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Writing the Digital Business Handbook

CDOs, Digital Strategists Transform Organizations for Success
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.

Five Reasons Enterprise Marketers Will Love Drupal 8

Drupal 8’s Power, Ease of Use, and Enterprise Level Technology Make It the Go-To Platform for Enterprise Marketers
The anticipated release of Drupal 8 promises some great opportunities and advantages for new marketers and new applications .

Five Steps to Get Ready for the Acquia Certified Developer Exam

“I want to get Acquia Certified. How do I prepare for the exam?” is a frequently asked question since the launch of the Acquia Certified Developer exam in March 2014.

5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Drupal Website

Drupal is one of the most flexible content management systems in existence. This eBook provides best practices in five crucial areas of building and maintaining an effective Drupal site:

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Surviving the Mobile Tsunami

What You Need to Know to Catch the Wave
No longer can we think about mobile as an afterthought . Digital mobile experiences—on smartphones, tablets, digital glasses, digital watches, and more—are what we should be thinking about first. Responsive design is crucial. In addition, a consumer must be able to switch from laptop to tablet to smartphone while engaging in a digital experience that never misses a beat. This eBook explains how one can catch the wave of the mobile tsunami, rather than being swept under by it’s brute force.

Introduction to Agile: Software Development at the Speed of the Web

For the business user
The Agile methodology is an evolution in the software development process, but it isn't limited to just software. Find out how you can use this methodology to be more time efficient and cost effective while revolutionizing a product or brand.

Can Your CMS Handle Success?

CMS Selection Guide: Higher Education Edition
Today, we shop in the virtual world of storefronts, whether we’re pricing the options on a new car, comparing the attributes of a digital single lens reflex (dSlr) camera, or looking for a new home. Shopping for a college or university is no different. Long before a student and his/her parents ever take a walk through the ivy walls of a storied campus, they have spent many hours online shopping campuses, cities versus rural locations, an institution’s noted majors, and aid packages.

Introduction to Agile: Software Development at the Speed of the Web

The Agile methodology is an evolution in the software development process that enables software teams to move from the conventional waterfall model to something much more dynamic.Today, being a developer means being Agile.

Can Your CMS Handle Success?

CMS Selection Guide
To be successful today, an organization must keep up with web-savvy digital natives who switch seamlessly between devices, channels, as well as their work and home personas. The objectives of cost efficiency and innovation might appear to be at odds, but the right choice of CMS can mean that your organization can have its cake and eat it too.
This eBook provides some insights and recommendations into how to select a CMS that meets your needs.

Building an Effective eLearning Experience with Drupal

Ray Saltini of Blink Reaction
Effective eLearning and knowledge management solutions are an essential element of success for most organizations, whether they are learning institutions, government agencies, or commercial enterprises. This eBook explains how Drupal 7 is a natural platform for creating sophisticated eLearning systems. Teaching can be difficult, with a lot of information to convey, whether learning systems target limited or large subject areas. Effective eLearning methodologies must take into account how people learn, not just content and skills.

5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Drupal Website

Drupal is one of the most flexible content management systems in existence. This eBook provides best practices in five crucial areas of building and maintaining an effective Drupal site:

Can Your CMS Handle Success?

CMS Selection Guide: State & Local Government Edition
The doctrine of open government, or opengov, holds that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight.
State and local governments are embracing this open government initiative. They are providing government information online–including via smartphone–ranging from access to agency directories, maps, travel data, polling places, lottery numbers, and news. Digital, and especially mobile, government communications have taken on new importance in the role of public safety.

Can Your CMS Handle Success?

CMS Selection Guide: Media & Entertainment Edition
Today, the success stories in media, entertainment, and publishing sectors often do not originate from traditional sources. Successful books and videos have emerged directly from the Internet or have been propelled to success by online social communities. In order to compete successfully today, media organizations must have a CMS that can provide the content engine for smartphones, tablets, and other vital platforms, as well as be able to integrate into the multiple worlds of social media.

Simple Tips to Improve Drupal Performance: No Coding Required

Drupal is an extremely flexible framework, with an abundance of configuration options. With any large framework, flexibility and performance must be balanced. With correct configuration, Drupal can be lightning fast.
In this eBook, we show you how to optimize performance of your Drupal site without any knowledge of coding, server configuration, or the command line. This eBook focuses on those issues commonly found in Drupal, and which can be easily configured by any Drupal site builder.

Let’s Get Personal

For the Next-Generation Digital Experience, Success Is Built on Personalization
Personalization is as old as marketing itself. The simple definition hasn’t changed: Give each customer what he wants, how he wants it, when he wants it. This has been true since the days when customers returned regularly to their favorite shop because the clerk knew their name and was familiar with their individual shopping preferences.

From Zero to 60

Build Great Digital Experiences
Build Great Digital Experiences at the Speed of the Web with Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Cooking Up Community

A Recipe for Fostering Drupal Success
“Come for the code. Stay for the community.” That’s the Drupal motto. Now that you have started using Drupal, is it time to create a Drupal community at your organization? The process of sharing, teaching, networking and collaborating is what turns the software that runs your website into the passion that changes your life.
We've put together a "Cookup Up Community" kit that contains everything you need for building your own Drupal community. This step-by-step guide provides the "recipe" that has worked for thousands of Drupalists who have built local Drupal communities.

Making the Shift to Open Source First

As the number of organizations that are comfortable with open source technologies increases, a curious new phenomenon is starting to take shape. Instead of viewing open source software as an alternative to commercial software, many of those organizations are making open source software their first choice for any and all IT projects. It’s only after searching high and low for open source software that can fill their needs that they actually consider using commercial software.

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