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Building a Great DX: Make Shopping an Experience

It was an enviable assignment, a challenge that I was happy to accept: check out the Friday night shopping experience at a Bass Pro Shop.
Jason Thibeault, a co-author of Recommend This!, suggested the idea when we were discussing the evolution of Internet shopping.
“Online shopping is no longer a button -- a separate place to make a transaction,” he said. “Now it’s an experience, a community with multiple opportunities for interactions.”
It’s the difference, Jason said, between buying a fishing rod at Walmart, and buying one at Bass Pro Shop on a Friday night.
“You should check it out,”... Meer

My attempt to migrate a Drupal 6 site to Drupal 8

I wanted to better understand the process of upgrading a Drupal 6 site to Drupal 8. In summary: the toolkits are there, but it isn’t quite seamless yet. I tried more than 10 migration configurations with varying degrees of success. You’ll find below a walkthrough of how to do it, and a summary of the functionality to date.
Firstly I have setup a test Drupal 6 site. I have used Devel (Devel Generate) module to generate Users, Taxonomies, Content (story / page) in D6 site. I haven’t enabled any other core/contrib modules other... Meer

Microsoft Offers Up .NET Framework to Open Source

Historic changes in society sometimes begin with a concession. Last week, Microsoft announced it will make available as open source code its server-side .NET stack and core runtime frameworks. Like the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will look back on this as a moment to remember. At Acquia, our mission is to make the... Meer

A Bit of History: The Proprietary Past

A profound change has happened to the Content Management World:

No business knows the value and pain of content management like the press, and there were a couple laughs at yesterday’s media briefing when I quoted Acquia’s Chief Marketing Officer, Tom Wentworth: “Everyone hates their CMS.”

The strategic value of a strong CMS is central to the success of any media operation: no industry was disrupted earlier and more profoundly than publishing. From the earliest days of web publishing, no technology held more hope and delivered more disappointment than content management . At Acquia, we want... Meer

Women in Technology: Better Business, Better World – Meet Vinita Rathi


I met Vinita Rathi at the recent Digibury Weekender, where she gave a presentation entitled "Why we all need women in tech." Her presentation was thought- and audience-question provoking and I was thrilled when she agreed to sit down with me and talk about women in technology. In this conversation, among other things, we touch on how businesses with more women in leadership tend to be better performers financially; motherhood and maternity leave as a business advantage; perspectives on problem solving; and how to move technology companies... Meer

A Platform for a Country: Australia’s govCMS

When I first met Dries Buytaert I asked him why he started Acquia. To paraphrase him (because I wasn’t taking perfect notes): I realized after getting some calls seeking advice that if Drupal was going to be adopted by the world’s greatest brands and institutions, it would need a company like Acquia to support them.
I’m sure Dries has seen that vision come true many times over the course of Acquia’s seven year history, but I wish he had been in Sydney with me yesterday when the Chief Technology Officer of the Australian Government, John Sheridan, announced to the country’s top tech press that... Meer

Building a Great DX: Get Started with “Smarter Data”

There’s one word that comes up in every discussion about Big Data: “overwhelming.”
Because it is.
A recent Economist survey of global corporations revealed that only 19 percent felt that they were effectively managing and utilizing their big data.
Feel better?
Okay, now let’s regroup and get started on smarter data -- data you can actually use to deliver great digital experiences.
Here’s one small, smart, real-world model worth bringing into the digital realm: the way the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain gathers data.
Every employee of the Ritz-Carlton helps to maintain a company-wide database... Meer

A Recap of Acquia Engage, as told through Twitter


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@acquia Thanks for letting me be part of the 1st #AcquiaEngage conf. Perfectly executed. Congrats!
— Holly Bounds (@hollymbounds) November 5, 2014

It’s hard to believe only one week ago, I was kicking off Day 2 at Acquia Engage, Acquia’s first conference at the Westin Copley in Boston. We had nearly 500 people attend, a fantastic outcome! Acquia Engage started off with a keynote from Acquia’s own Tom Erickson... Meer

Why the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCM Matters to Commerce

