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58 New APIs: AT&T, goMobi and Social Shopping [March 18, 2012]

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Programmable Web

Acquia Cloud API: Acquia is a commercial open source software company that provides products and services for Drupal. Acquia's cloud based solution lets users create Drupal based web sites. The Acquia Cloud API allows developers to extend and customize Acquia Cloud. The API allows direct control of Acquia Cloud sites and supports developer workflow, database, and backup management. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

Distribution packaging now fully supported on Drupal.org [March 15, 2012]

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Drupal.org

Distributions provide one of the biggest opportunities for both the Drupal project and its ecosystem. Although there has been support for distribution packaging on Drupal.org since December 2009, there were many restrictions on what could be packaged for technical and legal reasons. By solving the underlying legal, technical, security, and usability problems, these restrictions have been lifted and fully-featured distributions are now enabled on Drupal.org! This move enables thousands of active developers to pursue distribution development with a consistent set of tools for managing version control, releases, issue tracking, collaboration, and documentation.

Funding for the project was generously provided by major distribution developers:
Phase2 Technology

Acquia

NodeOne

Pantheon

Lullabot

New features for distribution packaging

External library support
Feed parsers, alternate versions of jQuery, WYSIWYG editors, etc. can be included with distributions automatically. A packaging whitelist tracks GPL-compatible libraries that can be added to distributions.
Packaging whitelist table, listing GPL-compatible libraries allowed for inclusion in distributions

Patch support
Patches can now be applied to core, contributed modules and themes, and even third-party libraries. Patches will appear on distribution release nodes, resolved to their parent issue.

Table on release nodes shows patches that have been applied to a given distribution

Support for development snapshots
Both development releases and Git clones (either a specific revision or a branch/tag) can now be used in distributions, rather than just official project releases.
Complete technical implementation details can be found at the Distribution Packaging community initiative page.

Changes for distribution maintainers

If you maintain a distribution on Drupal.org (or would like to) be sure to read the following updated documentation:

Packaging a distribution on Drupal.org
Managing Drush make files for an installation profile
Drupal.org distribution packaging requirements
Full example drupal-org.make file
Common Drush Make errors and their solutions
Drupal.org Library Packaging Whitelist

Credits

This initiative was spear-headed, designed, managed, and primarily implemented by Derek Wright (dww) of 3281d Consulting. Chad Phillips (hunmonk) and Michael Prashun (mikey_p) also helped with the design and implementation.

The work was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Phase2 Technology, Acquia, Node One, Pantheon, and Lullabot.

Additional thanks to:

Angela Byron (webchick) for spear-heading initial funding discussions, for performing extensive QA on changes, for authoring major chunks of the documentation, and for providing input throughout the process.
Jeff Walpole (jwalpole) for wrangling funding from multiple sources to make this happen.
Jonathan Hedstrom (jhedstrom) and Moshe Weitzman (moshe weitzman) for maintaining Drush make (which is now part of the core Drush project), the primary tool used by the Drupal.org distribution packaging system.
Jeff Geerling (geerlingguy), Adam Moore (redndahead), Angela Byron (webchick), Alberto Paderno (kiamlaluno), and Greg Knaddison (greggles) for maintaining the library whitelist.
Roy Scholten (yoroy) and Bojhan Somers (bojhan) of the usability team for help reviewing the UI changes.
Ezra Barnett Gildesgame (ezra-g) and Frank Febbraro (febbraro) for feedback on the changes, testing, and reviewing documentation.
Alex Barth (alex_b) for his initial help to identify the problems and flesh out the roadmap for solving them.

Drupal start-up Acquia competes on community [March 15, 2012]

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Information Age

Dries Buytaert, founder of open source web content management system Drupal, says his company helps enterprises tap innovation from the Drupal community
Dries Buytaert wrote the first version of Drupal, the open source, PHP-based web content management system, in his university dorm room back in 2001.

Originally a message board system, Buytaert and his fellow volunteer developers used the software itself as a platform to collaborate on the project.

“We built our community on top of our own software,” he says. “We had to be open and transparent in order to build the software together, which meant that we needed it to have features that allowed us to be open and transparent. Those features are now part of the reason that people use Drupal.”

And use it they do. According to Buytaert, 2% of the world’s websites are built on Drupal. These are not just hobbyist developers – Drupal users include US telco Verizon, whose 90,000-user intranet is built on the platform, and the White House.

Until 2007, when Drupal already had many thousands of users, Buytaert did not receive any money for his invention, instead working as an embedded software engineer and later on his computer science PhD. He would stay up all night on conference calls with US end-user organisations “because it was just so much fun”, he recalls.

