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Global Companies Can’t Afford Not to Integrate Their Content Workflow

There’s a new truth when it comes to content: Integrate or drown. As more companies go global, social and mobile, the amount of web content they must deal with multiplies exponentially. In order to stay productive (and sane), marketers and others who deal with content must streamline their workflow. Given the volume of both consumer and business apps used in the enterprise today, the only way to streamline is to integrate. Streamlined workflows don’t happen naturally. In fact, the world seems to conspire against them. From social media channels to mobile apps, cloud storage to CRM, every new... Plus

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. Big Data and the Soles of Your Shoes There has been significant ink killed in the name of Big Data over the last few years. Much of that slaughter is justified; Big Data represents a massive generational shift in the way we think about data and its impact on every aspect of our personal and professional lives. But I don’t think people really get it. Big Data is too big and too abstract for most... Plus

Acquia retrospective 2013

Topic: DrupalAcquiaBusinessAs is now a tradition, here is my annual Acquia retrospective. Time to look back at 2013. In your life, you only get an opportunity to do so many things, so you have to focus on doing things that matter. I'm fortunate that Drupal and... Plus

Using Drupal To Build an Integrated Digital Engagement Platform

Cross-posted with permission for OHO.com Last year OHO was recognized for our deep Drupal expertise and was tapped to build a complex integrated digital engagement platform for the Romney for President campaign. This Drupal-based platform included a content publishing platform, a lead generation engine, a transaction processing server, email and social media integration, and more. The engagement platform included many best-in-class solutions that, when integrated, worked as one to... Plus

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+ 2013 User Videos If you are a regular user and frequent photo/video uploader on Google Plus, then chances are you received a little present for the holiday. The Google Auto Awesome system has built compilation videos from selected photos in each user's stream. Glass explorer Don Schwartz's just happened to be mostly #throughglass or of Glass and include many first time sightings of Glass... Plus

Champagne Wishes & Inbound Business Dreams - 2014 is Here!

Happy New Year! 'Tis season of perpetual hope, setting your annual resolutions, and lowering your gym's CPD (Cost-Per-Day). It's also the time of year where college seniors start the daunting task of figuring out exactly what it is they want to be when they "grow up." As my parents once said, "The party's over." Whether you're a student yourself, a parent motivating your kid(s), or even the fun aunt/uncle, we've got you covered. HubSpot is hosting an exclusive, one-day event for college seniors: Inbound Business Bootcamp... Plus

And now appearing on G-Cloud!

Acquia services are now available on G-Cloud. And we’re excited. It got me thinking how far we’ve come in many ways. But how long is the journey before the provisioning of cloud services within the public sector is as slick as it should be and creates the transformation that everyone wants to see? The concept of G-Cloud is great and it’s working – the total spend through the CloudStore reached £77.8 million1 by the end of November 2013 with £10.5m recorded in that month alone. Transactions... Plus

When do we Reach the Tipping Point?

Malcolm Gladwell’s 2000 best seller The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference describes how certain “ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses” throughout our society and how they take hold and transform the world around us. These phenomena happen without much forewarning and can be difficult to see as they’re taking place and even difficult to comprehend when trying to understand them in retrospect. Why, for example, did Hush Puppy go from selling only 30,000 pairs of shoes in the early 1990’s, after a steady decades-long decrease, to nearly 2... Plus

IT Charts 'Cloud First' Route to Success

When a company is considering a new venture, where does it turn to find exactly the right combination of cloud services to make the project happen efficiently and economically? Mark Weinstein believes the call should go to the IT department. Weinstein is a "fractional CIO" who after working for more than 30 years for a variety of large financial firms, now acts as an advisor to smaller companies, helping them optimize the management of technology. As the cloud era unfolds, Weinstein thinks that IT professionals should be segueing into professional buyers of services: from cloud services, to... Plus

Making Agile More Flexible for Better Project Results

Over the past few years, many large enterprises have adopted agile methodologies such as Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Kanban into their software development project management toolkits. Business leaders seem to resonate with the principles listed in the agile manifesto, such as welcoming changing requirements and... Plus

Data Brightens Scrooge’s Future in Digital Christmas Carol

Everyone knows Charles Dickens’ famous tale, “A Christmas Carol.” Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, cold-hearted loan origination banker, all consumed with his business on Christmas Eve. Scrooge's former partner, Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years, visits him in the form of a ghost. Marley's spirit has been wandering as punishment for being constantly preoccupied with the minutia of his business rather than engaging his stakeholders while alive. He has come to warn Scrooge, whom he sees going down the same unfortunate path. Three spirits will visit, he tells Scrooge. But what does... Plus

IT Embraces Cloud Apps to Improve Workflow

One member of the team wants to write and edit the plan as a Google Doc. Another has an outline in an iPad app. A third has notes in Evernote. And the presentation event will be hosted on Eventbrite. Not only is everyone bringing their own device -- BYOD -- but they are making their own deals with cloud-based services. Multiple applications featuring their own cloud appear to be cutting IT staffs out of the loop, but in fact, analysts say, all this new free-agency has created opportunities for more efficient, and more economical work processes. As a result, Forrester analyst John Rakowski has... Plus

