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Fresh start to the new year: Add Drupal to your toolbox

As the new year starts, I'm making ALL kinds of resolutions. Is learning Drupal on your list of things to do? Or maybe you want to finally switch over that site to Drupal? Hopefully our active training events calendar has courses and dates and locations to suit your needs.
Last year, our partners taught Drupal to nearly 3000 people in public free and paid training events, and that doesn't count any private training events. Wow! Well done team!
However, most of those events were in the US and Canada. OlinData... Plus

Code Forward: Meet the Developers Behind President Obama’s 2012 Re-Election

In January, our friends at New Relic are sponsoring Code Forward – a three-city tour with the development team behind President Obama successful re-election campaign. The Obama for America team redefined the importance of technology in national elections. You may have seen some of their groundbreaking efforts covered in Ars Technica, Mashable and more.
The OFA team will... Plus

Spark update: unified in-place editing

Topic: DrupalAcquiaUsabilitySpark distributionA major focus of usability efforts in Drupal core has been around making it easier to edit things on your site. In Drupal 7, we introduced the... Plus

4 New Year's Resolutions for your 2013 Digital Strategy

'Tis the time of year when we make resolutions to eat better, exercise more, watch less TV, and give up our other vices for the new year. Here are four great New Year's Resolutions to make in 2013 to improve your digital marketing strategy.
1) Think Mobile First.
It is time to stop treating mobile as something different. You need to think about mobile as the primary way your customers will interact with your company over digital channels. It's all about thinking Mobile First.
The traditional approach of... Plus

Using Selenium as Testing Platform

One of the key aspects of successful project delivery is creating an effective quality assurance (QA) process. Functional testing of the application is usually performed by a separate team than the developers who typically do not know how to program. A challenge that I have found on projects is providing a good open source QA tool to the the QA team that does not require programming knowledge. Selenium has been the tool of choice and works wonderfully, but we have found a couple of issues when integrating it into our continuous integration (CI) processes.
The first challenge that we have... Plus

Open Source & The Innovators Solution

I've spent most of my career working for commercial web content management companies. But over the past few years, something became very clear to me - commercial CMS products are broken. Vendors are spending more time building features to compete with each other than they are trying to solve real-world customer problems.
This idea is captured in one of my favorite books,... Plus

Meet Chris Pliakas: Open software and open data make for better decisions


Chris Pliakas is a solutions architect at Acquia. He works closely with the Acquia sales representatives and potential clients "to help people who might not know about Drupal or might be considering a proprietary solution see how Drupal can help them. It's really great to be out on the front lines helping people to see Drupal the way we do."

Chris is also a search and data management expert and and the Product Owner of Acquia Search. He makes the point that open... Plus

Video asks: Is Drupal left-brained or right-brained?

In many ways, the job of Acquia’s partner team is to create the right connections. One important way we do that is to connect customers with partners to produce extraordinary digital experiences. This is like connecting both sides of the brain, the left side and right side, the analytical and the creative.

Genuine Interactive, one of our partners, is a fast growing full-service digital agency based in Boston that has deepened its partnership with Acquia in 2012. Genuine has produced a... Plus

Meet Michael Hofmockel: Getting up to speed with Drupal


Michael Hofmockel is a technical consultant at Acquia, based in Ames Iowa. Like many Drupalists, Michael's background wasn't in computer science, but led him to Drupal nonetheless. As he puts it, "Drupal's great because you can come at it from almost any angle ... and we do!" Michael was building databases as a soil chemist at Duke University. When he needed a web interface for a database, "I decided not to build it for myself, tried Drupal and I never needed anything else again!"

Note: This podcast was recorded using Skype and the... Plus

Giant Lego Druplicon

Topic: DrupalAcquiaI'm proud to announce Acquia's newest member of the team, the LEGO Druplicon, courtesy of DataFlow (now ONE Agency). It all started on a hot August day at DrupalCon Munich. On that day, I stopped by DataFlow's booth to look at... Plus

Meet Sam Lerner: "Acquia is fuel-injected knowledge."


Sam Lerner is an Acquia Client Advisor with something of a specialty in search technologies; he is the co-maintainer of the Google Search Appliance and Apache Solr Drupal projects. His job is to use his own knowledge and take advantage of Acquia's "deep bench" in all things Drupal to help clients make their websites successful. He calls working at Acquia "fuel injected knowledge".

On Drupal history

Sam got his start in the last days of Drupal 4 and the earliest days of Drupal 5. He says there's been an evolution from being "a toolkit to code up stuff ... Drupal 5 sites of any... Plus

Using the Akiban database with Drupal

For four years now I've been an advisor for Akiban, a Boston start-up building a new class of NewSQL/NoSQL database. I'm excited that after 4 years of hard work, Akiban launched their first Drupal customer solution in the Acquia Cloud. A great opportunity to talk a bit more about what Akiban is doing, and why I'm excited to help their team.
The early phase strategy for Akiban is to augment existing deployments (for example MySQL) to enhance query performance among other capabilities.... Plus

Drupal-to-Drupal data migration - Part 2: The architecture

In a previous post, I described the basics of using the Drupal-to-Drupal data migration module (migrate_d2d) to import data into a Drupal 7 site from a separate Drupal 5, Drupal 6, or Drupal 7 site. Now that the first full release of migrate_d2d is available, I'd like to dig deeper, explaining the architecture of migrate_d2d and showing some more advanced examples of extending it.... Plus

Acquia raises $30 million series E

Today, we announced that Acquia raised $30 million, our single largest financing we have done to date. The investors include Investor Growth Capital, Goldman Sachs, Accolade Partners and our existing investors; North Bridge Venture Partners, ... Plus

Meet Hernâni Borges de Freitas: Drupal at scale


Hernâni Borges de Freitas, a Technical Consultant at Acquia, specialises in "Doing lots of things with Drupal at scale: training and helping people go the right direction in Drupal. Acquia is bringing Drupal to different markets and perspectives, to big companies who want to use it to achieve better results. We make sure they go in the right direction. When they choose Drupal, we help make sure they choose the right solution, adapted to their needs, and that can grow with their business, instead of some closed solution that dies... Plus

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