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Drupal's on Steroids and It's Disrupting the Enterprise [Oct. 17, 2013]

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
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New Media

DENVER, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine one of the largest school districts in the country reducing their software costs from $90 a student to $1 per student. By creating a complete set of applications built on Drupal, and replacing or repurposing licensed tools, the district would be able to reduce 50+ different applications down by over half, while simultaneously adding substantial new features and functionality, all with a single, main interface for 800,000 students and 84 schools. With one Drupal platform there is less maintenance, less training needed, and fewer updates… plus, an ongoing savings of millions of dollars a year.

Web development companies like NewMedia in Denver are putting Open Source tools like Drupal on steroids to create transformative enterprise solutions for school districts, state governments, and large companies. They are pushing the boundaries of where Drupal can go in the enterprise and changing how business looks at open source software.

Steve Morris, Director of Business Development at NewMedia says, "Drupal itself cannot run a billion dollar enterprise, but it can link together and control the things that do and interface many of those things along the way. It can be a stand-alone entity that does things all by itself or a connector for five other entities, so they can all work together. It can be a controller of five other entities and run them all at once, by modifying it in new and previously unintended ways. That's the flexibility of Drupal."

NewMedia has been pumping up recent projects with Drupal both as a framework and/or a component for complex enterprise needs:
- The University of Colorado was introduced to Drupal when NewMedia redeveloped their 7000 page static website with it, and the experience has dramatically changed how CU operates its websites ever since. What used to take 5 full-time people to maintain, now takes one person 20 hours per week, and CU has gone on to become a recognized leader in Drupal among educational groups.

New Balance Sports Research Lab Site Improves Digital Footprint [Oct. 7, 2013]

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Monday, October 7, 2013
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Retail Touchpoints

The explosion of digital in the fitness community has made tracking daily activity and performance easier than ever. Mobile apps, content-rich web sites and user-friendly products enable the consumer to stay connected with their goals while personalizing the experience at the same time.

The same can be said about what consumers choose to wear and lace up. How can you perform at your best if your footwear in particular isn’t delivering the comfort, feel and look you want?

The New Balance web site, Sports Research Lab, takes this idea and runs with it.

Combining A Digital And Interactive Experience

The web site serves as a test program, which engages consumers with New Balance designers, manufacturers and product managers to provide feedback on prototype footwear.

When a consumer comes to the Sports Research Lab site and applies to be part of the test group, a prototype is sent to them for initial impressions: how the shoe feels, looks and performs. Those results are then received by the design, manufacturing and production team, which they then use to make alterations to fit those needs. This process consists of several stages between both groups to enhance future prototypes until it is ready for production.

Solving Real-World Problems With Open Source Software [June 13, 2013]

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
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High Tech High

Tim McNamara
High Tech High Chula Vista

Open source software (OSS) is generally defined as computer software that you or I can download, use, modify, and distribute. Although some OSS projects do receive support from corporations, any given product, in order to thrive, must nurture and grow a community of contributors and followers—people who write the source code, fix bugs, train users, argue about next steps, and spread the word.

This necessity of survival has at least two important consequences for high school teachers like me (and perhaps you): 1) OSS communities organize and host open, ongoing, and frequently free or low-cost interactive events and trainings; and 2) existing community members tend to be kind, generous, and welcoming to newcomers of all ages.

In what follows, I will explain how a recent project of mine benefitted from working with OSS and OSS professionals in the hope that other teachers can use the project as a springboard or framework for helping students develop professional connections and tackle complex problems.

Let me summarize the project as quickly as I can: in January 2012, my team of 17 high school seniors at High Tech High Chula Vista (HTHCV) set out to address the parking and congestion problem on their campus. Three months later, after investigating the scope and source of the problem, attending an OSS training camp, learning Drupal (open source website building software), and spending many hours designing, building, refining, testing, and marketing, the team launched a community rideshare website at the school’s Festival del Sol Exhibition. With over 100 current users, the site has helped reduce congestion and facilitate ridesharing. The expertise and generosity of Drupal community professionals played a large role in helping the students succeed.

Here's What Civic Hackers Built at Random Hacks of Kindness Boston [June 3, 2013]

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Monday, June 3, 2013
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Boston Business Journal

About 110 software developers got together at the Back Bay office of Kantar Media over the weekend – a full house for Random Hacks of Kindness, aka organized in part by CrisisCamp Boston.

The list of projects and challenges ranged from NASA to natural disaster response to broadband bandwidth issues at hospitals and nonprofits.

Jamie Meredith, a technical account manager at Burlington, Mass.-based Acquia, was there with a handful of Drupal developers and a disaster response expert to work on help4OK.org, a project Acquia put together to connect people in Moore, Okla., with rides and housing after last month's massive tornado. They're trying to make it applicable to other disaster response situations.

"I need food. I need clothing. I need a backhoe. Whatever it may be, we want to make that application agnostic," Meredith said. "The challenge in doing that is you really have to go through a process of determining what are all the various possibilities and then building the application to address the lowest common denominator."

