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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

Meet Acquia's training partners

By Heather
I'm going to be blogging about our training partners and their trainers this summer, because they are awesome, and I'm very proud of what they're doing. All of our training partners are really busy. For example, Doug Vann is traveling around the US to teach and consult, soon he'll be in Austin on July 9-13 for a full week of training courses with NxtTeam. It's a good thing he doesn't also have to update and maintain his own materials.

We... More

Get Ready for DrupalCon Munich Training!

I hope you've heard by now, but this year's DrupalCon is in Munich. It's going to be fantastic. How do we know? Well, because the week starts with Training, and any week that starts with Training has to be awesome.
Acquia is involved in three separate training courses at Munich. We're running our ever popular Security course, and also teaching both the ... More

Meet Alex Bronstein: Open source is a mind-shift


Alex Bronstein talks at DrupalCon Denver about how his job in the Acquia OCTO (Office of the CTO) lets him make a difference to the development and ongoing improvement of Drupal 8.

From Kitten Killer to Core Contributor

Alex describes his path from discovering open source to dreaming of contributing to an open source project to realizing that goal 15 years later. When he found Drupal in 2004, he went from hacking it (Drupalists commonly refer to changing core code the wrong way as "killing kittens" – it's a bad practice if you care about the... More

New Relic Launches App Speed Index and Custom Dashboards

This is a guest blog post written and contributed by Bill Hodak, Director of Product Marketing at New Relic, an application performance management vendor and Acquia partner.
New Relic has announced the availability of two awesome new features and thanks to our SaaS model, our customers have immediate access to these new features. When you login or sign up today, you’ll get one or both of these features.
New Relic and Acquia have partnered to make New Relic Standard... More

Meet the YLE: Drupal at the Finnish national broadcaster


The Finnish national broadcasting company, YLE, must be one of the earliest institutional adopters of Drupal. They go all the way back to 2004 and Drupal 4.3! At the time, the YLE wanted community websites and commissioned Carl-Magnus Dumell, through the IT company he was working for at the time, to find a PHP-based product to launch their social web presence.

Carl-Magnus Dumell - How did you choose Drupal in 2004?

Even back then, "Drupal was without a doubt, the best solution there. When we looked under the hood, it was beautiful. The... More

Acquia U graduates

Do you remember what your first day on the job was like? Maybe it begins with an orientation by an HR administrator; where is the coffee, how do I get on the intranet, where is my nerf gun. For many software companies it goes more like "Here's a link to the wiki, version control creds are in your email, try not to screw anything up." As a self-made scrapper, I can totally respect a DIY orientation. Many consider it the first test, is the person ready to take initiative and figure things out for themselves? My first day at Acquia three and a half years ago was in this vein.

Planning for... More

Peddling LSD - Meet Chris Strahl and the Large Scale Drupal project


Before Drupal, Chris Strahl had a successful career running his own company, doing multi-million dollar implementations with proprietary software, but he always had a private fascination with open source. Finding himself unwilling to sell an "antiquated, technically unsound, incredibly expensive" SAP eCommerce product to his clients, he and his colleagues developed and sold a Drupal-based platform solution. It allowed customers to buy SAP Business Objects reports online via Drupal's go-to eCommerce solution of the day, Ubercart ... all for... More

Web Design and Development Survey 2012 - The Results Are In!

Recently Acquia sponsored .Net magazine’s Web Design and Development Survey 2012. The results are now in and below are some of the key findings. We were delighted by the response.
First, I’d like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all of you who took the time to participate in this important research. It helps us focus our resources on supporting you and your businesses in order to deliver more successful web projects. The survey results provide a look inside the developer community giving us all a better understanding of what the future may hold - and why.
Both Acquia and .Net magazine were... More

Making Drupal Products: Meet Ezra Gildesgame


Ezra Barnett Gildesgame is the Technical Lead of Acquia's Distribution Team. He is in charge of maintaining and developing Acquia's two distributions, COD (Conference Organizing Distribution) and Commons, the social business and collaboration distro. (Download them here: https://www.acquia.com/downloads.) His work goes into maintaining and improving these two Drupal products. The direct improvements made to the code go back to the repositories on Drupal.org, of course, but Ezra's work also helps the Drupal... More

Discovering Drupal

Being a consultant at Acquia means that I have an exciting and passionate job that I sometimes struggle to describe to my friends. That’s because I can and love being challenged in a variety of different ways to help create compelling and successful Drupal solutions. I guess I could just describe it to them that way, huh? :) Clients call on us to help at all stages of projects' timelines and our role can vary a lot. In this post I want to focus in how we help create the vision for projects and help them start the right way.
Most of our clients are big organizations where a website represents... More

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