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New Cloud Features & UX Improvements

Acquia is constantly working to improve our service offerings, and that means cleaning up existing features and adding new ones that we know will make a big difference in people’s workflow for the better. Despite the scale of some of these improvements, they’re not always immediately visible at first glance, so I’ve taken a bit of time to highlight three recent ones.
Log Streaming:
We’ve talked about log streaming in previous blogs when it was in beta, but we’re now taking it out of beta after very positive feedback during the beta period. I’ve been using... Mehr

Why Drupal Was Chosen to Build a Platform for Global Problem Solving

Saïd Business School’s GOTO website is the online platform of the Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) community, an action-oriented problem-solving community tackling the issues the world is facing today. Pronovix became a finalist in Acquia's inaugural Partner Site of the Year Award Program for its work on the SBS GOTO site in the External Community Site category.
The Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) community connects students, alumni and the faculty from across the University of Oxford and their research via this online platform to discuss, debate, and drive new... Mehr

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.
Google Glass at Harvard Medical - Video
In this hour plus video you will hear honest experiences and opinions by Dr. Karandeep Singh, Nephrology Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital, Software Developer, Informatician and ... Mehr

How Blake Lively Almost Got Content for Commerce Right. Almost.

When I first heard Blake Lively was launching a lifestyle/ content/ commerce website, I’ll be honest, I was excited. I was a pretty big Gossip Girl fan back in the day, and I’ve always admired her cool, eclectic sense of style. According to Vogue, the site is “part digital monthly magazine, part e-commerce venture, part video blog, the site will seek out and celebrate people all over America who are making things—food, clothes, pillows, dishes, dining-room tables—with their hands.”
Not... Mehr

The business behind Open Source

Topic: DrupalAcquiaBusinessThe futureA few days ago, I sat down with Quentin Hardy of The New York Times to talk Open Source.... Mehr

Interacting with the Acquia Cloud API using Python

Cross-posted with permission from Dave Hall Consulting
The Acquia Cloud API makes it easy to manage sites on the platform. The API allows you to perform many administrative tasks including creating, destroying and copying databases, deploying code, managing domains and copying files.
Acquia offers 2 official clients. The primary client is a drush plugin which can only be downloaded from... Mehr

Search in Drupal 8 - Thomas Seidl & Nick Veenhof


Thomas Seidl and Nick Veenhof took a few minutes out of the Drupal 8 Search API code sprint at the Drupal DevDays in Szeged, Hungary to talk with me about the state-of-play and what's coming in terms of search in Drupal: one flexible, pluggable solution for search functionality with the whole community behind it.

"What are you most excited about in Drupal 8?" ... "Search!"

Thomas Seidl: "I am very excited about the new Search API module in Drupal 8 [obviously!]. We've had a lot of improvements planned, bug fixes, new flexibility and possibilities. For example, we'll probably make... Mehr

Migration Tips and Tricks

Cross-posted with permission from nerdstein
The Migrate module is, hands down, the defacto way to migrate content in Drupal. The only knock against it, is the learning curve. All good things come to those who take the time and learn it.
I have summarized some tips and tricks I have learned. Thank you to Mike Ryan and Alex Ward for... Mehr

Enforcing Drupal Coding Standards During the Software Versioning Process

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine InteractiveLes is a web applications engineer at Genuine Interactive. He is a frequent Drupal community contributor. Genuine’s PHP team works on projects in a range of industries from CPG, B2B, financial services, and more.
As a contributor to the Drupal community, this post will detail Les’ method for enforcing Drupal coding standards by using the Coder and Coder Review modules: Drush and Git... Mehr

Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, & More

Cross-posted with permission from OHO.com
OHO’s Dave Sawyer recently co-presented Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, and More at DrupalCon Austin. The session provided a how-to on creating a more collaborative experience by bridging the gap between the content that is managed in Drupal, and the documents, files, and conversations that are exchanged outside of Drupal in services... Mehr

Announcing a Drupal-based, OpenSaaS Government Data Portal

The past few years have seen a dramatic shift among governments and other public entities toward open data initiatives. These efforts involve unlocking vast troves of data collected or generated by civic institutions and making them available for public consumption. Among the more prominent efforts are data.gov.uk in the United Kingdom and data.gov in the US.
While there is enormous benefit to be gained from the open data movement, from the ability to identify and eliminate redundancy and... Mehr

Drupal core updates for July 16, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
This week saw the commit of part one and two of the major menu-system rewrite in which menu-links become plugins. The original patch weighed in at over 600kb and was one of the remaining seven beta-blockers. Splitting it into five separate issues made reviews more forthcoming and this was evident with part one and two moving quickly from needs review to RTBC to ultimately being committed. Reviewers have now moved onto parts three through five.
There was a massive volume of commits this week with cleanups keeping the committers very-busy, lots of deprecated functions... Mehr

What Users Want: Designing to Help Acquia Customers

While in the context of market research Steve Jobs once said, “It's not the consumers' job to know what they want” (NY Times). As a user experience designer, it is my job to understand what our users may want or need in Acquia’s products. One of my user experience challenges at Acquia, the redesigned ... Mehr