That year, however, he decided that it was time for a commercial venture based on Drupal. “For Drupal to be successful as a project, I felt that it needed to be successful in the enterprise,” he explains. “And for Drupal to be successful in the enterprise, there needed to be a company that could offer service-level agreements and contractual guarantees.

“Plus, I wanted to have a job,” he adds.

Enterprise guide

The result is Acquia, a venture-backed start-up that describes itself as “your enterprise guide to Drupal". One of Acquia’s business lines is based on the support networks offered by commercial open source suppliers Red Hat and MySQL (now part of Oracle).

Subscribers to the Acquia Network receive technical support, provided by engineers that Acquia has hired from the Drupal community.

“The beauty of having the Drupal community is that I don’t have to interview these people: you can see the quality of their work, and how they work with others,” explains Buytaert, who is Acquia’s chief technology officer.

Where Acquia differs from Red Hat and MySQL is that it does not sell an ‘enterprise’ version of the software. “There is only one Drupal,” Buytaert asserts.

Another business line is Acquia Cloud, a hosting service based on Amazon Web Services that is optimised for Drupal websites. “Organisations building websites will usually have a workflow that includes a development environment, a staging environment and a production environment,” says Buytaert. “Acquia Cloud provides them additional development tools.”

The third is Drupal Gardens. This is a hosted service that allows organisations to design, stage and host Drupal websites using a browser-based graphical interface.

Buytaert describes Drupal Gardens as ‘open SaaS’ (software as a service).

“Most SaaS companies won’t let you export your data, but Drupal Gardens allows you to export a .zip file with the MySQL database dump plus all the source code,” he explains. “This allows you to switch hosting provider if you wish, so there’s no lock-in.”

One of Acquia’s core principles, says Buytaert, is to act in the interests of the Drupal community. “The central investment thesis behind Acquia is that we will not be successful unless Drupal is successful. We’re tied at the hip.

“That means that we always put the community first, because the community is what makes Drupal innovative,” he adds. “The community means that if a popular new social web service is launched tomorrow, some developer somewhere will build a Drupal extension for it. At a conventional software company, it would take months before it would even get on the roadmap.”

There have been cases when putting the community first has cost Acquia time and money. “When we developed Drupal Gardens, we made several usability improvements that we could have kept to ourselves, but instead we submitted them to the latest version of Drupal,” explains Buytaert. “That meant going through the community approval process, which made it three times as expensive.”

Acquia is designed to make money, like any business, but Buytaert plans to do so by respecting the open source ethos, he says. “Open source leads to collaboration, which leads to community, which leads to innovation.”

Drupal start-up Acquia competes on community [March 15, 2012]

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Information Age

Dries Buytaert, founder of open source web content management system Drupal, says his company helps enterprises tap innovation from the Drupal community

Drupal, Joomla and WordPress face challenges in Germany [March 13, 2012]

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Fierce Content Management

Last week, I attended CeBIT, the enormous technology trade fair that takes place every March in Hanover, Germany. This year, as I walked through the building devoted to content management and other enterprise technologies, I spied a booth with Drupal, WordPress, Joomla and TYPO3. All except for the latter are well known in the United States, but I was surprised to find that those three are struggling to find market share in Germany.

I found it remarkable that the three open-source web content management systems that are so popular in the United States were having trouble getting the same level of recognition in Germany.

Move to the cloud? The two decisions that matter [March 11, 2012]

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Sunday, March 11, 2012
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GigaOm

Moving to the cloud and SaaS is easier and simpler than many executives believe and can deliver significant business gains in a relatively short amount of time. But clearly, internal politics and personal agendas sometimes get in the way of what should be a fairly straightforward decision. Otherwise, wouldn’t more small and midsize companies have made the switch to 100 percent cloud environments by now?

Drupal adoption has never been higher [March 11, 2012]

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Sunday, March 11, 2012
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The Marketing Blog

London, UK – March 8, 2012 – Aquia the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced another remarkable year of growth in 2011, as its revenue has grown to nearly 150 percent, more than doubling the previous year. Acquia also tripled its client base to nearly 2000 customers including Twitter, eBay, Maxim Magazine, Brit Awards, Mercedes-Benz and the United States Department of Energy.

According to Drupal.org, since 2001 Drupal has grown into a global phenomenon with more than 777,980 registered community members in 228 countries speaking 181 languages. The open source social publishing platform has seen widespread adoption, primarily in the publishing, education, government, arts, media and entertainment, as well with a number of community, product and corporate company web sites.

