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Personalisation: Delivering a Connected Digital Experience

The rules of engagement between brands and their customers are changing. We are now living and working in a connected world, in which customers expect their contact with a brand to always be consistent, whether that’s online, via mobile or in person. As connectivity increases, so too will the level to which consumers expect a personal, and personalised, service. Marketers and their organisations that don’t develop personal experiences for their customers could be at risk of losing out to more engaging competitors.
One size or made to measure?
The ‘one size fits all’ approach to marketing is... Meer

How I learned Drupal 8

In this post, I will share my experience on trying to learn Drupal 8 during its alpha stage, talk about some of the challenges of keeping up with the ongoing changes while trying to learn it, and end with some tips and resources which proved useful for me.
How it began
During a few weeks, a group of colleagues and I embarked on a learning project to get up to speed on all things Drupal 8. We did not fully know what to expect given that we were starting this at a time when D8 was still in Alpha and changes (even big ones) kept coming daily.
So,... Meer

Rest easy with Acquia support

Where other Platforms offer a generic support bucket without the breadth of expertise to solve every problem, Acquia has services tailored to your needs. We have multiple tiers of support personnel prepared for problems of any difficulty. To ensure our customers’ success, we also provide:
Acquia Ready to help your team through the transition to Acquia or Drupal
... Meer

Why A Former Forrester Analyst Is Betting His Career on Acquia and Drupal

I recently left my role as senior analyst at Forrester Research, where I helped to lead research on web content management and digital experience tools, to take a new challenge at Acquia.
The change is still fresh enough that nearly every day someone asks me, “Why Acquia?”
There’s no single answer -- 101 factors fuel any job change. Here, I saw the chance to make an impact by helping to highlight Acquia’s innovation in delivering a cloud-based platform built on open-source Drupal web content... Meer

Drupal 8 & Empowerment through Drupal


Part 1 of a 2-part conversation with Angie Byron in front of the cameras at NYC Camp 2014. In this part of our conversation we go over some of the inspiring and thought-provoking ideas we encountered there, and then jump to some of the benefits to users of the technical improvements built into Drupal 8.

What are the consequences of your technology?

Angie explains why she was excited to be at the UN for NYC Camp, "I felt really energized coming in here. I got into Drupal from a humanitarian angle. I love the whole open source ethos around... Meer

Acquia Global Support: We Turn Down for Nothing

One of the greatest perks about working at Acquia is that we support a broad spectrum of customers, large and small, technology and service, domestic and international. Whether it is a media company in the Middle East, a healthcare company in New Jersey, a European retailer or a large educational institution in the Asia-Pacific/Japan region, we have them all. But that means we have to provide a true global support model for our customers. One that consistently delivers high levels of service, focuses on customer success and inspires confidence in our customers.
There are no phantom... Meer

You Have 24 Hours - Gamify Awareness Like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’ve been on any social platform within the last few months, I’m sure you’ve seen a friend, family member or any number of celebrities make videos of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, and then challenging a others to do the same. Oh, and each challenge carries a time limit of 24 hours.
The list has evolved to feature the likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk, and it’s picking up steam through the rest of the celebrity... Meer

Drupal Stories Kick Off: My Own Drupal Story

It’s no secret that Drupalists are in high demand. I’ve blogged about the need for training more Drupalers and getting to them earlier in their careers previously, but that’s just one aspect of the greater topic which merits a closer inspection as a cohesive whole.
Drupal is an open source content management framework with a rabidly helpful community of developers, many of whom have been involved in creating some of the most notable properties on the web. It’s not surprising that good Drupal developers are a highly sought... Meer

The U.S. Digital Services Playbook is the Future of Digital Business

Last week, the Obama administration unveiled a new program called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service is a team of America's best and brightest digital strategists, who will collaborate with U.S. government agencies to make digital experiences more consumer friendly, and help the government better respond to the pressures of digital disruption. This initiative was created based on learnings from the successful partnership between public and private sector... Meer

An eCommerce Retrospective: Ten Summoner's Tales, Twenty Years Later

20 years ago the world changed. On August 11, 1994 Phil Brandenberger paid $12.48 plus shipping for Sting’s “Ten Summoner’s Tales” and made history as the very first online shopper. One year later Amazon.com and AuctionWeb (later to become eBay) both embarked on a historic journey to become the power-houses they are today.
20 years ago. Wow. Not only does that make me feel incredibly old, but I can’t... Meer

Drupal Best Practices Within Acquia Cloud Site Factory

In today’s super-competitive marketplace, staying ahead of the competition means being able to respond to changing markets instantly. Launching a new marketing campaign, a new brand, or even a new family of brands can mean the difference between success…or trailing the pack. Acquia Cloud Site Factory offers a turnkey solution for deploying one site—or hundreds of sites—quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing the branded experience expected by your visitors.
Today, I want to talk about how Site Factory turns... Meer

Drupal 8, Semantic Web, Linked Data and Security: upcoming events

With the first beta version of Drupal 8 around the corner, now is a good time to get excited about Drupal 8’s new features and APIs. The feature I’m the most excited about is the integration of schema.org mappings into Drupal entities and fields, allowing search engines to better understand the content on your site. When it comes to security, the Twig framework with its auto-escape feature is undeniably the #1 change that will increase security by dramatically reducing the risk of Cross-site scripting... Meer

Automatic Module Upgrader for Drupal 8 getting some love!

