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Drupal 8 - 1st product of the PHP-FIG Era

I was happy to talk with two major contributors to Drupal 8 at the same time at Drupal South 2015 in Melbourne Australia. At the time we recorded our conversation in March 2015, Hussain Abbas from Bangalore, India and Jibran Ijaz from Lahore Pakistan had both contributed well over 100 patches to D8. In this podcast we talk about their history in Drupal, open source software as a force for good in society, the benefits of contribution, Drupal as the 1st project of the PHP-FIG era, Drupal 8 for... Plus

Drupal in China

That's me: front row, second from the left.
On 14th March 2015, as everyone was coming down from the month-long Valentines Day high, I was in the midst of an exciting Open Source event in Shanghai, China.
With several hundred attendees, the camp attracted people from all over China and the world. Experts and beginners -- in both Drupal and a number of Open Source technologies -- engaged in conversations about CMS, design, language and even solar panels.
Partnering with the Shanghai Barcamp, DrupalCamp China brought together Drupal users,... Plus

Kanban vs. Scrum: Comparing Two Agile Methodologies

Kanban and Scrum are two different methodologies that can be utilized within your development organization. Both have pros and cons as agile methodologies, and one is often suited to a certain project better than the other. Let’s explore the definitions, differences, and how to utilize them practically for your next development project.
Kanban is a model of continuous slating, or continuous improvement. Essentially, when utilizing kanban, project priorities can change in real time, based on what takes priority at a certain time, so there is a certain flow to the work. Requirements can be... 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

Creating a Unified Customer Profile for Your Retail Brand

Like many consumers, I shop different brands to satisfy different needs: clothing, gifts, groceries, personal goods, accessories, etc. Sometimes I shop independent small businesses, and other times I shop larger retailers with a network of related brands. But no matter who owns the shopping experience, I expect the experience to be tailored to me. If I don’t see content and product recommendations that are of interest to me, chances are I won’t stick around long, and... Plus

For Marketers, IT Should be a Partner, Not an Adversary

Marketing has evolved from a sedate and predictable annual media buy to a do-or-die battle to stay ahead of the competition and keep up with the consumer. As marketing takes on this challenge, there is a temptation to deploy cloud-based technology, leaving behind IT department involvement.
Purchase a turn-key, self-contained marketing system and everyone lives happily ever after, right?
There’s no denying this “shadow IT” trend in which marketing and other... Plus

Pour réussir en ligne, vous devez désormais gérer de multiples sites web

Je rencontre quasiment chaque semaine des décideurs qui s’inquiètent de la gestion des multiples sites web de leur organisation. Les sociétés sont en effet de plus en plus nombreuses à disposer d’un portefeuille de sites et de microsites pour refléter leur assortiment de produits et de marques.
La pression est considérable. L’an dernier, une étude réalisée par Accenture a révélé qu’un service à la clientèle inefficace sur les canaux digitaux a poussé 53% des consommateurs du Royaume-Uni à changer de marque dans au moins un secteur d’activité.
La prolifération des sites pose un problème de... Plus

Les sites qui ne peuvent pas tomber – une montée en charge illimitée

On ne peut généralement pas le prévoir. Parfois, on en prend connaissance à la dernière minute. Mais cela peut aussi être le moment le plus attendu de l’année. Quel que soit le contexte, toutes les sociétés sont confrontées un jour ou l’autre à une situation dans laquelle une défaillance de leur site aurait un effet dévastateur.
Dans cette série d’articles, nous revenons sur l’expérience de trois des plus importants clients d’Acquia. Avec un accent tout particulier sur la préparation technique et opérationnelle, l’amélioration continue, les caractéristiques de la plateforme et l’importance... Plus

Build Your Drupal 8 Team: Non-Technical Team Roles & Required Skills

As our series continues, let's look at what non-technical team members need to understand about Drupal 8. Although they don't need to write code and implement functionality, these team members may have responsibility for defining the product or developing the content for the site. These are the non-technical roles and skills needed on a development team.
Project Manager
The project manager needs to make sure the project is completed on time and within budget. If that's not possible, the project manager needs to negotiate the... Plus

Web Accessibility for Clients - Part Two

Thanks for coming back. If you tried a few of the tips in the first part of this series, you probably realized that making a website accessible to all visitors doesn’t require much time, or cause much stress. Even if you didn’t yet try, I hope this blog further illustrates that clients need not worry about sitting down themselves to create a website that’s useful and informative to visitors with disabilities - without reaching out to a developer for help.
A Data Table for Everyone
Without proper setup, a data table will come... Plus

Identifying and Integrating Global eCommerce Systems

If you’re a retailer considering globalization, or a global retailer looking to streamline your global operations, then you probably already understand the difficulties that lie ahead. Globalizing your commerce systems and overall strategy is no small feat, but it can be done. With the right commerce foundation in place, and a strategy to execute on, you’re ready to start identifying and integrating the appropriate... Plus

Why I Love Composer, a PHP Dependency Management Tool

Like a composer who can’t wait to conduct a great symphony, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Composer, a PHP dependency management tool.
You could say this blog post is my "Ode to Joy" about using Composer. It was fun watching it update all my libraries on just a single command:
composer update.
But I shouldn’t have all the fun. I’d like to help you incorporate third-party libraries into a project by using Composer. In this post, we’ll create a test PHP project and run test cases using phpunit.
Before we hit the “update” button, though, first let’s look at what Composer is, and why you’ll... Plus

Improve Your Drupal Web Site Performance — Without Coding

Most advice to improve Drupal site performance is aimed at developers and DevOps folks. In reality, many Drupal sites are built by site builders using flexible Drupal modules rather than custom code.
In this blog series, we will give site builders the knowledge and tools to enhance the performance of their web sites, without ever touching PHP or the command line.
The Drupal community is already rich in modules and best practices that can significantly improve the performance of any Drupal site. Now it’s time to take advantage of the community’s hard work!
But first, let’s start by... Plus

Industry Leaders Break Down The Marketing Cloud Myth

Photo credit: B Garrett
Assembling the unique set of marketing technologies needed to power your business to success is not a luxury today, it is a necessity.
“Our average customer uses 26 digital marketing applications and that’s just digital marketing, that’s not the finance and the CRM and everything else,” according to Jeff Lunsford, CEO of Tealium.
Earlier this month, the “who’s who”... Plus

Front End Performance Strategy: Image Handling

Business is keenly aware of the importance of page-load time, and its impact on conversion and search engine optimization. It’s now a priority at companies like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Mozilla.
At Acquia, we... Plus