Company News

  • Revenue more than doubled in 2011, growing nearly 150 percent over the year
  • Doubled employees to 200 around the world, successfully opening new offices in Oxford, UK, and Portland, OR
  • Secured $15 million Series D funding with Tenaya Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners
  • Added two Board of Directors members and industry veterans Thomas Bogan, current Chairman of the Board for Citrix and Paul Sallabery, former VP at Oracle and current board member for Quest Software
  • Acquired Cyrve, Drupal migration services provider, and Growing Venture Solutions, Drupal security services provider, and introduced Acquia Migration Services and Acquia Security Services

Customer and Partner Expansion

  • Acquia has tripled its customer base in the last three quarters with more than 2000 customers, adding Twitter, eBay, Mercedes-Benz, Brit Awards, Maxim Magazine, the U.S. Department of Energy and more
  • Greatly expanded partner network to 400 partners, adding more than 100 new developer and technology partners such as Alfresco, Engine Yard, Lingotek, New Relic and VML
  • Launched Acquia U, a program to employ and train recent and upcoming college graduates, as well as career changers, in Drupal
  • Sponsored 70 Drupal community events like camps, summits, meet ups, conferences and code sprints around the world

Product Innovation and Industry Recognition

  • Launched Acquia Dev Cloud and Acquia Managed Cloud packaging options for Acquia’s Drupal cloud hosting platform, which now boasts more than 600 customers in total, serving more than 5 Billion http requests per month
  • Released Acquia Insight, an application management suite that assesses Drupal performance, security and configuration in real time, providing code level analysis and clear, actionable recommendations to address system issues
  • Enhanced the Acquia Network – an unparalleled collection of knowledge, tools, and support for assembling extraordinary web experiences with Drupal – with the following:
  • A new user experience and a content rich knowledgebase — the Acquia Library with more than 500 articles
  • Acquia Apps Market availability, with more than a dozen third party services available to operate and extend Drupal websites, including Mu Dynamics, uTest, Yottaa, LingoTek, Drupalize.Me and more
  • Announced Drupal Gardens general availability with powerful site building and WYSIWYG design capabilities; more than 80,000 sites were created in the last year
  • Unveiled Acquia Commons 2.0 – next generation ready-to-use open social business software based on Drupal with rapidly evolving social web features
  • Acquia received numerous awards and notoriety in 2011, including:
  • Forbes 100 Most Promising Companies
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant Visionary for External Facing Social Software
  • Premiere Silicon Valley TiE50 Awards Winner, one of 50 most enterprising startups
  • KMWorld’s Trend-Setting Product of the Year
  • Enterprise 2.0 Conference Launch Pad Award Finalist
  • #1 Ranking on Momentum Index Top 20 List of top open source companies
  • EContent 100 – Drupal among Top 100 in Digital Content Industry for 2011-2012

Acquia Commentary

“2011 was another banner year for Acquia, as we continued to aggressively expand and bring the innovative power of Drupal to enterprises that want to assemble extraordinary web experiences,” said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia. “We are proud of accomplishments both at Acquia and within the Drupal community, and will continue to work together to expand Acquia’s reach and further accelerate Drupal growth internationally in 2012.”
“Drupal adoption has never been higher, and the community is stronger than it ever has been,” said Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO of Acquia. “And I am pleased to see the surge of interest among enterprises to standardize on Drupal for their specific web and content management needs. I expect to see more growth within the community and look forward to working with them to revolutionize today’s web experience.”
About Acquia™, the enterprise guide to Drupal

About Acquia™, your enterprise guide to Drupal // Acquia empowers enterprises with the open-source social publishing system Drupal. Co-founded by Drupal’s creator in 2007, Acquia helps customers manage their growth and scale their online properties with confidence. Acquia’s products, cloud infrastructure, and support enable companies to realize the full power of Drupal while minimizing risk, as it’s done for nearly 2,000 enterprise customers including Twitter, Al Jazeera, Turner, Intuit, World Economic Forum, Stanford University, Mercedes-Benz and NPR.

See who’s using Drupal at http://www.drupalshowcase.com, and for more information please visit www.acquia.com or call 888-9-ACQUIA.

Exclusive : Interview with the founder of Drupal – Dries Buytaert [March 8, 2012]

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Thursday, March 8, 2012
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The Marketing Blog

The Marketing Blog interviews Dries Buytaert, Drupal creator and Acquia Co-Founder/CTO, all about open source, Drupal Gardens, careers in Drupal, and future plans for Acquia.

Mercedes-Benz uses social media to drive market research [March 7, 2012]

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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FierceCIO

The 20- to 45-year-old compact-car driver is a primary target for Mercedes-Benz, and the German automaker wanted a better way to tap into this individual's needs and desires. They identified a platform provider that would deal with moderating, analyzing and reporting on the social input, as well as recruit professional support and community members.

They went with Acquia Commons, which uses Drupal for content management and publishing. Read all about the resulting social networking site.

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