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Calling all Drupal Entrepreneurs

I love working with entrepreneurs and I’ve been constantly amazed by the entrepreneurial nature of the entire Drupal ecosystem. It’s exciting, it’s contagious, and it fuels the soul. Great opportunities await for those willing to adopt it. My colleague Jam recently wrote a post and published an infographic entitled “From the Dorm room to the board room” http://www.acquia.com/blog/dorm-room-board-room-ten-years-drupal-growth-... which outlines the incredible rise of Drupal and the global open-source-phenomenon that it... More

Drupal for government in Dublin

My colleague, Frank Maxwell, and I presented recently at the "OSForum" - open source forum day for local government in Ireland, after that we received emails from people who wanted to know more. It seemed we needed to do something to suit a bigger audience. We helped out on a "Drupal4Gov Day" with Rhoda Kerins of the Local Government Management Agency of Ireland offices in Dublin. Participants ranged from project managers to developers who work for local government at the city and county levels in Ireland. I am so excited to see the enthusiasm and interest... More

Microsoft’s investment means Open Source is no longer a community, it’s a movement

For many years now, developers around the world have celebrated and promoted the numerous benefits that open source has to offer IT and business communities. Despite the flare for technology innovation and bringing new offerings to market, the real value of the open source community is the culture of the people that represent it. A shared ethos, coupled with a collaborative working model and mutual respect has delivered and will continue to deliver cutting edge software offerings that are increasingly competing with traditional proprietary vendors.
But open source has moved beyond simply... More

Signing up for the business result

Recently I watched a movie called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. Check it out if you can it’s really good. It reminded me of how important it is to be passionate about what you do and never take your eye off the result. I like to think the work we do as Acquian’s - with the help of partners - results in epic business outcomes for our clients. My role in professional services, working with clients, can be both demanding and rewarding. A core aspect of my role is ensure not just delivery, but delivery excellence, and that what we do makes a difference. When teams approach a project by the letter of... More

Using GitHub with Acquia Cloud

Most Drupal developers are moving towards Git, and many of them prefer to host their Git repos at GitHub for their excellent Git support, Pull Requests with integrated code review, and more. At Acquia, we think GitHub is terrific, too, and like to use it for many of our own public and private projects.
Many people have asked us whether it is possible to keep their site’s code in GitHub and still host it on Acquia Cloud. The answer is yes, and it’s pretty simple, too.... More

Acquia Partner Training

Acquia's partner program is a fantastic resource for our customers as they seek to deploy the most interesting and useful Drupal projects they can.
Our partner program is also a great way for our partners to grow their business - by working with us on larger deals they can get exposure and experience with larger clients than they may work with on their own. Partners also get exclusive access to Acquia staff for advice and support. One of the ways that we help our partners build their expertise, experience, and business is through training.
As an example of how we work with our partners to... More

NYC Student Discounts on Drupal Training

A friend just sent me a link to a job description. Given that I work at Acquia, and run training, this should not be remarkable. Most of my friends outside of Acquia & Drupal imagine that I must have a line to pools of Drupal developers, designers, and other folks just waiting for work. [Insert knowing laughter from Drupalists the world over here.]
The fact of the matter is that we need more Drupal people to fill all the available job postings. This is a large part of my mandate here - get enough people trained so that all our customers and partners can complete the Drupal projects they... More

European public services must follow Iceland's open-source lead

Originally posted: http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/1761/european-public-services-must-follow-icelands-open-source-lead
To many in the private sector, the idea of super-size contracts that are expensive to run and almost impossible to break free from seems ludicrous
The global economic crisis has triggered a series of unprecedented social and political upheavals that have left many governments on the brink of bankruptcy. The high volume of... More

Drupal on the Front lines: Being a Consultant at Acquia

I have now been a Technical Consultant at Acquia for two years. In those two years I have seen Acquia quadruple in size and the size and importance of our clients grow from primarily mid-sized universities and smaller government agencies to multiple Fortune 100 clients, cabinet-level government offices, and giant media companies. When meeting with others in the community, few people have any idea what it is that Acquia's consultants do (or that we even exist). I'd like to attempt to explain what we do and why I love my job!
Let's start by summarizing my job with numbers -
Over 4 dozen clients... More

