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Drupal 8 - Improved upgrade process

It is my pride and pleasure to announce that Drupal 8 will ship with a migration path from both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. This is a first for Drupal, and is quite uncommon for most software projects. We love our elderly Drupal sites, and want them to be reborn as shiny new Drupal 8 sites. Behind this announcement is a major technical change in how Drupal implements major version upgrades. Drupal traditionally uses its update.php page and hook_update_N() functions to update a database to the... More

5 Things Mobile Users Expect From Your Website

Cross-posted with permission from BlueCoda.com With more and more people relying on mobile devices to look websites up on the go, it’s important to make sure that your website caters to this ever-growing demographic. Designing a site that is easy and simple to navigate on a small touch-screen is vital to avoid frustrating your visitors and losing potential business. So what do mobile users expect? Responsive Design The one biggest thing you can do to accommodate your mobile visitors, is... More

5 Ways Drupal is Like Public Transportation

I love public transportation. I happily ride Washington D.C.’s Metro to and from work every day. I take the bus to yoga. I think transit maps are art. I share photos, via Twitter and Facebook, of the outrageous things transit riders do. I am a public transportation enthusiast. So I am especially pleased that Acquia has joined the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This new affiliation complements our work with agencies like the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and... More

Drupal history, learning, business, & D8 - Meet Alan Burke

I got the chance to catch up with Alan Burke at DrupalCon Prague. He and I go back a long way; we met at one of the first Drupal events I ever attended, DrupalCon Brussels in 2006. In the meantime Alan and his co-founder Stella Power have built up the successful Drupal agency Annertech in Ireland and they have an impressive list of contributions to Drupal to their names. Here, we speak about Drupal's technical history over the last 8 years and the exciting improvements... More

(Sadly) Not Even Higher Education is Immune to FUD

Acquia CMO Tom Wentworth’s recent post about the unimaginative use of stale FUD by proprietary CMS vendors who try to spook buyers away from open source content management systems was spot on. Not only does this negative message cast doubt on the messenger, but the criticisms of open source are tired and false. They are indeed very 2005 and most competitors have long since moved on. So imagine my surprise when a client forwarded me a white paper issued by a relatively well-known... More

IT Helps Simplify Cloud Provider Complexity

The Information Technology Services department at American Water is gradually shifting towards the cloud, away from a traditional "keep the lights on" mentality. How will it get there? That's for Leigh Ann Thomas to figure out. The senior business relationship manager at the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility in the U.S. has a broad, overall goal: focusing the department on business relationships and initiatives that add value to the company. But Thomas has a more specific goal: She wants to make sure the department, and the company, gets the most out of its transition to a... More

5 Strategies to Close the Content, Commerce Gap

The secret is out: Great content drives commerce engagement. However, creating an easy handoff between the content experience and the purchase experience remains a mystery for most. To fully integrate these two experiences, retailers and brands will need to look at technology and far beyond. I recently published an eBook that provides a path forward: 5 Strategies for Closing the Content and Commerce Gap. Here’s a quick recap of the 5 Strategies: 1. Reorganize your marketing and merchandising functions. Separate teams... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 5: Evaluating Applicants

Entire books have been written about hiring practices, and methods for evaluating candidates. At the end of the day, there are some core steps key to building a great team. This post focuses on the the fifth and final step: evaluating the Drupal-specific aspects of an applicant's qualifications. Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles Step 2: Define your requirements... 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. Red Hat CEO: Open Source Spurs User-Driven Innovation It’s not just that open source enables innovation, it’s that “innovation happens first with open source.” This was the observation of Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst at North Bridge Venture Partners’ recent “Startup Secrets” event in Boston.... More

Red Hat CEO: Open Source Spurs User-Driven Innovation

It’s not just that open source enables innovation, it’s that “innovation happens first with open source.” This was the observation of Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst at North Bridge Venture Partners’ recent “Startup Secrets” event in Boston. “Having user-driven innovation as the model means that the people with the problem are actually solving that problem, which has lead to this disruptive explosion of innovation,” Whitehurst said. Whitehurst is spot on here, and with big brands like Twitter, Facebook and Google utilizing open source models to push better features and innovative... More

Drupal 8: Writing a Hello World Module

Cross-posted with permission from Drupalize.Me It's been a while since I've sat down and tried to write a module from scratch in Drupal 8. I've dabbled here and there in the various already existing modules but there's always something interesting about just trying to write that simple "Hello World" module. Sure, starting from scratch isn't really something we do all that often, but it's nice to to know how it works. So, as part of our... More

Kill the password - privacy on the web - Dan Callahan from Mozilla Persona

Dan Callahan is part of the Identity Team at Mozilla who are trying to solve some of the problems of privacy and security on the Internet that have been hitting the headlines recently. Dan works on the Mozilla Persona project, a system to both replace passwords with verified identities and put that verification under user control, rather than the control of large corporate entities. Background: Now is the time for more privacy Security and privacy online are now a concern for more people than... More

For Ops Team Member, Giving Back is the Goal

Some years ago I was working for the public sector and had some innovative ideas for using free and open source software in order to make things more agile, stable and cheaper. This involved not only changing the users' desktops but more importantly the online presence, the public services and the deciders' mentality. It was then I came to know software like Typo3, Plone, Mambo/Joomla, Wordpress and ultimately Drupal. Dragged by inspiration to draw some guidance projects, I started a quest to bring the... More

