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An eCommerce Retrospective: Ten Summoner's Tales, Twenty Years Later

20 years ago the world changed. On August 11, 1994 Phil Brandenberger paid $12.48 plus shipping for Sting’s “Ten Summoner’s Tales” and made history as the very first online shopper. One year later Amazon.com and AuctionWeb (later to become eBay) both embarked on a historic journey to become the power-houses they are today.
20 years ago. Wow. Not only does that make me feel incredibly old, but I can’t... Mehr

Drupal Best Practices Within Acquia Cloud Site Factory

In today’s super-competitive marketplace, staying ahead of the competition means being able to respond to changing markets instantly. Launching a new marketing campaign, a new brand, or even a new family of brands can mean the difference between success…or trailing the pack. Acquia Cloud Site Factory offers a turnkey solution for deploying one site—or hundreds of sites—quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing the branded experience expected by your visitors.
Today, I want to talk about how Site Factory turns... Mehr

Drupal 8, Semantic Web, Linked Data and Security: upcoming events

With the first beta version of Drupal 8 around the corner, now is a good time to get excited about Drupal 8’s new features and APIs. The feature I’m the most excited about is the integration of schema.org mappings into Drupal entities and fields, allowing search engines to better understand the content on your site. When it comes to security, the Twig framework with its auto-escape feature is undeniably the #1 change that will increase security by dramatically reducing the risk of Cross-site scripting... Mehr

Automatic Module Upgrader for Drupal 8 getting some love!

Back in February at the Acquia Build Week hackathon, Team "Upgrade Roboto" (webchick, Wim Leers, Gábor Hojtsy, xjm, japerry, and estha) published the Drupal Module Upgrader project.
The project is a script that scans the source of a Drupal 7... Mehr

Why should I go to DrupalCon? - Rebroadcast - The benefits of being there


With DrupalCon Amsterdam and The Prenote right around the corner, it seemed like a good time to revisit this recording from when I had the tables turned on me at DrupalCon Portland and got interviewed by Ray Saltini from Blink Reaction. He asked me some great questions about Drupal, and especially why you should come to Drupal community events like DrupalCon. See you in... Mehr

Amazon invests in Acquia

I'm happy to share news that Amazon has joined the Acquia family as our newest investor. This investment builds on the recent $50 million financing round that Acquia completed in May, which was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
Acquia is the largest provider of Drupal infrastructure in the world. We run on more than 8,000 AWS instances and serve more than 27 billion hits a month or 333 TB of bandwidth a month. Working with AWS... Mehr

Local Drupal Development Sandboxes

If you're doing Drupal development, having a local sandbox is a necessity. Why? No one should be making untested changes on a production or staging server. And, a development server should be free of initial development errors where the developer should execute a small set of engineering tests before deployment. Plus, it can be time consuming to regularly deploy code developed locally onto a development server. To summarize: a local sandbox is absolutely best practice. I hope to summarize how to quickly get up to speed without having to rehash the lessons I have learned.
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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.
Scale like Twitter with Open Source
Want to know how to scale like Twitter? The you should check out Apache Mesos, an open source project that engineering lead Benjamin Hindman started while he was a PhD student at Berklee. Described as an operating system for your database, Mesos helps developers write applications easier at Twitter and not have to worry about server reliability.
"As of today,... Mehr

Why Are Companies Still Using Legacy CMS Products like TeamSite & Vignette?

One of the favorite parts of my job is helping Acquia's sales team in competitive web content management replacement opportunities.
I believe the traditional enterprise software model is broken. The antiquated idea of buying an expensive software license is being destroyed by open source and SaaS business models, which align the needs of the buyer and vendor. But I remain astounded by the number of companies who are still using legacy web content management products, in particular, HP/Autonomy/Interwoven TeamSite and OpenText Vignette.
TeamSite... Mehr

Don’t wait, update your codebase now!

TL;DR: a security update for Drupal 7 and Drupal 6 was just released. All sites are affected and sites that are not updated immediately may experience Denial of Service (DoS) attacks leading to unexpected downtime.
Update: This vulnerability was covered on Mashable and one of the reporters published a detailed full disclosure of the vulnerability.
Today on Aug 6th, 2014, the... Mehr

Drupal 8's new theming layer – Joël Pittet and Scott Reeves

Fixed! The version originally posted on August 5, 2014, got cut short by technical difficulties in production. Here are the complete audio and video versions of that conversation for you!

