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The TestOps Files, part 1: You can't mock out the operating system

DevOps is a software development method that, among other things, involves automating the provisioning and configuration of IT infrastructure. A key part of that definition is software development—DevOps is about writing software. Like all software, DevOps software needs to be tested. Like all software, DevOps software is best tested in an automated fashion as part of a Continuous Integration (CI) development process. Acquia Cloud is a PaaS for developing and running web sites. It is a software product, and a massive DevOps... Meer

FedRAMP - one goal. multiple paths (but please, no hugging)

To paraphrase Matt Goodrich, it's past time to stop "hugging your server" and to start embracing the Cloud. In the not too distant wake of this year's cancellation of DIA (DoDIIS), and despite seemingly never-ending budget concerns, attendance at the AWS Worldwide Public Sector Summit just two weeks ago was strong. In... Meer

Drupal 8 OOP benefit 1 of many: entity types

Many people, including me, have been blogging about Drupal 8 and its transition to object oriented programming. One question that comes up often is why?, given the extra layers of abstraction, complexity, and verbosity that often accompanies that. Dries wrote a post, answering that question at a high level. In this post, I want to quickly highlight one place, entity types, where the abstractions have what I think to be very obvious and impressive benefits. I... Meer

L'usines à sites selon Acquia

Comment permettre aux équipes marketing de lancer et de maintenir une multitude de sites web et d’expériences utilisateurs multi-canal pour mettre en œuvre efficacement leurs stratégies digitales ? La majorité des entreprises internationales doit répondre à ce défi majeur. Avec un large catalogue de produits, des services en constante évolution, une présence à l’international, des sites e-commerce, des campagnes marketing, etc, le nombre de sites à gérer peut très vite dépasser la centaine. Sans une plateforme digitale adaptée, une telle gestion multi-sites, multilingue, et multicanal... Meer

This Week in Drupal Core: September 18, 2013

"Cross Posted from Drupal.org" Welcome to the inaugural entry in the "This Week in Drupal Core" series, which aims to highlight cool happenings in and around Drupal core for people who don't have their home pages set to http://drupal.org/project/issues/user (as shocking as it may be to hear, apparently these people exist ;)). Overall, energy in the core queue has largely been spent around readying things for DrupalCon Prague (in just a few short days,... Meer

Drupal 8, iOS 7, and Disruptive Innovation

I was recently struck by a story told to me by Tom Bogan, one of Acquia's board members and the board chairman at Citrix. Citrix has risen to become one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Tom says that the key to Citrix long term success has been its willingness to look for ways to "disrupt itself". Citrix often takes a critical look at its business, and looks for ways to innovate fast like a startup. This process is called disruptive innovation... Meer

Sneak Peek into Next Generation Cloud Tools (they're wicked sick)

Over the course of 2013, the UX, Product and Development teams here at Acquia have been hard at work to make our systems and interfaces do more, work better and load faster. The year started with the code behind the UI at insight.acquia.com being vastly refactored to be more object oriented and more streamlined. As a result we reduced our database queries by as much as 50% on some pages. Next we created the Acquia Notify system which provides notifications about your site and displays them in the re-designed top nav bar. Following that we created a new account management site (accounts.acquia... Meer

As Egypt Goes Into Crisis, Support Team Keeps Al-Masry Site Delivering News

Egypt has been engulfed in constant turmoil over the past decade, including upheavals during the early days of the Arab Spring, and then again this summer. Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt’s leading independent media group, plays a critical role, serving as a vital information source for Egypt’s population in these turbulent times. And because its digital site is a key beacon of communication, the site’s stability and functionality needs to be a top priority for Al-Masry’s IT team. But what happens when your lead developer can’t get to work because of another series of riots? Acquia’s Support team... Meer

Low cost, low risk, high value - come to BADCamp 2013!

I spoke with two members of the Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) 2013 organizing team, Anne Stefanyk and David Hwang. What: Bay Area Drupal Camp - One of the oldest (7 years and still going strong!), biggest (1500+ attended in 2012), and freest (tickets are still a very open-source-friendly zero dollars!) Drupal events around. When: October 24-27, 2013 Where: UC Berkeley, California More info: http://2013.badcamp.net David Hwang on... Meer

Building a Great (and Social) Alumni Platform

Over the past several weeks I’ve had more conversations with schools about alumni sites and alumni portals than I can even count. Big schools and small, public and private, are exploring and evaluating options for their next (or in some cases, their first) digital platform. And for the most part they are all looking for similar things: an infrastructure for social integration and community building, back-end interoperability, and of course the right tools to deliver an amazing online experience for their alums that will keep them engaged and coming back again and again. There are several... Meer

Explaining Varnish for Beginners

A short time ago I published a presentation I gave at DrupalACT entitled 'Varnish for Beginners'. Whilst the presentation itself went down well and those attending hopefully garnered a good amount of knowledge, I thought I'd share the basics in this blog post for those who would like to know more about it. What is Varnish? Varnish is a reverse proxy HTTP accelerator that is often placed in front of... Meer

Laat je niet de wet voorschrijven

I want to go where my imagination guides me; alle creatieve geesten hebben door de eeuwen heen hetzelfde gedaan: door buiten vast gebaande paden te denken, kwamen zij tot hun originele gedachten. Einstein, Walt Disney en Jobs lieten zich gidsen door hun verbeelding, dachten out of the box. En zij lieten zich daarbij niet hinderen door wat techniek zou voorschrijven. Zeker in ons digitale tijdperk lijken de mogelijkheden oneindig maar is het vaak de software die ons in de steek laat. Online betrokkenheid, sociale interactie en integrale klantbeleving: het klinkt zo simpel, maar het blijken... Meer