The Year That Followed The Year of the MOOC

My position on MOOCs is a confused one. I believe that the current higher education model in the United States, with its high costs and questionable outcomes, is unsustainable. But at the same time I recognize that the industry has been criticized with high costs and questionable outcomes for years, if not decades, and it has continued to steamroll ahead as if untethered by any identifiable laws of physics or rationality. I also believe in disruptive business models and adhere to the tenant that innovation drives progress. So MOOCs, with disruption at their core and their “inside out”... Plus

2013 Year in Review: The Acquia Blog

For Acquia, 2013 has been a great year. We were named as the "Fastest Growing Private Company in North America" by Deloitte and a leader in Forrester's Social Platforms Wave. Another mark of Acquia's growth and success in 2013 has been the growing participation in our blog. Our partners, employees, along with many other members of the Drupal community, have taken part in many great... Plus

Acquia's Most Important 3 C's: Customers, Community, and Colleagues

Today marks my one year anniversary of joining Acquia. Has it really been 12 months? 2013 was certainly a huge year for me personally (having a baby!) and professionally, joining one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. Some of my favorite moments of 2013 include: Acquia's recognition as the fastest growing private... Plus

(Sadly) Not Even Higher Education is Immune to FUD

Acquia CMO Tom Wentworth’s recent post about the unimaginative use of stale FUD by proprietary CMS vendors who try to spook buyers away from open source content management systems was spot on. Not only does this negative message cast doubt on the messenger, but the criticisms of open source are tired and false. They are indeed very 2005 and most competitors have long since moved on. So imagine my surprise when a client forwarded me a white paper issued by a relatively well-known... Plus

5 Strategies to Close the Content, Commerce Gap

The secret is out: Great content drives commerce engagement. However, creating an easy handoff between the content experience and the purchase experience remains a mystery for most. To fully integrate these two experiences, retailers and brands will need to look at technology and far beyond. I recently published an eBook that provides a path forward: 5 Strategies for Closing the Content and Commerce Gap. Here’s a quick recap of the 5 Strategies: 1. Reorganize your marketing and merchandising functions. Separate... Plus

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 5: Evaluating Applicants

Entire books have been written about hiring practices, and methods for evaluating candidates. At the end of the day, there are some core steps key to building a great team. This post focuses on the the fifth and final step: evaluating the Drupal-specific aspects of an applicant's qualifications. Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles Step 2: Define your requirements... Plus

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. Red Hat CEO: Open Source Spurs User-Driven Innovation It’s not just that open source enables innovation, it’s that “innovation happens first with open source.” This was the observation of Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst at North Bridge Venture Partners’ recent “Startup Secrets” event in Boston.... Plus

Proprietary CMS Vendors: 2005 Called, and it wants its Open Source FUD Back

Today I came across a new infographic from nonlinear creations, which compares open source and proprietary CMSs. nonlinear creations is a digital agency who does lots of CMS implementations, mostly in Sitecore. It's another attempt by a proprietary vendor and its partners to discredit open source using FUD. What's FUD you ask? Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is a tactic used in... Plus

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 4: Posting Jobs

After you’ve worked hard on defining your requirements and writing your job description, the next thing you want to do is get that posted in as many places as possible where it can be seen by your job seeker. In this series, we're outlining a 5-step strategy for building a great Drupal team. In this step, we’ll focus on getting your job posting seen. Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles... Plus

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 3: Widening Your Net

In our previous blog post, we focused on defining your requirements  to help you prepare your job description. To attract the right candidate, you’ll also include the qualifications you require and find ways to portray your company culture. In the third post in the series, we’re emphasizing ways to widen your net and increase your chances of attracting the best candidates in these 5 steps:... Plus

Cloud Shifts IT Focus to Business Strategy

As cloud hosting has become part of the technology landscape, offsite technical expertise also has become the norm. This has changed the game for IT, greatly simplifying the configuration, operation, and support a company's technology infrastructure. "Acquiring and implementing technology is no longer the secret sauce of IT," admits Tom Catalini, the chief information officer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Yet, to Catalini, these are positive developments. "IT pros have a much better opportunity to really engage in the business now," he says. Catalini, president of the Boston Society... Plus

Financial Services Adapt to Challenges, Advantages of Digital Marketplace

It’s no secret that a global shift is taking place in corporate cultures due to the change in the way brands tell their stories through various digital channels. In the financial services industry, we are starting to see this shift take place in real time due to the way digital media and social are entrenching themselves into each brand. In order to keep up with this rapid change of innovation, a brand and its story needs to be visible through all platforms. This includes the ability to connect with customers across the globe. Financial Services companies can now attract and convert a new... Plus

Microsoft Takes a Page from Apple

Cross-posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com Over the weekend I made an effort to evade the New England cold and pop into the mall to do some pre-holiday shopping. As I walked past the Apple store, I saw exactly what I had expected: an array iPhone 5C's and 5S's in the window, illuminated by glowing lights that formed a snowflake. I expected nothing less from the brand that truly integrates content, community and commerce. Delivering this integrated experience is what makes the Apple Store work so well. The products, the... Plus

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