Drupal 8 theming layer co-maintainers Joël Pittet and Scott Reeves sat down with me at NYC Camp 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York City to talk about how Twig and the new theming layer in Drupal 8 empowers front- and back-end developers, convergence and contribution in PHP, and more.

Twig: empowering developers

Scott explains, "A lot of the work I do in my day job is bridging the gap... Mehr

Digital has Moved from a Marketing Discipline to the Core of the Business

Just four years ago, it was commonplace for digital to be owned by the CMO. Many a CEO viewed digital as simply a marketing discipline. However, now in 2014, digital is fast becoming the crux of many business growth strategies - not just agile start-ups, but global enterprises.
Being ‘digital-first’ is one of the best ways to meet and exceed customers’ growing expectations. Customers want to be able to connect with businesses in whatever way they choose; whether at home, at work or on the go and they want to do it on their own terms. As customers, we want information in one go and we don’t... Mehr

Life Science Professionals: Don’t Give Up on Social Media

It's one report I never thought I'd see in my morning life sciences feed: The Colbert Report.
But there it was: Stephen Colbert riffing, hilariously, on recent FDA guidance on the use of social media, specifically Twitter, by pharmaceutical companies.
One Colbert recommendation: use emojis to represent known risks for any drugs mentioned in tweets. Funny.
The comic potential must have been obvious to Colbert's writers: tweeting 140 characters does seems incompatible with the extensive... Mehr

The Last-Ditch Fix - Programmatically changing a Drupal 7 view

Originally posted on Yellow Pencil's blog. Follow @kimbeaudin on Twitter
Here is the deal
Drupal generally runs on a LAMP based setup (which I strongly recommend), but if clients are restricted to certain hardware and software, sometimes you have to make it work with what you've got. On a recent Drupal 7 project of ours, our clients wanted to use their in-house setup on Windows Servers with IIS and a MS SQL database back-end. With a bit of research,... Mehr

Drupal Core Updates for Aug 4, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
It's been an exciting two weeks as Twig Autoescaping was turned on by default, the menu links system was completely revamped, entity caching was finally added to core, and we switched Drupal 8 version numbers to Semantic Versioning!
The switch to semantic versioning means that if you have a clone of Drupal 8 core, you shouldn... Mehr

Why Pound is awesome in front of Varnish

We all know Varnish is awesome. I went as far as presenting a topic on Varnish then writing about it. This is a known fact.
However, what happens to all that caching goodness when you want to run your entire site over SSL? Out of the box, Varnish doesn't support it. While I've heard some mention that not supporting SSL is an oversight,... 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 Is Helping Save The Rhino
Can Google Glass and other emerging pieces of technology save the Rhino and other endangered animals in the Amazon? Carter Roberts, the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States certainly thinks so. He recently created a $215 million fund that will be used to help protect and better serve that region, by forming strategic business... Mehr

Michael Schmid – Drupal 8 means better business


Michael Schmid, CTO of Amazee Labs, and I got the chance to talk in front of my camera during the Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary. As the technical lead of a successful and growing Drupal shop, I was keen to get his perspectives on how the technology of Drupal helps him do business and how Drupal 8 might help him and his clients even more than ever before.

Clicking v coding - love it or hate it?

Early in the interview, Michael talks about how Drupal 7 and 8 look like "tools with a lot of brainwork behind them" with... Mehr

Open source tools are free

In a previous job, I had a boss that I really admired. He's near the end of his career and his experience had made him wise. He was humble, but would chime in as needed. One of my favorites was his ability to bust out short one-liners that would hit the nail on the head. Around the water cooler, we regularly discussed open source. Here are some worth mentioning:
Free like a puppy
This one always made me chuckle. But, it's true in so many ways.
I look at the open source community. At times, people's evaluations of open source tools are skin deep. "Ah, they are free!". This typically follows... Mehr

10 Reasons Enterprise Marketers Choose Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Mediacurrent
As marketers, you understand the importance of having a system that promotes ease and efficiency when it comes to implementing marketing processes. You want to create content once and use it over and over in different ways to create contextual user experiences.
Drupal provides you with a variety of powerful, integrated tools to not only help... Mehr

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

A few days ago, I sat down with Quentin Hardy of The New York Times to talk Open Source. We spoke mostly about the Drupal ecosystem and how Acquia makes money. As someone who spent almost his entire career in Open Source, I'm a firm believer in the fact that you can build a high-growth, high-margin business and help the community flourish. It's not an either-or proposition, and Acquia and Drupal are proof of... Mehr

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