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DrupalGov Canberra 2014 and the push for Drupal in Australian Government

There was some exciting news announced last week as the Australian government said it was strongly considering replatforming on Drupal, potentially replacing 1200 websites used across the board of the commonwealth. The reasons for the move are accredited to lower costs, better responsive capabilities, security and accessibility compliance and the ability to leverage a massive, innovative open source ecosystem.
In a blog post, CTO John Sheridan said, “The... Plus

How to Use Small Data in Your CMS

Word on the street these days is that big data isn’t as big a deal as it used to be. This opinion reflects the hangover that happened after businesses rushed to adopt data-analytics systems, and found that their business problems weren’t majestically cured after all.
Part of the problem is the misinterpretation of “big data” as a single product, when in fact it is an umbrella term that can cover any variety of tools. There’s data collection, data analysis, data visualization … the list... Plus

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 2 - Mobile Improvements

Welcome to the second 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

Converging Content, Community and Commerce in Higher Education

Higher Education institutions rely on their websites to tell their story through rich and engaging digital experiences.
In this rapid age of innovation, it is imperative that educational establishments are able to attract and enroll the best prospective students and once those students have matriculated, institutions need to develop applications to support students and help them to collaborate, pay bills, take part in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, learn.
Similarly, colleges and universities need to engage with graduates to strengthen the affinity they have with their alma... Plus

High Availability Database Tools

Percona Live was held at the beginning of April this year and the Acquia team was there. This was a really great conference and I want to start by encouraging any DBA/database developer who uses MySQL in a production environment to go to the Percona Live conference. It's a great place to hear about new functionality, new products and how other companies are using MySQL at scale. Large companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter as well as hot startups like Box all send representatives to share their knowledge.
At... 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.
Rachel Haot named CDO of the Year
Rachel S. Haot, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology at New York State, was named Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2014 by the CDO Club.
The award was presented by CDO Club founder David Mathison after her keynote presentation on April 22, 2014 at the CDO Summit at the Time Warner conference center in New York City.
Haot is only the second... Plus

Upgrade your modules to Drupal 8 now! - Bram Goffings


Upgrade your modules to Drupal 8 now!

During the 2014 Drupal Devs Days in Szeged Hungary, Bram Goffings (aka aspilicious) and I had a chat about his experience upgrading Display Suite early on and maintaining it during the ongoing Drupal 8 development cycle. He says it was a great learning experience and that it is time for everyone else to start their upgrades in preparation for the Drupal 8 beta release.

Contributing to Drupal is part of my job

Bram'... Plus

Drupal Security: What You Need to Know

Software security issues affect organizations of all sizes, along with possibly theft of private data, incidents can cause harm to customer confidence and cause loss of business. While security breaches in companies like Target make headlines, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Study, 71 percent of all data breaches actually... Plus

The investment case for employing a Drupal core contributor

Topic: DrupalAcquiaBusinessI've long been convinced that every well-run Drupal agency of 30 people or more can afford to hire a Drupal core contributor and let him/her work on Drupal core pretty much full-time. A healthy Drupal agency with 30 people should be able to do $5MM in revenue at a 15% net... Plus

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 1 - Authoring Experience Improvements

Welcome to the first 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 for end-users, for site builders, for designers and front-end developers, and for back-end developers. 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... Plus

Promoting the Partner in the Digital Lifecycle with Acquia Insight

As a Solutions Architect for Channel Enablement, I spend a good deal of my time thinking about how to better integrate our delivery partners in the digital lifecycle of client sites deployed on the Acquia platform. The vast majority of our partners have their own “secret sauce” in the form of knowledge, best practice, and process spanning the gamut of the digital experience: search engine optimization, marketing campaign analytics, mobile and responsive design, content and UX strategy, and much more. This... Plus

Announcing jam’s Drupal Camp - open source virtual show and tell


I am fortunate to be able to go to a lot of events around the world as a speaker or simple attendee: Drupal and other tech conferences, business seminars, and more. The Drupal project is my “home base” open source project. For the record, my favorite part of Drupal Camps and Cons is spending time with the people. I get excited about seeing who in the community is doing what, hearing about the latest and greatest projects, and being scared by how smart everyone around me is. This kind of interaction is the glue that holds the Drupal community together. My “jam’s Drupal Camp” isn’t about this... Plus

Taking stock of what you know - May 2014 - Acquia Training Newsletter

In our monthly training newsletter I’ll present you with news and helpful links to Drupal tutorials. I keep on finding great tutorials I want to share, and tell you about all that’s going on with the training program. So please do Sign up to our training newsletter for notifications about webinars, freebies and tutorials.

