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For Ops Team Member, Giving Back is the Goal

Some years ago I was working for the public sector and had some innovative ideas for using free and open source software in order to make things more agile, stable and cheaper. This involved not only changing the users' desktops but more importantly the online presence, the public services and the deciders' mentality. It was then I came to know software like Typo3, Plone, Mambo/Joomla, Wordpress and ultimately Drupal. Dragged by inspiration to draw some guidance projects, I started a quest to bring the... More

This (two!) weeks in Drupal Core: December 4, 2013

What's new with Drupal 8? The last two weeks have been absolutely ACTION PACKED Drupal 8 core-wise. Let's see if I can remember it all. :) Migrate in core The Migrate in Core team had their first core patch land! This provides the underlying architecture for migrations, as well as a variable-to-CMI migration as a proof of concept. Drupal 8 will provide migrations from Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 both. If you're curious to see how it works, read the change notice for a... More

Nailing down some OOP basics

If you're new to Object Oriented Programming (OOP), then coding in Drupal 8 is going to feel plain weird. There's lots of new syntaxes and rules for accomplishing what seemed a lot simpler in Drupal 7. If you jump into learning OOP feeling resentful for all the weird stuff going on, then you might miss a chance at seeing the bigger picture. There's definitely an OOP learning curve. But it's finite. Once you get to the top, you'll see a new way of coding that could actually keep you from ever coding yourself into a corner again. You know what I mean, that feeling you get where you don't want... More

Introducing Acquia Analytics and Lingotek Translation for Drupal Commons

We are pleased to introduce our latest release, Drupal Commons 3.5. This major release is focused on two key areas for offering a more comprehensive, integrated community to extend your reach across language barriers and track and optimize your community members and content: 1. Acquia Analytics: Add real time member tracking and analysis to your community to gain deeper insights into what’s happening, what’s working, what isn’t inside your community. 2. Translations by Lingotek inside Drupal Commons: Expands your communities reach into new global markets by... More

Proprietary CMS Vendors: 2005 Called, and it wants its Open Source FUD Back

Today I came across a new infographic from nonlinear creations, which compares open source and proprietary CMSs. nonlinear creations is a digital agency who does lots of CMS implementations, mostly in Sitecore. It's another attempt by a proprietary vendor and its partners to discredit open source using FUD. What's FUD you ask? Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is a tactic used in... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 4: Posting Jobs

After you’ve worked hard on defining your requirements and writing your job description, the next thing you want to do is get that posted in as many places as possible where it can be seen by your job seeker. In this series, we're outlining a 5-step strategy for building a great Drupal team. In this step, we’ll focus on getting your job posting seen. Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles... More

IT Builds New Revenue Streams on Cloud

Richard Sanchez, president of Miami-based cloud-computing company 0NL9, Inc., is no longer surprised to see IT skills applied in new -- and potentially profitable -- ways. One of his clients is a company that leases storage containers in over a hundred locations across Canada and Europe. Recently, an IT pro on staff, "who was previously doing things like fighting computer viruses," took the initiative to develop an online calculator that allows prospective customers to price their lease online, based on the size and availability of the container. The IT staff for another client, a handbag... More

Support Team Marks 100,000 Engagement Milestone

One of the main drivers in the founding of Acquia was to support organizations that wanted to use what was then a relatively new technology called Drupal. So it meant a lot as the customer solutions team recently hit the milestone of successfully completing 100,000 support engagements. This is a particularly rewarding number because it represents the thousands of times we’ve been able to successfully help Drupal users meet the challenge of managing and scaling their sites. Our customers, including some of the world’s leading Drupal users, are on the cutting edge of technology. Their sites... More

Drupal 8: CMI, Plugins, OO - Meet Yves Chedemois - Part 2

Part 2 - In this podcast, Yves Chedemois, aka yched, and I cover some changes to Drupal 8 core – CMI, the plugin system, and how they (and object oriented code) benefit developers. 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.... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 3: Widening Your Net

In our previous blog post, we focused on defining your requirements  to help you prepare your job description. To attract the right candidate, you’ll also include the qualifications you require and find ways to portray your company culture. In the third post in the series, we’re emphasizing ways to widen your net and increase your chances of attracting the best candidates in these 5 steps:... More

Cloud Shifts IT Focus to Business Strategy

As cloud hosting has become part of the technology landscape, offsite technical expertise also has become the norm. This has changed the game for IT, greatly simplifying the configuration, operation, and support a company's technology infrastructure. "Acquiring and implementing technology is no longer the secret sauce of IT," admits Tom Catalini, the chief information officer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Yet, to Catalini, these are positive developments. "IT pros have a much better opportunity to really engage in the business now," he says. Catalini, president of the Boston Society... More

Financial Services Adapt to Challenges, Advantages of Digital Marketplace

It’s no secret that a global shift is taking place in corporate cultures due to the change in the way brands tell their stories through various digital channels. In the financial services industry, we are starting to see this shift take place in real time due to the way digital media and social are entrenching themselves into each brand. In order to keep up with this rapid change of innovation, a brand and its story needs to be visible through all platforms. This includes the ability to connect with customers across the globe. Financial Services companies can now attract and convert a new... More

Microsoft Takes a Page from Apple

Cross-posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com Over the weekend I made an effort to evade the New England cold and pop into the mall to do some pre-holiday shopping. As I walked past the Apple store, I saw exactly what I had expected: an array iPhone 5C's and 5S's in the window, illuminated by glowing lights that formed a snowflake. I expected nothing less from the brand that truly integrates content, community and commerce. Delivering this integrated experience is what makes the Apple Store work so well. The products, the... More

Sleigh Bells Ring, Is Your Site Up? Five Last-Minute Tips

With Thanksgiving falling late this year, retailers and brands are scrambling to deal with almost a week less of shopping time between turkey day and the big day. With less time, the stakes are higher than ever to ensure your site’s uptime. There are sites that are too big to fail (e.g.... 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. A-Ha Social Business Summit - New Hampshire #throughglass Google Glass Explorer Donald Schwartz attended the A-Ha Social Business Summit where everyone was there to share social marketing knowledge with a focus on video. So, of course, he was busy all day with Glass demos and discussions around where wearable might fit into the social mix.... More

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