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Content, meet Commerce

Today, .NET CMS company Sitecore acquired e-commerce vendor commerceserver.net. Chances are you've never heard of commerceserver.net. It's the product-formerly-known-as Microsoft Commerce Server, which Microsoft sold to a company called Ascentium, who then spun it off into commerceserver.net. Microsoft Commerce Server never quite took off relative to competitors like ATG, Hybris, and IBM. I was... More

Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends: Update on Consolidation, Video

Over the next month, I’ll be revisiting some of my earlier blog posts to see how media and entertainment trends have developed. One of 2013’s major themes in the media and entertainment industry is consolidation. Back in September, I highlighted $6.78 billion dollars in 2013 mergers and acquisitions in just one media segment: companies that own local TV station affiliates. This segment seems to be the most heavily affected by consolidation this year, and the result is companies like Gannett, Sinclair and many others face complex CMS integrations or replatforming to new CMS systems.... More

Meet Yves Chedemois - Part 1 - Drupal community funding

Part 1 - I spoke with Yves Chedemois, aka yched, on a very pleasant September afternoon outdoors at DrupalCon Prague. You might hear the odd skateboard or two in the background of our conversation. Yched is an important contributor to Drupal: he has been a maintainer of what was called CCK in Drupal 4.7 through Drupal 6.x, then became the core Field API in Drupal 7. In part one of our conversation, we talk about Yves's time working... More

Analyzing the App Generation

Cross-posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com The rapid innovation of digital media and its impact is as big as the introduction of the written word or printed messages. This is according to Harvard psychology professor Howard Gardner, and I couldn't agree more. Gardner made this statement as he and co-author Katie Davis discussed their new book "The App Generation" at a packed First Baptist Church in Harvard Square. But what interested me most aside from the riveting back and forth between Davis and Gardner was the... More

Battleplan for Search & Solr in Drupal 8

tl;dr Contrib Search maintainers are committed to make Drupal 8 kick ass with Search API. Search is a massively cool technology spectrum with loads of really tough problems such as language stemming, delivering search as a site scales and helping customers actually find what they want. However, solving these is not so easy. Let’s look at the history of Search and Solr in Drupal. Drupal 6 Drupal 6 got a great Apache Solr Search module, thanks to PWolanin and RobertDouglass. There was a 1.x and... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 2: Define your requirements

In order to find candidates to grow your Drupal team, you need to define your requirements. How many people do you need on your team? What skills should each have? How much experience does each need? Read my previous post to lay the foundation for planning your Drupal team by getting familiar all of the various roles and skill sets on typical implementation teams of any size. In this series you can learn how to build your Drupal team in 5 steps:... More

Why Does DevOps Matter?

People often ask, why does DevOps matter? The honest answer to that question is...because having the development and operations team work together is the only way IT is successful. Over the past few decades I've worked in different environments that include: small web start ups, big pharmaceutical companies, hardware engineering shops and large software companies and banks. All were trying different approaches to deliver quality software to their end users, customers, but most of them were failing badly. Operations people were being... More

Why Google Now is the Future of Your Website

I've been spending a lot of time with Google services lately as I explore switching from my trusty iPhone and iOS to Android, specifically the Nexus 5. It's been a surprisingly smooth transition, and I've started to prefer Android to iOS, in many ways because of the deep integration with Google Now, which gets me the right information at just the right time. When I wake up, I get a weather forecast for the city I'm currently in, and if I'm traveling, the city I'm heading to. Before my morning commute, Google Now tells me the time it will take to drive to work, and help me navigate around... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

It's been a week since our last roundup and there has certainly been a flock of disruptive news happening. Acquia, for example was named the fastest growing private software company in North America on Deloitte's 2013 Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecom, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. On DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption, there were several key stories that made some big headlines in the... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 1. Teams, roles and skills

In order to successfully create a great digital experience with Drupal, you need a great Drupal team. Building a great team requires some thoughtful planning and possibly widening your net a bit. In this blog series, we'll be looking at the 5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team. Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles Step 2: Define your requirements... More

Meet Top Shelf Modules - Part 2: Sustainability & Dries Day!

Part 2: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part two, we go into more depth about TSM's mission and discuss the sustainability (or otherwise) of Drupal's volunteer-based development model and the various efforts and experiments... More

Free Drupal Gardens iPhone app adds new content editing features

Acquia is pleased to announce the availability of Version 2.0 of the Drupal Gardens iPhone app, making it even more convenient for users on the go to manage content on their Drupal websites from the comfort of their iOS devices. New capabilities released with Version 2.0 include: Enhance photos before you post When embedding a photo in post, tap to give your photos a touch of awesome before the app uploads them to your site. Sharpen focus, add filter effects, crop, change the orientation or brightness, remove red-eye and blemishes, and more! Experience the benefits of a professional photo... More

Why you should be excited about Drupal 8

If you're a developer who has worked mostly in Drupal over the last several years and haven't come up for air and taken in the general direction of PHP application programming, you're in for an interesting ride. Many of us who developed our programming chops with Drupal have taken our cues from the Drupal codebase itself, where nearly all functionality is wrapped in functions, and where most big problems were solved in-house rather than being farmed out to third party libraries. One tendency has been to follow suit with our own code, which means that some of us have missed out one some major... More

Announcing One-Click Install Drupal Distributions on Acquia Cloud

As Dries has stated many times, Drupal is the future of the web, and distributions are critical to that future. On a CMS where speed to market is already a strength, Drupal’s distributions represent ready to use solutions for assembled digital experiences. Today we’re excited to launch one-click distribution installations on Acquia Cloud, eliminating a barrier for non-technical site owners to try Drupal and simplifying the evaluation process for users comparing Drupal to proprietary CMS vendors. For developers and site builders, this means you now have a free way to create a live website... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

In order to create a great digital experience today, a brand must remain in step with consumer expectations and one step ahead of the competition. Constant innovation is essential to take advantage of the opportunities for successfully disrupting an established market, as well as to mount a defense against others disrupting your business. We'll be sharing a weekly roundup of some of the highlights from DigitalDisruption.com as the staff of this recently launched site follows the rapid changes that are affecting how we all do... More

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