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Distributions Summit in San Diego

The year is winding down and it was such a great year for Drupal! This was my first year with Acquia however it was not my first with Drupal. I worked with Drupal at OpenProj back in 2007 – it was a very active site with downloads exceeding 2 million. It has been a new and wonderful experience getting involved in the Drupal community through Acquia. In 2012, I look forward to actively contributing to the community and making an impact with Drupal Distributions. With that, my wish list for Distros in 2012 is quite long! I am excited to announce that we are going to... Plus

Drupal Training Down Under

PreviousNext is both an Acquia Enterprise Select Partner and an Acquia Training Partner. They are also the primary sponsor for the DrupalDownunder conference in Melbourne, Australia on January 14 & 15, 2012. (Yes, they are a busy and productive bunch!) DrupalDownunder is a community-driven event with presentations by a large range of developers and organisations using Drupal in Australia, and will certainly provide great value to those who attend.  ... Plus

uTest and Acquia Partner Up

Forbes writer, Tom Taulli, wrote: “Drupal is a powerful force in the tech world.” With more than two million downloads since its inception, we whole heartedly agree. Partnering with Acquia not only gives us the great opportunity to reach web developers all over the world, but it also offers us the chance to share our respective best practices and lessons learned in building world-class communities. Just as uTest taps into its community of software professionals to provide its customers with functional, usability, load and security testing, the Acquia Network draws from the collective... Plus

How to use Hello Drupal

By Heather James If you're running a business around Drupal services, giving talks and presentations is great way to highlight your own expertise and get the word out about Drupal. Preparation, however, takes time. We created "Hello Drupal" as a free hands-on session with materials and activities to help potential Drupal users and clients understand some fundamental concepts of Drupal. I used it on Saturday with 12 attendees at DrupalCamp Derry **, and it worked even better than the last time I... Plus

Dries & Drupal Training in India

Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal and the CTO of Acquia, is visiting India in November (from the 7th to the 11th). He will be joined by Ron Pruett, Acquia CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), and Jacob Singh (Acquia Senior Advisor). They will be visiting Delhi (7,8 Nov), Mumbai (9,10 Nov), and Hyderabad (11 Nov) to engage with the developer and business communities and to further the adoption of Drupal. In each city, DrupalCamps will happen at which Dries will speak. We encourage anyone local to these events to attend, and submit sessions!... Plus

Get compelling arguments for Drupal

How do you promote, use, and enjoy Drupal? When you tell people about it, what makes them pay attention? How do you communicate your successes to those who haven't discovered it? The Drupal Association wants to know. A few weeks ago we published five data sheets promoting Drupal in the Publishing, Education, Government, High-Tech, and Entertainment markets. Like many Drupalists, we kept running across great Drupal sites in these fields, but had a hard time remembering them when we wanted to show how wide Drupal adoption is. Seeing all those big... Plus

Why Publishers Should Care About Drupal

Acquia has published a white paper — Enterprise-Grade Web Publishing with Drupal — that focuses on the needs of professional publishers. While I’m the author and lead analyst, I crafted this report with help from many people in the Drupal community, particularly at Phase2 Technology, Palantir, and Acquia. For those of us who’ve tracked the rise of the web over the past decade, it comes as no surprise that the publishing industry is in an uproar. Publishing is now a democratic activity — anybody with a browser can... Plus

Free Drupal Training for Students

Acquia is pleased to announce three weeks of FREE Drupal training at our Burlington, MA headquarters. These weeks are September 26, November 14, and December 12 - with specific dates and times for courses below. The links for each course include basic information about what will be covered, prerequisites, and registration links. FREE Attendance at these courses is limited to current students and job-seekers. Acquia partners may also send trainees, and should email or call their Acquia contact for more information. These events are part of our commitment to increase Drupal skills throughout... Plus

The Industry Standard for Developer Communities: Commons

We're seeing a groundswell of technology brands migrate to the open source alternative - Drupal Commons for their Developer Communities. Technology companies are expert buyers of technology... and they're deploying Drupal and Acquia Commons for some very public applications. Many of the largest community sites in the Technology sector are powered by Drupal today, including: Twitter https://dev.twitter.com/ ebay/PayPal: https://www.x.com/ LinkedIn: https://developer.linkedin.com... Plus

Commons 2.0 and Contributing to the Drupal Community

This summer I worked at Acquia building status updates and activity streams in Drupal. The modules I developed became the centerpiece of Commons 2.0, which was released on August 31st. This new major version of Commons represents a giant leap forward in the world of social business software. It introduces a familiar, easy-to-use communication interface into a realm previously burdened by its focus on static documents. In this... Plus

Early Impressions of Acquia and Drupal

Hi there! My name is Gary Wu and I'm a recent addition to Acquia. I've just completed my second week as the new product manager for Drupal Gardens so I wanted to introduce myself to the Drupal-verse. As a newcomer to both Acquia and Drupal, the past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of learning for me so as part of my introduction, I thought I'd share some observations from my initial experiences with you so you can also get a sense of what Drupal and Acquia are about. First though, a little background about me: Prior to joining Acquia, I was the product manager for social collaboration... Plus

Acquia Drupal Training in India

This is a time of great global growth in the Acquia & Drupal training world. As Director of Learning Services, I get to work with Acquia partners around the world on the shared goal of training more Drupal developers, designers and users. On this, the eve of the London DrupalCon, where I'll be meeting some of our European partners face to face, I am pleased to share that our training efforts are reaching even further than Europe. Specifically, I am pleased and excited to announce the first public ... Plus

