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Five data sheets for promoting Drupal

We at Acquia gain unusual and valuable insight into the Drupalsphere. Besides working with some of the community's most visible and active members, the experience of servicing over a thousand enterprise clients shows us just how grandly this platform we love has taken hold. We also have a crawler that tracks Drupal-based sites, which we've further categorized by vertical market, geographical location, and the like.
We've given back some of this information in the form of our Drupal showcase; now... More

New white paper: "The Drupal-Powered Enterprise"

Guest post by Geoffrey Bock, author of "The Drupal-Powered Enterprise".
Across the Drupal community, we all know that “Drupal rocks.” But for enterprise decision makers, the more pressing issues revolve around how to benefit from their IT investments.
Today, Acquia published a white paper on the Drupal-Powered Enterprise. We’re focusing on one important concern: managing interactive experiences across multiple websites. We’ve identified three ways to... More

Speaking at WordCamp SF 2011: Suggestions?

On Saturday, August 13, I'm going to be speaking at WordCamp San Francisco, after being graciously invited by Jane Wells, WordPress's UI Goddess. :)
For Drupal community folks, are there questions you have about WordPress and/or its community that I could try and find answers to? Are there things you think I should particularly highlight about Drupal and its community before an audience of several hundred WordPress fanatics?
For WordPress community folks, um, HI! :) I'm glad you somehow found your way to... More

Acquia Dev Cloud +1

Acquia Dev Cloud just keeps getting better as the team here cranks out new features and responds to customer feedback. Early users' biggest complaints were around the lack of Documentation and not having native Git support. Done and done.
Dev Cloud was designed to be a self-service Platform as a Service to give professional developers access to the same battle-tested environment that is used by our Acquia Managed Cloud customers. But to make that a reality, we needed to enable folks with the information necessary to... More

How do you pronounce "Acquia"?

Hear people on the streets of Boston pronounce "Acquia", with Dries telling the story of how our name came to be, in this great video.
To create it, social media maven Evan Duffy and interns EB Pruett and Livy Holmes went into downtown Boston with a Flip cam for the day. Then AFD Creative (which also created our intro animation) edited it down to the masterpiece you see now.
Really, we don't care how you say it -- just that you call us for Drupal answers, tools, and... More

Changing how we share information - 140 characters at a time

Social networking has changed the way we communicate, connect, and learn. It allows us to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that we would not have been able to, because time and space make it impossible.
Allowing individuals to gather and express themselves in a much more simple and immediate fashion, social media provides the capability to not only have the ability to share ideas and opinions, but also (if they wish) gain notoriety, and expand their influence.
Twitter made an announcement on its... More

Creating a Carousel on Drupal Gardens

At Acquia, we created a Drupal Showcase site to display some of the most beautiful Drupal websites around. We wanted to highlight some of the more popular sites in a featured carousel when people visit the site. read more
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Creating a Carousel on Drupal Gardens

At Acquia, we created a Drupal Showcase site to display some of the most beautiful Drupal websites around. We wanted to highlight some of the more popular sites in a featured carousel when people visit the site. Since we wanted the site to be on Drupal Gardens, however, we couldn't install the jCarousel module, so we had to come up with our own way to have a Carousel on the site.

1. Download... More

Acquia raises $15 million series D

I'm thrilled to announce that Acquia has received $15 million in its fourth round of funding -- that is about twice as much as any of our earlier rounds (series A, series B, series C). Our previous investors affirmed their confidence by participating in this round; they were joined by Tenaya Capital, which has roots in... More

Buy Dev Cloud by the Month!

You can now buy Acquia Dev Cloud by the month! The response to Dev Cloud has been tremendous, and we wanted to make it even easier for you try out. Spin up a Drupal server of any size and get your site online in minutes using Acquia's professionally-tuned servers.
We now also support Amazon's c1.medium instance type. The AWS medium instances offer the best performance for the money. Coupled with our built-in support for Varnish page caching, a fully-tuned Drupal stack including memcache, and your choice of Drupal distro, your site will... More

Getting paid in candy: How Acquia is building the next generation of Drupalists

My employer Acquia is a commercial open source company.  That means that they make money (commercial) off of software they don't own (open source) and there are more than one of us (company).  It should be clear then that Acquia's survival is totally dependent on the success of the software it provides services around, Drupal.  
Drupal has been doing exceptionally well as of late.  In fact, Acquia just relased "the showcase"; it is a website detailing over 1000 high profile Drupal sites... More

Acquia adopts the Omega theme for its web site reboot

In early 2011, Kevin O’Leary, one of Acquia’s UX Jedi, launched an effort to redesign the visual branding of Acquia. By May, the design work was far enough along to allow us to start developing a Drupal theme for a complete reboot of acquia.com. Michael Cooper lead the effort with his team including Mariano Asselborn, Yoni Gray, Rob Loach and... More

Rebirthing Acquia.com

If you're a regular visitor to the Acquia website, you were probably surprised at what you saw the last time you stopped by. Aside from our new company logo, the whole site has a very different look, navigation, and main message points from a few days ago. This is the result of a project that has kept our marketing teams busy for the last few months.

