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PHP: Getting the job done, really easily – meet Stephan Hochdörfer


Stephan Hochdörfer from bitExpert AG and I got the chance to sit down and chat in the event hotel lobby following his session (and my keynote address :-) at SymfonyLive Berlin, 2014.

Surprisingly, this podcast contains "the s-word" once. You have been warned. :-)

Why PHP?

Despite this very positive statement, "I discovered PHP and stuck with it because it helps me solve my problems on a daily basis," when we got to this part of Stephan's history in open source, his tone got a little... Plus

Security is Top of Mind for CIOs in 2015

On Sunday night, rather than eating queso dip and watching playoff football, I decided to read Piper Jaffray’s 2015 CIO survey, an annual survey that helps CIOs and other industry experts understand how technology and other trends influence the growth of their position and technology choices in the new year.
As the Product Marketing Manager for Acquia Cloud, this survey was interesting to me in a lot of ways as we’re continuously striving to bring the most secure, reliable and scalable cloud platform to market to make our customers successful.
In the report, 112 CIOs were asked questions... Plus

Acquia retrospective 2014

As is now a tradition for me, here is my annual Acquia retrospective, where I look back at 2014 and share what is on my mind as we start the new year. I take the time to write these retrospectives not only for you dear reader, but also for myself, because I want to keep a record of the changes we've gone through as a company and how my personal thinking is evolving from year to year. But I also write them for you, because you might be able to learn from my experiences or from analyzing the information provided. If you would like to, you can read my previous retrospectives:... Plus

Full Circle: A Field Marketer’s Perspective on Digital Transformation

Last night, I was sitting on my couch checking up on email and saw this:

Helping organizations to be successful with digital transformation is the core of what I work on everyday. Last night, I was able to experience the full lifecycle of an Acquia site-deployment with a customer. I remember hearing when the opportunity was discovered; progress as our sales organization worked to identify what Intuit wanted to achieve; and reading the win report; and it all came full circle when a personal site-launch notification to help “take control of your money and get more out of life” came across my... Plus

Explaining Drupal, the pragmatic choice – meet David Aponovich


David Aponovich knows the web content management business far beyond just the "Drupalsphere". I was thrilled when he joined Acquia from Forrester Research in 2014, since I believe his voice, experience, and insight can help convince more businesses of the benefits of using Drupal, especially given the upcoming release of Drupal 8. He and I sat down at DrupalCon Amsterdam – David's first Drupal community event – and talked about digital transformation from the "information superhighway" to today, corporations and open source software as a pragmatic choice, and how the definitions of... Plus

Automating Remote Administration

Acquia has started rolling out automated security updates for Remote Administration (RA) subscription accounts, filling a critical lag that automation previously has not been able to solve. We’re excited, because our RA customers can count on Acquia to patch their sites as soon as automatically possible regardless of their Drupal configuration.
This feature has long been a goal for Acquia Support and the RA team in particular; it’s been more challenging than we expected. You see, automation is easy if all sites are built from the same base repository using the same folder structure and... Plus

Wordpress to Drupal 8 Migration

This blog post explains how to migrate a stock Wordpress site to Drupal 8 as of D8 beta3. We’ll be covering conversion of users, comments, pages and blog posts to Drupal format. You can find the code hosted on Github. If you’d like to contribute to the project of building a Wordpress Migrate module, please fork it from Github, do the improvements and then raise the pull requests.
The setup
Here’s an example of an existing WordPress... Plus

Why Retailers Need to Reorganize for Effective Content-Driven Commerce

This is the first post in an 8-part series called "Building a Content-First Organization."
Storytelling has long been a staple of good brand marketing. But the concept has taken on more urgency in the digital space, where brands now have the power to engage directly with their customers through web and mobile channels.
The mandate for more sophisticated brand content has introduced a new set of challenges for online retailers – namely, how to integrate traditionally... Plus

Recent Highlights of Drupal in Media and Entertainment

When people ask me about the last year in my role as a director in our media entertainment and publishing practice, I tell them it was “Ludicrously busy”. The pace is furious as we help major media companies transition to Acquia and Drupal, most times away from custom, in house developed web content management (WCM) platforms. Before I get to the trends that will drive media companies to adopt new WCM platforms and other digital media technologies in 2015, let’s look at highlights from 2014 with the use of Drupal and Acquia in the industry. I added links to webinars and case studies so you... Plus

Lift Taking Off...

It's been awhile since I've written an update about my integration of Lift into the Acquia.com site (you can read my last post here), but recently I've been getting some results that are worth sharing.
The numbers aren't big, because I've only been running this latest test for about a month, but they are impressive enough that the sales team here took notice.
In fact, Tom Murdock, head of worldwide inside sales here at Acquia, got very excited when he saw the latest Lift results.
The small numbers didn't stop him from... Plus

Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 2


Part 2 – Larry Garfield and I had a long chat in front of my camera at DrupalCon Amsterdam to warm him up for writing "Building Bridges: Linking Islands" in the Future of PHP guest blog series on Acquia.com. In this second part of our conversation, we touch on Drupal's specialist value-adds over and above straight PHP, what defines community, sustainable contribution and services v products businesses, rebuilding Drupal's foundations to make a better project for everyone, the... Plus

Acquia Customer Service Day 2014: Riding Along with Acquia Ready & Support

It is not every day that members of an entire company are invited to provide and/or gain first-hand perspective into their customers and colleagues. However, on December 10, Acquians did just that as part of a global Customer Service Day organized by Acquia’s Customer Success leadership team.
Five departments, including Account Management, Acquia Ready (Onboarding), Global Support, Professional Services, and Technical Account Management, hosted colleagues to "ride along" on their customer interactions, impart knowledge as needed, and learn more in-depth what fellow colleagues do. For our... Plus

Princess@Sea – Powered by Drupal

With over 18,000 staff at sea and serving 1.7 million passengers a year, Princess is the third largest cruise line in the industry. While that is a lofty spot to be in, the company strives to move into pole position. How does one achieve that you may ask?
It all started in the fall of 2012 during Princess’ preparation to launch its newest, most technologically advanced ship in our fleet, Royal Princess. Our guests rely on the onboard newsletter, the Princess Patter, delivered daily to provide information on events and activities, safety and security notices, advertising, venue details... Plus

Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 1


Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 1

Part 1 – Larry Garfield and I had a long chat in front of my camera at DrupalCon Amsterdam. Part of the idea was to help Larry prepare his thoughts for writing the blog post that has turned into "Building Bridges: Linking Islands" in the Future of PHP guest blog series on Acquia.com. In this part we cover Larry's start in Drupal, some project history, what Drupal can teach (and needs to learn) about contribution and community ("celebrating... Plus

Building Bridges, Linking Islands


The world of PHP development is changing. The past few years have seen the rise of a new wave of frameworks, the birth of component-based architectures, the advent of Composer and Packagist.org, and even our own standards body, the PHP-Framework Interoperability Group. A new "Proudly Invented Elsewhere" culture (because everyone loves PIE, right?)... Plus

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