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You can bet your career and company on open source - Meet Tom Wentworth


Acquia's Chief Marketing Officer Tom Wentworth is a great fit for a technology company. He has a computer science background and has been working with web content management since it was a concept. Tom wasn't interested in marketing until a few years ago, "What really got me excited about Marketing was seeing the intersection of marketing and technology, because technology is where my passion is."

This is part one of an interview recorded at Acquia headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts in March 2013.

Web 1.0

Tom's been around the... Plus

3 Government mobile websites worth visiting

One each at the Federal, State, and Local level:
FEMA - http://www.fema.gov
State of Georgia - http://georgia.gov
NYC MTA - http://apps.mta.info/traintime
enabling faster and more effective access for all citizens by incorporating both responsive design and native application techniques.
Additional (non government sites) worth... Plus

CMIS - mitigating integration risks for your content

While consolidation efforts help to lend sanity to an IT portfolio, it's rare that anyone is able to collapse things into a single, unified stack covering all scenarios. Instead options become codified using a number of "pre approved" product sets in various categories: a key one being DM & WCM.
Each permutation carries different costs with respect to licensing, operating, and integrating the underlying components. The last point can lead to many unknowns in a project plan - exactly why... Plus

Running eCommerce big data on PHP - meet @juokaz


In this interview from the Oregon Convention Center, where both DrupalCon and Symfony Live were taking place, Juozas "people call me Joe" Kaziukėnas talks about PHP's unique combination of ease of implementation, speed, and scalability.

Data science, competitive intelligence, and PHP

Joe is the CTO of E Revolution Ventures - an eCommerce company using PHP to run data-driven eCommerce and drive 25 million dollars of business a year, "and growing quickly": 3-year sales growth of 228%... Plus

Migrate 2.6 - UI changes

The Migrate module provides services for migrating data from various sources (other CMS frameworks, external web services, or other Drupal installations) into the local Drupal environment. It has been used to migrate sites such as The Economist, Examiner.com,... Plus

We hold these truths to be (not so) self-evident

With "the Cloud" stratified into rough categories of IaaS / PaaS / SaaS service models, it becomes increasingly apparent that not all application hosting options are created equal - especially when viewed from an O&M perspective:

Just as stepping into IaaS options, like AWS, enable you to
offload direct hardware purchases
and their associated maintenance
PaaS and SaaS offer additional benefits for the right use cases. In particular, with Drupal applications you have the following options:
Acquia Network... Plus

The Marketers' Case for Drupal

I was asked about a week before Drupal Camp Austin if I could fill in for Tom Wentworth presenting The Marketers' Case for Drupal. After a moment of excitement for travel to Austin TX I had a moment of panic, I have a week to pull together a presentation and I've never presented in front of a large audience before (outside of college). But, I said yes.
I started off by giving a quick background on me and how I found Drupal. Which is a cute story but you could listen to it in... Plus

The Battle for Brand Recognition in the Online Ed Market

Today, nearly 70 percent of chief academic leaders in the U.S. say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy. Norwich University, the country’s oldest military college, is among those vying for its share of the growing online education market.
Launched successfully in 1997, Norwich’s online graduate school came to face increasing competition from name brand schools. So OHO Interactive... Plus

Prague Demystified: Essential guide to the next Drupalcon capital

Prague - the capital of the Czech republic, an ancient city, one of the most beautiful in the world, a place that has caused political turmoil throughout centuries, mecca for on-the-budget bachelor parties, and the next venue for Drupalcon. What should you know, what should you try to see, and what to avoid?
Welcome to my guide to essential Prague - all the things that you should do, visit or try while in the Czech Republic. I would like to give you a perspective of someone born in the country and who has lived in Prague for over 7 years - and provide tips for some less traditional trips and... Plus

Why Steve Jobs Would Have Loved Drupal

I’m an unashamed Apple fanboy. I’ll resist the temptation to #humblebrag about all the Apple gear I’ve owned through the years. I worship at the altar of the late Steve Jobs, who while flawed, has inspired me through his relentless passion and creativity.
News of the paperback release of his autobiography in September reminded me of one of my favorite moments from his book:

I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but... Plus

Meet Balazs Dianiska: The “honorable” module and Drupal in the enterprise


Balazs Dianiska, Acquia Professional Services Consultant, has a lot of insight about the needs of enterprise businesses. Whenever he can, he shares that insight with the Drupal community at events and meet-ups.

Balazs, aka snufkin on Drupal.org credits entry his into Drupal to Angie "webchick" Byron: "She participated in the Google Summer of Code program," mentored by Robert Douglass, "and it became so popular,... Plus

Getting Started: Collaborative development with Git

This post is part of the "All you need to know to become a great Drupal developer" blog series.
Git is a version control system, like "track changes" for code. It's fast, powerful, and easy-to-use version control system. But the thing that's really special about Git is the way it empowers people to collaborate.
All the projects on drupal.org are stored in Git, and there are millions of public projects hosted by GitHub.com. Whether... Plus

Bringing Life to Human Rights Abuses with a Multi-functional Drupal Site

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) Film Festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.
HRW needed a multi-functional site to support their International Film Festival held in various cities across the globe. The information architecture and visual design was developed by a design agency in order to present festival information in a distinctive, location-centric manner - making each city’s page look and feel like a unique festival unto itself.... Plus

Drupal: A Global Army of Nerds


It's the DrupalCon Portland Floor Show! I went around the exhibitors' area and through the halls of the Oregon Convention Center asking two vital questions to our community:

What is your favorite thing about Drupal?

Why should other people come to DrupalCon?

This week's podcast is a selection of some of the answers I got and the conversations I had with (not nearly enough of) you wonderful Drupalists!

Drupal's new spokesman?

The answers of the Con, for me, came from Drew Jarvis of Sandstorm Design in Chicago. Picture him doing amazing yo-yo tricks during the... Plus

Notes from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 3 - Launching

Today we held Part 3 of our Drupal for Project Manager's course with Amye Scarvada @amye. We focused entirely on issues around launching. This is the project manager's opportunity to stave off any potential disasters at the point of going live. It's the project manager who can check that all considerations have been made, and even in some cases plan and test for rollback... *just* in case something goes pear-shaped.
(recording and presentation coming soon!)
Join next week for... Plus

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