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Proprietary Social Business Software and Its Dirty Little Secrets

I love it when, for the third time in the past week, we get off the phone with a customer of our Social Business Software (SBS) competitor, Jive Software, and we hear that they are playing the same games that Enterprise software companies have played for the last thirty years:
- Everything is a "customization"
- Customizations cost lots of money
- Organizations need to rely on the company or its partners to perform customizations
- The (already) proprietary instance of the software becomes to customized, it costs even more when it comes time to... More

The Future is OpenSaaS

This blog post is cross-posted from the 2011 Future of Open Source Forum website.
As I have for the past few years, I’ll be attending the Open Source Business Conference this May in San Francisco. What makes this year different is that I will participate in a panel discussion led by Michael Skok - partner at North Bridge Venture Partners... More

Drupal Gardens adds SSL, RTL language support, streamlined block editing and more

This sprint the Drupal Gardens team worked on several areas of polish including internationalization, security, multi-image handling, performance and general UX. We hope you like the changes and additions outlined below:
Updated all sites to the official Drupal 7.0 release.  Thanks again to everyone who made it possible!
Updated the majority Drupal Gardens contrib modules.
You can now delete multiple gallery images at the same time. Select the "... More

Finishing my first week at Acquia

I am just finishing my first week at Acquia, boy what a rocket ride! As you may have heard, read or known, Acquia is making connection with its roots - Europe. As you may have also probably heard or known, Acquia has recently established operations in the UK, the overall aim of which is to serve customers from all over the Europe.
To give you a bit of a my background, its time for some sweet memories:
I discovered Drupal few years ago when making a simple site for my wife (an online magazine for people with diabetes), and you may say that ‘I came for the code and stayed for the community’. In... More

Acquia's Invite Lost in the Mail?

It’s a bummer Acquia’s invitation to discuss social business software for the enterprise with TechCrunch’s Sarah Lacy got lost in the mail. I hate when that happens. Good news is we’re not easily offended, and will contribute to the discussion anyway.
Acquia’s Drupal Commons is a social business software distribution built on the industry leading open source content management... More

Upgrading Drupal 6 to 7 - training at DrupalCon

Do you have a site which is 2 years old, and you’re not sure if your site is ready to upgrade? We can help. Our team will deliver a course on upgrading Drupal, the day before DrupalCon. In the day long course, you’ll get expert advice and feedback from Jacob Singh (Engineer), Joshua Brauer (Client Advisor), and Erik Webb (Technical Advisor) from Acquia on Upgrading Drupal. You can learn about what's new in Drupal 7 and how it will affect your site upgrade.
You can sign up for training when you... More

'11 for $11 - Why You Should Renew Your Acquia Network Subscription Today

You may have seen an e-mail from Acquia or some chatter out on twitter about $11 renewals for Acquia Network basic subscriptions. To answer the question we keep getting from our customers; yes, it's for real, and we strongly encourage you to sign-up today. More importantly, I wanted to address why you should care and what would make you want to renew.
The... More

Drupal Gardens and Drupal 7 Essential Training at Lynda.com

Lynda.com has just announced three new training courses...
Drupal Gardens Essential Training course, Drupal 7 Essential Training Course, and Drupal 7 New Features.
You can have a peek yourself using this... More

Wanted: more Drupal talent in Melbourne -- and elsewhere in the world

As some of you may know from my recent tweets and blog posts, I'm currently on a tour down under in Australia. After attending Drupal Downunder in Brisbane, I spent two days in Melbourne. Although my schedule was packed, I was able to meet with several Acquia partners based in Melbourne. I also met with various Drupal users such as the Australian Conservation Foundation (AFC), Monash University, Lonely Planet, Australian... More

Wanted: more Drupal talent in Melbourne -- and elsewhere in the world

As some of you may know from my recent tweets and blog posts, I'm currently on a tour down under in Australia. After attending Drupal Downunder in Brisbane, I spent two days in Melbourne. Although my schedule was packed, I was able to meet with several Acquia partners based in Melbourne. I also met with various Drupal users such as the Australian Conservation Foundation (AFC), Monash University, Lonely... More

Acquia product strategy and vision

In my Acquia 2010 retrospective, I promised to write a bit more about Acquia's product strategy. This blog post provides a high level view of the vision that we've been working towards for the last 3 years, and explains how Acquia can help simplify your web strategy.
The web: it's currently a mess

Ten years ago, the average organization had one website. Since then, doing business through the web has become more complex and have introduced a diverse set of needs. If you're like most organizations the... More

Acquia product strategy and vision

In my Acquia 2010 retrospective, I promised to write a bit more about Acquia's product strategy. This blog post provides a high level view of the vision that we've been working towards for the last 3 years, and explains how Acquia can help simplify your web strategy.

