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Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

In order to create a great digital experience today, a brand must remain in step with consumer expectations and one step ahead of the competition. Constant innovation is essential to take advantage of the opportunities for successfully disrupting an established market, as well as to mount a defense against others disrupting your business.
We'll be sharing a weekly roundup of some of the highlights from DigitalDisruption.com as the staff of this recently launched site follows the rapid changes that are affecting how we all do... Plus

This week in Drupal Core: November 6, 2013

What's new with Drupal 8?
Greetings. For any of you who celebrated Halloween, Dia de Muertos, All Souls' Day, Samhain, or any other holiday marking the halfway point between equinox and solstice or between the material and spirit worlds, we hope you enjoyed your festivities and reflections. Drupal.org itself observed the event by dying for a day on October 31, and coming back to life as a Drupal 7 website on November 1. Thank you to everyone who contributed to... Plus

Meet Top Shelf Modules - Part 1


Part 1: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part one, we go over the concept behind TSM, the quality and challenges in the Drupal contrib. module space, Drupal 8 and why it is time to upgrade your modules now (!). In part two, we... Plus

How Timbre Disrupts Your Local Concert Market

Posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com
For the average concert-goer, there are more events than one can wrap one’s head around. It’s hard to keep track of who’s coming to town, what merits your attention, and what’s ultimately worth your commitment (and hard-earned greenbacks). On the flip side, artists struggle to get their name out, despite the Internet’s ability to democratize access. The fight to own record store shelf space is over; now, artists largely host their music online. But capturing and motivating an ever... Plus

Healthcare.gov & Why Enterprise IT Projects Keep Failing

You would have to be living on another planet to not to have heard about the failures of the healthcare.gov site. It seems like every day, there's another high profile failure, where the site doesn't work, or its hosting servers go down. It's been great fodder for late night comedians. Last weekend, even Saturday Night Live got in on the action. My favorite two quotes from the skit:
“A lot of folks have been talking about our new healthcare enrollment site, how it’s been... Plus

Building an A+ Responsive Drupal Site for the Shared Value Initiative

Cross-posted from the Genuine Interactive Blog
The Shared Value Initiative is a global community of practice committed to driving adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies, civil society and government organizations. Launched by FSG Founders, Mark R. Kramer and Harvard Business School Professor, Michael E. Porter, this initiative is being promoted beyond word of mouth and global events. FSG approached Genuine to build a website for Shared Value... Plus

Meet Google Glass Explorer Don Schwartz

Posted with permission from DigitalDisruption.com
I met Don Schwartz, New England area Google Glass Explorer, at Tech in Motion's recent "Wearable Technology Mixer" at the Baseball Tavern in Boston. Schwartz and I discussed Google Glass and the ways its augmented reality is a key disruptor in the digital space.

1) Tell me about yourself, how you came to become a Google Glass tester, and what kinds of things you do with it.
In February, I responded to the Google challenge, "If I had Glass... " My response: If I had glass I would... Plus

Building websites and Mountain Climbing – views from the Summit with Drupal

In today’s information saturated marketplace, content is king. Every organization from the largest Fortune-listed to the small “mom and pop shops” need to deliver up-to-date information to their customers and employees. Like any endeavor, the right tools define how successful the process will be. It is also a team effort between business leaders working with users to understand their needs providing direction to content creators who produce relevant content and that flow back to the business leaders for publishing. Building, maintaining and utilizing are not a job for a few dedicated people... Plus

Come to Drupal South 2014 - Unlikely Hero! - Meet Josh Waihi


In this podcast, I have a chat about Drupal with Josh Waihi, Enterprise Architect for Catalyst IT, and also find out why you should attend Drupal South in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2014 if you possibly can (Submit your session proposals now!)

Amazing news, hurray! – Since this podcast was recorded at the DrupalCon Prague sprints on September 27th (hence our scratchy voices in the conversation), the Drupal South team... Plus

Healing HealthCare.gov

While some have been successful in signing up for health care on healthcare.gov, many others have been frustrated, and citizens and the media continue to raise complaints and frustrations about this poorly functioning website.
With the President of the United States making national news statements about The Affordable Care Act being “more than just a website” and promising to resolve the issue, the question remains: How can we heal HealthCare.gov? And importantly, how long will that take?
It’s important to note that technology projects of this scale are complex to say the least.
So, what... Plus

This (two!) weeks in Drupal Core: October 30, 2013

What's new with Drupal 8?
Greetings! We took a week off last week to attend BADCamp. There was sprinting-o-plenty, as well as tons of sessions on Drupal 8.
Photo credit: Amazee Labs
In the meantime, a lovely new Drupal 8 landing page has launched, which includes a list of major new features, information about the current state of the release, and a nice, big, green, demo button!... Plus

A Tale of Two Roadmaps: Drupal vs Jive

During the era before the marketplace began moving at lightspeed, having a “roadmap” laying out the coming features offered by a software vendor was seen as a plus. Knowing what to expect and when was a comfort. Today, being confined to a roadmap is like being in a straightjacket, prevented from moving and pivoting with rapid market demands. It’s ok if there a roadmap, but the roadmap has to be mine, not the vendor’s.
The limitations and constraints presented by a proprietary vendor’s roadmap came to mind last week as I read about a Jive Software product announcement in an industry... Plus

See What's Trending on Acquia.com; It May Surprise You

Having run websites for more than a few years, it’s always interesting to see what content is trending on your website. As marketers, we tend to get stuck on what’s coming next. If something has been out there for a few weeks or months, it’s old and we forget about it. This isn’t always the case for our end users and content readers, or for how our content is served on search engines. Seeing what is trending will tell you what is relevant and trending doesn’t always equal your most recent posts.
Recorded webinars for Acquia are videos on-demand of our thought leadership content. We create... Plus

Bridge the gap between Drupal & Non-Drupal content using RDFa/Semantic Data

Problem at hand!
Search is a hard thing to achieve, it really is. Let me show this by using an example of a restaurant chain that wants to add Drupal as their homepage of their whole chain. Of course, like many other organizations they do not only have Drupal running but also a subset of other web frameworks of open and closed source systems.
Now, they want Drupal to become the front-page of all that content, but would you want to migrate all of this content in Drupal just so it becomes navigable so the Drupal site could redirect all content to the right site?
If we want a generic search... Plus

To Succeed in the Digital Wilds, Beware of the Zombies

The zombies are running faster. It's true. If you look at the speed at which zombies run in TV and movies over the past 20 years, they're getting faster. And according to Tim Walters and Robert Rose, the speed at which consumers demand information is increasing at the same rate as the speed of the zombies.
Walters and Rose used this fantastic analogy at last week's Inbound Marketing Summit in Boston during their keynote, titled, “World War C: How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Fast Moving Consumers." I’ve been inspired to build on this comparison. Even though I don’t have the slides of... Plus

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