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The Best Things About Drupal - DrupalCon Portland Rebroadcast

While the Acquia Podcast is busy at DrupalCon Prague, here's a flashback to DrupalCon Portland. I went around the exhibitors' area and through the halls of the Oregon Convention Center asking two vital questions to our community: What is your favorite thing about Drupal? Why should other people come to DrupalCon? This week's podcast is a selection of some of the answers I got and the conversations I had with (not nearly enough of) you wonderful Drupalists! Drupal's new spokesman? The answers of the Con, for me, came from Drew Jarvis of Sandstorm Design in... More

Drupal will not be ugly; we will not punish dissent

The Drupal community is looking inward. This introspection was in large part sparked by the BackDrop fork of Drupal. In short, Jen Lampton and Nathan Haug selected a specific commit of the Drupal repository and set off on a new project from that point in time in Drupal's development. Drupal is an open source project. Forking is a right anyone has under its licensing terms. We all make a little fork of Drupal... More

For Bezos, Fixing the News Industry is All About Content

Most of my career has taken place at the nexus of news and technology. Before joining Acquia to oversee content and communications, I spent a number of years at The Boston Globe where I helped digitize the print publishing process, transitioned the newsroom to digital tools, and then advocated to move the content to tablets and eReaders. And so I am watching with great interest as Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, takes control of The Washington Post, wondering if this digital visionary can successfully create a business model to once again ensure a healthy news industry in the face of digital... More

Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends for 2013: No. 2, YouTube Video

(Part 2 of the "Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends for 2013" blog series) What the biggest challenge for content management systems these days? It’s video, video and more video. Tackling the challenge of video also poses the question of what is more important: Building your own Great Digital Experience vs. sacrificing brand presence for the established success of YouTube video epicenter. In this second blog about this year’s Media and Entertainment Trends, I’ll address the phenomena of YouTube video, which will cover the boom in the growth of video consumption and how media entertainment... More

The TestOps Files, part 1: You can't mock out the operating system

DevOps is a software development method that, among other things, involves automating the provisioning and configuration of IT infrastructure. A key part of that definition is software development—DevOps is about writing software. Like all software, DevOps software needs to be tested. Like all software, DevOps software is best tested in an automated fashion as part of a Continuous Integration (CI) development process. Acquia Cloud is a PaaS for developing and running web sites. It is a software product, and a massive DevOps... More

FedRAMP - one goal. multiple paths (but please, no hugging)

To paraphrase Matt Goodrich, it's past time to stop "hugging your server" and to start embracing the Cloud. In the not too distant wake of this year's cancellation of DIA (DoDIIS), and despite seemingly never-ending budget concerns, attendance at the AWS Worldwide Public Sector Summit just two weeks ago was strong. In... More

Drupal 8 OOP benefit 1 of many: entity types

Many people, including me, have been blogging about Drupal 8 and its transition to object oriented programming. One question that comes up often is why?, given the extra layers of abstraction, complexity, and verbosity that often accompanies that. Dries wrote a post, answering that question at a high level. In this post, I want to quickly highlight one place, entity types, where the abstractions have what I think to be very obvious and impressive benefits. I... More

This Week in Drupal Core: September 18, 2013

"Cross Posted from Drupal.org" Welcome to the inaugural entry in the "This Week in Drupal Core" series, which aims to highlight cool happenings in and around Drupal core for people who don't have their home pages set to http://drupal.org/project/issues/user (as shocking as it may be to hear, apparently these people exist ;)). Overall, energy in the core queue has largely been spent around readying things for DrupalCon Prague (in just a few short days,... More

Drupal 8, iOS 7, and Disruptive Innovation

I was recently struck by a story told to me by Tom Bogan, one of Acquia's board members and the board chairman at Citrix. Citrix has risen to become one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Tom says that the key to Citrix long term success has been its willingness to look for ways to "disrupt itself". Citrix often takes a critical look at its business, and looks for ways to innovate fast like a startup. This process is called disruptive innovation... More

Sneak Peek into Next Generation Cloud Tools (they're wicked sick)

Over the course of 2013, the UX, Product and Development teams here at Acquia have been hard at work to make our systems and interfaces do more, work better and load faster. The year started with the code behind the UI at insight.acquia.com being vastly refactored to be more object oriented and more streamlined. As a result we reduced our database queries by as much as 50% on some pages. Next we created the Acquia Notify system which provides notifications about your site and displays them in the re-designed top nav bar. Following that we created a new account management site (accounts.acquia... More

As Egypt Goes Into Crisis, Support Team Keeps Al-Masry Site Delivering News

Egypt has been engulfed in constant turmoil over the past decade, including upheavals during the early days of the Arab Spring, and then again this summer. Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt’s leading independent media group, plays a critical role, serving as a vital information source for Egypt’s population in these turbulent times. And because its digital site is a key beacon of communication, the site’s stability and functionality needs to be a top priority for Al-Masry’s IT team. But what happens when your lead developer can’t get to work because of another series of riots? Acquia’s Support team... More

Low cost, low risk, high value - come to BADCamp 2013!

I spoke with two members of the Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) 2013 organizing team, Anne Stefanyk and David Hwang. What: Bay Area Drupal Camp - One of the oldest (7 years and still going strong!), biggest (1500+ attended in 2012), and freest (tickets are still a very open-source-friendly zero dollars!) Drupal events around. When: October 24-27, 2013 Where: UC Berkeley, California More info: http://2013.badcamp.net David Hwang on... More

Building a Great (and Social) Alumni Platform

Over the past several weeks I’ve had more conversations with schools about alumni sites and alumni portals than I can even count. Big schools and small, public and private, are exploring and evaluating options for their next (or in some cases, their first) digital platform. And for the most part they are all looking for similar things: an infrastructure for social integration and community building, back-end interoperability, and of course the right tools to deliver an amazing online experience for their alums that will keep them engaged and coming back again and again. There are several... More

Explaining Varnish for Beginners

A short time ago I published a presentation I gave at DrupalACT entitled 'Varnish for Beginners'. Whilst the presentation itself went down well and those attending hopefully garnered a good amount of knowledge, I thought I'd share the basics in this blog post for those who would like to know more about it. What is Varnish? Varnish is a reverse proxy HTTP accelerator that is often placed in front of... More

Personalizing the Digital Experience Using Simple Taxonomy

(Part 2 of the Exploring Personalization Blog Series) There aren’t a shortage of tools and techniques surrounding successful personalization as I discussed in my last blog post. But with that being said, executing through precise, innovative taxonomy needs to be done effectively in order to turn viewers into returning visitors. President Obama’s donation page surrounding his presidential campaign last fall is a great example of this. This page was able to tell if you had been to the site... More

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