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Following the Sun: Ops Team Keeps the Lights on - Part 2

(Part 2 of "The Adventures of the Acquia Cloud Ops Team" blog series)
When last encountered our intrepid Operations heroes, they were providing a super support effort for a client’s big day on a major morning news show. This week we want to talk about exactly what they did and how Acquia’s cross-functional support effort made morning show’s best day, in fact their best day.
To begin with, the Operations team addressed infrastructure: web servers were strategically added to optimize site... Meer

The Drupal Digital Agency - Meet Tim Deeson


I recently spoke with the Managing Director of Deeson Online, Tim Deeson about how choosing and using Drupal has given his agency the tools it needs to provide great, large scale digital experiences for large, multinational organizations.

The sound quality is not the best at some points during this recording. I am still figuring out how best to produce these "video podcasts"; apologies in advance. The things that Tim has to say are very much worth your while, nonetheless! I've included extensive excerpts in the notes below, too.

Early days... Meer

For the Drupal Community, New “Sharing Economy” is an Old Idea

If you share it, they will come…..
Many of you have already heard about the “sharing economy.” It’s not a new concept, in fact folks have been talking about it for the last couple of years in the B2C space. At the surface, the sharing economy represents a tectonic shift of digital disruption that is coming like a freight train towards every business and consumer across the globe. I believe those that embrace it will flourish, while those that try to fight it will go the way of the music industry over the last decade….
One of the primary shifts in the sharing economy revolution is the tendency... Meer

Complying with Open Gov: The November Deadlines - Part 2

(Part 3 of the "Open Gov" blog series)
In the previous post in this series, we talked about the activities necessary to fulfill the minimum requirements for the first two implementation steps due in November. At the time I wrote that post, the plan for this post was to discuss the last two implementation step for the November deadline. In the interim, though, there have been some changes.
First, and most importantly, the deadline is November 1, 2013, not November 5 as I had previously stated.
Second, the much... Meer

Getting your site ready for Drupal 8

Note: Last update April 28, 2014
The drumbeat has started. On an almost daily basis, I'm asked How do I get my site ready for Drupal 8? Here is my best answer. If you go dutifully through this list, your site will be in peak condition when Drupal 8 is released.
Start giving your administrators a taste of D8 now
Significant parts of Drupal 8 are already available for Drupal 7. These modules are not quite as strong as their D8 counterparts, but they are a great investment you can make today.
Get your admins excited about their future by... Meer

Live Drupal 8 Video Panel, Aug. 22, 2013


On Thursday, August 22nd, I will be talking with Drupal core contributors Larry Garfield and Kris Vanderwater in a live, recorded Hangout on Air.

We will cover "Getting off the Island" and learning from other projects and technologies, the state-of-play in the Drupal 8 release cycle, the integration and use of the Symfony framework components, new development techniques, and more.

Join us for this... Meer

Why Online Business Communities Matter for You

Remember when someone first said, “your business needs to be on the Internet?” and you dismissed them because it didn’t seem to be critical? Now having a website is the equivalent to being listed in the yellow pages 30 years ago. More recently came the clamor of “you need to be on social media.” Each evolution engendered skeptics but a few took advantage of the new opportunity to gain a larger share of their market – whether that be customers for consumer companies, donors for non-profits or constituents for government agencies.
Today, most businesses connect with customers, employees,... Meer

The Case Against the Marketing Cloud

The Marketing Cloud. A one-stop-shop for CMOs. Everything you need to create, manage, and execute marketing campaigns. Web. Social. Email. Mobile. Analytics. Targeting. From a single vendor. All in one easy-to-buy package.
Adobe’s got one: “Adobe Marketing Cloud. All the solutions marketers need. All from Adobe.”
So does Salesforce.com: “Salesforce Marketing Cloud is a comprehensive solution that takes social marketing to the next level.
Oracle has one: “Execute consistent, integrated social marketing strategies across your global brands”
Even HP/Autonomy has one: “Autonomy Marketing Cloud,... Meer

What are Your 5 Guiding IT Principles?

Higher education IT organizations today face two major challenges: They must manage through day-to-day hurdles while also preparing for the technology challenges – and opportunities – of tomorrow. At our EDU Meetup earlier this month in Washington D.C. (http://higheredmeetupdc.drupalgardens.com/#), Georgetown University not only played the role of gracious host but also opened up the forum by highlighting the five guiding principles by which it manages its technology strategy to meet these dual challenges.
“Open Source” is... Meer

Drupal 8: Building Twig Performance

(This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.)
There's been a lot of excitement over Drupal 8's switch to Twig, a modern templating engine written in object oriented PHP code, but the process of making the switch happen has been an adventure on its own. The plan to adopt Twig required abandoning PHPTemplate completely, which is a mammoth undertaking requiring converting every Drupal 8 core template and theme function to a Twig equivalent. Even with a feature... Meer

5 Steps to Success for Surviving Digital Disruption

Remember when you had to go the video store to rent or buy your favorite flick? How about having to go to the store to pick up that last minute gift during the holidays? What about only communicating with friends and family via snail-mail and email?
The advent of the World Wide Web has resulted in a new Digital Age that has connected most of the world -- and in real time. Because we are linked together in this new way, individuals, organizations and companies are constantly finding better ways to do things digitally, replacing the old standards. Often this digital reinvention even saves you... Meer

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


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.

Take six minutes out of your day and learn:

How spending time in person helps long-distance collaboration, and cooperation later.

Who comes to DrupalCon and why. Why you should come to DrupalCon.

Why you should... Meer

Complying with Open Gov: The November Deadlines

(Part 2 of the "Open Gov" blog series)
Federal agencies are currently wrestling with determining what they must do to comply with the White House’s Executive Order on open data. Until something more definitive is published, the best guidance might come from the Implementation Guide page on Project Open Data.
The guide lists eight steps with minimum... Meer

The Wisdom of Crowds and The Open Source Way


What do high-speed rail, ash tree dieback, and changing world demographics have in common?
These are just three projects that are actively harnessing what James Surowiecki refers to as, The Wisdom of Crowds.
Open Source Design
Let’s start with Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal for high-speed public transportation. Musk has taken an incubator approach, with Telsa and SpaceX staff involved in... Meer

Low-cost Drupal website brings high-end rewards for Kansas City non-profit

The journey from a dimly lit photo of a young woman with a blank stare to the smiling young man at the top of the homepage is a metaphor for the hope that Higher M-Pact brings to troubled teens, but also mirrors the journey of Higher M-Pact’s online presence.
Higher M-Pact’s website enables visitors to learn how the non-profit helps high-risk urban youths strive for a better future. They did this by intervening sooner rather than later with these youths to motivate, engage and inspire. Obstacles are turned into opportunities, and a... Meer

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