This (two!) weeks in Drupal Core: December 4, 2013

What's new with Drupal 8? The last two weeks have been absolutely ACTION PACKED Drupal 8 core-wise. Let's see if I can remember it all. :) Migrate in core The Migrate in Core team had their first core patch land! This provides the underlying architecture for migrations, as well as a variable-to-CMI migration as a proof of concept. Drupal 8 will provide migrations from Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 both. If you're curious to see how it works, read the change notice for a... More

Nailing down some OOP basics

If you're new to Object Oriented Programming (OOP), then coding in Drupal 8 is going to feel plain weird. There's lots of new syntaxes and rules for accomplishing what seemed a lot simpler in Drupal 7. If you jump into learning OOP feeling resentful for all the weird stuff going on, then you might miss a chance at seeing the bigger picture. There's definitely an OOP learning curve. But it's finite. Once you get to the top, you'll see a new way of coding that could actually keep you from ever coding yourself into a corner again. You know what I mean, that feeling you get where you don't want... More

Introducing Acquia Analytics and Lingotek Translation for Drupal Commons

We are pleased to introduce our latest release, Drupal Commons 3.5. This major release is focused on two key areas for offering a more comprehensive, integrated community to extend your reach across language barriers and track and optimize your community members and content: 1. Acquia Analytics: Add real time member tracking and analysis to your community to gain deeper insights into what’s happening, what’s working, what isn’t inside your community. 2. Translations by Lingotek inside Drupal Commons: Expands your communities reach into new global markets by... More

Proprietary CMS Vendors: 2005 Called, and it wants its Open Source FUD Back

Today I came across a new infographic from nonlinear creations, which compares open source and proprietary CMSs. nonlinear creations is a digital agency who does lots of CMS implementations, mostly in Sitecore. It's another attempt by a proprietary vendor and its partners to discredit open source using FUD. What's FUD you ask? Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is a tactic used in... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 4: Posting Jobs

After you’ve worked hard on defining your requirements and writing your job description, the next thing you want to do is get that posted in as many places as possible where it can be seen by your job seeker. In this series, we're outlining a 5-step strategy for building a great Drupal team. In this step, we’ll focus on getting your job posting seen. Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles... More

IT Builds New Revenue Streams on Cloud

Richard Sanchez, president of Miami-based cloud-computing company 0NL9, Inc., is no longer surprised to see IT skills applied in new -- and potentially profitable -- ways. One of his clients is a company that leases storage containers in over a hundred locations across Canada and Europe. Recently, an IT pro on staff, "who was previously doing things like fighting computer viruses," took the initiative to develop an online calculator that allows prospective customers to price their lease online, based on the size and availability of the container. The IT staff for another client, a handbag... More

Quelques-nouvelles d’Acquia France

Bonjour à tous, Je souhaitais vous faire un petit récapitulatif des récentes activités d’Acquia en France. Depuis peu, l’équipe s’est installée dans le quartier Opéra à Paris afin de renforcer la présence locale de la société. En cette fin d’année, l’équipe française d’Acquia est sur tous les fronts : Vous avez peut-être lu dans la presse qu’Acquia avait été classée par Deloitte la société nord-américaine qui avait la plus forte croissance en 2013. Le communiqué est ... More

Acquia augmente ses effectifs, et accroît sa présence mondiale

Bonjour, Nous souhaitons aujourd’hui vous présenter un bref état des lieux d’Acquia qui est actuellement l’une des entreprises high-tech qui connaît la plus forte croissance dans le monde. Pourquoi cette croissance ? Pourquoi si vite ? Et où allons-nous ? Acquia se développe dans un contexte international où toutes les entreprises, quelle que soit leur importance, leur taille et leur présence dans le monde, cherchent à accélérer, excusez nous pour cet anglicisme, leur Time-to-market.... More

De kracht van herhaling: Content is King

Content is King. Deze drie woorden worden in ieder geval de laatste twee jaar steeds vaker uitgesproken op marketing evenementen. Analisten en marketinggoeroe’s zweren bij het gebruik van relevante content om klanten aan een bedrijf te binden. Ook tijdens het joint partner event van Acquia en D’M&S werd het belang van content weer benadrukt. Arne Dacquin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) van D’M&S, vertelde dat internet al lang geen encyclopedie meer is. De laatste jaren zoeken internetgebruikers steeds sneller naar antwoorden op concrete vragen. Een heldere website met goede en... More

Support Team Marks 100,000 Engagement Milestone

One of the main drivers in the founding of Acquia was to support organizations that wanted to use what was then a relatively new technology called Drupal. So it meant a lot as the customer solutions team recently hit the milestone of successfully completing 100,000 support engagements. This is a particularly rewarding number because it represents the thousands of times we’ve been able to successfully help Drupal users meet the challenge of managing and scaling their sites. Our customers, including some of the world’s leading Drupal users, are on the cutting edge of technology. Their sites... More

Drupal 8: CMI, Plugins, OO - Meet Yves Chedemois - Part 2

Part 2 - In this podcast, Yves Chedemois, aka yched, and I cover some changes to Drupal 8 core – CMI, the plugin system, and how they (and object oriented code) benefit developers. Yched is an important contributor to Drupal: he has been a maintainer of what was called CCK in Drupal 4.7 through Drupal 6.x, then became the core Field API in Drupal 7.... More

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 3: Widening Your Net

In our previous blog post, we focused on defining your requirements  to help you prepare your job description. To attract the right candidate, you’ll also include the qualifications you require and find ways to portray your company culture. In the third post in the series, we’re emphasizing ways to widen your net and increase your chances of attracting the best candidates in these 5 steps:... More

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