When and how caching can save your site. Part 2: authenticated users

On my last blog post we looked to what Drupal achieves out of the box regarding Drupal caching. We understood how Drupal can cache pages for anonymous users and found solutions to avoid to bootstrap Drupal to serve a cached page (using a reverse proxy like Varnish or redirecting requests using Boost). We also saw that even if any of these tools is used, Drupal is also able to save cached versions of pages in the database. However, Drupal allows to plug transparently other caching backends that are faster:... More

Training @ DrupalCon & Beyond

Wow! It's been an exciting three days so far of DrupalCon. Trainings, meetings, presentations, BOFs, keynotes, booth time, parties, and time with old (and new) friends. For me, I've been meeting partner after partner and getting excited about the year to come.
Before I get to more recap though, I want to highlight a couple events coming up in the coming weeks.
First, our Partner Isovera is at the Computer in Libraries conference happening in Washington, DC. They want to remind everyone especially in Boston of an opportunity to take "... More

From the dorm room to the boardroom - Ten years of Drupal growth and success


More than a million served! It’s been just over a decade since Drupal’s inception as an online message board in founder, Dries Buytaert’s student dorm in Antwerp, Belgium. It is now developed and supported by a vibrant, collaborative, international community of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of users. Drupal powers over a million websites of all kinds.

The Drupal phenomenon: technology + community

Drupal’s growth and success is thanks to a potent combination of technology and people. Dries Buytert, Drupal’s founder and Project Lead, puts it this way, “Open source... More

Acquia Cloud By the (Big) Numbers

The Acquia Cloud continues to flourish! We set new records in the last month, thanks to our customers' exceptional Drupal sites, delivering 1 billion page views from Managed Cloud and Dev Cloud alone. When you add in Drupal Gardens, it amounts to over 100 terabytes of content! We’ve set performance records for individual sites as well. A customer’s recently-launched Acquia Cloud site delivered over 25... More

Drupal's long warmth toward third party code

A friend asked why Drupal has such a Not invented here (NIH) syndrome. Here is my quick rebuttal:
Even before our recent commit of Symfony's Classloader and HttpFoundation components, Drupal core has long history of embracing third party code ...
Database abstraction layer. Drupal supported both Postgres and MySQL early on. We used the PEAR DB library to support both. We then used our own abstraction layer until Drupal 7 when we became one of the only projects to embrace PHP's PDO abstraction layer.
Drupal's XMLRPC server is largely... More

Acquia Dev Cloud free developer tier

Visit http://www.acquia.com/dev-cloud-free-tier to register for your permanently free Dev Cloud developer tier account.
Acquia Dev Cloud is the Drupal cloud hosting platform for developers. We launched Acquia Cloud almost three years ago, and have been building features and capabilities to improve developer experience, automation,... More

Higher education meet-up at DrupalCon

It's that time of year again where we are gearing up for another great DrupalCon. Next week, 3000 Drupalists, including more than 70 Acquians, will be migrating out west to the Rocky Mountains for an action packed week filled with sessions, stickers, beer, and lots of face time with the best open source community on the planet.
There is one remarkable event that caught my attention and that speaks volumes about an important trend we're seeing: the Higher Ed Drupal Users meeting on Wednesday.
Why is this so interesting you... More

UX Research at DrupalCon Denver

Attending DrupalCon? Help us improve Drupal core, Acquia.com, Acquia Cloud and Acquia Network by participating in a quick one-on-one research session.
Dharmesh Mistry and I would like to meet with you individually for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, we’ll either do a short exercise online or just have a chat to hear about your experiences. Taking part in a session also a great way to decompress after lots of learning!
Say hi if you see us in the hallway, or let us know when you’re free, and we’ll schedule a time.
If you’re a developer... More

The New Acquia Forums

The Acquia Forums have just gone through a major over-haul. Our goal was to provide a better system to support our customers and improve the experience overall. If you visit the new forums, you will see:
New Omega-based responsive design with tablet and mobile phone support
Improved support workflow tools
Apache Solr Faceted Search for granular filtering of topics... More

Your questions wanted for Distributions panel at DrupalCon Denver!

