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Why Open Source Is Driving Digital Transformation in Government

“Change.” That’s the word that best describes today’s digital world. Since 1991, internet users have grown from a handful of researchers to nearly 3 billion globally. Along the way, how we access and use digital information has changed as well. Government organizations, like the rest of society, are under increasing pressure to adapt to this rapid pace of change.
Today’s sophisticated consumers demand dynamic, interactive experiences that help them work with–and participate in–government. To craft the digital experiences their constituents demand, governments have to adopt newer technologies... Meer

Front End Performance Strategy: Styles

The quest for improved page-load speed and website performance is constant. And it should be. The speed and responsiveness of a website have a significant impact on conversion, search engine optimization, and the digital experience in general.
In part one of this series, we established the importance of front-end optimization on performance, and discussed how properly-handled images can provide a significant boost toward that goal. In this... Meer

Sustainable contribution, part 1 of 2: How Drupal has solved and evolved


Part 1 of 2 Drupal user number 5622, John Faber, has been involved with Drupal since late 2003. He is a Managing Partner with Chapter Three, a San Francisco-based digital agency. Their slogan sums up well what a lot of us think about what we do: "We build a better internet with Drupal." John and I got on a Google Hangout on March 17th, 2015, to talk about the business advantages of contribution and sustainability when basing your business on open source software. We also touch on Drupal 8's potential power as a toolset and for attracting new... Meer

Improve Your Site’s Security by Adding Two-Factor Authentication

Identity theft and site compromises are all-too-common occurrences -- it seems a day rarely goes by without a news story detailing the latest batch of user passwords which have been compromised and publicly posted.
Passwords were first used in the 1960s when computers were shared among multiple people via time-sharing methods. Allowing multiple users on a single system required a way for users to prove they were who they claimed to be. As computer systems have grown more complex over the last 50 years, the same password concept has been baked into them as the core authentication method. That... Meer

One year later: the Acquia Certification Program

A little over a year ago we launched the Acquia Certification Program for Drupal. We ended up the first year with close to 1,000 exams taken, which exceeded our goal of 300-600. Today, I'm pleased to announce that the Acquia Certification Program passed another major milestone with over 1,000 exams passed (not just taken).
People have debated the pros and cons of software certifications for years (including myself... Meer

Caching to Improve Drupal Performance: The Three Levels You Should Know

In our continuing mission (well, not a mission; it’s actually a blog series) to help you improve your Drupal website, let’s look at the power of caching.
In our previous post, we debunked some too common Drupal performance advice. This time we're going positive, with a simple, rock-solid strategy to get you started: caching is the single best way to improve Drupal performance without having to fiddle with code.
At the basic level, it... Meer

Acquia's 2015 Partner Site of The Year Finalists


Acquia partners with top digital agencies that are creating amazing digital experiences in order to help companies and brands thrive in today's complex digital world. The Partner Site of The Year competition serves as a unique opportunity to showcase the best examples of their work.

For this year’s competition, Acquia’s digital agency partners submitted client sites for consideration across 15 categories. After careful deliberation, Acquia’s executive team selected 48 finalists, assessing each site on visual
design, functionality, integration and overall customer experience. Next... Meer

From consumption to contribution - Drupal business in India, Part 2


Ani Gupta, Drupal Mumbai community lead, StartupNext lead, formerly at Axelerant in India, and I got the chance to continue the conversation I began with Piyush Poddar at Drupal Camp London about the changing face of IT and open source in India. Under the heading "from consumption to contribution" we talk about India's move from being perceived as being good for cheap, outsourced code to being a place rich with brands... Meer

BlissWorld.com: Achieving A Higher State of Happy

It’s 2pm on a Friday and I am fried. I’m dying for the workweek to be over. This time last week I was rock climbing in the Austrian Alps with my fiancé trying my best not to scratch up my week-old engagement ring. We flew back to Boston the next day and were both at work on Monday, dying for a vacation from our vacation.
Now that I’m just about finished digging out from under a pile of email and to-dos, I’m in desperate need of more traditional relaxation. One project we’ve been working on is telling our newest success story – Blissworld.... Meer

Conquering the Drupal Learning Curve

Common perception is that Drupal has a steep learning curve. Others, colleagues included, find the statement misleading and detrimental. I find myself somewhere in the middle. I think that Drupal development can be unintuitive to someone new to Drupal. However, I believe that any motivated, interested individual can 'conquer' Drupal development, regardless of prior experience.
I decided to test the theory by teaching a pre-school teacher, a used car dealership manager, a Java developer, and five others, Drupal 7 development.
Why the Reputation?
Drupal allows you to change almost anything at... Meer

What Drupal Code Should/Should Not Be Included in a Public Repository?

This is the third post in a multi-part series on using GitHub for Government. In previous posts, we've discussed the basics of GitHub, as well as what the public can see and do with GitHub. In this post we'll look at what Drupal code should and shouldn’t be in a public repository, and in future posts, we'll discuss users and permissions on organizational accounts and developer workflows.
What code can be safely made public and what code should be made public are not always the same thing. What custom code should or should not be made public depends on what your agency’s objectives are in... Meer

Drupal: Helping NGOs & Civil Society in Myanmar and beyond


When Tom Feichter told me he only gets to one Drupal event a year, I wanted to know why. When he told me it's because he runs a Drupal shop–mspiral creative media–in Yangon, Myanmar, I had to know more! We talked about Tom's history in Drupal, how Drupal's multilingual capabilities have helped him, how excited he is about Drupal 8's architecture, his history working with NGOs on the Thai/Burmese border and how that has flowed into ethical digital agency work, and more.

Drupal really is everywhere

It is so exciting to find out that the promise of... Meer

How Weather.com Improved Their Page Load Times


In November, 2014 Weather.com launched on Drupal and became one of the highest trafficked websites in the world to launch on an open-source content management system (CMS). Mediacurrent and Acquia are excited to announce a new, 3-part blog post series that will share insight around how Weather.com was migrated to Drupal. Our team of experts will share best practices and what lessons we learned during the project.
There's an old saying, “... Meer

Redefining Commerce: OluKai - Selling Shoes, Selling a Lifestyle


I discovered the OluKai brand a couple of years ago when my brother bought a pair of OluKai sandals, and lived in them for an entire summer. Nearly daily proclamations of enthusiasm and excitement over that single pair of sandals soon had me looking at the brand website and buying a pair for myself. Much like my Brother, I immediately fell in love, and have been a strong brand advocate ever since. But it’s not just the sandals I fell in love with, it’s the lifestyle that OluKai embodies. It made me want to emulate that in my own life.... Meer

Achieving Agile in Government - It Can Be Done


Implementing agile development methodologies in a government setting can be quite difficult. Government agencies often want to know upfront exactly what they’re getting, and exactly what it will cost. From an agile development perspective, this is a major challenge.
According to Agile In A Nutshell, “Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end. It works by breaking projects down into little... Meer

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