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Managing Multiple Sites in an EDU environment - A Case Study

Drupal is a remarkably flexible content management system / framework that can be adapted to a wide array of use cases. The myriad of configuration possibilities to fit a project’s specialized needs is one of Drupal’s great strengths.

A frequent use case is the need for a large number of similar but not identical sites that will be supported in unison.

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.

Building a Great DX: Start a Conversation

Bentley University’s Design and Usability Center, located just outside Boston, is a fantasy playground for a digital experience geek like me.

The center’s usability labs are equipped with one-way mirrors, eye-tracking technology, and biometric sensors for testing the emotional impact of digital campaigns.

Award-winning Site Connects Saïd Business School Community

MySBS is the intranet site of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. It provides faculty-facing services, such as internal news, announcements, reminders and messaging. It’s also a self-organizing collaboration platform. Pronovix won first prize Acquia's inaugural Partner Site of the Year Award Program for its work on MySBS in the Higher Education and Internal Community site categories. Kornél Lugosi and Diana Lakatos of Pronovix contributed to this post.

Building a Great DX: Start a Conversation

Bentley University’s Design and Usability Center, located just outside Boston, is a fantasy playground for a digital experience geek like me.

The center’s usability labs are equipped with one-way mirrors, eye-tracking technology, and biometric sensors for testing the emotional impact of digital campaigns.

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It’s this kind of feedback that attracts global firms like Fidelity Investments, CVS, FAO Schwarz, Houghton Mifflin, and Ericsson.

Digital Disruption Drives Total Business Transformation

Digital is changing business as usual. And changing government as usual. And higher ed as usual. Whether you’re Timex, the State of Georgia, or Oxford’s SAID Business School, interacting with the public is rapidly changing and evolving. As organizations struggle to transform, digital strategists of many descriptions and titles are appearing on the scene to help devise strategies and achieve major organizational goals in the evolving digital environment.

What the History of Photography Teaches the Cloud [June 4, 2014]

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By Sean Michael Kerner

The founder of open-source Drupal content management system details how the 100-year evolution of photography can inform open-source development and the upcoming Drupal 8 release.

It took more than 100 years of evolution for the modern photography industry to reach its current state, and there are lessons from that century that apply to the modern world of cloud and Web development too. That's the message delivered by Dries Buytaert, founder of the open-source Drupal content management system (CMS), during his keynote address at the Drupalcon conference June 3 in Austin, Texas.

Drupal is one of the most widely deployed content management systems on the planet and counts big-name deployments including WhiteHouse.gov among its users. Buytaert (pictured) is also the CTO of Acquia, a company he helped to create that delivers commercial support and solutions based on Drupal. Acquia closed a $50 million funding round on May 27, bringing total funding to date up to $118.6 million.

Buytaert noted that the first camera in history over 100 years ago was big, bulky and very difficult to use, with a complex process to actually take a picture. Within a few short years of the first camera, the Kodak company came out with a camera that made the technology easier to use.

"They [Kodak] had this notion that, 'You press the button and we do the rest,'" Buytaert said. "It encapsulates how they simplified photography."

Over the course of 100 years, Buytaert explained, photography and cameras were simplified drastically in a number of phases. The introduction of 35mm photography provided a form of standardization to the industry that also made things simpler for users.

"The industry standardized on a common format and, as a result, there was a whole ecosystem born of different cameras and tools to project photos," Buytaert said.

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Acquia acquired TruCentric

We’re excited to announce that Acquia acquired TruCentric, a software-as-a-service company that is focused on providing personalization for websites. Earlier this year we launched Acquia Lift, which brings testing and personalization capabilities to Drupal sites.

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.

Samsung and Oculus to turn Galaxy smartphones into VR headsets

By collaborating with Oculus to bring smartphone technology and capability to headsets, Samsung looks like its trying to beat everyone on the quest to virtual reality.

"Samsung will of course provide hardware for its VR device, but Oculus is handling software development.

Building A Great DX: Getting Started

An awesome web site is no longer enough. A fantastic mobile app? Just part of the puzzle.

Today, you need to think bigger, much bigger. You have to create a great digital experience.

Sounds daunting, right?

But here’s the good news: the most successful approaches to this lofty ideal can be surprisingly simple, and elegant, if you base them on timeless insights into human nature.

How do you define a great digital experience?

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