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Complying with Open Gov: The November Deadlines - Part 2

(Part 3 of the "Open Gov" blog series)
In the previous post in this series, we talked about the activities necessary to fulfill the minimum requirements for the first two implementation steps due in November. At the time I wrote that post, the plan for this post was to discuss the last two implementation step for the November deadline. In the interim, though, there have been some changes.
First, and most importantly, the deadline is November 1, 2013, not November 5 as I had previously stated.
Second, the much... Plus

Getting your site ready for Drupal 8

Note: Last update April 28, 2014
The drumbeat has started. On an almost daily basis, I'm asked How do I get my site ready for Drupal 8? Here is my best answer. If you go dutifully through this list, your site will be in peak condition when Drupal 8 is released.
Start giving your administrators a taste of D8 now
Significant parts of Drupal 8 are already available for Drupal 7. These modules are not quite as strong as their D8 counterparts, but they are a great investment you can make today.
Get your admins excited about their future by... Plus

Live Drupal 8 Video Panel, Aug. 22, 2013


On Thursday, August 22nd, I will be talking with Drupal core contributors Larry Garfield and Kris Vanderwater in a live, recorded Hangout on Air.

We will cover "Getting off the Island" and learning from other projects and technologies, the state-of-play in the Drupal 8 release cycle, the integration and use of the Symfony framework components, new development techniques, and more.

Join us for this... Plus

Why Online Business Communities Matter for You

Remember when someone first said, “your business needs to be on the Internet?” and you dismissed them because it didn’t seem to be critical? Now having a website is the equivalent to being listed in the yellow pages 30 years ago. More recently came the clamor of “you need to be on social media.” Each evolution engendered skeptics but a few took advantage of the new opportunity to gain a larger share of their market – whether that be customers for consumer companies, donors for non-profits or constituents for government agencies.
Today, most businesses connect with customers, employees,... Plus

The Case Against the Marketing Cloud

The Marketing Cloud. A one-stop-shop for CMOs. Everything you need to create, manage, and execute marketing campaigns. Web. Social. Email. Mobile. Analytics. Targeting. From a single vendor. All in one easy-to-buy package.
Adobe’s got one: “Adobe Marketing Cloud. All the solutions marketers need. All from Adobe.”
So does Salesforce.com: “Salesforce Marketing Cloud is a comprehensive solution that takes social marketing to the next level.
Oracle has one: “Execute consistent, integrated social marketing strategies across your global brands”
Even HP/Autonomy has one: “Autonomy Marketing Cloud,... Plus

What are Your 5 Guiding IT Principles?

Higher education IT organizations today face two major challenges: They must manage through day-to-day hurdles while also preparing for the technology challenges – and opportunities – of tomorrow. At our EDU Meetup earlier this month in Washington D.C. (http://higheredmeetupdc.drupalgardens.com/#), Georgetown University not only played the role of gracious host but also opened up the forum by highlighting the five guiding principles by which it manages its technology strategy to meet these dual challenges.
“Open Source” is... Plus

Commons 3.3: Brought to you by the GRAMMY Awards & the Drupal Community

We're excited to announce the release of Drupal Commons 3.3 with several great new features and usability improvements sponsored by The Recording Academy, presenter of the annual GRAMMY awards.
Drupal Commons is Acquia's social business software that makes it easy to start a collaborative community website. Drupal Commons has no license fees, is 100 percent open source, and competes directly with software from... Plus

Drupal 8: Building Twig Performance

(This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.)
There's been a lot of excitement over Drupal 8's switch to Twig, a modern templating engine written in object oriented PHP code, but the process of making the switch happen has been an adventure on its own. The plan to adopt Twig required abandoning PHPTemplate completely, which is a mammoth undertaking requiring converting every Drupal 8 core template and theme function to a Twig equivalent. Even with a feature... Plus

5 Steps to Success for Surviving Digital Disruption

Remember when you had to go the video store to rent or buy your favorite flick? How about having to go to the store to pick up that last minute gift during the holidays? What about only communicating with friends and family via snail-mail and email?
The advent of the World Wide Web has resulted in a new Digital Age that has connected most of the world -- and in real time. Because we are linked together in this new way, individuals, organizations and companies are constantly finding better ways to do things digitally, replacing the old standards. Often this digital reinvention even saves you... Plus

Why should I go to DrupalCon? - The benefits of being there


I had the tables turned on me at DrupalCon Portland and got interviewed by Ray Saltini from Blink Reaction. He asked me some great questions about Drupal, and especially why you should come to Drupal community events like DrupalCon.

Take six minutes out of your day and learn:

How spending time in person helps long-distance collaboration, and cooperation later.

Who comes to DrupalCon and why. Why you should come to DrupalCon.

Why you should... Plus

Complying with Open Gov: The November Deadlines

(Part 2 of the "Open Gov" blog series)
Federal agencies are currently wrestling with determining what they must do to comply with the White House’s Executive Order on open data. Until something more definitive is published, the best guidance might come from the Implementation Guide page on Project Open Data.
The guide lists eight steps with minimum... Plus

The Wisdom of Crowds and The Open Source Way


What do high-speed rail, ash tree dieback, and changing world demographics have in common?
These are just three projects that are actively harnessing what James Surowiecki refers to as, The Wisdom of Crowds.
Open Source Design
Let’s start with Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal for high-speed public transportation. Musk has taken an incubator approach, with Telsa and SpaceX staff involved in... Plus

Low-cost Drupal website brings high-end rewards for Kansas City non-profit

The journey from a dimly lit photo of a young woman with a blank stare to the smiling young man at the top of the homepage is a metaphor for the hope that Higher M-Pact brings to troubled teens, but also mirrors the journey of Higher M-Pact’s online presence.
Higher M-Pact’s website enables visitors to learn how the non-profit helps high-risk urban youths strive for a better future. They did this by intervening sooner rather than later with these youths to motivate, engage and inspire. Obstacles are turned into opportunities, and a... Plus

What does the White House's Executive Order mean for Open Government?

(Part 1 of the "Open Gov" blog series)
The White House's Executive Order of May 9, will cause a shift in the way that Federal agencies present data. The Executive Order, “Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information,” mandates that, “the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable.”
So what does this mean for Federal agencies? Well, that’s a bit... Plus

Acquia a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management


Last week, Gartner unveiled the 2013 edition of its yearly Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Gartner Magic Quadrants are evaluations of vendors in a specific market. As a refresher, Gartner looks at WCM vendors against two sets of criteria:

Ability to Execute measures how well a vendor sells and supports its WCM products and services globally.

Completeness of Vision focuses on the vendor's potential and points to its future chance of success.

Gartner continues to evaluate this market based on the vendor’s ability to meet the changing needs of companies... Plus

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