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Plan for Successful Drupal Adoption

Change is hard. In technology, it is also inevitable. Done poorly, it can lead to busted budgets, blown timelines, and bloated scope. Done well, it can transform your organization. Planning is key to successful change--and planning must account for human needs as well as technical requirements.
What is an adoption plan?
An adoption plan for a software project has elements of the following:
Product management
Communications
Project management methodology
Risk mitigation
Development methodology
User acceptance testing
Training
Software adoption is as much about managing people as it is about... Mehr

Acquia Digital Transformation Tour: Learn to Bridge the IT-Business Divide

I’ve been on the road for Acquia a lot since joining from Forrester Research in mid-summer (hello, Cleveland!). My focus: talking to technology and digital business pros about – and, really, advocating for – successful digital transformation.
We recently added four new dates for the Acquia Digital Transformation Roadshow, evening events that bring together tech and business peers to meet, drink, eat and hear me talk about... Mehr

#AcquiaEngage Recap: PFunk, Digital Disruption and the Future of Engagement

We need the funk, gotta have that funk. Owww…..
Emerging through the noise of a packed venue at Boston’s Royale, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic brought “pure funk mayhem” to all in attendance.

As the first night’s entertainment at Acquia’s first ever conference, Acquia Engage, George Clinton and company were a tremendous compliment to the sessions, speakers and people - all of whom are working to achieve... Mehr

Meet Drupal core contributor & mentor, Kalpana Goel


Kalpana Goel - web developer with Forum One - and I sat down to chat at DrupalCon Amsterdam. We discussed the topic of Dries Buytaert's Amsterdam keynote: the potential benefits of "gamifying" and rewarding companies for supporting contributions, especially to Drupal core; Kalpana's discovery of Drupal; her contribution to the Drupal 8 web services initiative and Drupal's culture of sharing, and some of the benefits that are coming with Drupal 8.

Discovering Drupal, making Drupal better

Kalpana encountered Drupal the first time: "I was working at the White House, but at that time,... Mehr

Champions of… Context - Introducing Acquia Lift ContextDB

My favorite baseball team did not have a good year on the field. The Boston Red Sox finished dead last in their division.
But when I caught a game late in the season, I had to tip my cap to the team’s marketing department.
As soon as I entered the venerable, 100-year-old Fenway Park, my smartphone buzzed with a friendly greeting, and a $15 discount offer on any souvenir over $50. My Red Sox app noted that it was my third visit of the season, and extended an appreciative welcome.

Later, after we reached our seats, it offered us a number of upgrade options.
During the game, I could review... Mehr

Two Become One: Publicis to Acquire Sapient

Sapient, a pioneer and fixture of Massachusetts’ digital industry, announced today it has agreed to be acquired by Publicis, the world’s third largest advertising agency with $7B in sales, for $3.7B. An Acquia partner, Sapient employs 13,000 people worldwide with a large presence in India, and operates three primary divisions: Nitro, Government Services and Capital Markets. Initial reports say that a new division called Publicis.Sapient will be formed and join Publicis’... Mehr

Acquia’s Response to the October 15 Drupal Security Alert

Acquia is committed to ensuring the security and performance of our customers’ sites.
On October 15, the Drupal Security team announced that all Drupal 7 sites are highly vulnerable to attack due to a SQL Injection vulnerability. At Acquia we deployed a platform-wide "shield" that protected all of our thousands of customer sites hosted on Acquia Cloud from the moment the security announcement was issued. The Acquia team worked tirelessly to prep for the formal announcement and... Mehr

Acquia, Investors and Teaming Up to Build Greatness

In the summer of 2007, I received an email from Michael Skok of Northbridge Venture Partners, who I had known for 12 years at that time. I had recently exited Mercury Interactive after its acquisition by HP. He suggested that I meet with a entrepreneur around a project he was looking at. When I met with Jay Batson, and short thereafter with Dries Buytaert, I was intrigued. It was Michael's vision about the possibilities however that really grabbed my attention. The three asked me later that year to join the yet unnamed company as its founding CEO. Timing being what it was, I had... Mehr

How to Hire Developers for Large-Scale Applications

We’re often helping our clients build up their internal capabilities to support the digital products we build together. For our Drupal platform engagements the most difficult part of this is often finding the experienced Drupal talent to help seed their new platform team.
I’ll break down below how Myplanet has gone about identifying and hiring some of the most talented Drupal developers for ourselves and our clients:
Identifying Candidates
Drupal developers will often identify themselves within one of three categories:
Site Builder
Themer
Module Developer
Experienced Site Builders mostly work... Mehr

Party City’s Spooktacular Product Wall Improves the Shopping Experience

A good user experience doesn’t always require technology
It’s almost Halloween and I needed to put the finishing touches on my costume. This year I decided to make up my own costume – I am Wine Woman, fighting sobriety one grape at a time with my trusty side-kick Sangria Girl. Once my friend Bethany and I settled on our costumes, I immediately went to amazon.com to try and piece it all together. Purple dress, purple tights, purple Mardi-Gras mask (because, why not?) and a purple cape added to my cart and I was good to go! Except, unbeknownst... Mehr

Drupal in the Philippines, Own your Own Code & More - Luc Bézier


On being an open source developer

"Like a lot of people, I did both sides of technology; working on paid, proprietary systems [and open source]. There is a big difference. I can't imagine myself going back to any proprietary system where I have to pay; I can't share the code I am doing with anyone; I have to ask a company about the right tool to use. I love the way that everybody contributes to the same piece of code, trying to make it the best ... and for free!"

