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The Year That Followed The Year of the MOOC

My position on MOOCs is a confused one.
I believe that the current higher education model in the United States, with its high costs and questionable outcomes, is unsustainable. But at the same time I recognize that the industry has been criticized with high costs and questionable outcomes for years, if not decades, and it has continued to steamroll ahead as if untethered by any identifiable laws of physics or rationality. I also believe in disruptive business models and adhere to the tenant that innovation drives progress. So MOOCs, with disruption at their core and their “inside out”... Meer

2013 Year in Review: The Acquia Blog

For Acquia, 2013 has been a great year. We were named as the "Fastest Growing Private Company in North America" by Deloitte and a leader in Forrester's Social Platforms Wave. Another mark of Acquia's growth and success in 2013 has been the growing participation in our blog. Our partners, employees, along with many other members of the Drupal community, have taken part in many great... Meer

How to become a community leader

[Gábor] Preface: I’d like to state that I’m extremely lucky in the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative that I have such a broad scope of things to work on that can match a huge number of people and that I had the opportunity to collaborate on this with such great people, especially Cathy Theys (YesCT) being very helpful in helping scale out the initiative. The wisdom shared here is experience we collected together on the long ride. And it is not over yet :)
The following is a paraphrased conversation between... Meer

Acquia's Most Important 3 C's: Customers, Community, and Colleagues

Today marks my one year anniversary of joining Acquia. Has it really been 12 months? 2013 was certainly a huge year for me personally (having a baby!) and professionally, joining one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. Some of my favorite moments of 2013 include:
Acquia's recognition as the fastest growing private... 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.
Why I’m Betting Millions on American Manufacturing in the Middle of a “Catastrophe”
For the past few years, there has been plenty of talk about bringing manufacturing back to America, but the truth remains that there are relatively few companies that are doing it well. It seems we’re constantly faced with a false choice when buying American: pay premium prices for the ‘Made in U.S.A.’ label or... Meer

This week in Drupal core: December 12, 2013

Sorry that we're a day late this week! If you'd like to reduce delays due to xjm's chronic insomnia, consider helping out with these posts. ;)
What's new with Drupal 8?
Working toward drupal-8.0-beta1
This week's most important Drupal 8 news is Dries' announcement of the criteria for beta 1. Numerous contributors worked with core maintainers to flesh out an initial list of beta-... Meer

Drupal 8 - Improved upgrade process

It is my pride and pleasure to announce that Drupal 8 will ship with a migration path from both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. This is a first for Drupal, and is quite uncommon for most software projects. We love our elderly Drupal sites, and want them to be reborn as shiny new Drupal 8 sites.
Behind this announcement is a major technical change in how Drupal implements major version upgrades. Drupal traditionally uses its update.php page and hook_update_N() functions to update a database to the... Meer

5 Things Mobile Users Expect From Your Website

Cross-posted with permission from BlueCoda.com
With more and more people relying on mobile devices to look websites up on the go, it’s important to make sure that your website caters to this ever-growing demographic. Designing a site that is easy and simple to navigate on a small touch-screen is vital to avoid frustrating your visitors and losing potential business. So what do mobile users expect?
Responsive Design
The one biggest thing you can do to accommodate your mobile visitors, is... Meer

5 Ways Drupal is Like Public Transportation

I love public transportation. I happily ride Washington D.C.’s Metro to and from work every day. I take the bus to yoga. I think transit maps are art. I share photos, via Twitter and Facebook, of the outrageous things transit riders do. I am a public transportation enthusiast.
So I am especially pleased that Acquia has joined the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This new affiliation complements our work with agencies like the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and... Meer

Drupal history, learning, business, & D8 - Meet Alan Burke


I got the chance to catch up with Alan Burke at DrupalCon Prague. He and I go back a long way; we met at one of the first Drupal events I ever attended, DrupalCon Brussels in 2006. In the meantime Alan and his co-founder Stella Power have built up the successful Drupal agency Annertech in Ireland and they have an impressive list of contributions to Drupal to their names. Here, we speak about Drupal's technical history over the last 8 years and the exciting improvements... Meer

(Sadly) Not Even Higher Education is Immune to FUD

Acquia CMO Tom Wentworth’s recent post about the unimaginative use of stale FUD by proprietary CMS vendors who try to spook buyers away from open source content management systems was spot on. Not only does this negative message cast doubt on the messenger, but the criticisms of open source are tired and false. They are indeed very 2005 and most competitors have long since moved on.
So imagine my surprise when a client forwarded me a white paper issued by a relatively well-known... Meer

IT Helps Simplify Cloud Provider Complexity

The Information Technology Services department at American Water is gradually shifting towards the cloud, away from a traditional "keep the lights on" mentality.
How will it get there?
That's for Leigh Ann Thomas to figure out.
The senior business relationship manager at the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility in the U.S. has a broad, overall goal: focusing the department on business relationships and initiatives that add value to the company.
But Thomas has a more specific goal: She wants to make sure the department, and the company, gets the most out of its transition to a... Meer

5 Steps to Build a Great Drupal Team: Step 5: Evaluating Applicants

Entire books have been written about hiring practices, and methods for evaluating candidates. At the end of the day, there are some core steps key to building a great team. This post focuses on the the fifth and final step: evaluating the Drupal-specific aspects of an applicant's qualifications.
Step 1: Understand typical teams, roles and job titles
Step 2: Define your requirements... 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.
Red Hat CEO: Open Source Spurs User-Driven Innovation
It’s not just that open source enables innovation, it’s that “innovation happens first with open source.” This was the observation of Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst at North Bridge Venture Partners’ recent “Startup Secrets” event in Boston.... Meer

Red Hat CEO: Open Source Spurs User-Driven Innovation

It’s not just that open source enables innovation, it’s that “innovation happens first with open source.” This was the observation of Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst at North Bridge Venture Partners’ recent “Startup Secrets” event in Boston.
“Having user-driven innovation as the model means that the people with the problem are actually solving that problem, which has lead to this disruptive explosion of innovation,” Whitehurst said.
Whitehurst is spot on here, and with big brands like Twitter, Facebook and Google utilizing open source models to push better features and innovative... Meer

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