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Building a great remote team, helping clients & giving back


The European Acquia Global Support team had an onsite week in Reading the week after Drupal Camp London 2015. I got the chance to see a number of them there and sit down with two of my friends from "Supporta!"–Daniel Blomqvist and Henk Beld. We talked about remote teams and helping others succeed with Drupal, while also paying it back/forward by sharing and teaching what they learn and what they know.

Making a global team a team

Daniel and Henk shared some of the things they do and use on a daily basis to keep a "follow the sun"... Plus

Security in the Cloud: Why Open Source is the Best Choice

This is the first of a series of security-related postings, which Acquia will compile into a free ebook. In this entry, we’ll look at the perennial question: Is Open Source software inherently more secure than commercial closed-source software?
Securing applications is an ongoing process. It’s a continuum that requires vigilance.
Application security begins during the requirements analysis stage of the Software Development Lifecycle, and must be nurtured throughout the life of the application to be successful.
With Drupal properly configured and managed, it is as secure and reliable as any... Plus

Understanding the Data Behind Personalization

If you want to increase online conversions and customer loyalty, you have to get a clear handle on your target market: who they are and what they want. And the best way to do that is by collecting the relevant data to personalize the buying experience. Having up-to-date demographic, psychographic, and behavioral data will help you send consumers valuable content, do more effective A/B testing, improve click-through rates,... Plus

Une transformation digitale réussie? DSI et Business doivent être en phase

Une organisation doit exploiter les technologies et les stratégies pour transformer son activité et progresser rapidement dans un monde « digital-first ».
Si vous vous êtes bien engagé sur cette voie, vous êtes prêt à donner du pouvoir à vos clients et à leur délivrer des expériences digitales personnalisées sur les plateformes web, mobiles, sociales et de commerce. Vous avez adopté un état d’esprit « guidé par le client ».
Cela signifie également que vous avez la chance d’appliquer les technologies digitales pour rendre plus efficace votre fonctionnement aux niveaux vente, marketing, service... Plus

Four Final Questions You Should Ask Your Drupal Cloud Provider


You know how when you're buying a car, and the questions just keep on coming? And the salesperson keeps making roundtrips to the manager's desk?
It's kind of like that when you're considering where to host your website. There's always time for more questions. It's one less surprise later on.
That's why I keep adding to my list.
It started, you may recall, with just five questions. A week later, I added five more.... Plus

How will you tackle your many site problems?

As my colleague Martin Eley wrote about last week, it’s a reality of the digital age that large companies have many, many web sites. Several small companies do as well of course, but the ecosystem of web sites under a corporate umbrella explodes as companies grow and the brands they manage, the number of regions they operate in, and the number of customers they serve expands. And as companies with this predicament have found, having many sites creates “many site problems” and not solving these... Plus

Closing the Deal: What Matters Most in a Purchase Decision?

“So I buy it. The most perfect little cardigan in the world. People will call me the Girl in the Gray Cardigan. I’ll be able to live in it. Really, it’s an investment.”
~ Rebecca Bloomwood, Confessions of a Shopaholic
For Rebecca Bloomwood, the path from fauxsumer to consumer was short, nonexistent even. Every item was a necessity and credit card bills were something meant for the trashcan. For those of us who live in the real world, however, the decision to purchase anything typically requires much more... Plus

San Diego Meetup: Debunking the Myth of the Marketing Cloud


The world of marketing technology continues to expand. This rapid growth has led to fundamental shifts in how marketers do business. If you’re in the digital space at all, in order to remain successful, you need to embrace the latest innovations. This is why the best and brightest marketers from Acquia, DOMO, Tealium, Mirum and Qualcomm are coming together to discuss the... Plus

Build Your Drupal 8 Team - Skills for Tech, Non-Tech, and "Bridge" Members


Getting your hands on new technology is the best part of being a developer -- playing around with it, and trying out cutting-edge concepts is challenging.
But trying to meet deadlines with new tech, especially if you don't understand it fully? That can mean lots of late nights and weekend work when you'd rather be doing something else.
Fortunately, working with Drupal 8 builds on core skills your team already has. Augmenting their existing knowledge with additional skills to use the new functionality of Drupal 8 will help your team deliver that first project successfully.
The new release... Plus

Jumpstart Your Drupal Project with a Technical Project Manager


Is your Drupal project stalled?
Perhaps you don't know exactly what's wrong, but for some reason the project is just stuck.
You're eager to take the next step -- if only you knew what that was. If you find yourself in this situation often enough, you might want to consider hiring a technical project manager.
What is a Technical Project Manager?
Simply put, a technical project manager is your liaison between your technical team and the non-technical people you are working with. Technical managers are familiar with technical jargon and processes, and most importantly, they understand the... Plus

Certification for Drupal Site Builders now Available

The Acquia Certification Program published the new Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder exam this past March and is designed for professionals who build Drupal sites using core and contributed modules.
This test focuses on knowledge of Drupal 7 and topic areas including Drupal features, Content and User Management, Content Modeling, Site Display, Community and Contributed Projects, Module and Theme Management, Security and Performance.
There is a great new blog by Tanay Sai... Plus

Acquia Certified Grand Master 2015 now here!

The Acquia Certification Program has put in place a new credential, the Acquia Certified Grand Master 2015 certification.
To achieve this special recognition, and demonstrate that you are best of the best as a Drupal Developer, you need to pass the three Acquia Certified Developer exams over the 2014-15 calendar time period.
This means passing:... Plus

Selecting Drupal Modules: What Do You Need?


In a recent webinar one participant asked about inline images in Drupal 7. I pointed to a tutorial we have here on Acquia.com, and mentioned the "Insert" module.

That sparked another question: "The name Insert doesn't scream 'picture handling.' How can you find the right modules?"

Modules in Drupal (sometimes called "plugins" or "extensions" in other CMS's) extend the base functionality with contributed or custom code. The naming convention with Drupal modules is "short and sweet." This makes them easy to reference and... Plus

To Succeed Online You Must Now Manage Multiple Web Sites


Nearly every week I meet senior decision makers who worry about managing the multiple web sites that their organisation has. A growing number of these companies are delivering a portfolio of sites and microsites to reflect an assortment of brands and products.
The pressure is on. Last year, research from Accenture revealed that poor customer service in digital channels resulted in 53% of UK consumers switching brands in at least one industry.
The biggest headache organisations have is managing the proliferation of sites. How can they effectively manage multiple sites across numerous regions... Plus

WebscaleSQL Asks Oracle to Accept Their MySQL Code

The Percona Live MySQL Conference was held in the second week of April this year and a lot of sessions were focused on the upcoming MySQL 5.7 release.
The week before the conference, Oracle released MySQL 5.7.7 which has the Release Candidate status. Although they're not saying when the GA version will be released, it should definitely be before the end of the year. That said, there are still a lot companies out there that have not upgraded to MySQL 5.6, so adoption will be spread out. There are also a number of... Plus

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