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eTail West Highlights the Conflicted World of Commerce

I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss, and so when Eric Feinberg of Foresee referred to potential customer segments as Thing 1 and Thing 2 at the recent eTail conference, I had to smile. As I thought more about the current state of commerce, though, I decided that a Dr. Dolittle shout-out to Pushmi-Pullyu is more apt. Commerce teams today are clearly being pulled in two very different directions. On the one hand, the push by Amazon/Google/eBay for same day delivery – and soon I believe, same hour delivery – is forcing retailers to fanatically... More

5 Mistakes to Avoid on your Drupal Website - Number 5: Maintenance

In the previous articles in this series, we've focused on aspects of architecture, security and performance and the choice of infrastructure. All of that work will come to little without a reliable... More

5 Reasons Why Your School Should Use Drupal Commerce

While colleges and universities are not ecommerce businesses they still do a great deal of ecommerce. From online bill payments for class registration, to payments for fines, infractions and permits, to dining plans and other related student services, to tickets for events and seminars, to online bookstores for merchandize and materials, and of course to online giving for fundraising and advancement activities, colleges and universities are using ecommerce every day to support the multi-faceted business of higher education. And for each of these online transactions there is a commerce... More

The Hacker and Hustler: How to Code a Great Company

It all starts with a great idea, something you think will change the world. What’s next? Well, for Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal and a hacker by trade, he wanted to take his great idea and build a company around it. Drupal was his college dorm side project, initially created as a sounding board for himself and his classmates. Drupal was slowly gaining traction and adoption, but it wasn’t until Dries had to spend many late nights helping MTV with its Drupal sites that he had the big idea. Why not build a company around Drupal support, helping brands better leverage this open source... 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. T-Commerce? Meet tvbay If you tuned in to this year’s Super Bowl, you saw H&M’s commercial that enabled viewers to make purchases through their television based on what David Beckham was wearing during the clip. This new, “t-commerce” platform is something that brands are exploring, but few are delivering because smart TVs that enable these transactions are still in the early stages of... More

SXSWi Top Tips Part 2: Once You’re There

Welcome to Part 2 of my SXSWi Top Tips series. If you missed it, check out Part 1 which covers how to prepare before you arrive in Austin; it’s not a conference where you can just throw some clothes in a bag and go. So now you’re packed, you’ve done your research, and you’ve got a plan. Great! Now get ready to throw it out the window. Part Two: Austin 1. The Panels: Quality Speaker Trumps All - So now you’ve arrived in Austin, you’ve checked in to your hotel, gotten your badge and now you’re off to check out your first... More

Lukas Smith on open source communication, PHPCR, and more

Part 1 of 2 - I had the great pleasure of speaking with Lukas Smith at SymfonyCon Warsaw in December, 2013. Lukas is a major contributor to open source and is involved in a range of projects, including the Symfony framework, Drupal, and many more. He is one of the 50 most active contributors on GitHub. Thank you, Lukas! How do you contribute so much? About his contribution he says, "I don't know how I got to that number. I try to comment on tickets, try to network people, to encourage them to talk ... I guess it's mostly commenting. I guess I do... More

Financial services is changing, and staying the same.

Post financial crisis, Financial Services Institutions (FSIs) are determined to change. Their motivation lies not just in regaining the trust of a public that has shored up the industry, but also the same goal that they have always had, to find new ways to create products and sell products to generate return for their shareholders. FSIs have always grasped the nettle of innovation. In my career I’ve seen that they are often the first to deploy cutting edge technologies to gain competitive edge. You could argue that it was the drive for innovation (but without transparency) that provoked the... More

Using Adaptive Images in Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Outlier.com Responsive, mobile-first web design is the latest trend to take hold of the web design community, and with good reason. With the advent of the mobile OS as a mainstream portal through which people are increasingly connecting to the internet, the needs of these users--and those of the relatively nascent tablet market--are becoming increasingly important. But rather than creating "mobile" versions of websites, which are often riddled with compromise, responsive... More

5 Mistakes to Avoid on your Drupal Website - Number 4: Infrastructure

In previous articles in this series, we’ve covered the areas of architecture, security and performance. All of these aspects are affected by your infrastructure from the time of development to deployment.  Infrastructure covers the stack your website lives on, including the server, the database and any software layers, such as Varnish or Memcached which... More

Survival Tips from a SXSW Pro: Part 1

No matter how you approach it, SXSW is a vast matrix of possibilities spread over several square miles of Austin and environs over several days. To get the most out of it, you need to prepare early and thoroughly. In the immediate gratification era in which we live, I wish I could simply tell you, “There’s an app for that.” But while there are many apps which will make your life easier (and some which will be indispensable at least for the Interactive portion), there’s no substitute for doing your homework for this one. What follows are a few pieces of advice I’d give you if you were going... 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. Today’s Brand Must Think Like a Publisher Content is king. But as the line between publishers and brands are blurring, all brands find themselves in both the content and the commerce games. As brands, we are sometimes wary of pushing content on our customers. In my experience, however, customers are much less worried about the blurred lines, and much more interested in getting that they want when... More

Drupal 8 Configuration Workflows using Git

This blog post is a textual representation of the video shared yesterday. If you are visual learner, watch it. If you are in a hurry, read this blog :). Peter's video also shows how configuration_log module can be used to materialize all config changes in Prod so they may be easily integrated back into the codebase. That is not covered here. The following commands are our current best thoughts on how folks will move configuration across environments using Git and... More

Today’s Brand Must Think Like a Publisher

Content is king. But as the line between publishers and brands are blurring, all brands find themselves in both the content and the commerce games. As brands, we are sometimes wary of pushing content on our customers. In my experience, however, customers are much less worried about the blurred lines, and much more interested in getting that they want when and where they want it. As Alexis Maybank, founder of Gilt Groupe described it, "If I go into a Restoration Hardware store, for instance, I understand they're selling that product, but I'm not just interested in seeing rows of lamps on... More

Moving Your Drupal 8 Configuration from Local to Server and Back

Update: a textual representation of the first half of this video has been posted. Two weeks ago I had a great opportunity to spend a few days working with Moshe Weitzman (moshe weitzman), Justin Randell (beejeebus), Alex Bronstein (effulgentsia), and Stéphane Corlosquet (scor) to look at the challenges and best practices for using the new Drupal 8... More

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