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Ok. We’re Responsive... Now What?

I was a little surprised at how dominant the topic of responsive design was at last week’s EduWeb Conference in Boston. By all accounts, it was a great conference. A wide breadth of institutions provided many perspectives and the quality of the presentations and interactions was as good as any other higher education conference that I have been to.
But still, talk of responsive design – of what it is and how to achieve it - was everywhere. In fact, it was so prevalent throughout presentations and discussions that I was caught a... Plus

Following the Sun, Ops Team Keeps the Lights on for Client’s Big Media Push

(Part 1 of "The Adventures of the Acquia Cloud Ops Team" blog series)
You’re in your office, feet up on your desk bathed in the luminescent glow of your multiple large screen monitors. You’re feeling good because your site is going to be getting some great media coverage, and you and your team have prepped for this based on all the projections provided by your Marketing team plus a bit of a buffer. And then...
Your manager comes racing in saying that the analytics are showing the site traffic numbers are way beyond what Marketing had predicted. “How are we holding up?” he asks. Panicked,... Plus

Drupal 8: Configuration Performance Management

(Part 2 of the "Site Performance with Drupal 8" blog series). Just getting started? Check out Part 1
(This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.)
Drupal sites are all about content, but the site itself is more than just the code and the data it stores. The difference between production and staging isn't just which database to point it: It's the entire configuration. Storing, updating, and accessing this configuration is a big part of what Drupal does. Each module needs to read a different... Plus

Financial Services emerge into a new agile era with blessing for AWS

Heralding a new age in technology use, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has cleared Amazon Web Services for adoption in the Netherlands’ financial sector. But, they haven’t just opened the doors to direct use – they have also sanctioned services built and delivered on AWS by third party suppliers. Suddenly these organisations have access to the vast ecosystem of solutions and suppliers that... Plus

Drupal & MySQL - an open source history

(The below blog is part of the Drupal Meets MySQL blog series by Michael Benshoof, MySQL Consultant @ Percona and Andrew Kenney, VP Platform Engineering @ Acquia)
Together, Drupal and MySQL run some of the largest websites on the planet. Both are renowned for having thriving developer and user communities. But how did they get this way, and what does the future hold? In this series we'll cover the history of these great open source projects, how they work seamlessly together and how best to leverage them in the cloud.
In the late 90s the... Plus

Drupal Digital Experiences and the best module ever - Meet Kevin Hankens


Kevin Hankens, Acquia Engineer, discovered Drupal 5 when he was looking to build a highly personalized eCommerce visitor experience for his then-employer's website. I was fascinated to hear an origin story of the very beginnings of the sorts of digital experiences everyone is talking about today* (see below), 6 years later.

In this interview from March, 2013, Kevin and I also talk about the evolution of Drupal from developer-oriented platform to a more user-friendly experience over the last couple of releases; how Kevin joined then left... Plus

Why are Mid-Market Companies Still Looking at Adobe Experience Manager?

Since joining Acquia, I’ve been taking a close look at opportunities where we're competing against proprietary content management systems, often Adobe Enterprise Manager (aka CQ 5) and sometimes Sitecore.
While Acquia competes with Adobe and Sitecore across a variety of companies - from the largest in the world to smaller higher education institutions and non-profits - I’m most surprised when I see so-called “mid-market” prospects looking at Adobe CQ. Defining mid-market is a bit tricky, but I’ll default to Wikipedia, which... Plus

Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Many organizations have long had the need to maintain multiple websites as part of their digital marketing and enablement efforts. But when the number of sites tallied across different products and services, geographic regions, departments, and clients for just a single organization grows into the hundreds or thousands, it's easy to see why managing all of these sites with agility, velocity and freedom has long been elusive.
Last week, Acquia announced the availability of the "Acquia Cloud Site Factory". I wanted to give a bit more background on this new product and possibly discuss it in the... Plus

Why did we redesign the blog on Acquia.com?

As the business grows your site should grow with you. We recently redesigned the homepage of acquia.com and now it was time to update our blog section. Our old design had a featured blog section that highlighted 3 blog posts. Sometimes the same post showed in 2 of the 3 spots and this featured section showed on every page of the blog. It was hard to find anything other than the featured articles. We decided with the new blog we would keep the 3 featured spots but make sure... Plus

The Future of Marketing: It’s All in the Numbers

I heard the number over my morning latte: $35.1 billion. Billion. Big number? Sort of.
That’s the value of the merger between advertising mega-agencies Omnicom and Publicis announced Sunday. It’s the total valuation of the two companies.
Sounds big, doesn’t it. Now consider this: In a single year, Google brought in $50 billion in advertising revenue. By contrast, the two agencies only brought in a combined total of $22.7... Plus

Code Review with Pull requests

“You say Pull Requests! I say Streamlined Code Reviews! ???”
Code Reviews – Hmm... The Hoopla!!!
Every development team knows how absolutely essential and remarkably significant code reviews are to the quality of code that is delivered. Yet, code reviews can be reminiscent to many developers of commotion, hassles, bugs, lack of accountability; just to name a few! Most teams, as efficient as they claim to be always plead guilty in this regard. Sounds strange, yet painfully true! Wonder Why?
Code Reviews, when streamlined can be a boon to development teams. Even the best developer out there... Plus

A Drupal Dev Workflow for everyone: git flow, or just your flow

When it comes to building Drupal sites with a team of developers, there's perhaps nothing more important than establishing a productive workflow. Conferences are buzzing with talk of Continuous Integration, DevOps, Deployments and everything of the sort, and that's because as project sizes grow, these topics become central to the question of building great websites.
But what is the best way to turn your development team into a well oiled deployment machine? Unfortunately, I can't prescribe that for you, because your development workflow needs to fit your own needs, not mine. But what I can do... Plus

Twin Cities Drupal Camp accessibility testing, discussions and sprinting

Usability and accessibility testing
On Friday, July 19th, 2013, two usability tests were conducted in the labs of the University of Minnesota. We set up the tests with the intent of establishing the usability of the content creation experience. Two participants, one blind and one sighted, attempted to create an article node. The testing script is available publicly and open for comment.
Special thanks to... Plus

The power of PHP - Meet Michelangelo van Dam


In our first "video podcast", I recently spoke with prominent PHP developer Michelangelo van Dam (aka @DragonBe) about PHP, its history, current trends toward convergence and compatibility, use in the enterprise, and where Drupal fits in the picture. This conversation is a follow-up to Michelangelo's guest blogpost on Acquia.com: "The power of PHP: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital".

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The evolution of the toolbar; Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

Blog series: #1 of 5.
As we saw in Dries’ keynote in Portland there’s a new toolbar in Drupal 8 that looks—and works—quite different to the one in Drupal 7. This series will give some history on how the new toolbar came to be as well as some of the design thinking behind it and how it can be used and extended by content authors, site builders, themers, and module developers.
Why did we need to change the toolbar?
The Drupal 7 toolbar was a big improvement over what we had in Drupal 6 but just in the short few years since it’s introduction the whole landscape of front-end design has changed... Plus

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