I Dream it and I Drupal it – My Acquia Story

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new beginning which weaves more threads on to it like spider as it goes on. Acquia internship came as this new beginning to me that I always thought of and dreamt of. I admired startups with challenging ideas and read more and more about the entrepreneurs, about their success stories and the way they reached to where they are now and still envisioning in future. I loved to read and analyze what challenges these young entrepreneurs faced and how they overcome it.
I still remember a saying that I heard in childhood that “Success is a journey,... Mehr

Putting the P back in HIPAA with Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Achieve Health
How Can We Make Health IT Systems More Interoperable?
This blog will focus on the technology that can be used to extend pre-existing legacy systems without the need to rip and replace. This will save enterprise healthcare delivery systems significant money in IT disruption costs due to lost productivity and expensive new system implementations. After a massive EHR overhaul, The University of Arizona found themselves... Mehr

Drupal for Digital Commerce – Bojan Živanović


Bojan and I chatted at Drupal Dev Days 2014 about one of the newest and most important weapons available in Drupal's eCommerce arsenal: recurring billing for digital commerce in Drupal Commerce.

Enabling Digital Commerce – recurring payments and more in Drupal Commerce

Commerce License is "a small ecosystem of modules," also including Commerce File, Commerce... Mehr

Deliver digital faster with Drupal – Part 2


In Deliver digital faster with Drupal Part 1, I showed you some of the many examples of successful sites built rapidly thanks to Drupal’s modularity. To stay ahead of your competition, you need to be nimble and agile; Drupal helps you do this with reusable, transferable digital experiences that can be customised to suit various niches even within a single business enterprise. All, of course, without paying additional license fees or mandated limits on developers, environments, or copies.

Faster, less risky

... and cheaper!... Mehr

Run a Hackathon, inspire passion for Drupal


With a beta release of Drupal 8 just around the corner, and a library of modules that need a stable port (or at least a beta release) on release day, now is the time to get your learning underway and dive in.
A brief look at this chart from the Drupal 7 development cycle makes the effect of available contrib on core uptake really clear. If we as a community can ensure contrib is ready when Drupal 8 is released, then everyone has a greater incentive to jump in!

One of my favourite ways of learning and rapidly spreading ideas to many is to run a Hackathon. The amazing thing about Hackathons... Mehr

The Open Source Value Proposition

Every so often, advocates and vendors of proprietary/closed source software attempt a FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) campaign of comment and link-baiting in order to reframe the conversation around Open Source. The arguments brought up in these discussions are predictable and generally straw man arguments that hold little water, so I wanted to take time to break these down and show the real value proposition of Open Source platforms, web content management systems generally, and Drupal specifically.
Free From Costs, Free From Constraints:
In order to have a cogent discussion about Open... Mehr

How To Drive Conversions with Acquia Lift

Imagine talking to each of your site visitor personally to discover what they really want and what they are trying to accomplish on your site. At scale, that’s just not possible and would drive you a little bananas if it was.
The next best thing is a personalized digital experience that resonates with every site visitor. Acquia Lift does that. It enables marketing teams to increase revenue and gather new leads by instantly generating the kind of relevant content that customers crave.
Acquia Lift can... Mehr

Brant Wynn: Demo Framework – How we pitch Drupal to potential clients


Brant Wynn, Acquia Solutions Architect, and I covered some interesting ground in our conversation preceding his jam's Drupal Camp session on selling Drupal to potential clients via beautiful, out-of-the-box demos. Listen to hear about working as a professional open source software developer, the potential wins from having migration tools built into Drupal 8, how Drupal 8 is bringing so many open source technologies and communities together, and more.

Professional open source: the more you give, the more you get... Mehr

Drupal core updates for July 10, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
The past two weeks have seen steady progress on Drupal 8, with the release of drupal 8.0-alpha13, the Clearing of the RTBC Queue, the expected deployment of Semantic Versioning support on Drupal.org, the launch of the #D8CX initiative, and the announcement about the... Mehr

The ecommerce media experience: new triggers and signals

The sudden shift away from desktop browser experiences to the mobile web has been both a huge challenge and opportunity for ecommerce user experience management. While having a mobile version of the store was a priority in the five years, the new user expectation is that the site will respond to their circumstances intuitively down to an awareness of whether or not they are in a moving vehicle or inside the brand’s actual store. From Apple’s iBeacon technology for in-store retail experiences to intelligent technologies that deduce if a customer is driving, riding a subway, or waiting at an... Mehr

How Acquia helped scale API calls for Major Train Operator

Last year, a major train operator in the Eastern US region came to us and asked to help build a system on Acquia Cloud for their train API. They wanted to open up their train schedules, arrival times, delay timings, all that information for everyone. This meant that the infrastructure behind the API had to withstand a huge flurry of requests every second, while remaining very responsive. And in the meanwhile we also had to make sure that only authorized applications can access this API, applications that this operator approved.
The requests would look something like this:
Our client had their... Mehr

Implementing Acquia Cloud Site Factory: What You Need to Know

Acquia Cloud Site Factory (ACSF) is a unique multiple site management platform that offers clients the ability to create, manage, and deploy many sites from one dashboard. Running many sites from one platform comes with a different set of challenges though that need to be addressed for enterprise clients:
Key Differences from a typical Acquia Cloud Enterprise project
Scale
Theming
Codebase
Resourcing
Estimating
Getting Sites Live
Scale is the most obvious difference. ACSF projects are building a platform for hundreds of different sites. When building one or a few sites on Acquia Cloud... Mehr

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