New video: The Acquia Story

Following on the heels of the video about pronouncing our name, we've released one that's more serious -- and that, I hope, will be useful to the Drupal community at large. It's the Acquia Story, three minutes that covers what Drupal is, who we are, what we offer, and how we engage with the community to grow the Drupal ecosystem. Once again, the magic of AFD Creative made this possible. They fashioned the narrative from a day's worth of interviews... Plus

Five data sheets for promoting Drupal

We at Acquia gain unusual and valuable insight into the Drupalsphere. Besides working with some of the community's most visible and active members, the experience of servicing over a thousand enterprise clients shows us just how grandly this platform we love has taken hold. We also have a crawler that tracks Drupal-based sites, which we've further categorized by vertical market, geographical location, and the like. We've given back some of this information in the form of our Drupal showcase;... Plus

How do you pronounce "Acquia"?

Hear people on the streets of Boston pronounce "Acquia", with Dries telling the story of how our name came to be, in this great video. To create it, social media maven Evan Duffy and interns EB Pruett and Livy Holmes went into downtown Boston with a Flip cam for the day. Then AFD Creative (which also created our intro animation) edited it down to the masterpiece you see now. Really, we don't care how you say it -- just that you call us for Drupal answers, tools, and... Plus

Changing how we share information - 140 characters at a time

Social networking has changed the way we communicate, connect, and learn. It allows us to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that we would not have been able to, because time and space make it impossible. Allowing individuals to gather and express themselves in a much more simple and immediate fashion, social media provides the capability to not only have the ability to share ideas and opinions, but also (if they wish) gain notoriety, and expand their influence. Twitter made an announcement on its... Plus

Buy Dev Cloud by the Month!

You can now buy Acquia Dev Cloud by the month! The response to Dev Cloud has been tremendous, and we wanted to make it even easier for you try out. Spin up a Drupal server of any size and get your site online in minutes using Acquia's professionally-tuned servers. We now also support Amazon's c1.medium instance type. The AWS medium instances offer the best performance for the money. Coupled with our built-in support for Varnish page caching, a fully-tuned Drupal stack including memcache, and your choice of Drupal distro, your site... Plus

Google Plus & Drupal = Done.

I love Google+. I know some people are underwhelmed from all the hype. But I like it. It may or may not be for the fact I have some abnormal dislike of Facebook (which I do). But I just think it's better. Easier to manage “circles” of all my different friends, family, co-workers, and strangers I meet in the street; easier to share photos (I already used Picasa); and just easier all around. It's the better way to social networking! Regardless of my opinion, here’s the... Plus

An island or an archipelago?

Is your social business software a point solution or an enterprise solution? An island or an archipelago? Is your community a bottle opener or a Swiss Army knife, a Kindle or an iPad? I think you get the message here. A one trick pony point solution is great at solving a short term need but will not meet your future UNKNOWN business requirements. If you are looking to future proof your investment in a community platform then its wise to consider the bigger picture now rather than later. Okay that’s kind of obvious and you’ve probably heard that pitch before, right? If its so obvious then why... Plus

Status Streams in Commons

At Enterprise 2.0 this week, Acquia demoed new status stream functionality that will be in the next version of Commons. The ability for users to post short updates to groups and users encourages new users to jump in and participate, provides a centralized space for ambient communication that doesn't need to crowd your inbox, and keeps users connected and engaged. It also represents a new frontier: where businesses previously had to choose between traditionally laborious... Plus

Drupal Commons is now Commons

Acquia’s social business software distribution, Drupal Commons has allowed many developers to build community sites easily with Drupal. This has always been one of the major goals of Drupal Commons – to help Drupal adoption by making it easy for people to create great community sites quickly without having to build from scratch. Drupal Commons has been very successful in doing this – so much so we are ready to take the next step. We are changing Drupal Commons to... Plus

Stop Thinking Open Source Can’t Be Full Service

STILL there is confusion out there around open source solutions. I was reading today’s great post by Caroline Dangson from the Dachis Group on “Building a Business Case for Customer Community," when one line derailed my concentration on the topic enough to make me write this. Caroline was outlining a great plan for building a detailed business case for customer communities, when I read this line in step 10: “Will... Plus

A writer joins Acquia

Today marks my first day as Acquia's Director of Content and Communications, although I've been following the company since its birth. I started using Drupal in late 2007 -- right around when Jay and Dries were founding the company -- to build a site that would promote a book that was soon to be published. That site launched within a month of Acquia's first hires, and the popularity of Drupal supported me to write several video courses for lynda.com,... Plus

What differentiates social business software platforms?

Frequently I hear people say the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software is ‘overcrowded’ and very little separates the vendors from each other. One reason is because the core capabilities of social business software, namely blogs, discussions, social networking, file sharing, etc. are becoming ‘commoditized’ (sorry Tony, I used B.S. word #4). They exist in all... Plus

Mr. Men and the Google Doodle

Guest blog post by Nancy Stango, CEO & Solution Architect, Blink Reaction. Mr. Tickle, Little Miss Sunshine, and Little Miss Naughty... do these names sound familiar? Even if not, you'd probably recognize Mr. Tickle's spaghetti-like arms and Little Miss Sunshine's big smile on her yellow body. These are the designs of Roger Hargreaves, whose 76th birthday was recently celebrated by "Google Doodles" of his lovable characters on google.com. In a global multi-doodle... Plus

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