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The way the web should work

In the Spring of 2007, I teamed up with Partners in Health, a non-profit building hospitals in developing countries. We had a long list of ideas for an intranet and for a new public site and needed a tool with a lot of flexibility. We picked Drupal because of the active community, the growing collection of modules, and the hope that non-engineers could administer the sites. The Partners in Health sites went up fast. In a matter of weeks, people from around the world were downloading and using materials from the sites to help train health workers in rural parts of Africa and Latin America. As... More

Keeping Acquia Drupal in Sync

We did a security release of Acquia Drupal yesterday in order to incorporate the security fixes in the core Drupal 6.5 release. One of the internal goals of the Acquia engineering team is to respond to security releases of Drupal core, or any of the contributed modules in our distribution, by updating our Acquia Drupal release within 24 hours. We want to ensure that Acquia Drupal sites stay in sync with the most secure code from the Drupal community.
Drupal 6.5 was the the first test of our engineering release process since Acquia Drupal came out of beta. While we... More

Do it with Drupal - New Orleans

On December 12, 2008, I’ll be in New Orleans to talk about the exciting world of Drupal Search. In a first-of-its-kind event, the Lullabots have organized a “large-scale, 3-day learning event” that will bring together some of Drupal’s most sought after speakers, as well as a number of other prominent internet personalities and luminaries. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the speakers who aren’t necessarily known as Drupal rockstars (meaning they did something else to get famous):
Chris Pirillo (... More

Acquia and the Drupal security team

I've been working on the Drupal security team for over three years now. My current role is coordinator of the security team and that means I help to coordinate when releases happen, review security announcements, recruit new members, and review inactive members. The Drupal security team has a highly competent group of developers and they do a good job self organizing and getting security releases out the door. If they get stuck, I may step in and help rally the team or work through some of the non-code issues involved in getting security releases out the door. The security team is led by... More

How to raise money for your Drupalcamp: The jobs table

If you are organizing a Drupalcamp you are probably finding that you are thrust into a fund raising role. As the Drupal association fundraiser, let me offer you a quick tip for raising money to meet your Drupalcamp expenses.
First, follow the rules of BarCamps and keep everything as simple as possible. Don't try to provide too many comforts. Instead, communicate what you need and then what ever you get provided with is what you will have.
You will have some expenses. Here's how you can get them covered. You are bringing... More

Web 2.0 New York: Is sales always this much fun?

It's been a couple of weeks since Web 2.0 New York. The event was a success and early reports indicated it exceeded expectations for the event organizers.
For Acquia it was a successful event. We met over 214 people who were running Drupal sites and gave out Acquia t-shirts to each of them until we ran out. We gathered over 400 leads that we qualified as interested in or likely to be building a social publishing site. What was new for Acquia was that those leads were closely followed up by our inside sales team. I'll touch more on that at the end of this post.
One of the key goals for my... More

On corporate blogging policies

Acquia launch coverage

Cheers to the Acquia launch, which went really well. Hundreds of people signed up for a free community subscription. Also, check out Jeff Whatcott's blog post covering some of the blog posts, press articles, and Tweets about our new product and service offerings. Awesome!


Cheers!

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Drupal and the $6000 hosting bill, getting to the truth quickly

It's political season here in the United States, and that means it's rumor time. Research has shown that if we are exposed to information as little as eight times we are more likely to believe it. Logic, facts, reason don't necessary apply to our human brains. Political strategist know this, marketers know this and they can use it in influencing you. Journalists know this too.
On Monday morning, Drupal got caught up in a [Updated]conjecture that it was the source of a bug that led to a $6000 hosting bill. It... More

Acquia launch round up: looking back on a big day

I spent most of the day yesterday reading and participating in Drupal.org threads, blog posts, press articles, forum threads, Twitter feeds, and IRC transcripts of full of conversation about our new product and service offerings.  Here are a few of my favorites:
Press Articles
SitePoint: "This is definitely a big move in the open source world of Drupal. I think it is a great move. They have taken some of the best modules already available, mixed in some new things and are realising a... More

Acquia out of beta

After months of hard work, Acquia is now open for business! Starting today, everyone can connect their Drupal 6 site to the Acquia Network to take advantage of our services. Oh my!
The Acquia Network (previously code-named Spokes) is a hosted service that helps you with site management (update notifications, spam blocking, cron service, modification detection, etc) and provides real-time visibility into the health and usage of all your Drupal sites that are connected to the Acquia Network.
Second, the Acquia... More

The magical hour, Acquia launches Acquia Drupal and Acquia Network

Like many in the community my first exposure to Acquia came back in the first part of the year. It was an exciting time for the Drupal community and what we learned at Drupalcon in Boston suggested many great things to come. At the time I was running an independent Drupal development shop. The news that an organization like Acquia was going to come to the Drupal ecosystem was great news. Some had early concerns that Acquia might compete in the site development space. These fears turned out to... More

Acquia Podcast 6: Launch Podcast with Dries & Jeff

In this podcast, Bryan House talks to Dries Buytaert and Jeff Whatcott about the launch of Acquia Drupal and the Acquia Network. Together, they discuss Acquia's products, subscription plans, partner program and our contributions to the global Drupal community.
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Talk is silver, code is gold: Acquia's code contributions to the Drupal project

In the Drupal community we have a saying talk is silver and code is gold. For over a year now, members of Acquia have been both talking and coding, and I think it's time to bring some of this to light. In future posts I'll also highlight Acquia involvemnet in Drupal code sprints and other Drupal events, but for now I'll just focus on code.
Over a year ago Acquia started quietly contributing to the Drupal project. At the time we were in stealth mode, and we didn't want a lot of attention. Our first major contribution back to the Drupal community was hiring Gábor Hojtsy, and having him work... More

Drupal Road Warriors Wanted: 17 cities, 6 villages, 3 mountain huts, 12 mountain passes,1 wedding in 8 weeks

I am in the final quarter of a whirlwind 2 months of professional and personal travel. If you love to travel, you might consider joining Acquia's professional services team where travel is not a requirement, it's an opportunity.