Personalizing the Digital Experience Using Simple Taxonomy

(Part 2 of the Exploring Personalization Blog Series) There aren’t a shortage of tools and techniques surrounding successful personalization as I discussed in my last blog post. But with that being said, executing through precise, innovative taxonomy needs to be done effectively in order to turn viewers into returning visitors. President Obama’s donation page surrounding his presidential campaign last fall is a great example of this. This page was able to tell if you had been to the site... Meer

Kanban Process Lowers Budget Risk for Government Projects

Government agencies can take better advantage of Drupal’s flexibility, with lower budget risk, by using fixed price contracts for software development using a kanban process. Drupal gives government agencies speed and flexibility The Drupal content management system framework has the potential to help government leaders advance digital government initiatives and quickly meet the shifting demands placed on their agency... Meer

Drupalists, Get Ready For More Open Government Data

The latest round in the virtuous cycle of open government data reform is Congressional leaders’ support for open data legislation at the Data Transparency Conference 2013, held on September 10th. Many of us in the digital government and Drupal communities have been excited to see recent progress in government transparency. Specifically, the open data policy announced by the White House on May 9th, 2013 that mandates “the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable... Meer

Adopters, Scale, Community, Content and more at DrupalCon Prague

I'm seriously excited about DrupalCon Prague. It already looks to be the biggest European Drupal event ever held, with over 1600 tickets sold to date and 56 countries represented in the registrations. The UK is currently leading the enrollment table with 193 attendees, closely followed by the US, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. During DrupalCon, I spend over 14 hours a day meeting with developers, marketing and other tech and business folk, talking all things Drupal – never mind the time spent in the bar afterwards! I have a personal top four of things I'm looking forward to in Prague: The... Meer

For Content Translation, Go Global by Being Social

From establishing a stronger brand presence to increasing search-ad click-through rates, companies today have all kinds of incentives to go social. Consider this: · 77% of B2C companies have found users on Facebook · 65% of B2B companies have acquired users through LinkedIn · 59% of B2C companies... Meer

Acquia Cloud Free is now generally available!

Today we are excited to launch our freely available version of Acquia Cloud to the general public -- no credit card or beta codes required! Acquia Cloud Free provides Drupal developers a free sandbox on the most secure and reliable development platform. Use it to experiment with new features, test your code quality and create extraordinary digital experiences! Acquia Cloud Free also provides an easy way to trial the features that makes our offering so special: easy drag & drop workflow integration with Git and Drush and controllable by API and Cloud Hooks code analysis and tuning with... Meer

Announcing Acquia Cloud Free

I'm excited to announce that Acquia is launching Acquia Cloud Free, a no-cost development sandbox for Drupal development. While Acquia has always had a freemium offer for development purposes, it had an expiration date, and it required a credit card. We've changed that with Acquia Cloud Free. Acquia Cloud Free comes packed with great tools including, but not limited to: A free development sandbox on Acquia Cloud with development and staging environments,... Meer

Acquia now offering training in India

Over the years, we have seen Drupal adoption grow tremendously world-wide. It started from a dorm room and today, has managed make its way into every nook and corner of the world including of course the IT services capital of the world, India. India has a lot of fantastic Drupalists. Did you know that it is second only to the United states in the number of visitors to Drupal.org? The rate at which Drupal is growing, more often than not, we are finding that there are not enough options out there for developers to learn and adopt the technology. There is a need for compelling Drupal training... Meer

Drupal Commons-Alfresco-CAS SSO Integration

For companies that need a quick and feature-rich solution for their internal data Drupal Commons may be a good fit. Simply put, Drupal Commons is a collection of commonly used Drupal modules all bundled together and themed. It provides a good out-of-the-box system with many useful features such as: user-follows, notes, wikis, events etc. For organizations that depend on use cases more traditionally served by Enterprise Content Management (ECM) capabilities such as robust document management with versioning support, or deep compliance and archiving requirements, integration with Alfresco may... Meer

MySQL HA Architecture for Drupal

(The below blog is part of the Drupal Meets MySQL blog series by Michael Benshoof, MySQL Consultant @ Percona and Andrew Kenney, VP Platform Engineering @ Acquia) This is part 2 of the Drupal Meets MySQL series. In the previous post, we touched briefly on the history of MySQL and Drupal working together. In this post, we’ll touch on different architectures using multiple MySQL... Meer

Three important start-up lessons I learned

The blog post below was a guest article I wrote for Inc Magazine and was published in September 2013. It has been a while since I shared a startup lesson on my personal blog so I'm cross-posting my article here. When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What is even more exciting is the open source community that has grown up around Drupal. I co-founded... Meer

PHP is Taking Care of Business - Meet Lorna Jane

I ran into PHP consultant, Lorna Jane Mitchell at DrupalCon/Symfony Live Portland this May. She and I had a great talk about PHP for building secure, modular, high availability applications in the enterprise; where newer versions of PHP (5.3, 5.4, 5.5 ...) are headed; and the business value inherent in open source software. This conversation was the seed for Lorna's Acquia.com guest blog post, "The Future of PHP is ... Here Already", which compliments this podcast perfectly! Open Source Cost... Meer

The Future of PHP is ... Here Already

Things are a-buzz in the Drupal community, with a major new release on the horizon: Drupal 8. It heralds many excellent features of course, but one major change is that Drupal 8 will require PHP 5.3 as a minimum platform. PHP 5.3 adds a ton of goodness for Drupal and other PHP users (see "Feature Heaven" below), but there's even better in store for you in PHP 5.4 (faster) and 5.5 (more efficient)! The Drupal project is in a great place using PHP 5.3, but if you're wishing that PHP would be faster, have more features, or make better use of your hardware, the next versions of PHP have already... Meer

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