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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. Google+ 2013 User Videos If you are a regular user and frequent photo/video uploader on Google Plus, then chances are you received a little present for the holiday. The Google Auto Awesome system has built compilation videos from selected photos in each user's stream. Glass explorer Don Schwartz's just happened to be mostly #throughglass or of Glass and include many first time sightings of Glass... More

Top 3 Challenges Facing Public Sector Intranets

All intranet efforts start out with the best intentions. Organizations envision an information hub for their community made up of easy to find websites that are simple to create and maintain. A one-stop shop for all their information needs, if you will. Many of these efforts fail, causing the end users to shudder at the mere mention of such an attempt again. And for government organizations, there are additional challenges when creating an intranet as part of a Digital Government Strategy. This got me thinking about the top three challenges public sector agencies are facing with intranet... More

Champagne Wishes & Inbound Business Dreams - 2014 is Here!

Happy New Year! 'Tis season of perpetual hope, setting your annual resolutions, and lowering your gym's CPD (Cost-Per-Day). It's also the time of year where college seniors start the daunting task of figuring out exactly what it is they want to be when they "grow up." As my parents once said, "The party's over." Whether you're a student yourself, a parent motivating your kid(s), or even the fun aunt/uncle, we've got you covered. HubSpot is hosting an exclusive, one-day event for college seniors: Inbound Business Bootcamp... More

2013 Greatest Hits – "PHP is as secure as any other major language" – Anthony Ferrara

I met Anthony, aka @ircmaxell, for the first time at the PHP BeNeLux conference in early 2013. He was among the first people I spoke with on mic about PHP. Our conversation about PHP being secure was one of the seeds that grew into the "Power of PHP" series on Acquia.com, though you'll notice we were still calling it "PHP Myths" at the time. The series will be continuing in 2014, stay tuned to the Acquia podcast and the Acquia blog... More

And now appearing on G-Cloud!

Acquia services are now available on G-Cloud. And we’re excited. It got me thinking how far we’ve come in many ways. But how long is the journey before the provisioning of cloud services within the public sector is as slick as it should be and creates the transformation that everyone wants to see? The concept of G-Cloud is great and it’s working – the total spend through the CloudStore reached £77.8 million1 by the end of November 2013 with £10.5m recorded in that month alone. Transactions... More

When do we Reach the Tipping Point?

Malcolm Gladwell’s 2000 best seller The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference describes how certain “ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses” throughout our society and how they take hold and transform the world around us. These phenomena happen without much forewarning and can be difficult to see as they’re taking place and even difficult to comprehend when trying to understand them in retrospect. Why, for example, did Hush Puppy go from selling only 30,000 pairs of shoes in the early 1990’s, after a steady decades-long decrease, to nearly 2... More

2013 Greatest Hits – Meet Angie Byron: The Return of Webchick

2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part two - Meet Angie Byron: The Return of Webchick Angie and I were at Acquia headquarters in Massachusetts at the same time in the spring of 2013. This gave us the chance to sit down and chat in front of the camera about all things Drupal. Highlights from our conversation became two podcasts with accompanying video. In this part of the conversation, Angie talks about how she got into Drupal and more. ---Original post from April 24, 2013--- In this episode – "Meet Angie Byron, Part 2: The Return of the Webchick" – we cover how Angie got into the... More

PHP Performance: "fast enough" and improving

There has been a decent amount of chatter lately about benchmarking various frameworks and programming languages, and people often wonder how PHP stacks up. As the most widely used programming language on the web, PHP performance has a huge impact on the speed of the internet as a whole. While many people believe that PHP is slow, or that it’s not the right choice for the enterprise for performance reasons, this is... More

2013 Greatest Hits – Gaelan Steele meets Dries

2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part one - Gaelan Steele meets Dries One of my favorite Drupal moments in 2013 was meeting Gaelan Steele in person at DrupalCon Portland. This was eclipsed very quickly by being present when Gaelan and Dries met for the first time - and having my podcast microphone on! This was probably also eclipsed by Gaelan schooling Dries on how he learned to use Drupal ... see his answer below and in the podcast. ---Original post from May 29, 2013--- Gaelan Steele was the youngest delegate at DrupalCon Portland.... More

Drupal Commons | Social Business Platform

Cross-posted with permission from Blue Coda Companies are continually looking for better and more integrated methods by which to connect with their users. While platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn offer large populations, and many of your users are undoubtedly already on there, they leave a lot to be desired. Primarily, the ability to control your community data, and use it in meaningful ways. Without access to the back-end data for your community, analysis is much weaker or not... More

IT Charts 'Cloud First' Route to Success

When a company is considering a new venture, where does it turn to find exactly the right combination of cloud services to make the project happen efficiently and economically? Mark Weinstein believes the call should go to the IT department. Weinstein is a "fractional CIO" who after working for more than 30 years for a variety of large financial firms, now acts as an advisor to smaller companies, helping them optimize the management of technology. As the cloud era unfolds, Weinstein thinks that IT professionals should be segueing into professional buyers of services: from cloud services, to... 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. Start-ups Chart the Path to Digital Disruption You can’t talk about digital disruption without talking about start-ups. By definition, companies that are disrupting a market or industry are either new start-ups or established companies taking a radical turn. We watch start-ups closely because this gives us great visibility into the cutting edge of technology -- and the strategy of planned... More

Making Agile More Flexible for Better Project Results

Over the past few years, many large enterprises have adopted agile methodologies such as Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Kanban into their software development project management toolkits. Business leaders seem to resonate with the principles listed in the agile manifesto, such as welcoming changing requirements and... More

This week in Drupal core: December 19, 2013

Bonjour, it is that time of year again, we hope that you are getting ready for the holidays and New Year. If not, then we are ready with final edition of This Week in Drupal Core of 2013! :) What's new with Drupal 8? A new D8 alpha Drupal 8.0-alpha7 was released today! Download it, try it out, and explore the latest-and-greatest in Drupal 8. There will be a new alpha release come mid-January. Watch this spot for more details! PHP 4 support EOL in D6 As part of efforts to... More

High Quality PHP

The historical perception of PHP in the software development community has not been the best. Some think it is a language for non-programmers and tinkerers, generally resulting in software of questionable quality. From its beginnings as a simple scripting language for online guests-books, PHP has transformed itself in the last 15 years to support high-quality software development and enterprise deployment, and it has managed to do so without losing the roots of its initial success. Getting Things Done with Quality in Mind The focus of PHP has always been on "getting things done" and... More