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FedRAMP - one goal. multiple paths (but please, no hugging)

To paraphrase Matt Goodrich, it's past time to stop "hugging your server" and to start embracing the Cloud.
In the not too distant wake of this year's cancellation of DIA (DoDIIS), and despite seemingly never-ending budget concerns, attendance at the AWS Worldwide Public Sector Summit just two weeks ago was strong. In... Plus

Drupal 8 OOP benefit 1 of many: entity types

Many people, including me, have been blogging about Drupal 8 and its transition to object oriented programming. One question that comes up often is why?, given the extra layers of abstraction, complexity, and verbosity that often accompanies that. Dries wrote a post, answering that question at a high level. In this post, I want to quickly highlight one place, entity types, where the abstractions have what I think to be very obvious and impressive benefits. I... Plus

L'usines à sites selon Acquia

Comment permettre aux équipes marketing de lancer et de maintenir une multitude de sites web et d’expériences utilisateurs multi-canal pour mettre en œuvre efficacement leurs stratégies digitales ? La majorité des entreprises internationales doit répondre à ce défi majeur.
Avec un large catalogue de produits, des services en constante évolution, une présence à l’international, des sites e-commerce, des campagnes marketing, etc, le nombre de sites à gérer peut très vite dépasser la centaine. Sans une plateforme digitale adaptée, une telle gestion multi-sites, multilingue, et multicanal... Plus

This Week in Drupal Core: September 18, 2013

"Cross Posted from Drupal.org"
Welcome to the inaugural entry in the "This Week in Drupal Core" series, which aims to highlight cool happenings in and around Drupal core for people who don't have their home pages set to http://drupal.org/project/issues/user (as shocking as it may be to hear, apparently these people exist ;)).
Overall, energy in the core queue has largely been spent around readying things for DrupalCon Prague (in just a few short days,... Plus

Drupal 8, iOS 7, and Disruptive Innovation

I was recently struck by a story told to me by Tom Bogan, one of Acquia's board members and the board chairman at Citrix. Citrix has risen to become one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Tom says that the key to Citrix long term success has been its willingness to look for ways to "disrupt itself". Citrix often takes a critical look at its business, and looks for ways to innovate fast like a startup.
This process is called disruptive innovation... Plus

Sneak Peek into Next Generation Cloud Tools (they're wicked sick)

Over the course of 2013, the UX, Product and Development teams here at Acquia have been hard at work to make our systems and interfaces do more, work better and load faster.
The year started with the code behind the UI at insight.acquia.com being vastly refactored to be more object oriented and more streamlined. As a result we reduced our database queries by as much as 50% on some pages. Next we created the Acquia Notify system which provides notifications about your site and displays them in the re-designed top nav bar.
Following that we created a new account management site (accounts.acquia... Plus

As Egypt Goes Into Crisis, Support Team Keeps Al-Masry Site Delivering News

Egypt has been engulfed in constant turmoil over the past decade, including upheavals during the early days of the Arab Spring, and then again this summer. Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt’s leading independent media group, plays a critical role, serving as a vital information source for Egypt’s population in these turbulent times. And because its digital site is a key beacon of communication, the site’s stability and functionality needs to be a top priority for Al-Masry’s IT team.
But what happens when your lead developer can’t get to work because of another series of riots? Acquia’s Support team... Plus

Low cost, low risk, high value - come to BADCamp 2013!


I spoke with two members of the Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) 2013 organizing team, Anne Stefanyk and David Hwang.

What: Bay Area Drupal Camp - One of the oldest (7 years and still going strong!), biggest (1500+ attended in 2012), and freest (tickets are still a very open-source-friendly zero dollars!) Drupal events around.

When: October 24-27, 2013

Where: UC Berkeley, California

More info: http://2013.badcamp.net

David Hwang on... Plus

Building a Great (and Social) Alumni Platform


Over the past several weeks I’ve had more conversations with schools about alumni sites and alumni portals than I can even count. Big schools and small, public and private, are exploring and evaluating options for their next (or in some cases, their first) digital platform. And for the most part they are all looking for similar things: an infrastructure for social integration and community building, back-end interoperability, and of course the right tools to deliver an amazing online experience for their alums that will keep them engaged and coming back again and again.
There are several... Plus

Personalizing the Digital Experience Using Simple Taxonomy

(Part 2 of the Exploring Personalization Blog Series)
There aren’t a shortage of tools and techniques surrounding successful personalization as I discussed in my last blog post. But with that being said, executing through precise, innovative taxonomy needs to be done effectively in order to turn viewers into returning visitors.
President Obama’s donation page surrounding his presidential campaign last fall is a great example of this. This page was able to tell if you had been to the site... Plus

Kanban Process Lowers Budget Risk for Government Projects

Government agencies can take better advantage of Drupal’s flexibility, with lower budget risk, by using fixed price contracts for software development using a kanban process.
Drupal gives government agencies speed and flexibility
The Drupal content management system framework has the potential to help government leaders advance digital government initiatives and quickly meet the shifting demands placed on their agency... Plus

Drupalists, Get Ready For More Open Government Data

The latest round in the virtuous cycle of open government data reform is Congressional leaders’ support for open data legislation at the Data Transparency Conference 2013, held on September 10th.
Many of us in the digital government and Drupal communities have been excited to see recent progress in government transparency. Specifically, the open data policy announced by the White House on May 9th, 2013 that mandates “the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable... Plus

Adopters, Scale, Community, Content and more at DrupalCon Prague


I'm seriously excited about DrupalCon Prague. It already looks to be the biggest European Drupal event ever held, with over 1600 tickets sold to date and 56 countries represented in the registrations. The UK is currently leading the enrollment table with 193 attendees, closely followed by the US, Belgium, Denmark and Germany.
During DrupalCon, I spend over 14 hours a day meeting with developers, marketing and other tech and business folk, talking all things Drupal – never mind the time spent in the bar afterwards! I have a personal top four of things I'm looking forward to in Prague:
The... Plus

For Content Translation, Go Global by Being Social

From establishing a stronger brand presence to increasing search-ad click-through rates, companies today have all kinds of incentives to go social. Consider this:
· 77% of B2C companies have found users on Facebook
· 65% of B2B companies have acquired users through LinkedIn
· 59% of B2C companies... Plus

Acquia now offering training in India

Over the years, we have seen Drupal adoption grow tremendously world-wide. It started from a dorm room and today, has managed make its way into every nook and corner of the world including of course the IT services capital of the world, India. India has a lot of fantastic Drupalists. Did you know that it is second only to the United states in the number of visitors to Drupal.org?
The rate at which Drupal is growing, more often than not, we are finding that there are not enough options out there for developers to learn and adopt the technology. There is a need for compelling Drupal training... Plus

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