Portland developers set up site to help OK tornado victims [May 23, 2013]

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Thursday, May 23, 2013
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KGW-TV 8

Many people are asking how they can help. The answer was easy for thousands of web developers gathered in Portland. Build a website to help people in Moore with some basic needs. News Channel 8's Pat Dooris was there with the marathon session to get Help4OK up and running.

Dries Buytaert: The Current State of Drupal 8 DrupalCon Portland Keynote [May 21, 2013]

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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The Drupal Association

Dries Buytaert presents his State of Drupal keynote, revealing the current state of Drupal 8 between Feature Freeze and Code Freeze, also giving a glimpse of what's beyond Drupal 8 after we have a successful release.

"It's not just about managing content, it's about managing complete digital experiences," Buytaert said. "We as Drupal can help bring these tools to the masses, that we can help do this in an open way, in a flexible way and in an affordable way."

DrupalCon Portland 2013 Opens to Record Attendance [May 21, 2013]

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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The Drupal Association

Event features keynote by Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert; substantial content focused on upcoming Drupal 8 release.

The Drupal Association, the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the Drupal open source CMS project flourish, today announced that DrupalCon Portland 2013 has set a new record for attendance. The event opens today with more than 3,300 attendees, including a mix of individual developers, designers, IT managers, agencies and Fortune 100 companies. The event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center.

“The amazing global community that powers Drupal continues to grow in energy and numbers,” said Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Drupal Association, which produces and hosts annual DrupalCon events around the world. “DrupalCon is where the community comes together to share and grow technical and design skills, network with friends, exchange best practices and drive the Drupal project forward.”

As always, DrupalCon kicks off with Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert’s keynote address followed by three days of keynotes, technical sessions, training and networking events. Speakers include renowned user experience expert Karen McGrane and Silicon Valley author and engineering leader Michael Lopp.

Online Experience Drives Tourney Participation At Delaware Sports Complex [April 26, 2013]

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Friday, April 26, 2013
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MediaPost

By Bryan House

Near the shores of Rehoboth Beach, Del., stands a premier destination for traveling youth baseball and softball teams. The 95-acre facility at Sports at the Beach features 16 fields, 30 batting cages and dormitory accommodations for visiting teams. From March to November, ball clubs from all over the East Coast descend upon its bluegrass-sod fields to participate in weekend and week-long tournaments.

The complex’s website, sportsatthebeach.com, serves as the digital platform for every stage of the Sports at the Beach experience. From recruiting teams, managing registrations and arranging tournament pairings to publishing bracket updates and broadcasting a LiveStream of key tournament games, the Sports at the Beach site connects players, parents and coaches with up-to-the-minute tournament details. Since some tournaments can attract as many as 100 teams in a weekend, visitors jam the complex’s wifi access to stay up to date on pairings and schedules.

Digital Capabilities Power Growth of Site and Registered Members

Sports at the Beach implemented Drupal, the open source content management system, in 2012, taking advantage of available e-commerce and event registration modules to manage team registrations and e-commerce payments. Moving to the open digital publishing platform also helped the site become scalable and always accessible during peak-traffic periods during the complex’s marquee tournaments, often held during holiday weekends.

Why Should Drupal Power Your Content Marketing Campaign? [April 10, 2013]

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Business2Community

By Mike Alton

Have you ever had a new house built, or maybe watched one go up in your neighborhood? We live in a growing community and now that the economy is improving, construction is exploding again. We have two houses being built across the street, and two more where the lots are already sold. In each case, once they were ready to begin construction, the first task was to dig a hole and insert metal frames so that the concrete foundation can be poured. Once the foundation is in, they can build up the rest of the home’s walls, flooring, windows, siding and rooftop.

Your website is that foundation. Your site needs to be the structure on which the rest of your marketing is built, and therefore, it must be solid and well constructed.

When I started my web development firm in 2007, I knew that building static HTML websites was a thing of the past. They were inefficient for customers, and I hated having to update them. At the time, the prime choices for building dynamic, independent websites were WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and DotNetNuke. After careful evaluation, I chose to specialize in Drupal. Since then, WordPress has improved dramatically, DotNetNuke is virtually dead, and Joomla is still pretty much the same. Drupal, meanwhile, has continued to improve and remain, in my opinion, the top choice for professional-grade websites.

How Commercial Progression Built A Business On Drupal [Mar 12, 2013]

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Forbes.com

Drupal is one of the most prominent content management systems and is used by about 2.1% of all websites worldwide. Alex Fisher, a native of Dearborn, Michigan was able to build a business with six employees by designing websites using Drupal. Commercial Progression counts organizations like National Geographic Channel, TRW Automotive, the University of Michigan, and Detroit Public TV as customers.

Fisher worked at Ford’s communications division for 7 years while attending school at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This is when Ford used to have a TV network with several channels broadcasting programs demonstrating how to fix and sells cars. After working at Ford, Fisher joined a company called Move Networks, but was laid off along with many other employees in 2009. This is when Fisher decided to take the plunge and start his own company with a $4,000 investment of his own money.

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