With the recent completion of major enhancements to the Drupal.org distribution packaging system, the tools for building great Drupal distributions are more democratized than ever!
Next Wednesday at DrupalCon, we’ll be holding a panel discussion on Drupal distributions that includes people from several companies who are actively involved in developing or adopting Drupal distributions in the enterprise:
Marc O'Brien - VP,... More

Introducing the Acquia Cloud API and Drush CLI

Acquia Cloud has two brand-shiny-new interfaces today!
The Acquia Cloud API is a RESTful web interface that allows developers to extend, enhance, and customize Acquia Cloud. It includes developer workflow, site management, and provisioning capabilities.
The Acquia Cloud Drush commands allow using all features of the Cloud API on the command line or from shell scripts using the excellent Drush command line tool.
Let's start with a demo. It's kind hard to demo an API, so instead I'll use the Drush Cloud commands to deploy a site as shown... More

Training + Drupal = Success!

It's that time of year again. That time when we're going to get flooded with new ideas, examples, and ways of using Drupal. Why? It's DrupalCon season of course!
DrupalCon starts next week, and as we build up to that, it is a frenzy of setting up meetings, having pre-meeting meetings, and coming up with things to present to everyone in your meetings. As part of that build-up, one of our partners has been visiting us the past couple days. Owen Lansbury from PreviousNext has been in our office talking about the past... More

Choosing the right medium to present findings

Earlier this year, I was invited to be on a panel for Usability Professional Associations’ (New Hampshire). The discussion was focused on how user experience researchers report/present their findings. Do they use conventional methods such as PowerPoint or Word? Or do they use unconventional methods such as spreadsheets, video, storyboards, and/or sticky notes?
It was insightful to learn how other researchers carefully consider the audience and the message to make their research findings effective. However, the discussion left one important question unanswered “How do researchers choose one... More

Drupal Gardens adds content tokens, forum access control, and improved image editing

This sprint the Drupal Gardens team added several enhancements for both Drupal Gardens site builders and content creators. Site builders can now restrict sensitive or valuable forum topics to privileged users, like can already be done for most other content. In addition, content creators now have the ability to create dynamic and personalized content using tokens, and also have a simpler user interface for cropping, rotating and resizing images.... More

Is full time co-location critical to project success?

A daily part of my job is to pitch professional services products. There are a broad array of topics raised by prospective buyers as they evaluate risk and look for the best solution. A recent encounter got me thinking about co-location strategies and the criticality of full time co-location to project success.
What’s at stake? Managing risk on enterprise projects can be a full time job. With so many variables - it’s often easiest to simplify the issue of co-location and mandate it as a must do. The argument is that team co-location for the duration of an engagement means better oversight,... More

日本におけるドゥルパルの発展

まず、このポストを翻訳してくれた杉本守弘氏に謝辞を述べたいと思います。
アクィア (Acquia) の CEO として、私が ドゥルパル (Drupal) に対して情熱を抱いていることは皆様にお分かりいただけることと思います。しかしあまりご存知でないと思われるのは、私が日本 - その人々、土地、そして市場機会 - に対しても情熱的であるということです。今まで個人的に40回以上日本を訪問しており、最盛期は1999年以降のことです。最初の訪日は1993年でしたが、早くも1983年には日本というマーケットに対してのプランや戦略に取り組んでいました。
アクィアを築くにあたり、またドゥルパルの卓越した性能 – コンテンツを軸にしたリッチなウェブエクスペリエンスや、コラボレーション、E コマースなど – について広く伝えるにあたり、日本で何をすべきかについてドリーズ (Dries Buytaert) と私は思案を重ねてきました。
今その思考をもとに、次の段階に進む準備が整いました。それは日本においてパートナーを採用し、トレーニングおよびアクィアの数々のサービスを日本のマーケットで提供していくことです。パートナーは、エンドユーザーと連携してドゥルパル・エクスペリエンスをデザイン/構築する役割を担います。その彼らを基礎とする強靭なエコシステムを実現し、支援していくことこそが、... More

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