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Building a Great DX: Start a Conversation

Bentley University’s Design and Usability Center, located just outside Boston, is a fantasy playground for a digital experience geek like me.
The center’s usability labs are equipped with one-way mirrors, eye-tracking technology, and biometric sensors for testing the emotional impact of digital campaigns.

It’s this kind of feedback that attracts global firms like Fidelity Investments, CVS, FAO Schwarz, Houghton Mifflin, and Ericsson.
It also attracted me. I wanted to talk with Bill Albert, who directs the center. Bill has spent more than 15 years on the frontiers of user interface design,... Plus

DrupalCon Amsterdam Coding and Development track

Cross-posted with permission from ymbra.com
While the American Drupalistas (and some brave travellers) are enjoying a fantastic DrupalCon in Austin, the Amsterdam organising comittee is working hard to produce the best European DrupalCon ever. This team is formed by Drupal Association staff and a group of volunteers, of which I am one, and at the moment we're in the... Plus

Digital Disruption Drives Total Business Transformation

Digital is changing business as usual. And changing government as usual. And higher ed as usual. Whether you’re Timex, the State of Georgia, or Oxford’s SAID Business School, interacting with the public is rapidly changing and evolving. As organizations struggle to transform, digital strategists of many descriptions and titles are appearing on the scene to help devise strategies and achieve major organizational goals in the evolving digital environment.
Chief digital officers, and more broadly digital strategists, are tasked with paving the way for innovation in the ever-changing landscape of... Plus

Selling the Story: The Commerce-Content Connection

The Mad Men era of the 1960s introduced the concept of storytelling to Madison Avenue and the brands they were pitching. Now storytelling is being integrated into the science of selling online, turning the classic catalogue-cart-checkout model into something closer to a magazine but with the added capabilities of personalization, segmentation and recommendation engines.
The ecommerce experience is making a transition from the familiar paradigm of search-compare-select to something closer to “shopping the story.” The implications for marketers and ecommerce professionals are profound and... Plus

Acquia acquired TruCentric

We’re excited to announce that Acquia acquired TruCentric, a software-as-a-service company that is focused on providing personalization for websites. Earlier this year we launched Acquia Lift, which brings testing and personalization capabilities to Drupal sites. With TruCentric, we acquired not only a great complementary product that we will integrate with Acquia Lift, we also gained a great team with a long history and strong leadership in marketing automation... Plus

Installing Drupal 8 on Acquia Cloud

Want to use the most awesome version of Drupal on the most awesome Drupal hosting? ;) This guide is for you!
Let's Get Started!

First, head to http://www.acquia.com/acquia-cloud-free to set up your new site. This process takes a few minutes, but worry not; you can bide your time watching helpful tutorial videos! Once your site is provisioned, you'll be taken to the Acquia Cloud workflow page.
Upgrade PHP version (important!)

Drupal 8 requires at least PHP 5.4 in order to install, so the first order of business is switching your environments' PHP versions... Plus

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
Samsung and Oculus to turn Galaxy smartphones into VR headsets
By collaborating with Oculus to bring smartphone technology and capability to headsets, Samsung looks like its trying to beat everyone on the quest to virtual reality.
"Samsung will of course provide hardware for its VR device, but Oculus is handling software development.
The upcoming product will allegedly place a strong emphasis on... Plus

5 erreurs à éviter pour votre site Drupal - Numéro 2 : la Sécurité

Les bonnes pratiques en matière de sécurité sont essentielles pour protéger votre site contre les attaques des hackers. Dans cet article, nous examinerons quelques méthodes destinées à réduire les risques pour votre site.
Les meilleures pratiques pour la sécurité de votre site Drupal
Drupal intègre un haut niveau de sécurité lorsqu’il est utilisé correctement. Toutes les interventions visant à configurer votre site peuvent toutefois introduire de nouveaux risques. Il est donc important de n’accorder des autorisations de configuration qu’aux utilisateurs de confiance.
Mettez régulièrement à... Plus

Cathy Theys: Give and get good patch reviews session AND SymfonyCon interview!


In a massive Cathy Theys double-header this week, hear parts rescued from our conversation at SyfonyCon Warsaw (which was plagued by technical difficulties) and check out Cathy's insightful session, "Patch Reviews: Get good reviews, give good reviews. Faster." It is full of practical advice to take your contribution to Drupal and open source software to the next level.

In the podcast interview, we talk about the opportunities Drupal has given Cathy; some of the benefits of the refactoring that has gone into Drupal 8; joining up with the Symfony community: mutual learning, different... Plus

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 4 - Multilingual Improvements

Welcome to the 4th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side.
Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details... Plus

Building A Great DX: Getting Started

An awesome web site is no longer enough. A fantastic mobile app? Just part of the puzzle.
Today, you need to think bigger, much bigger. You have to create a great digital experience.
Sounds daunting, right?
But here’s the good news: the most successful approaches to this lofty ideal can be surprisingly simple, and elegant, if you base them on timeless insights into human nature.
How do you define a great digital experience?
Here at Acquia, we live and breathe “digital experience.” It’s an idea we want to share with our partners, colleagues, and our own customers.
But as I’m beginning... Plus

Acquia Cloud API Applications: A quick tour

The Acquia Cloud API is a web service and CLI that allows developers to build powerful tools, automate repetitive tasks, and create custom development and testing workflows for sites on the Acquia Cloud platform. Released two years ago, our customers and partners have been building amazing things on Acquia Cloud API and we figured it was time to share some of them. We hope this will reveal the potential of the Acquia Cloud API and show some examples of what it can do for... Plus