The web: it's currently a mess

Ten years ago, the average organization had one website. Since then, doing business through the web has become more complex and have introduced a diverse set of needs. If you're like most... More

Drupal Commons 1.3 beta - more Community Powered Innovation

The first few months of Drupal Commons business for Acquia has been great. We've seen tens of thousands of downloads of the distribution, live sites starting to appear all over the world, and enterprise deployments get underway. With all this activity, we've seen a few trends start to emerge. We've also heard from our customers about the most critical enhancements they wanted. Our new release of Drupal Commons version 1.3 - now in beta - responds to this activity. It also looks a lot prettier.
One of the key things we're seeing is that Drupal Commons... More

Hanging with my Aussie Drupal friends: let's meet up

To celebrate Drupal's tenth anniversary and the release of Drupal 7, I have decided to go on a Drupal tour, to celebrate, educate and spread the word on all things Drupal. I'm kicking-off my Drupal tour with a trip to Australia.
It's important for me to meet with other community leaders around the globe and promote Drupal. While down under I will be meeting with Drupalistas and non-Drupalistas, Acquia customers and partners, press and analysts.... More

Hanging with my Aussie Drupal friends: let's meet up

To celebrate Drupal's tenth anniversary and the release of Drupal 7, I have decided to go on a Drupal tour, to celebrate, educate and spread the word on all things Drupal. I'm kicking-off my Drupal tour with a trip to Australia.

It's important for me to meet with other community leaders around the globe and promote Drupal. While down under I will be meeting with Drupalistas and non-Drupalistas, Acquia customers and partners, press and analysts.... More

Assembling Extraordinary External Community Sites

I was recently asked to speak to a group of CTOs in Europe and the USA about social business tools. Designed as an information session, the organizers asked Acquia to present how an open source platform like Drupal could be used to build effective community sites as well as delivering other types of web applications, from e-commerce sites to marketing microsites. The other company asked to present focuses exclusively on a social business solution, requiring the use of other products for different applications.
The power of Drupal as a platform has been the primary driving force behind its... More

Acquia and Tesla Accelerating at Top Speeds

Last Friday January 14th Acquia employees got the ride of a lifetime! That’s right we all had the privilege of test-driving the Tesla Roadster Sport, the 100% electric sports car. This beast boasts 288-horse power and smoothly accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The best way I can explain how amazing this car is by comparing the super smooth acceleration of the Aerosmith roller coaster ride at Disney’s Hollywood... More

Shoot the Drupalist

When I submitted my session for DrupalCon Chicago, I wanted to present something that was of a heightened necessity to the community. Working everyday to support some of the most world-class customers in the Drupal space gives you an incredible insight into what challenges sites face most often. Time and time again, that challenge is speed. Your users expect a fast experience. The narrowing gap of broadband connections even in the most unlikely of areas makes even the... More

Why I love BoFs at DrupalCon


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Wanna come to a BoF about BoFs?
Birds of a Feather, has such a nice ring to it. This way of self-organizing allows people of like minds to flock together in their motley way spontaneously sprung from the confines of the well architected schedule which didn’t quite fit their needs... More

Acquia 2010 retrospective

Yesterday I shared my 2010 retrospective on Drupal along with some predictions for the new year. Today, I want to recap Acquia's accomplishments in 2010, just like I did last year with my 2009 Acquia retrospective.
It doesn't always feel like it, but Acquia is still a very young company; 2010 was only Acquia's second full year in business (i.e. revenue-bearing year), but for a young company 2010 has been nothing short of... More

Acquia 2010 retrospective

Yesterday I shared my 2010 retrospective on Drupal along with some predictions for the new year. Today, I want to recap Acquia's accomplishments in 2010, just like I did last year with my 2009 Acquia retrospective.
It doesn't always feel like it, but Acquia is still a very young company; 2010 was only Acquia's second full year in business (i.e. revenue-bearing year), but for a young company 2010 has been nothing short of... More

An improved Webform user interface for Drupal

At Acquia, we spent a lot of time improving the Webform module, one of the top 10 most popular Drupal modules, as well as the Form Builder module, a companion module that provides an improved user interface for the Webform module. The Webform module and the Form Builder module allow people to create custom forms such as contact forms, online surveys and more.
Both modules are maintained by Nate 'quicksketch' Haug, one of... More

An improved Webform user interface for Drupal

At Acquia, we spent a lot of time improving the Webform module, one of the top 10 most popular Drupal modules, as well as the Form Builder module, a companion module that provides an improved user interface for the Webform module. The Webform module and the Form Builder module allow people to create custom forms such as contact forms, online surveys and more.
Both modules are maintained by Nate 'quicksketch' Haug, one of... More

Drupal Gardens adds custom surveys, forms and questionnaires

Lately the Drupal Gardens team has been busy adding several highly-requested mega-features.  A mega-feature is a feature so large, some companies build entire products based on that feature.  Webforms is the most recent mega-feature we have added.  Since mega-features can be complicated, we invested hundreds of design hours and thousands of engineering hours to make webforms easy-to-use.   Based on the powerful webform and form builder projects, the team... More

Building blocks of a scalable web crawler

I recently had the pleasure of serving as a thesis advisor on a work by Marc Seeger, who was completing a portion of his requirements for a Master of Science in Computer Science and Media at Stuttgart Media University. Marc's thesis was titled "Building blocks of a scalable web crawler".
Marc undertook a project for Acquia that I had originally started in 2006; a Drupal site crawler to catalog, as best as possible, the current distribution of Drupal sites across... More

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