San Francisco - Home (West coast marketing headquarters for Acquia)
Portland - OSCON
San Francisco - Acquia marketing headquarters
Chicago - HostingCon
St. Augustine, Florida - Drupal.org search improvement headquarters (Jeremy Andrews place)
Orlando, Florida - Kieran the GodFather takes Nephew to meet Spiderman at... More

Drupal in Education showcase video


Here's a video of some Drupal showcase sites. I know there are a bunch more out there. Here's a list of resources for find more Drupal education sites provided by Bill Fitzgerald:http://groups.drupal.org/node/8136http://groups.drupal.org/node/11258http://groups.drupal.org/node/5309
In addition, these university Library sites could also do double-duty:http://groups.drupal.org/node/13473
Finally,... More

Drupalcamp LA keynote Saturday - redeye - Drupalcamp New York presentation Sunday

Wow, what a weekend.
I got up around 4:30AM Saturday morning to fly to Los Angeles. My new colleague Brenda Boggs, from the Acquia support team, was kind enough to pick me up at LAX on her way to Drupalcamp LA from San Diego.
Two weeks earlier I met with Crystal Williams, one of the co-organizers of Drupalcamp Los Angeles, in San Francisco. Drupalcamp LA was supposed to be around 200 people. However, it had blown up to 430 registered attendees. Crystal had asked me to present one of the keynotes and now I had to stare out at 400+ people before I had my second cup of coffee!
It was a lot... More

Acquia at Web 2.0 NYC this week

Acquia is sponsoring and exhibiting at Web 2.0 Expo in New York City this week at the Javits Center. Free Expo Hall passes are available by registering at https://en.oreilly.com/webexny2008/public/register with the following code: webny08com. The Conference runs Tuesday through Friday. The Expo Hall is Wednesday from 11am to 6pm and... More

The Drupal taxonomy sprint with the Encyclodpedia of Life at the Chicago field museum

The history of the taxonomy sprint
Back in March 2008, Scott Mattoon, from the Open Architecture Network and Sun, contacted me regarding a TED prize alumni, the Encyclopedia of Life(EOL) who wanted to attend Drupalcon Boston. I was introduced to David Shorthouse, from EOL, and was eager to help the encyclopedia of life adopt Drupal. The TED prize wish video for the EOL project is below.
David Shorthouse and Peter Mangiafico attended Drupalcon Boston to... More

Thrilled to be here

So after 15 years leading several great engineering teams in the IP PBX industry I got a call. A start-up called Acquia was working on being the "Red Hat" of the Open Source Drupal project, and looking for someone to manage engineering using the Scrum / Agile process. While I never heard of Drupal, it was worth a look since Scrum is a passion of mine, and I believe the Red Hat model makes sense.
After downloading Drupal, I created a small site and spent a few days reading posts on d.o. while my jaw slowly dropped to the floor. I was b-l-o-w-n away by Drupal's extensibility as a platform,... More

Szeged Usability Sprint - a HUGE success.

Szeged Usability Sprint - a HUGE success.
I wanted to genuinely thank everyone who participated in the usability sprint - particularly Roy for setting it up. The outcome was fantastic!
Together we targeted 4 problematic areas defined by the two usability tests and crafted high-level solutions for each. Item 3 got dismantled due to language barriers, but the others made significant progress. Item 2 resulted in a patch.
1. Night of the disappearing help page (http://groups.drupal.org/node/14387)
2. Where did my content go (... More

Does SAP use Drupal? Yes!

Thanks to a comment on by a developer from Mikamai on my other blog, I stumbled across a link to WikiSAP. It's a social network for members of the SAP community in Italy.
The team at Mikamai provides a writeup about their work on WikiSAP on their own site. It looks like... More

ZDNet Names Drupal as a Top Community Platform

Dion Hinchcliffe over at ZDNet has named Drupal as one of the top ten leading platforms for creating online communities, one small notch behind Joomla. The first part of Dion's post explains the current state of online community building practices and technology. Dion does a lot of consulting with top companies seeking to build communities around their products and services, and his insights are on target.
Although I would have put Drupal in the #1 spot, I really like Dion's brief description of Drupal:

Drupal is one of the darlings of the community world and would come first on this list... More

Acquia Podcast 5: Development Seed Interview on Managing News Service

In this podcast, Robert Douglass and Bryan House talk to Eric Gundersen and Managing News.
Tracking social media can be a overwhelming task. With millions of blogs and tens of thousands of community websites, how can anyone possibly listen in and make sense of it all? In our discussion with Eric and Alex, they walk us... More

Vote for Drupal

Drupal is a finalist in the Packt Publishing 2008 Open Source CMS Awards in both the Overall Open Source CMS and PHP CMS categories. Readers who already know and love Drupal should head over to the links below and vote now. The rest of you should read on.
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