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Kate's 3 Simple Steps to a Great St. Patrick's Day!

This may come as a shock, but some of us at Acquia aren't afraid to have a drink every once in a while. And what better time of year to discuss the finer points of beer and drinking than St. Patrick's day, right? Beer tap in the Acquia kitchen St. Patrick's day isn't just for the Irish anymore. Everyone should plan to be Irish for a day and celebrate on St. Patrick's Day. I've pulled together this blog post to help make sure this St. Patrick's Day and all other St. Patrick's Days that follow will be great! Step 1: You need to get a drink. Preferably an Irish one! Some drinks to choose from... More

Should You Start a Big Data Project?

When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation digital experience in this second installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?" "If your organization stores multiple petabytes of data, if the information most... More

Robert Douglass talks Content, Community, and Commerce with Drupal

Robert Douglass, Director of Products at Commerce Guys, the originators and maintainers of Drupal Commerce sat down with me this week. We talked about how content, community, and commerce relate and help each other and why Drupal is the best platform to provide you with the digital elements of your users' experience of your online presence. Commerce Guys, in partnership with Acquia also has the support mechanisms that you need to succeed with Drupal and Commerce: from architecting your site,... More

3 inspiring Drupal intern training programs

By Heather James If you're responsible for building and skilling up a team to develop Drupal sites, I'm going to introduce you to three inspiring internship programs you should know about. I'm also going to show you what is working in those programs to give you some ideas of how you can build your own team and give someone a great chance to change their lives. A baffling situation Most tech fields are struggling to hire skilled employees, and turnover is high. Start-ups attract employees with generous benefits (free beer! massages! yoga!) to try and pull in those who can bring experience to... More

From zero to standard platform: Drupal community at Stanford

Stanford University is home to a large and growing number of Drupal sites. Drupal’s qualities as a platform – flexibility, extensibility, and speed of development, to name a few – are part of this equation, of course. The other, vital component of this success is the efforts of a grassroots community of Drupal users at Stanford over the last few years. They have not only created great websites for the university, they’ve also dedicated time and effort to helping others succeed with Drupal and spread the word. In 2011, the University officially recognized the value of these grassroots... More

5 Ways to be a SXSW Allstar with the Acquia Team

SXSW is only days away and the Acquia Team is counting down the minutes until we get to Austin. For those not familiar with SXSW (South by Southwest), it is a set of film, interactive, gaming and music festivals and conferences that takes over the city of Austin, Texas in March of each year, with over 60,000 people. Acquia is participating in SXSW Interactive, which is focused on emerging technologies, as well as the SXSW Trade Show (Booth #723!). Headed to SXSW? Make sure you take advantage of all the... More

A pragmatic guide to the Branch Per Feature git branching strategy

[Update 09/09/2013] I mentioned below that we'd make our scripts available for setting up BPF. Well, in collaboration with the awesome team at Affinity Bridge, we've gone one better than that: there's now a ruby gem available for this at http://rubygems.org/gems/git_bpf. Use this gem to initialize a repo for BPF, including setting up the shared rerere cache (which is actually in the same repo as your main repo, using an orphaned branch) and the hooks that will push to and pull from the... More

Are You Ready for Big Data?

One industry analyst is already predicting that Big Data will be Time magazine's 2013 "Person of the Year." Watching what Google, Amazon, and Facebook have done with Big Data is impressive, enviable. But what about companies with smaller staffs and budgets? When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation... More

Acquia is hiring in Europe

Topic: AcquiaWe just celebrated our two year anniversary of Acquia's expansion into the European market. It has been a phenomenal two years and as a result, we have grown to over 50 employees in Europe. Our UK office is bursting at the seams so we're about to move into our new digs in Reading. We also have a growing presence in the Benelux, France and Germany. We are looking for more great talent, no matter what level you're at. If you are passionate about... More

Drupal How-To: Find great beginner tutorials on Drupal 7

In my first blog post, I outlined the main sources for fresh news and info about Drupal. In this post, I’ll round up the best blog sources for tutorials in the Drupal community. Great Beginner Blogs Round-up There’s such a large volume of great content coming out for Drupal lately for both new and experienced Drupal developers. Great standby sources such as LevelTen ,... More

Introducing Drupal Commons 3.0!

Today we launched Drupal Commons 3.0, a flagship release of Acquia's social business software solution now available for Drupal 7. This release builds on Acquia's OpenWEM initiative offering a set of customer experience solutions built on the open, unified Drupal platform for content, community, and commerce. We believe this is a significant milestone in the evolution of both Drupal Commons and the greater Social Business Software market. We've already received excellent feedback from both partners and customers throughout... More

Moving to a Digital Native CMS

Crossposted from Technology for Marketing and Advertising 2013 Your current content management system is probably old. Maybe even ancient. Many companies are still using first or second-generation CMS products built prior to the “dot com” revolution. Do some of these product names sound familiar? TeamSite, Vignette, Fatwire, Red Dot, Stellent, Rhythmix? These products were once innovators and helped drive the growth of the web in the early part of the 2000s. But then the web evolved and legacy... More

Drupal How-To: Keep on top of news and developments

If you’re new to Drupal you maybe haven’t noticed yet. Things more fast in Drupal. One of the mottos is: “The Drop is always moving”. It can be hard to find out what new tools and methods are becoming popular and where the action is. Good thing is, there’s lots of great sources with a high signal-to-noise ratio. In this first blog post, I’m going to show you the main sources for fresh news and information about Drupal. In the next post, I’ll round up the best blogs and sources for tutorials in the Drupal community. Drupal Planet. Drupal... More

Meet Heather James: Building Bridges to Drupal

Heather James, Acquia's Manager of Learning Services, has been in and around Drupal since the version 4 days. She says people new to Drupal "have an easier time at this stage coming to Drupal" than they did 6 years ago. Nonetheless, her early experiences learning how to use Drupal are still reflected by the questions people ask learning Drupal today. This, combined with her excitement about Drupal's potential and her background as an educator, motivated her to become a Drupal trainer. She is passionate about education ("When you're teaching, you'... More

How to make your website a conversion machine with A/B testing

Test, test, test, everyone has an opinion of what will work best when it comes to websites but you can’t argue with data. We know marketers love data! (cute marketing pick up line, “I love you, like a marketer loves data!” ) Testing is a huge part of my everyday process on acquia.com. I currently have 8 active tests running for various parts of the website. I wanted to take you through my process and tools to help make your site a conversion machine. I am running Visual Website Optimizer to do... More

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