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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.
Digital leaders for Oprah, Lady Gaga, Rachael Ray, and Michael J Fox discuss protecting personal brands at Chief Digital Officer Summit
“It’s so different…with a person, you’re dealing with an emotional relationship and their reputation.”
That distinction—how managing fans of a personality, versus those of a product—was shared by Rosemary Maggiore, President of Rachael Ray Digital, at the 2013... Plus

Why selecting a new CMS will just not cut it

Being part of Acquia’s Solutions Architecture team gives me unique insight into the changing landscape of Digital Marketing and the Internet in general. People are scrambling to get shiny new tools in place to be able to cope with the speed at which the Internet is changing. During the course of the last year I have reviewed dozens of RFP’s in which companies set out to select a “solution”.
But, selecting a new “solution” won’t actually solve your problem! Having an online strategy isn’t only about the tool, it’s about much, much more, as we’ll see in a moment.
Most RFP’s fall into one of... Plus

Drupal 8 + Symfony - "This is what open source is all about"


Part 1 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. I wanted to learn more about PHP and Symfony from their perspective and how they think the Drupal 8 and Symfony2 are going to affect each other.

In part 2, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites online,... Plus

More Responsive Image Effects for Drupal 7

Cross-posted with permission from Isovera.com
When working with image styles in Drupal 7, there are many types of visual effects that can be applied to responsive displays. Some examples include: Cropping; Desaturation; Watermarks; Canvas Effects; etc. These examples and others can be applied per device type and/or screen width based on the breakpoints and image styles already applied as shown in the previous blog post. Building upon our integration of the Breakpoints & Picture modules from the... Plus

Acquia Workshop at Lean UX NYC Conference

The most successful UX teams understand that their skills must extend beyond running solid research studies and producing great product designs. First, teams must establish buy-in and participation in research from the people who matter most--the other stakeholders involved in making the decisions that influence products.
Next, week, I’ll partner with Christine Perfetti, Acquia’s Senior Director of User Experience to lead a workshop called, “Communicating the Business Value and Getting Buy-in for UX Research” as part of... Plus

This week-ish in Drupal core: April 2, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
The past three weeks saw some exciting progress on Drupal 8, in part due to the hard work of everyone who went to DrupalDevDays 2014 in Szeged, Hungary. It also saw the release of drupal-8.x-alpha10.
Drupal Developer Days Szeged
DevDays Szeged was a landmark for the Drupal 8 release cycle. Participants marveled at how productive and well-organized the event was, and core maintainers commented they'd never seen such momentum in... Plus

The Rise of Digital Creates A Marketer’s Dilemma

As a product manager at Acquia, I frequently speak with digital thought leaders at many organizations, small and large. It’s clear that the digital marketing profession at these organizations has undergone tremendous change over the past decade. Digital marketers now oversee large numbers of “digital experiences,” rather than the small number of static, branded web sites that were the norm just a few short years ago. And by incorporating web, social, mobile and offline touch points, managing these digital experiences has become very complex.
This complexity has greatly increased demands on... Plus

Drupal Development using PhpStorm

The PhpStorm IDE comes with a bundled Drupal Plugin, providing functionality for modules, themes as well as for core Drupal development for Drupal 6, 7 or 8. Combine that with PhpStorm’s excellent PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript support, automatic code inspections, debugging and unit testing support and we have a great tool for developing our next Drupal application! In this post, we will see how we can get started with Drupal development in PhpStorm.
From the Welcome screen (or by selecting File | New Project), we can choose to create a new project of the Drupal type. PhpStorm will make sure... Plus

Locking Down the Cloud: Leveraging the Ecosystem

Ryan Scheuermann recently came up with a good metaphor to describe the difference between managing security on your own servers, and using a cloud-based service.
“When you’re working with bare metal in your own location, it’s all up to you. It’s like the wild west,” he said.
“When you’re hosted in the cloud,” he continued, “it’s like being in a gated community: the cloud service providers have many services that you can take advantage of.”
“It’s still up to you,” said Ryan, who is the chief product officer and co-founder of Ceros, a cloud-based marketing platform that is used by global... Plus

Taking Migrations from Madness to Gladness

For every new and amazing Drupal application we build, there is almost always a corresponding data migration. This major aspect of enterprise projects can involve complex business and data analysis, detailed data mapping, migration from multiple third-party data and analytics sources, test migrations, and data validation.
Data is always an area where our clients have much more expertise than we could hope to gain during a standard professional services engagement, so they are heavily involved in this aspect of the project, including planning, validating test migrations, signoff of final... 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.
Second Screen is Key to Great Digital Experience
Brands today are engaging with consumers on a rapidly growing number of platforms and devices. Taking the next step in the multiplatform revolution, many have begun engaging with their audience on two platforms simultaneously, add a second screen in order to add new layers of interactivity and interest.
Chief digital officers, or digital strategists... Plus

Second Screen is Key to Great Digital Experience

Cross-posted with permission from Digital Disruption
Brands today are engaging with consumers on a rapidly growing number of platforms and devices. Taking the next step in the multiplatform revolution, many have begun engaging with their audience on two platforms simultaneously, add a second screen in order to add new layers of interactivity and interest.
Chief digital officers, or digital strategists with similar responsibilities, are often those being charged with developing this second-... Plus