Three weeks ago, Acquia reached a major milestone. Gartner released its annual Web Content Management Magic Quadrant, and for the first time, Acquia made the coveted Leaders quadrant. This is a huge accomplishment for Acquia, and makes everyone here extremely proud to work for such an amazing company.
Since Gartner does a Magic Quadrant report for both WCM and Commerce, commerce execs may pay little attention to the WCM report. I’m here to tell you - that’s a mistake. The lines between commerce and content are blurring, and commerce... Meer

Plan for Successful Drupal Adoption

Change is hard. In technology, it is also inevitable. Done poorly, it can lead to busted budgets, blown timelines, and bloated scope. Done well, it can transform your organization. Planning is key to successful change--and planning must account for human needs as well as technical requirements.
What is an adoption plan?
An adoption plan for a software project has elements of the following:
Product management
Communications
Project management methodology
Risk mitigation
Development methodology
User acceptance testing
Training
Software adoption is as much about managing people as it is about... Meer

Acquia Digital Transformation Tour: Learn to Bridge the IT-Business Divide

I’ve been on the road for Acquia a lot since joining from Forrester Research in mid-summer (hello, Cleveland!). My focus: talking to technology and digital business pros about – and, really, advocating for – successful digital transformation.
We recently added four new dates for the Acquia Digital Transformation Roadshow, evening events that bring together tech and business peers to meet, drink, eat and hear me talk about... Meer

#AcquiaEngage Recap: PFunk, Digital Disruption and the Future of Engagement

We need the funk, gotta have that funk. Owww…..
Emerging through the noise of a packed venue at Boston’s Royale, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic brought “pure funk mayhem” to all in attendance.

As the first night’s entertainment at Acquia’s first ever conference, Acquia Engage, George Clinton and company were a tremendous compliment to the sessions, speakers and people - all of whom are working to achieve... Meer

Meet Drupal core contributor & mentor, Kalpana Goel


Kalpana Goel - web developer with Forum One - and I sat down to chat at DrupalCon Amsterdam. We discussed the topic of Dries Buytaert's Amsterdam keynote: the potential benefits of "gamifying" and rewarding companies for supporting contributions, especially to Drupal core; Kalpana's discovery of Drupal; her contribution to the Drupal 8 web services initiative and Drupal's culture of sharing, and some of the benefits that are coming with Drupal 8.

Discovering Drupal, making Drupal better

Kalpana encountered Drupal the first time: "I was working at the White House, but at that time,... Meer

Champions of… Context - Introducing Acquia Lift ContextDB

My favorite baseball team did not have a good year on the field. The Boston Red Sox finished dead last in their division.
But when I caught a game late in the season, I had to tip my cap to the team’s marketing department.
As soon as I entered the venerable, 100-year-old Fenway Park, my smartphone buzzed with a friendly greeting, and a $15 discount offer on any souvenir over $50. My Red Sox app noted that it was my third visit of the season, and extended an appreciative welcome.

Later, after we reached our seats, it offered us a number of upgrade options.
During the game, I could review... Meer

Two Become One: Publicis to Acquire Sapient

Sapient, a pioneer and fixture of Massachusetts’ digital industry, announced today it has agreed to be acquired by Publicis, the world’s third largest advertising agency with $7B in sales, for $3.7B. An Acquia partner, Sapient employs 13,000 people worldwide with a large presence in India, and operates three primary divisions: Nitro, Government Services and Capital Markets. Initial reports say that a new division called Publicis.Sapient will be formed and join Publicis’... Meer

Acquia’s Response to the October 15 Drupal Security Alert

Acquia is committed to ensuring the security and performance of our customers’ sites.
On October 15, the Drupal Security team announced that all Drupal 7 sites are highly vulnerable to attack due to a SQL Injection vulnerability. At Acquia we deployed a platform-wide "shield" that protected all of our thousands of customer sites hosted on Acquia Cloud from the moment the security announcement was issued. The Acquia team worked tirelessly to prep for the formal announcement and... Meer