It’s May, finally! At least where I am, the weather is warming up, the lambs are literally leaping in the fields, and the international DrupalCamp schedule is hotting up! I’m giving... Plus

Lonestar PHP 2014

I had the privilege of attending Lonestar PHP 2014 in Addison, Texas a couple weekends ago. It was an amazing event full of amazing people and valuable sessions. For those of you who know me, I typically spend a lot of time in the hallways just talking with and meeting new people, however I did attempt to attend some sessions and the calibre of sessions being presented was ridiculously high. The PHP community that attends these events is really obviously close knit. It was a bit like going to a large regional Drupal event. People obviously knew each other, and had old conversations to pick up... 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.
From CDO to CEO: What’s Driving the Chief Digital Officer to CEO Career Path?
The facts are clear: An increasing number of Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) are being tapped to become CEOs.
Earlier this year, JB Perette, CDO of Discovery Communications, was appointed CEO of Discovery Networks International.
According to the new CDO Talent Map 2014, by CDO Club founder David Mathison, seven Chief... Plus

Acquia drops non-compete clauses

In a world where innovation is only accelerating, shackling employees with non-competes doesn't make sense anymore. At Acquia, we believe that innovation is about openness and collaboration, and that working together is based on trust and loyalty, something that was born out of our Open Source background. It's been a long time coming but we decided to kill our non-competes. It is the right thing to do. Here is what we just sent to all Acquia employees:

From: Tom Erickson <tom@acquia.com>
To: Everybody at Acquia
Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Acquians,

We... Plus

Is Implementing Continuous Integration Worth It?

Cross-posted with permission from Promet Source
When you start addressing the topic of Continuous Integration (or CI for short) for the first time with an organization or project, there are often some typical questions that arise.
Do we really need to do this?
Isn't this going to be costly to do? Can we skip it?
Is it worth it for our type of project?
At Promet we work in the world of the open source Drupal platform, and I've had more than a few conversations with people at various... Plus

A Beginner’s Guide to Distributions: A fast-track to Drupal development


In the next few weeks we’ll be featuring distributions which can give you a fast track to developing with Drupal. We’ll be introducing a new distribution each week until our webinar on May 28th, where my colleague Jakub Suchy will answer all your questions about using existing distributions or deciding when you should build your own.

Distro? What is this magic you speak of?

Imagine if someone would let you download a copy of their working site so you could reverse engineer it. What modules did they use? How did the implement layouts? How did they model content types? You could get lots... Plus

This week in Drupal Core - April 30th 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
This week saw the release of Drupal 8 alpha 11 and two major patches - one adding PSR-4 autoloading support and another containing the Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migration path.
The PSR-4 patch added PSR-4 support alongside PSR-0 but it is planned to remove PSR-0 support for module classes before the first beta. We will continue to support PSR-0 for external libraries provided by modules. For more information read the change record.
The Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migrate path was a huge patch, congratulations to all those involved.... Plus

Locking Down the Cloud: Countering Automated Attacks

At last year’s Cloud Security Alliance Congress, Philip Lieberman raised an issue that brought home to me why automation is now a must-have when it comes to security. Not just for cloud security, for all computer security.
In his talk, Philip, who is the founder and president of Lieberman software, which sells cloud IT administration and privileged identity management tools, detailed some of the techniques employed by a new breed of hackers, who are often backed by nation-states.
These attackers have moved beyond the smash-and-grab-style and are now using a "low and slow" approach, quietly... Plus

Is Digital Marketing Consolidation Inevitable? Not According to Gartner

I recently came across a fantastic article from Martin Kihn, a research director at Gartner, titled "Digital Marketing Consolidation Is Not Inevitable." The article did a great job of stating the case against the marketing cloud. I wrote a similar post last year about the Adobe Marketing Cloud. In his article, Martin makes three excellent points about the challenges of marketing suites and clouds:
Change isn't Changing
The speed of change in digital marketing alters math.... Plus

It Works in the Wild: Open Source + Business - Meet me at re:publica 2014!


Meet me in Berlin this May at re:publica!

I am thrilled to have been selected to make the case for Drupal and Open Source as tools for better business at this year’s re:publica conference in Berlin May 6th to May 9th, 2014. My session, “It Works in the Wild: Open Source + Business” has been accepted into the program. re:publica started in 2007 as a small blogger meet-up and has developed into an important digital-society event, attracting more than 5000 visitors from around... Plus

How to know your site is up, and manage access in the Acquia toolset

I’m exceptionally proud to announce the general availability of some new features for the Acquia toolset: Uptime Monitoring and Teams & Permissions.
Over the last several months we’ve gone through a careful beta phase; rolling these tools out to limited sets of users, gathering their feedback, refining, bug-fixing, and making sure they fit the bill. Now, with hundreds of customers using these features we’re ready to take the “beta” label off and offer them to all.
Teams and Permissions
Manage granular permissions at the role level.
The first goal of the Teams and Permissions (T&P)... 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.
From Chief Digital Officer to Chief Listening Officer: What’s your Trojan Horse?
With an alumni-base of over 375,000, there’s no shortage of social feedback coming to the desk of Harvard’s chief digital officer Perry Hewitt. But for this CDO, that's the perfect Trojan horse to get them collaborating together, and to tap a smart base of people who can help drive university’s initiatives.
The... Plus

How SensioLabs UK drives value with BDD


Part 2 of 3: Paul Wander, co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing at the UK PHP service provider Inviqa – the co-parent company of SensioLabs UK – was kind enough to give me an hour of his time recently to talk about some interests we have in common. In this podcast, we cover the gap between human beings and machines, behavior driven development, the Gherkin syntax, and how good communication and BDD can... Plus

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