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Why Digital Transformation is a Boardroom Conversation

Over the weekend, I read the 97-page leaked New York Times Innovation Report, a manifesto for helping the Times become a more competitive business in the disrupted publishing space. While the Times is still winning at quality journalism, it has failed to get content to its readers. Its content is often being re-packaged and consumed by other publishers like Huffington Post, or is being consumed in new ways like Flipboard. And digital publishing startups like Vox Media are more agile... Mehr

How to: Responsive, Full-width Banners

As a front-end developer for acquia.com, I've had lots of fun and challenging design requests come my way. Most recently I was tasked with swapping out the static homepage graphic with a full-width, responsive slideshow banner that can also be tested and personalized using Acquia Lift. Requirements were: content managers must be able to upload graphics, edit text and create translated versions using the user interface, must include two link-able buttons for calls to action, must have functional controls, must be full-width and fully... Mehr

Marek Sotak: Get off the phone - Helping users through better UX and tools


Get off the phone - Helping users through better UX and tools

In the podcast, Marek and I talk a little about his history in Drupal and technology and I introduce the idea of jam's (virtual) Drupal Camp. In his presentation, Marek Sotak, founder of Inline Manual and longtime Drupal developer, talks about giving your clients and site visitors the help they need without sacrificing all your productive time in the very first session of jam's Drupal Camp!

"What's this... 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 App Lets You Pay With Bitcoin
New Google Glass app, Ease, will let users nod and leverage voice control capabilities to pay with Bitcoin. With that being said, Ease is at the forefront of global payment solutions coming to wearable devices and Glass specifically.
"In that regard, making payments using Glass brings up some interesting possibilities. Based around gesture and voice, it... Mehr

Drupal for Brand Experience Optimization

Cross-posted with permission from Adyax
World Tempus is a renowned authority on high-end watch brands. With a web presence dating back to the mid-90s, their site needed a major overhaul. This included improving performance, ad management, analytics and SEO. In 2012 they came to us asking for a modern site, cross-platform and true to their standards of luxury.
Their old site was built on TYPO3, with years of accumulated content. We integrated an elegant new design – mobile and desktop... Mehr

These two weeks in Drupal Core

What's new with Drupal 8?
The past two weeks saw the Drupal community rally together to support each other and recognize the hard work involved in making Drupal awesome, starting with the launch of the Drupal Core Gittip Team and the news that Alex Pott had been hired by Chapter Three to work on Drupal 8 development full-time. It also saw some great performance improvements in Drupal 8 and a handful of Developer Experience improvements.
Drupal Core Gittip Team
On Friday, May 2nd, Cathy Theys (YesCT) and Alex Pott (alexpott) launched the ... Mehr

DrupalGov Canberra 2014 and the push for Drupal in Australian Government

There was some exciting news announced last week as the Australian government said it was strongly considering replatforming on Drupal, potentially replacing 1200 websites used across the board of the commonwealth. The reasons for the move are accredited to lower costs, better responsive capabilities, security and accessibility compliance and the ability to leverage a massive, innovative open source ecosystem.
In a blog post, CTO John Sheridan said, “The... Mehr

How to Use Small Data in Your CMS

Word on the street these days is that big data isn’t as big a deal as it used to be. This opinion reflects the hangover that happened after businesses rushed to adopt data-analytics systems, and found that their business problems weren’t majestically cured after all.
Part of the problem is the misinterpretation of “big data” as a single product, when in fact it is an umbrella term that can cover any variety of tools. There’s data collection, data analysis, data visualization … the list... Mehr

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 2 - Mobile Improvements

Welcome to the second installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side.
Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details... Mehr

Converging Content, Community and Commerce in Higher Education

Higher Education institutions rely on their websites to tell their story through rich and engaging digital experiences.
In this rapid age of innovation, it is imperative that educational establishments are able to attract and enroll the best prospective students and once those students have matriculated, institutions need to develop applications to support students and help them to collaborate, pay bills, take part in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, learn.
Similarly, colleges and universities need to engage with graduates to strengthen the affinity they have with their alma... Mehr

High Availability Database Tools

Percona Live was held at the beginning of April this year and the Acquia team was there. This was a really great conference and I want to start by encouraging any DBA/database developer who uses MySQL in a production environment to go to the Percona Live conference. It's a great place to hear about new functionality, new products and how other companies are using MySQL at scale. Large companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter as well as hot startups like Box all send representatives to share their knowledge.
At... 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.
Rachel Haot named CDO of the Year
Rachel S. Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology at New York State, was named Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2014 by the CDO Club.
The award was presented by CDO Club founder David Mathison after her keynote presentation on April 22, 2014 at the CDO Summit at the Time Warner conference center in New York City.
Haot is only the second... Mehr

Upgrade your modules to Drupal 8 now! - Bram Goffings


Upgrade your modules to Drupal 8 now!

During the 2014 Drupal Devs Days in Szeged Hungary, Bram Goffings (aka aspilicious) and I had a chat about his experience upgrading Display Suite early on and maintaining it during the ongoing Drupal 8 development cycle. He says it was a great learning experience and that it is time for everyone else to start their upgrades in preparation for the Drupal 8 beta release.