Back in February at the Acquia Build Week hackathon, Team "Upgrade Roboto" (webchick, Wim Leers, Gábor Hojtsy, xjm, japerry, and estha) published the Drupal Module Upgrader project.
The project is a script that scans the source of a Drupal 7... Meer

Why should I go to DrupalCon? - Rebroadcast - The benefits of being there


With DrupalCon Amsterdam and The Prenote right around the corner, it seemed like a good time to revisit this recording from when I had the tables turned on me at DrupalCon Portland and got interviewed by Ray Saltini from Blink Reaction. He asked me some great questions about Drupal, and especially why you should come to Drupal community events like DrupalCon. See you in... Meer

Amazon invests in Acquia

Topic: AcquiaDrupalI'm happy to share news that Amazon has joined the Acquia family as our newest investor. This investment builds on the recent $50 million financing round that Acquia completed in May, which was led by New Enterprise... Meer

Local Drupal Development Sandboxes

If you're doing Drupal development, having a local sandbox is a necessity. Why? No one should be making untested changes on a production or staging server. And, a development server should be free of initial development errors where the developer should execute a small set of engineering tests before deployment. Plus, it can be time consuming to regularly deploy code developed locally onto a development server. To summarize: a local sandbox is absolutely best practice. I hope to summarize how to quickly get up to speed without having to rehash the lessons I have learned.
Disclaimer
This blog... Meer

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.
Scale like Twitter with Open Source
Want to know how to scale like Twitter? The you should check out Apache Mesos, an open source project that engineering lead Benjamin Hindman started while he was a PhD student at Berklee. Described as an operating system for your database, Mesos helps developers write applications easier at Twitter and not have to worry about server reliability.
"As of today,... Meer

Why Are Companies Still Using Legacy CMS Products like TeamSite & Vignette?

One of the favorite parts of my job is helping Acquia's sales team in competitive web content management replacement opportunities.
I believe the traditional enterprise software model is broken. The antiquated idea of buying an expensive software license is being destroyed by open source and SaaS business models, which align the needs of the buyer and vendor. But I remain astounded by the number of companies who are still using legacy web content management products, in particular, HP/Autonomy/Interwoven TeamSite and OpenText Vignette.
TeamSite... Meer

Don’t wait, update your codebase now!

TL;DR: a security update for Drupal 7 and Drupal 6 was just released. All sites are affected and sites that are not updated immediately may experience Denial of Service (DoS) attacks leading to unexpected downtime.
Update: This vulnerability was covered on Mashable and one of the reporters published a detailed full disclosure of the vulnerability.
Today on Aug 6th, 2014, the... Meer

Drupal 8's new theming layer – Joël Pittet and Scott Reeves

Fixed! The version originally posted on August 5, 2014, got cut short by technical difficulties in production. Here are the complete audio and video versions of that conversation for you!

Drupal 8 theming layer co-maintainers Joël Pittet and Scott Reeves sat down with me at NYC Camp 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York City to talk about how Twig and the new theming layer in Drupal 8 empowers front- and back-end developers, convergence and contribution in PHP, and more.

Twig: empowering developers

Scott explains, "A lot of the work I do in my day job is bridging the gap... Meer

Digital has Moved from a Marketing Discipline to the Core of the Business

Just four years ago, it was commonplace for digital to be owned by the CMO. Many a CEO viewed digital as simply a marketing discipline. However, now in 2014, digital is fast becoming the crux of many business growth strategies - not just agile start-ups, but global enterprises.
Being ‘digital-first’ is one of the best ways to meet and exceed customers’ growing expectations. Customers want to be able to connect with businesses in whatever way they choose; whether at home, at work or on the go and they want to do it on their own terms. As customers, we want information in one go and we don’t... Meer

Life Science Professionals: Don’t Give Up on Social Media

It's one report I never thought I'd see in my morning life sciences feed: The Colbert Report.
But there it was: Stephen Colbert riffing, hilariously, on recent FDA guidance on the use of social media, specifically Twitter, by pharmaceutical companies.
One Colbert recommendation: use emojis to represent known risks for any drugs mentioned in tweets. Funny.
The comic potential must have been obvious to Colbert's writers: tweeting 140 characters does seems incompatible with the extensive... Meer

The Last-Ditch Fix - Programmatically changing a Drupal 7 view

Originally posted on Yellow Pencil's blog. Follow @kimbeaudin on Twitter
Here is the deal
Drupal generally runs on a LAMP based setup (which I strongly recommend), but if clients are restricted to certain hardware and software, sometimes you have to make it work with what you've got. On a recent Drupal 7 project of ours, our clients wanted to use their in-house setup on Windows Servers with IIS and a MS SQL database back-end. With a bit of research,... Meer

Drupal Core Updates for Aug 4, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
It's been an exciting two weeks as Twig Autoescaping was turned on by default, the menu links system was completely revamped, entity caching was finally added to core, and we switched Drupal 8 version numbers to Semantic Versioning!
The switch to semantic versioning means that if you have a clone of Drupal 8 core, you shouldn... Meer

Why Pound is awesome in front of Varnish

We all know Varnish is awesome. I went as far as presenting a topic on Varnish then writing about it. This is a known fact.
However, what happens to all that caching goodness when you want to run your entire site over SSL? Out of the box, Varnish doesn't support it. While I've heard some mention that not supporting SSL is an oversight,... Meer

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