Entrepreneurship is 80% sales and marketing

Background in business is a 'nice to have', not a 'must have' for an aspiring entrepreneur. I had no solid business background when I founded Mollom or Acquia (I launched them roughly at the same time).
Other than the standard things (an idea, passion and the willingness to act), the most important thing that aspiring entrepreneurs need is the understanding that 80% of entrepreneurship is sales and marketing. If as a founder, you're not obsessed with sales and marketing, you're a liability rather than an asset.
You don't have to... Plus

Why Drupal is Dominating the Higher Education Sector

Cross-posted with permission from Imagex Media
Drupal web technology is increasingly being adopted across the globe and is currently in use by massive organizations including The White House, McDonald’s, Twitter, IKEA and many more*. We can assume that big guys like these have taken the time to vet it. The reasons to choose Drupal are literally endless: pick n' choose modules, an army of developers contributing worldwide, cost effectiveness, always evolving, etc, etc. There’s no... Plus

San Francisco State University moves to Drupal

What is a website? For colleges and universities everywhere, a website is an opportunity to tell a story.
Thanks to this opportunity, schools depend on websites more than ever to deliver rich, engaging experiences. When looking for a CMS capable of delivering this experience, schools naturally look at Drupal. Today, about 30 percent of colleges and universities in the United States use Drupal to power their main .edu site.
It helps that Drupal has the flexibility to be used for any site a campus needs -- recruiting, admissions, development, general outreach and much more. In fact, at Acquia... Plus

Getting the most out of a code sprint - DrupalSouth shows us how


The DrupalSouth code sprint was a huge success and a standout feature of an already excellent conference. I put this down to some ingenuity and some great preparation. I interrupted two of the people who made it all happen, Dan "dman" Morrison and Heike "HeikeT" Theis from Wellington, New Zealand, to get to know them better and talk about how they put together the code sprint at DrupalSouth.

How to prepare a model code sprint

If you've been to... Plus

Acquia Cloud adds PHP 5.5 (and more)

Acquia Cloud strives to be the best place to build and manage Drupal web sites. One aspect of that is providing the best, most current PHP runtime environment for Drupal. We’ve long supported Drupal 6 and 7, and we are preparing to support Drupal 8 as soon as it is ready. Drupal 8 requires PHP 5.4 or newer, so today we are announcing that Acquia Cloud supports PHP 5.5 for all sites and all subscription levels.
Choosing the PHP version per environment
Acquia Cloud provides multiple environments, such as Dev, Staging, and Prod, for your site development workflow. Converting your site from one... Plus

Do well and do good

This blog post is on purpose, Open Source, profit and pie. This week I had an opportunity to meet Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. I was inspired by the following comment he made (not his exact words):
"Because companies strive to have a positive balance sheet, they take more in, than they give out. However, as individuals, we define success as giving more than you take. Given that many of us are leaders as... Plus

Drupal 8 performance: render caching

In late 2009, Drupal 7 introduced render caching — enabling Drupal modules to easily cache the final HTML corresponding to a subtree in a Drupal render array. Render caching already was a powerful tool in Drupal 7, but unfortunately almost nobody knew about it! This blog post will show how you can leverage it, how it's gotten even better in Drupal 8, and how you will be leveraging it directly in Drupal 8. Hopefully I can get you excited :)
In Drupal 7, few modules use it… even in core! If your contributed module provides a block with the optional... Plus

Locking Down the Cloud

Over the last few years, IT departments have gotten increasingly comfortable with cloud technology, by which I mean cloud security. Because as one IT analyst put it recently, “When it comes to the cloud, security is the number one concern. And number two isn’t even close.”
But 2014 could be the year when thought and analysis take a back seat to action. Companies that haven’t already embraced cloud technology are ready to make the move. One reason: the rise of automation, which is making it easier -- nearly irresistible, in fact -- for IT departments to start transitioning significant parts... Plus

Drupal 8: Forms, OOP style

Back in August 2013, I wrote the original version of this article on my Drupal Gardens blog. Drupal 8 has continued to be refined since then, so I updated the code to work against the current state of Drupal 8, and am cross posting it here.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback and encouragement on my first blog post about OOP in Drupal 8. This is the next installment. In the first post, we examined a very simple controller: one that just outputs "Hello.". In the... Plus

Ready for certification

Right after we launched our first certification last week, two questions stood out. First, why is Acquia doing the certification? And why did it take them so long? I saw these as two sides of the same coin. I wanted to reflect a bit on the history of this project.

Click here for full details of Acquia’s Drupal certification.
Ready for certification
In 2012, my colleague, Hernani Borges de Freitas, gave a presentation and wrote blog posts on “Things we found in your website.”... Plus

10 Tips to Streamline Migration Review

To a project manager for large migrations into Drupal, the time scheduled for stakeholder review of migrated content never seems to be enough. In this post, I'll talk about 10 ways Acquia Professional Services Engagement Managers have streamlined this review so it works for stakeholders without derailing the project schedule.
In a typical project schedule, the opportunity for project stakeholders to review and bless the content migration is sandwiched somewhere between the development team's first automated migration and the launch date. 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' Health Care Challenge
Last evening I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at an event hosted by Health Innovators discussing the future of medicine and specifically Google Glass. The event title was "Google Glass the new frontier in Healthcare Innovation?" and although I'm not sure how many converts were made, I did come away with knowledge of an incredible organization pushing... Plus

Acquia certification for Drupal

Topic: DrupalAcquiaI'm proud to share that Acquia announced its certification program today. You can now get "Acquia certified in Drupal", something I'm pretty excited about.
This is something I've been hoping to see in the community. While there have been other experiments around certification, we as a... Plus

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