Contributing to Drupal is part of my job

Bram'... Mehr

Drupal Security: What You Need to Know

Software security issues affect organizations of all sizes, along with possibly theft of private data, incidents can cause harm to customer confidence and cause loss of business. While security breaches in companies like Target make headlines, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Study, 71 percent of all data breaches actually... Mehr

The investment case for employing a Drupal core contributor

Topic: DrupalAcquiaBusinessI've long been convinced that every well-run Drupal agency of 30 people or more can afford to hire a Drupal core contributor and let him/her work on Drupal core pretty much full-time. A healthy Drupal agency with 30 people should be able to do $5MM in revenue at a 15% net... Mehr

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 1 - Authoring Experience Improvements

Welcome to the first instalment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8 for end-users, for site builders, for designers and front-end developers, and for back-end developers. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the... Mehr

Promoting the Partner in the Digital Lifecycle with Acquia Insight

As a Solutions Architect for Channel Enablement, I spend a good deal of my time thinking about how to better integrate our delivery partners in the digital lifecycle of client sites deployed on the Acquia platform. The vast majority of our partners have their own “secret sauce” in the form of knowledge, best practice, and process spanning the gamut of the digital experience: search engine optimization, marketing campaign analytics, mobile and responsive design, content and UX strategy, and much more. This... Mehr

Announcing jam’s Drupal Camp - open source virtual show and tell


I am fortunate to be able to go to a lot of events around the world as a speaker or simple attendee: Drupal and other tech conferences, business seminars, and more. The Drupal project is my “home base” open source project. For the record, my favorite part of Drupal Camps and Cons is spending time with the people. I get excited about seeing who in the community is doing what, hearing about the latest and greatest projects, and being scared by how smart everyone around me is. This kind of interaction is the glue that holds the Drupal community together. My “jam’s Drupal Camp” isn’t about this... Mehr

Taking stock of what you know - May 2014 - Acquia Training Newsletter

In our monthly training newsletter I’ll present you with news and helpful links to Drupal tutorials. I keep on finding great tutorials I want to share, and tell you about all that’s going on with the training program. So please do Sign up to our training newsletter for notifications about webinars, freebies and tutorials.

It’s May, finally! At least where I am, the weather is warming up, the lambs are literally leaping in the fields, and the international DrupalCamp schedule is hotting up! I’m giving... Mehr

Lonestar PHP 2014

I had the privilege of attending Lonestar PHP 2014 in Addison, Texas a couple weekends ago. It was an amazing event full of amazing people and valuable sessions. For those of you who know me, I typically spend a lot of time in the hallways just talking with and meeting new people, however I did attempt to attend some sessions and the calibre of sessions being presented was ridiculously high. The PHP community that attends these events is really obviously close knit. It was a bit like going to a large regional Drupal event. People obviously knew each other, and had old conversations to pick up... 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.
From CDO to CEO: What’s Driving the Chief Digital Officer to CEO Career Path?
The facts are clear: An increasing number of Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) are being tapped to become CEOs.
Earlier this year, JB Perette, CDO of Discovery Communications, was appointed CEO of Discovery Networks International.
According to the new CDO Talent Map 2014, by CDO Club founder David Mathison, seven Chief... Mehr

Acquia drops non-compete clauses

In a world where innovation is only accelerating, shackling employees with non-competes doesn't make sense anymore. At Acquia, we believe that innovation is about openness and collaboration, and that working together is based on trust and loyalty, something that was born out of our Open Source background. It's been a long time coming but we decided to kill our non-competes. It is the right thing to do. Here is what we just sent to all Acquia employees:

From: Tom Erickson <tom@acquia.com>
To: Everybody at Acquia
Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Acquians,

We... Mehr

Is Implementing Continuous Integration Worth It?

Cross-posted with permission from Promet Source
When you start addressing the topic of Continuous Integration (or CI for short) for the first time with an organization or project, there are often some typical questions that arise.
Do we really need to do this?
Isn't this going to be costly to do? Can we skip it?
Is it worth it for our type of project?
At Promet we work in the world of the open source Drupal platform, and I've had more than a few conversations with people at various... Mehr

A Beginner’s Guide to Distributions: A fast-track to Drupal development


In the next few weeks we’ll be featuring distributions which can give you a fast track to developing with Drupal. We’ll be introducing a new distribution each week until our webinar on May 28th, where my colleague Jakub Suchy will answer all your questions about using existing distributions or deciding when you should build your own.

Distro? What is this magic you speak of?

Imagine if someone would let you download a copy of their working site so you could reverse engineer it. What modules did they use? How did the implement layouts? How did they model content types? You could get lots... Mehr

This week in Drupal Core - April 30th 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
This week saw the release of Drupal 8 alpha 11 and two major patches - one adding PSR-4 autoloading support and another containing the Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migration path.
The PSR-4 patch added PSR-4 support alongside PSR-0 but it is planned to remove PSR-0 support for module classes before the first beta. We will continue to support PSR-0 for external libraries provided by modules. For more information read the change record.
The Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migrate path was a huge patch, congratulations to all those involved.... Mehr

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