Are You Prepared for Your Usability Study? Three Steps for Success

At DrupalCon Austin, I'm very excited to be teaching a full-day workshop, UX Bootcamp: Evaluating and Improving Your Web Sites. In the workshop, I'll be sharing all of the essential steps for designers and developers to evaluate and improve their web sites. Read on to find out how to get started.
The first thing I tell people is that usability testing isn't an arduous process. It's a technique that anyone can learn with training and lots of practice. At its core, a... Plus

The killer Acquia Cloud feature you need to start using right now

Cross-posted with permission from Third and Grove
If you have read our blog you know we are big fans of automation and drush here at Third and Grove. Anytime we can throw a bash script at... Plus

Digital Transformation is Bigger than Digital Marketing

For the past few years, Gartner has been predicting the budget shift from the CIO to the CMO, as digital marketing teams have been the early pioneers of digital transformation. But while digital marketers certainly were at the forefront of what Gartner calls the digitalization of business, now CEOs realize that the ability to compete and win... Plus

Acquia raises $50 million series F

We've got great news to share today; we are announcing that Acquia raised $50 million, the largest round of financing we’ve ever completed.
The round is led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the world's top investors in our space. They have made various great investments in Open Source (MongoDB, Mulesoft, etc.) as well as SaaS companies (SalesForce, Workday, Box, etc.).
With the new funding, we can continue to go after our vision to help many more organizations with their digital platform and digital business... Plus

Be a Hero: Increase Marketing Efficiency with Template-based Websites

Today’s digital marketers are expected to deliver large numbers of digital experiences to meet the needs of their organizations. Websites are required fare in the modern marketing mix, and for many organizations, this can easily result in many tens or hundreds of sites. To deal with this volume, digital marketers must innovate and rapidly identify methodologies to scale the delivery of engaging websites, and ultimately, achieve the brand reach sought by their organizations.
Our answer to this digital marketer’s dilemma? A web site creation and delivery approach stemming from patterns that... Plus

Traffic spikes and college's website crashes. Don't let it happen to you

Being in the cloud business we often hear the phrase, “don’t let your best day be your worst day.” It’s certainly a risk that any school that hosts it’s own websites faces.
A couple of weeks ago an elite, very well known school in the Northeast had a “best day / worst day” situation of their own, proving that it can happen to anyone. At 5pm on “Decision Day”, the time and day when this school notified nearly 40,000 applicants as to whether or not they were accepted for admission, traffic to their internally managed servers surged. The school knew this event would lead to increased traffic (... Plus

Personalization How-To: Driving Conversion with Acquia Lift

I recently did a webinar on driving conversions with Acquia Lift and I wanted to share some of the key details from the webinar with a broader audience. In the webinar I covered my testing strategy, where to start testing, how to u se Acquia Lift , review tests we’ve been doing here at Acquia and see the results we’ve seen. In this blog post I’m going to be focusing on where to start testing and some of the results we’ve seen.... Plus

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 3 - Site Builder Improvements

Welcome to the third instalment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side.
Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details... Plus

Amitai Burstein: Zariz - Continuous Deployment for Content


I got the chance a while back to speak with Amitai Burstein, CTO of Gizra - a boutique development shop in Tel Aviv creating advanced web applications using Drupal, along with Node.js, Jekyll and other technologies. Amitai is the maintainer of key Drupal modules such as Organic Groups, Message and Entity Reference, and contributes to Drupal core. He showed off Gizra's intriguing solution to content deployment in Drupal in this jam's Drupal Camp session: Zariz. I was impressed! You might be, too.

"What's this jam's Drupal Camp all about?" I hear you ask... Plus

Why Digital Transformation is a Boardroom Conversation

Over the weekend, I read the 97-page leaked New York Times Innovation Report, a manifesto for helping the Times become a more competitive business in the disrupted publishing space. While the Times is still winning at quality journalism, it has failed to get content to its readers. Its content is often being re-packaged and consumed by other publishers like Huffington Post, or is being consumed in new ways like Flipboard. And digital publishing startups like Vox Media are more agile... Plus

How to: Responsive, Full-width Banners

As a front-end developer for acquia.com, I've had lots of fun and challenging design requests come my way. Most recently I was tasked with swapping out the static homepage graphic with a full-width, responsive slideshow banner that can also be tested and personalized using Acquia Lift. Requirements were: content managers must be able to upload graphics, edit text and create translated versions using the user interface, must include two link-able buttons for calls to action, must have functional controls, must be full-width and fully... Plus

Marek Sotak: Get off the phone - Helping users through better UX and tools


Get off the phone - Helping users through better UX and tools

In the podcast, Marek and I talk a little about his history in Drupal and technology and I introduce the idea of jam's (virtual) Drupal Camp. In his presentation, Marek Sotak, founder of Inline Manual and longtime Drupal developer, talks about giving your clients and site visitors the help they need without sacrificing all your productive time in the very first session of jam's Drupal Camp!

"What's this... Plus

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
Google Glass App Lets You Pay With Bitcoin
New Google Glass app, Ease, will let users nod and leverage voice control capabilities to pay with Bitcoin. With that being said, Ease is at the forefront of global payment solutions coming to wearable devices and Glass specifically.
"In that regard, making payments using Glass brings up some interesting possibilities. Based around gesture and voice, it... Plus

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