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Proprietary Social Business Software and Its Dirty Little Secrets

I love it when, for the third time in the past week, we get off the phone with a customer of our Social Business Software (SBS) competitor, Jive Software, and we hear that they are playing the same games that Enterprise software companies have played for the last thirty years: - Everything is a "customization" - Customizations cost lots of money - Organizations need to rely on the company or its partners to perform customizations - The (already) proprietary instance of the software becomes to customized, it costs even more when it comes time to... Meer

The Future is OpenSaaS

This blog post is cross-posted from the 2011 Future of Open Source Forum website. As I have for the past few years, I’ll be attending the Open Source Business Conference this May in San Francisco. What makes this year different is that I will participate in a panel discussion led by Michael Skok - partner at North Bridge Venture Partners... Meer

Drupal Gardens adds SSL, RTL language support, streamlined block editing and more

This sprint the Drupal Gardens team worked on several areas of polish including internationalization, security, multi-image handling, performance and general UX. We hope you like the changes and additions outlined below: Updated all sites to the official Drupal 7.0 release.  Thanks again to everyone who made it possible! Updated the majority Drupal Gardens contrib modules. You can now delete multiple gallery images at the same time. Select the "... Meer

Finishing my first week at Acquia

I am just finishing my first week at Acquia, boy what a rocket ride! As you may have heard, read or known, Acquia is making connection with its roots - Europe. As you may have also probably heard or known, Acquia has recently established operations in the UK, the overall aim of which is to serve customers from all over the Europe. To give you a bit of a my background, its time for some sweet memories: I discovered Drupal few years ago when making a simple site for my wife (an online magazine for people with diabetes), and you may say that ‘I came for the code and stayed for the community’. In... Meer

Acquia's Invite Lost in the Mail?

It’s a bummer Acquia’s invitation to discuss social business software for the enterprise with TechCrunch’s Sarah Lacy got lost in the mail. I hate when that happens. Good news is we’re not easily offended, and will contribute to the discussion anyway. Acquia’s Drupal Commons is a social business software distribution built on the industry leading open source content management... Meer

'11 for $11 - Why You Should Renew Your Acquia Network Subscription Today

You may have seen an e-mail from Acquia or some chatter out on twitter about $11 renewals for Acquia Network basic subscriptions. To answer the question we keep getting from our customers; yes, it's for real, and we strongly encourage you to sign-up today. More importantly, I wanted to address why you should care and what would make you want to renew.... Meer

Assembling Extraordinary External Community Sites

I was recently asked to speak to a group of CTOs in Europe and the USA about social business tools. Designed as an information session, the organizers asked Acquia to present how an open source platform like Drupal could be used to build effective community sites as well as delivering other types of web applications, from e-commerce sites to marketing microsites. The other company asked to present focuses exclusively on a social business solution, requiring the use of other products for different applications. The power of Drupal as a platform has been the primary driving force behind its... Meer

Acquia and Tesla Accelerating at Top Speeds

Last Friday January 14th Acquia employees got the ride of a lifetime! That’s right we all had the privilege of test-driving the Tesla Roadster Sport, the 100% electric sports car. This beast boasts 288-horse power and smoothly accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The best way I can explain how amazing this car is by comparing the super smooth acceleration of the Aerosmith roller coaster ride at Disney’s Hollywood... Meer

Drupal Gardens adds custom surveys, forms and questionnaires

Lately the Drupal Gardens team has been busy adding several highly-requested mega-features.  A mega-feature is a feature so large, some companies build entire products based on that feature.  Webforms is the most recent mega-feature we have added.  Since mega-features can be complicated, we invested hundreds of design hours and thousands of engineering hours to make webforms easy-to-use.   Based on the powerful webform and form builder projects, the team... Meer

It’s almost here - 77 days and counting until DrupalCon Chicago

This year's DrupalCon Chicago event is shaping up to be the best ever; there are session proposals from top Drupalists around the country, Drupal 7 will be GA when we meet and well what’s more fun than winter in the windy city. To help make the best of your DrupalCon experience I wanted to highlight some key sessions submitted by Acquia’s finest, I hope you find this list valuable and take the time to vote on these sessions. Voting is easy, simply log on to http://drupal.org then go to https://chicago2011.drupal.org/... Meer

Drupal in Greece

Greece hasn't had an easy ride lately. Through the financial crisis and collapse of public sector funding and wages, many young Greeks have suddenly lost their prospective career path. The trash collection and public transportation workers have been striking, meaning not only will you have to walk to work, you might have to avoid gigantic piles of trash, ironically decorated with Christmas lights, along the way. To add insult to injury, it snowed the day I arrived - a rare event - and many of the smaller roads in the mountains were closed. It would be easy to feel held down in such an... Meer

Drupal - Have it YOUR Way (Or, the Constraints of Social Business Software)

One of the most common complaints that we hear from our prospects & customers when in the market for Community Software and/or Social Business Software is that the licensing models of the proprietary vendors are very inflexible. They often end up charging their customers on a per user basis, annually, - and on top of that, bundle in typical proprietary software maintenance costs. In the end of the day, the customer ends up with a very expensive, annually recurring, inflexible licensing situation, - and on top of that, the customer pays additional dollars each time they request a new... Meer