I asked about working on proprietary systems where you can't look at how your peers have already solved a problem: "If... Mehr

Amazee Labs Lends Drupal 8 Expertise to Drupal.com

Amazee Labs (Austin and Zurich) are developing drupal.com using Drupal 8 Beta.
Drupal.com, owned by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert: "will become an increasingly helpful resource and starting point for people who are evaluating Drupal." We are passionate about developing content for Drupal site owners. We are excited to help meet this goal by... Mehr

I Came for a Purple Jacket, but All I Got Was Pretty Pictures

I needed a fall jacket. Something lightweight and colorful. My online search led me to Paul Smith’s autumn/winter collection. I clicked through some of the beautiful pictures and came across a purple jacket (center right) - totally my style!

I tried to purchase it, but couldn’t find the buy button. So I typed “purple jacket” in the on-site search box and all sorts of irrelevant things came up. I went back to the “shop online” section to try to browse for it. Still no luck. My... Mehr

Learning from hackers a week after the Drupal SQL Injection announcement

Since October 15th, hackers have been busy coming up with creative ways to exploit the SQL Injection in Drupal 7 sites revealed by SA-CORE-2014-005. A week has already passed, and attacks are still ongoing. In a previous post, Moshe Weitzman explained how we were able to protect our customers' sites the moment the vulnerability was announced. In this blog post, we will look at some trends that we've seen in foiled attacks on Acquia Cloud in the past week, with... Mehr

Crossing the Cloud Rubicon Requires Human Participation

We’re several years into the cloud revolution, and IT departments are officially on board: they’re slated to spend $13B on cloud computing this year. In-house racks and thick clients are cumbersome compared to cheap, hands-off cloud services. With costs shaved off in-house servers, IT teams can finally focus on those projects that engage users and boost company ROI.
Regular business users like using the cloud, too, but they’re a lot more confused by it. Many spend more time figuring the cloud out—remembering logins, moving... Mehr

DrupalCon Amsterdam Top Ten – Part 2 of 2 with Kris Vanderwater


Part 2 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch and sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how... Mehr

Drupal Stories: Larry Garfield

In this blog post, I interviewed Larry Garfield who is a senior web architect at Palantir about his Drupal story. Check it out below!
Q: How did Drupal find you?A: Back in 2005 I was looking for a system I could study and learn from in order to build a new BBS for my online Star Trek RPG club. A friend of mine suggested I look at Drupal as it's what the Howard Dean campaign had used. I never quite left. (I finally got around to relaunching my RPG club on Drupal 5 in 2008... just as Drupal 6 was released.)
I did a few independent consulting projects with Drupal 4.6 before I started working... Mehr

Acquia a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

You might have read that Acquia was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.
It's easy to underestimate the importance of this recognition for Acquia, and by extension for Drupal. If you want to find a good coffee place, you use Yelp. If you want to find a nice hotel in New York, you use TripAdvisor. Similarly, if a CIO wants to spend $250,000 or more on enterprise software, they consult an analyst firm like... Mehr

DrupalCon Amsterdam Top Ten – Part 1 of 2 with Kris Vanderwater


Part 1 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how the... Mehr

Shields Up!

Yesterday, the Drupal Security team announced that all Drupal 7 sites are highly vulnerable to attack. Acquia deployed a platform-wide "shield" which protects all our customer sites, while still keeping them 100% functional for visitors and content editors. These sites can now upgrade to 7.32 in a more calm, controlled timeline.
Collaboration - 7 days before release
The Drupal Security team... Mehr

30 Awesome Drupal 8 API Functions you Should Already Know - Fredric Mitchell


Apart from presenting a terrific session that will help you wrap your head around developing for Drupal 8, Fredric and I had a great conversation that covered the use of Drupal and open source in government, government decision-making versus corporate decision-making, designing Drupal 7 sites with Drupal 8 in mind, designing sites for the end users and where the maximum business value comes from in your organization, and more!

Drupal in Government

"We were part of the original Whitehouse.gov [Drupal] build, and the... Mehr

The Future of PHP is Shared Power Tools


When I think about the most historically popular web libraries and tools, I think of things built in PHP--like Drupal, WordPress, phpBB, or Joomla. These are the Great Pyramids of the web: they're impressive not only because of what they can do, but also because these original "wonders of the Internet" were built entirely without modern tools or real collaboration. Each project painstakingly thought about and solved the same problems from scratch. And despite that, the results were incredible. How? Because they leveraged the sheer size and passion of their respective PHP communities.... Mehr

Gartner identifies Acquia as a Leader in new 2014 WCM Magic Quadrant

Today Gartner released the 2014 version of its Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Acquia moved into the Leader quadrant, and is the only open source company identified as a Leader. Acquia first entered the Magic Quadrant in 2012, and in only three years has become a leader. It’s truly an amazing accomplishment, and it reflects the momentum Acquia’s been experiencing.
If you are a Gartner client, you can view it on the Gartner site now, and... Mehr

How to setup auto-translation of nodes using Rules and Tmgmt

This how-to guide describes how to set up automatic machine-based translations for content on a Drupal site. Whenever a node is created, translation jobs will be created for every language specified, and depending on how you set up your translator, you should be able to completely automate the translation process. For this project we are using SDL, but you should be able to use other translators.
1. Download and enable the translation management modules. This can be done through Drush or through the modules interface in drupal.
drush dl -y tmgmtdrush dl -y tmgmt_sdl_beglobaldrush en -y... Mehr

Beyond Marketing: My Highlights

As soon as I started reading Tim Walter’s new white paper, Beyond Marketing, recently posted on Acquia’s web site, I was glad I had a yellow highlighter handy.
I use a digital marker, of course, but for me it serves the same purpose as the old, analog version -- the one that smells like homework: to capture ideas that are worth dwelling on.
And there are plenty in this report.
Walters, a partner and principal analyst with the... Mehr

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