Although this design represents the most profound website changes in the company's history, it's not the first time we've done this. Here is what our initial website looked like in 2008:

Acquia.com in March... More

Learn to love the drop: A radio-style talk show, with your host, Jacob Singh!

By Heather James
Thursday, July 21st, Jacob Singh is hosting two call-in webinars at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT with special guests from the Drupal community with backgrounds from Java to front-end development. You can listen as this panel of experienced Drupal professionals discuss some of the things they wish they knew, and you can have your burning questions answered directly.
Drupal’s learning curve is well known as being steep, occasionally frustrating.  This is more pronounced... More

The impact of the #D7CX movement and next steps

Back around the time of the Drupal 7 code freeze, Moshe Weitzman proposed the #D7CX (Drupal 7 Contrib Experience) movement. Developers were encouraged to add a #D7CX pledge to their project pages, indicating that they would port their contributed modules and themes to Drupal 7 by the time Drupal 7 was released.
Here is some data to measure the impact that this movement had, relative to Drupal 6, as well as some recommended next... More

BrowserID: from announcement to Drupal module in under 24 hours

Yesterday, Mozilla announced a new initiative called BrowserID, which is an easy, secure way to log in to websites without having to remember your password for each individual website. So last night I wrote the BrowserID Drupal module, which lets people log in to Drupal websites using BrowserID.
You get a choice of "Sign in" buttons to display to the user in either a block or on the existing Log in forms... More

Announcing the Drupal Showcase at showcase.acquia.com

It's always feast or famine. During Drupal's first few years, core contributors all knew when a new Drupal site launched, and usually also knew the people who created it.
There's simply no way to keep up. Acquia runs a site crawler to find new Drupal sites, there's a forum and wiki on Drupal.org, and individual efforts like drupalsites.net and... More

Google Plus & Drupal = Done.

I love Google+. I know some people are underwhelmed from all the hype. But I like it. It may or may not be for the fact I have some abnormal dislike of Facebook (which I do). But I just think it's better. Easier to manage “circles” of all my different friends, family, co-workers, and strangers I meet in the street; easier to share photos (I already used Picasa); and just easier all around. It's the better way to social networking!

Regardless of my opinion, here’s the... More

Breaking News: DrupalCon London Special Offer!

DrupalCon London is just over a month away, and we are counting down the days over here at Acquia. In particular, we are excited for our pre-conference training, Drupal Business Day, and of course the Official DrupalCon London Party. But... More

Drupal Gardens adds five star ratings, FF5 and IE9 support, and more!

The Drupal Gardens service was recently updated with the following new features:read more
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Twitter using Drupal

Starting today, Twitter's developer community lives and breathes on Drupal! Check it out at http://dev.twitter.com.

This is a big deal for Drupal -- it's not every day that one of the hottest technology start-ups switches one of its sites to Drupal. At Acquia, we have been working with Twitter on this site but couldn't talk about it for the longest time. I'm glad we finally can because it's a great use case for Drupal.... More

New Acquia Dev Cloud documentation release!

I’ve been at Acquia as the Director of Engineering Services for 8 weeks, and I’m really excited to announce a new release of the Dev Cloud documentation! In two short months we re-architected the Dev/Managed Cloud docs from end-to-end making it easier for you to find what you need. I was so impressed with the folks who helped us pull this off so quickly. Not only were changes implemented to add new functionality to the documentation pages themselves, but the Engineers heroically endured my “friendly following up” to ensure all material was reviewed. I truly appreciate their efforts, and am... More

Acquia Podcast 33: Interview with Angie Byron

Angie Byron, aka webchick, is probably the second most well-known person in the Drupal universe, between her awards, magazine covers, and role as the Drupal 7 co-maintainer. With her move from Lullabot to Acquia and her expanded role in the Drupal community, I caught up with her to find out what she's up to and what this move means to her work in the community.
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An island or an archipelago?

Is your social business software a point solution or an enterprise solution? An island or an archipelago?

Is your community a bottle opener or a Swiss Army knife, a Kindle or an iPad? I think you get the message here. A one trick pony point solution is great at solving a short term need but will not meet your future UNKNOWN business requirements. If you are looking to future proof your investment in a community platform then its wise to consider the bigger picture now rather than later. Okay that’s kind of obvious and you’ve probably heard that pitch before, right? If its so obvious then why... More

A month (and a bit) in the Office of the CTO

Drupal 7
Last month, I started my new job in Acquia's Office of the CTO. I posted my to-do list last month of a given week's worth of work, to try and provide some insight as to what I'm working on. Since that probably reads as chicken-scratch to you (my handwriting tends to be one-way encryption ;)), here are some of the highlights:
Drupal 7
Stability and adoption of Drupal 7 is a critically important factor in the growth of Drupal, so this is also an important priority... More

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