-Drupal data migration Part 1: The basics

I’m pleased to announce that the migrate_d2d module, long in sandbox mode, is now a full-fledged drupal.org project, and the first release candidate is now available. This module extends the Migrate framework with a framework of Migration classes for importing into a Drupal 7 installation from existing Drupal 5, Drupal 6, or Drupal 7 sites.
Motivation
There were 2 primary motivations for the development of this module:
Taking the opportunity... More

Engineering week 2012 and Hackathon

What do you get when you combine Acquians, BOFs, Drupal, a hackathon, paintball, and bowling? Acquia Engineering week, of course! Two weeks ago, nearly 70 members of the Acquia Engineering, Design, and OCTO teams gathered together for our 3rd annual Engineering week. It"s like an intimate five-day DrupalCon, where many of Acquia"s incredibly talented Drupalists, systems engineers, front-end engineers, automation engineers, writers, designers, and UX specialists gather to learn and have fun together. While the... More

The things we found in your site - part 2

In the last blog post I discussed several mistakes usually found by my team when doing site audits.
Today I want to cover a couple of more topics that can affect the life of your website and cause pain in its normal operation.
Security
Drupal has proven to be one of the most secure tools to build websites. The fact that it has been used by governments, media companies and important NGOs in the world is the best proof of this fact. Drupal... More

How we test Acquia Cloud

Continuous Integration (CI) is powerful approach for improving software development and release engineering. Acquia Cloud provides a turn-key CI environment for our customers web applications. One important component of the CI process is automated tested, and Acquia Cloud makes it easy for our customers to run automated tests on their sites.
Acquia Cloud is itself a software product, and we follow a CI process for developing it as well---including having extensive automated tests. However, instead of being a normal application, Acquia Cloud is the infrastructure running thousands of other... More

The things we found in your site

Part of my job in Acquia involves looking to some of the most complex Drupal sites in the world and analyze problems on them that might be known or not. When client hire us to perform a site audit, they want to understand what is wrong with their website, because of complains regarding maintenance, performance, operation or security. Other times, an audit is a way of guaranteeing that everything is running safe and the team is not wasting resources and time. I like to look to an audit as a normal... More

Acquia Proud to Announce 2012 Partner Sites of the Year Awards

Everyone loves to receive awards. Awards recognize achievement, hard work and talent. Acquia has received several tremendous awards this year, including Forbes’100 List of America’s Most Promising Companies, #1 Software... More

Finding All the Things at the Engineering Hackathon

Last week the Acquia Engineering team assembled in the office for a week of brainstorming, coding, and fun. One full day (24 hours) was devoted to a hackathon, and we vetted ideas and jockeyed to recruit teammates right up to the 9 a.m. starting time.
A problem often encountered in larger technical teams centers on the one’s ability to find the relevant documentation. At Acquia, we have a wide range of systems that house documentation targeted at the appropriate developers, technical account managers, support and sales departments. Our... More

Driving Social and Web Experience Conversion: Acquia and Drupal rated as Visionary in latest Magic Quadrants

Over the past month, Gartner has released new 2012 versions of the Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM) and for Social Software in the Workplace (SSW). We are pleased to announce that Acquia / Drupal has been rated VISIONARY in both Quadrants. This is an important and exciting milestone for both Acquia and Drupal. Drupal now commands a unique position as the only platform cited as a leader in both the Social Software in the Workspace and Web Content Management Magic Quadrants. Accordingly, by leading the convergence of Digital Marketing in the WCM and Social Business market... More

Trust is the Key to Social Collaboration

I just finished reading Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, and it got me thinking about the social collaboration efforts I have worked on the past couple of years. Though the book has an external focus in regards to how social networking is forcing companies to be more transparent with its customers, I think the same principles apply to the collaboration between colleagues within a company. From what I have seen, a “build it and they will come” mentality takes hold and stakeholders forget that trust needs to be built between the different... More

Sticking to Done

One of the terms that I first heard when I joined Acquia was the “Definition of Done”. This was a concept that originated from our engineering team and when I heard it I really liked it. The idea behind the Definition of Done is simply a checklist of what has to be accomplished before you can call a sprint/release complete. I was reminded of how important this concept is today when I had to make the call to delay a release because could not pass the next step in the Definition of Done.
My decision to not move forward with the release was easy because it took all the emotion out of the... More

Code sprints after BADCamp 2012

Acquia invites Drupalers to a code sprint after BADCamp on Nov 5 & 6 at UC Berkeley. Join D8 Mobile, D8 Multilingual, Drush, Spark, and many other teams as we make Drupal rock even harder. See who is working on what, and add your name to the signup sheet.
Monday November... More

Responsive tables in Drupal 8

I'm thrilled to announce that all HTML tables in Drupal 8 will be responsive. This is a huge win for the Drupal 8 Mobile Initiative.. This is especially important in Drupal's admin section, which traditionally featured wide tables listing recently created content, comments, users, terms, etc. I believe we struck a great balance by hiding unimportant columns by default at narrow widths, and letting user expose those columns on demand. Our technique is a simplified version of... More

Hola Drupal!

Are you based in Costa Rica? Know someone who'd like to find out about Drupal? Send them to the free "Hello Drupal" at the end of this month in Costa Rica with Anexus IT. And keep an eye on our Drupal training calendar for events in your area.
Un montón de eventos
There has been such a great amount of activity and growth in Central and South America recently. Our partners, SeeD Co have been holding regular training in Columbia... More

Meet Christian Yates: "Here's how Drupal can do that."


"Here's how Drupal can do that."

As Senior Director of Solutions Architecture at Acquia, Christian Yates makes sure that Drupal is able to compete head-to-head with any and all competing technologies. He translates organizations' business needs into a vision of how Drupal can solve the large-scale, complex problems that large organizations face. Since showing and doing is always better than saying, he also builds proofs-of-concept in working code to help get them on board with Drupal.

Going from static to Drupal

Christian was head of... More

How does it feel to sell your company?

I've acquired other companies, but the sale of Mollom to Acquia, was the first time I sold a company of my own. Being the seller felt quite different. It's a interesting mixture of satisfaction tinged with loss. During the negotiation phase you feel joy and excitement. Then you feel frustration as you go through the due diligence process. It's a lot of work. Eventually, the day you hand over the keys you feel like you sold your baby. At the same time, you feel a sense of achievement.
Selling Mollom... More

Meet Kent Gale: Making Drupal successes


Kent Gale, Senior Director of the Client Advisory Team is on the front lines of keeping Acquia's clients happy and productive: "Every day is a pretty intensive exercise in making customers successful ... one way or the other ... either helping them develop, or deploy or maintain and manage their site."

Where's the business in "free"?

Kent has come a long way from his first encounter with open source software. When Netscape created the Mozilla Organization and open sourced its... More

Meet Kenny Silanskas: On fire for Drupal


On fire for Drupal

Kenny Silanskas, Acquia's Tier 1 Team Manager, has a passion for getting Drupal right that rubs off on his team – Acquia's crew of frontline Client Advisers. They are in the happy position of being able to train client-developers in best practices, choosing and using the right Drupal modules, how to use the open source process, and more. Kenny says, "The Support Department gives Drupal sites the TLC they need." All of this results in happier and more successful Drupal users and a healthier Drupal project.

Supporting... More

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