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Need your vote - Acquia round 2 video @ Enterprise 2.0 Launchpad

Thanks to everyone who voted for Acquia in the first round of Enterprise 2.0's people's choice (aka American Idol) contest for their Launchpad event. We received 80 votes in the first round and made it to Round 2. The top 4 vote getters in Round 2 will present on stage at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference.

Please take a moment to view & vote for Acquia's 2nd round video.

On Measuring Open Source Partner Effectiveness

Last week Matt Asay posted a list of ways to muscle integration partners into pulling through licenses of Alfresco's Enterprise Edition ($$$) versus just delivering solutions on the Community Edition.

Acquia selected as Finalist for 2008 MITX Technology Awards

2008 Tech Awards Finalist.jpgAcquia has been selected as a finalist in the Collaboration and Social Networking category for the 2008 MITX Technology Awards. This is the fifth year MITX has offered the awards to recognize innovative companies and technologies in the New England region across nine categories:

50 Drupal Newspaper and magazine showcase video from Newstools 2008

Last week I helped organize Drupal day at Newstools 2008. At our peak, we had 65 journalist in the room and 35 watching online. We had several presentations:
* Introducing Drupal for Newspapers
* Showcase video (shown below)
* Jose Zamora on the Knight Drupal initiative

Vote for Acquia @ Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad

<p>Acquia is participating in another <a href="http://launchpad.enterprise2conf.com/">Launch Pad</a> event, this time for the <a href="http://www.enterprise2conf.com/">Enterprise 2.0 conference</a>. For this Launch Pad event, technology companies were asked to submit a one-minute video pitch to be voted on by the Enterprise 2.0 community. There will be multiple rounds, with four companies eventually on stage at the Enterprise 2.0 conference to present and demonstrate in front of a live audience.</p>

Testing Sprint in Paris

I started working with Rok and Charlie about code coverage using phpcoverage. Talked w/Andy Kirkham about using straight xdebug instead. Ultimately testing.drupal.org will probably go w/xdebug directly but Andy and Kevin Bridges probably know more about that.

Drupal kung-fu ballet

At Web 2.0 I ran into Christine Herron. Christine is a ballet dancer and venture capitalist. We got to talking about ballet and an upcoming show at her favorite ballet company, Lines Ballet. She recommended that I attend what she termed "Ballet for Geeks," a combination of ballet and shaolin monks martial arts. The Shaolin ballet is sponsored project by the government of China.

The Drupal community has embraced a number of martial art themes to describe its activities. Job advertisements call for Drupal ninja's and the most popular method for learning Drupal is to attend classes in the Drupal Dojo. A dojo "is considered the formal gathering place for students of a martial arts style to conduct training, examinations and other related encounters."[1]

Over the last five months, the community has been accelerating core development through the use of Drupal code sprints, mostly focused on great development improvements like data architecture, testing, and search. Acquia's been active in all of these sprints working closely to organize the data architecture, and testing, and search sprints. We've been active in the University of Minnesota usability sprint and helping to organize the Drupalcon code sprint.

Open source disrupting the Web 2.0 market size

On Thursday, Jeff, Bryan, Barry and I had a follow up meeting with Oliver Young, who recently released Forrester's Global Enterprise Web 2.0 market forecast. Oliver's been pretty busy explaining that his forecast methodology focused on just seven specific tools used in Web 2.0 deployments, and not the entire Web 2.0 market. It was an important clarification that addressed my questions about the costs related to generating user content or gardening collective intelligence.

Drupal 6: Hot new themes

This video highlights the new theming features of Drupal 6. The themes, Pixture, Wabi, and Twilight, are the work of Hide Ito (Pixture), and utilize not only the Farbtastic color picker, but also the ability to adjust the width of the layout, and in the case of Twilight, a configurable header silhouette.

Vote for Acquia @ Web 2.0 Launch Pad from your desk - in the next hour

The Launch Pad session at Web 2.0 Expo is getting started and you can join from your desktop. There's a good number of Drupal community folks here at the show, but you can participate from your desk.

The "winner" will be chosen by live audience voting via mozes. The SMS number will be announced at about 2:25 pm Pacific time. I'll tweet the SMS number on the Acquia twitter feed - here: http://twitter.com/acquia.

Stay tuned & vote!

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