Down On the Street at the New York Drupal Business Summit

We kicked-off the first of our multi-city Drupal Business Summit events in the Big Apple yesterday and it was a rousing success. For me, every Drupal event is a learning experience, and yesterday’s event was no exception. Speakers including Bob Kerner, VP of Technology at NYSE Euronext, Jamie Clark from Zagat and Andrew Hoppin, CIO of the New York State Senate, shared great stories about how they are using Drupal as a platform for... Meer

Impossible to Catch

Rasmus Lerdorf, the creator of PHP, commented in an interview with France's leading newspaper Le Monde, that "it will be practically impossible to create today a proprietary alternative to Drupal". The remarks were in the context of the evolution of open source in the market. Lerdorf backs this up by highlighting that in the server infrastructure layer today, open source dominates. "There are several server... Meer

Acquia Partner Strategy

When I joined Acquia 18 months ago, one of our top priorities was communicating our partner strategy. As a priority, it’s still right up there, an indication that, while we have made progress, we need to be more transparent, more communicative than we have been. Having a strong and diverse ecosystem around Drupal is vital for the continued health and growth of Drupal. Code contributors are key of course, but so are other roles from documentation to marketing to organization of conferences and camps. Acquia has an express goal of facilitating and growing this ecosystem, through... Meer

Drupal Gardens adds drop-down menus, reset site, and more

Last week we pushed out a new Drupal Gardens update containing several very popular requests that we are thrilled to deliver!  In addition, we are now in the home stretch towards a Drupal 7 release candidate, with only 5 critical bugs left as of this post.  The Acquia engineering team has been spending 30% of its time working with the community directly on Drupal 7 core and contrib module efforts, and we are all counting down the days until release.  Exciting times!We just released a new version of Drupal Gardens with the following new features: Drupal... Meer

Join the Social Business Revolution

The social web is dramatically changing the way we work and play. Organizations are gaining substantial productivity improvements from what the inventor of the term web 2.0, Tim O’Reilly, describes as “harnessing the collective intelligence.” But harnessing the massive amounts of content being created in the social web is a great challenge in itself. According to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, “... Meer

Social business software gets common

A few of days ago I blogged about a conversation I had with an industry analyst. A key quote I heard from him that conversation was this: "The feature set for social business software is now pretty well known." And again today I heard from another well-known social business software consultant that he thinks "There's not much IP (intellectual property) in social business software; it's not hard software to create." If I were an analyst today (I was one at Forrester in the mid 1990's), I'd... Meer

Acquia Expanding to Europe

Ever since Dries co-founded Acquia, having a commercial presence in Europe has been an oft discussed topic inside the company. We do have European customers today, and we have Europe based team members in our technical teams, but we have not had multi-language sales and support teams based in Europe. That’s all about to change. We announced at Drupalcon Copenhagen that we were expanding to Europe in 2011. I recently returned from a 10 day trip across the pond to finalize more pieces of our plan. I spent a couple days with a number of other open source execs in Barcelona, discussing... Meer

Drupal Gardens site design contest winners

The Drupal Gardens sites submitted for our recent contest were fantastic and it was really hard to pick just one winner. The site designs were judged on their creativity, attractiveness, and complexity. The winner is Susan MacPhee who built Ipswich Ale Brewery, the website for a New England craft brewer. Congratulations Susan - enjoy your new iPad! Here's why Susan and the Ipswich Ale Brewery crew picked Drupal Gardens: "We decided that Drupal Gardens fit our... Meer

Drupal Commons isn't dependent on using Drupal

Ok, so yes - the title is a bit misleading in one sense; but in another it's totally true. Let me explain. While briefing an industry analyst yesterday, I realized that the analyst was presuming that an organization needed to have adopted Drupal in some way before they would could use Drupal Commons. This is not the case. Drupal Commons is a ready-to-use application. It is constructed to fit into the social business software category. That is, software that lets businesses have websites of their own that provide capabilities similar to popular consumer social software... Meer

The time is right for Drupal products

The very best session I attended at DrupalCon Copenhagen was "WordPress is better than Drupal: developers take note" by Jennifer Lea Lampton. While I disagree with the premise - comparing a purpose-built product (WP) to a framework designed to be completely flexible (Drupal) - the session was fantastic, well-presented and raised many valid points. It sparked intense, productive discussions about usability, functionality and approach... Meer

Drupal Gardens adds video support with media galleries

Four weeks ago, the Drupal Gardens team introduced the image gallery feature to all Drupal Gardens sites. While that was great, we wanted galleries to be true media galleries, and so last week the team introduced video support to galleries in a seamless way. Built on top of the awesome Media module and supporting Media: YouTube module, it's architecture is easily extended to support video from many other sources in the future. Read on for the details:... Meer

Marketers - what's in your toolbox?

There will always be debate over which tools will best serve marketing efforts. Wordpress for blogging, Facebook for networking building; the list goes on and on. As I find myself in the crux of these discussions more and more (most recently I attend OMMA Social in New York) my answer is always the same: there isn’t just one tool that can do it all. Sure there are technologies that market themselves as all-you-need solutions: “Wordpress is not just a blogging platform it’s more … ”. “... Meer

Expanding Acquia's Partner Program in Europe

2010 has been an inflection point for the Acquia partner program. We are doing more business than ever with partners, including case studies with Palantir.net, Blink Reaction, and IBM Global Services. Earlier this year, we made a number of changes to simplify the program structure and introduced new partner levels... Meer

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