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Easy Shortcuts That Will Make You Like JIRA

It seems as if almost every Web developer hates using JIRA. Many developers feel it’s tedious, time-consuming work and they’d rather do just about anything else. But JIRA doesn’t have to feel that way. With the help of some easy-to-learn shortcuts, you can use JIRA more efficiently and have time to do something you enjoy. In fact, these shortcuts are all but guaranteed to make you like JIRA more – or maybe hate it a lot less. I recently reviewed the shortcuts with Acquia’s India team, and developers there couldn’t thank me enough for simplifying things. As you probably know, JIRA provides... More

How to Create a Learning and Testing Agenda

One of the most important elements of developing a great personalization strategy is determining what you know, pinpointing what you don’t, and figuring out what you want to learn. From there you’ll get to know your audience much better, and can easily refine and optimize campaigns to add more relevance and more value to your customers. At the onset of any personalization initiative, you’ll want to create a Learning and Testing Agenda to stay focused on working through these questions. 1) Research and Learning Vision. First, at a fairly high level, document what drives your organization.... More

Drupal 8 - 1st product of the PHP-FIG Era

I was happy to talk with two major contributors to Drupal 8 at the same time at Drupal South 2015 in Melbourne Australia. At the time we recorded our conversation in March 2015, Hussain Abbas from Bangalore, India and Jibran Ijaz from Lahore Pakistan had both contributed well over 100 patches to D8. In this podcast we talk about their history in Drupal, open source software as a force for good in society, the benefits of contribution, Drupal as the 1st project of the PHP-FIG era, Drupal 8 for... More

Drupal in China

That's me: front row, second from the left. On 14th March 2015, as everyone was coming down from the month-long Valentines Day high, I was in the midst of an exciting Open Source event in Shanghai, China. With several hundred attendees, the camp attracted people from all over China and the world. Experts and beginners -- in both Drupal and a number of Open Source technologies -- engaged in conversations about CMS, design, language and even solar panels. Partnering with the Shanghai Barcamp, DrupalCamp China brought together Drupal users,... More

Kanban vs. Scrum: Comparing Two Agile Methodologies

Kanban and Scrum are two different methodologies that can be utilized within your development organization. Both have pros and cons as agile methodologies, and one is often suited to a certain project better than the other. Let’s explore the definitions, differences, and how to utilize them practically for your next development project. Kanban is a model of continuous slating, or continuous improvement. Essentially, when utilizing kanban, project priorities can change in real time, based on what takes priority at a certain time, so there is a certain flow to the work. Requirements can be... More

Why are Mid-Market Companies Still Looking at Adobe Experience Manager?

Since joining Acquia, I’ve been taking a close look at opportunities where we're competing against proprietary content management systems, often Adobe Enterprise Manager (aka CQ 5) and sometimes Sitecore. While Acquia competes with Adobe and Sitecore across a variety of companies - from the largest in the world to smaller higher education institutions and non-profits - I’m most surprised when I see so-called “mid-market” prospects looking at Adobe CQ. Defining mid-market is a bit tricky, but I’ll default to Wikipedia, which... More

Creating a Unified Customer Profile for Your Retail Brand

Like many consumers, I shop different brands to satisfy different needs: clothing, gifts, groceries, personal goods, accessories, etc. Sometimes I shop independent small businesses, and other times I shop larger retailers with a network of related brands. But no matter who owns the shopping experience, I expect the experience to be tailored to me. If I don’t see content and product recommendations that are of interest to me, chances are I won’t stick around long, and... More

For Marketers, IT Should be a Partner, Not an Adversary

Marketing has evolved from a sedate and predictable annual media buy to a do-or-die battle to stay ahead of the competition and keep up with the consumer. As marketing takes on this challenge, there is a temptation to deploy cloud-based technology, leaving behind IT department involvement. Purchase a turn-key, self-contained marketing system and everyone lives happily ever after, right? There’s no denying this “shadow IT” trend in which marketing and other... More

Build Your Drupal 8 Team: Non-Technical Team Roles & Required Skills

As our series continues, let's look at what non-technical team members need to understand about Drupal 8. Although they don't need to write code and implement functionality, these team members may have responsibility for defining the product or developing the content for the site. These are the non-technical roles and skills needed on a development team. Project Manager The project manager needs to make sure the project is completed on time and within budget. If that's not possible, the project manager needs to negotiate the... More

Web Accessibility for Clients - Part Two

Thanks for coming back. If you tried a few of the tips in the first part of this series, you probably realized that making a website accessible to all visitors doesn’t require much time, or cause much stress. Even if you didn’t yet try, I hope this blog further illustrates that clients need not worry about sitting down themselves to create a website that’s useful and informative to visitors with disabilities - without reaching out to a developer for help. A Data Table for Everyone Without proper setup, a data table will come off... More

Drupal replaces in-house CMS at Digital Agency - meet John Doyle

In April 2015, I was excited to talk with John Doyle, General Manager Technology & Solutions Architecture at the Australian full-service digital agency Komosion, to explore their decision to adopt Drupal to replace other technologies, including an in-house CMS they'd invested 10 years of work in. In this podcast, John very clearly lays out what Komosion's priorities were in making this decision, the benefits for the agency and its clients, and the future he sees using Drupal as the basis for future work. The full-service agency I wanted to... More

Identifying and Integrating Global eCommerce Systems

If you’re a retailer considering globalization, or a global retailer looking to streamline your global operations, then you probably already understand the difficulties that lie ahead. Globalizing your commerce systems and overall strategy is no small feat, but it can be done. With the right commerce foundation in place, and a strategy to execute on, you’re ready to start identifying and integrating the appropriate market-... More

Why I Love Composer, a PHP Dependency Management Tool

Like a composer who can’t wait to conduct a great symphony, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Composer, a PHP dependency management tool. You could say this blog post is my "Ode to Joy" about using Composer. It was fun watching it update all my libraries on just a single command: composer update. But I shouldn’t have all the fun. I’d like to help you incorporate third-party libraries into a project by using Composer. In this post, we’ll create a test PHP project and run test cases using phpunit. Before we hit the “update” button, though, first let’s look at what Composer is, and why you’ll... More

Improve Your Drupal Web Site Performance — Without Coding

Most advice to improve Drupal site performance is aimed at developers and DevOps folks. In reality, many Drupal sites are built by site builders using flexible Drupal modules rather than custom code. In this blog series, we will give site builders the knowledge and tools to enhance the performance of their web sites, without ever touching PHP or the command line. The Drupal community is already rich in modules and best practices that can significantly improve the performance of any Drupal site. Now it’s time to take advantage of the community’s hard work! But first, let’s start by... More

Industry Leaders Break Down The Marketing Cloud Myth

Photo credit: B Garrett Assembling the unique set of marketing technologies needed to power your business to success is not a luxury today, it is a necessity. “Our average customer uses 26 digital marketing applications and that’s just digital marketing, that’s not the finance and the CRM and everything else,” according to Jeff Lunsford, CEO of Tealium. Earlier this month, the “who’s who”... More