Acquia, Investors and Teaming Up to Build Greatness

In the summer of 2007, I received an email from Michael Skok of Northbridge Venture Partners, who I had known for 12 years at that time. I had recently exited Mercury Interactive after its acquisition by HP. He suggested that I meet with a entrepreneur around a project he was looking at. When I met with Jay Batson, and short thereafter with Dries Buytaert, I was intrigued. It was Michael's vision about the possibilities however that really grabbed my attention. The three asked me later that year to join the yet unnamed company as its founding CEO. Timing being what it was, I had... Meer

How to Hire Developers for Large-Scale Applications

We’re often helping our clients build up their internal capabilities to support the digital products we build together. For our Drupal platform engagements the most difficult part of this is often finding the experienced Drupal talent to help seed their new platform team.
I’ll break down below how Myplanet has gone about identifying and hiring some of the most talented Drupal developers for ourselves and our clients:
Identifying Candidates
Drupal developers will often identify themselves within one of three categories:
Site Builder
Themer
Module Developer
Experienced Site Builders mostly work... Meer

Party City’s Spooktacular Product Wall Improves the Shopping Experience

A good user experience doesn’t always require technology
It’s almost Halloween and I needed to put the finishing touches on my costume. This year I decided to make up my own costume – I am Wine Woman, fighting sobriety one grape at a time with my trusty side-kick Sangria Girl. Once my friend Bethany and I settled on our costumes, I immediately went to amazon.com to try and piece it all together. Purple dress, purple tights, purple Mardi-Gras mask (because, why not?) and a purple cape added to my cart and I was good to go! Except, unbeknownst... Meer

Drupal in the Philippines, Own your Own Code & More - Luc Bézier


On being an open source developer

"Like a lot of people, I did both sides of technology; working on paid, proprietary systems [and open source]. There is a big difference. I can't imagine myself going back to any proprietary system where I have to pay; I can't share the code I am doing with anyone; I have to ask a company about the right tool to use. I love the way that everybody contributes to the same piece of code, trying to make it the best ... and for free!"

I asked about working on proprietary systems where you can't look at how your peers have already solved a problem: "If... Meer

Amazee Labs Lends Drupal 8 Expertise to Drupal.com

Amazee Labs (Austin and Zurich) are developing drupal.com using Drupal 8 Beta.
Drupal.com, owned by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert: "will become an increasingly helpful resource and starting point for people who are evaluating Drupal." We are passionate about developing content for Drupal site owners. We are excited to help meet this goal by... Meer

I Came for a Purple Jacket, but All I Got Was Pretty Pictures

I needed a fall jacket. Something lightweight and colorful. My online search led me to Paul Smith’s autumn/winter collection. I clicked through some of the beautiful pictures and came across a purple jacket (center right) - totally my style!

I tried to purchase it, but couldn’t find the buy button. So I typed “purple jacket” in the on-site search box and all sorts of irrelevant things came up. I went back to the “shop online” section to try to browse for it. Still no luck. My... Meer

Learning from hackers a week after the Drupal SQL Injection announcement

Since October 15th, hackers have been busy coming up with creative ways to exploit the SQL Injection in Drupal 7 sites revealed by SA-CORE-2014-005. A week has already passed, and attacks are still ongoing. In a previous post, Moshe Weitzman explained how we were able to protect our customers' sites the moment the vulnerability was announced. In this blog post, we will look at some trends that we've seen in foiled attacks on Acquia Cloud in the past week, with... Meer

Crossing the Cloud Rubicon Requires Human Participation

We’re several years into the cloud revolution, and IT departments are officially on board: they’re slated to spend $13B on cloud computing this year. In-house racks and thick clients are cumbersome compared to cheap, hands-off cloud services. With costs shaved off in-house servers, IT teams can finally focus on those projects that engage users and boost company ROI.
Regular business users like using the cloud, too, but they’re a lot more confused by it. Many spend more time figuring the cloud out—remembering logins, moving... Meer

DrupalCon Amsterdam Top Ten – Part 2 of 2 with Kris Vanderwater


Part 2 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch and sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how... Meer

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