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4 Weeks, 4 Events - Where’s Drupal in mid-2016?

Drupal is way more than websites and our community is thriving and making a difference all around the world. That’s the shortest way I can sum it up. 4 Weeks, 4 Events It’s September, 2016 and DrupalCon Dublin is on next week! In the last four weeks, I’ve had the privilege of visiting and speaking at Drupal “SaunaCamp” Helsinki, Drupal Camp Costa Rica, and Drupal Camp Ghent. I was also part of the team of Acquians and Acquia-partners at ... More

Sneak Peek: A Look at Our Upcoming Blog Refresh

In last week’s blog I talked about our iterative design and development approach, so this week I wanted to show this method in practice and share a recent project that I’ve been working on: refreshing the blog section of our website. Why are we redesigning our blog? A lot has happened in our blog strategy since the last time we updated the design. The current blog design was done about 2 years ago with a very different plan and target... More

Acquia Announces Launch of Acquia Cloud Site Factory Stacks

Acquia is proud to announce the release of a new, breakthrough capability within Acquia Cloud Site Factory. Available today, Acquia Cloud Site Factory Stacks brings ubiquitous multisite delivery, management and control, empowering different brands, regions, and teams to manage their own digital experiences. Acquia’s solution for multisite management is now the industry’s only digital experience platform that can deliver strong governance along with the flexibility to support multiple development teams, multiple... More

Engage 2016: A Peek at This Year's Talk Tracks

The beginning of September marks not only the end of summer for most, but the beginning of Engage season! With less than two months to go until our annual customer conference, we’re kicking things into high gear. We’ve got some great speakers lined up — including Dan Lyons, author of the book Disrupted, and Filippo Catalano, Chief Digital Operations Officer at Nestle — and our full agenda is now available online for a peek into what your an expect this year. This week, I’m... More

Iterative Design and Development: Update Your Site Without Doing a Redesign

Amazon’s website looks completely different than it did a few years ago, but did you ever notice it changing? I think they do the best job at making small adjustments over a long period of time. This means they avoid killing user experience and make site adjustments manageable for their business. Not only does completing a full site redesign kills your web team’s velocity, but it can also be very intimidating and costly for large enterprises. At Acquia, we implement a similar approach but we also mold it to fit our business. We call it Iterative Design and Development. Our approach is simple... More

The Time is Now

As I near the one year anniversary of my arrival at our regional headquarters in Sydney, I had a moment last week where, despite 3.5 years at Acquia HQ, l was reminded about the journey Drupal (and Acquia) has had around the world. It’s easy to think that a certain technology reaches a critical mass at a certain point everywhere, especially when it’s used by some of the world’s globally leading organisations, especially in your own country. However, I found myself again on a learning curve about the kind of help, questions, and objectives that organisations in Australia need and have as they... More

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: A Primer

The technology press is abuzz these days with stories about Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) — every other week it seems we’re hearing about a new AI surpassing human ability at some task or other, and just as often we hear about exciting new start-ups revolutionizing traditional problem spaces using machine learning. We also see the odd notable... More

What a digital marketer needs to know about website performance

Website performance is one of those things that keeps me up at night. How do we improve our performance? When is our performance bad? Does it affect our user experience? These are all questions that run through my head in regards to our website, and I’m here to help you get answers for your site. Performance discussions can get very technical very fast, so my goal in this post is to maintain a balance between high level and informative so you can go to your dev team and ask the right questions. Do you know what cache is?... More

Open Source in Practice: Moving Off of a Proprietary CMS

Guest blogger Jenna Bos is the Senior Marketing Manager at Blue Coda, an Acquia Partner. Blue Coda is an agency focused on ROI-driven website development. Jenna believes in generating results through the combination of creating outstanding content and implementing a smart digital strategy. The implementation of an open source solution for an end-user involves a combination of the available software and the people who know how to implement the software in a way that is tailored to the client’s needs. Blue Coda has worked with Acquia for... More

When to consider the move to Drupal 8

Question: “When should I move to Drupal 8?” Answer: “It all depends.” You thought you were going to get an easy answer? I wish! Even with my own sites I’ve had to evaluate and spend time determining the best plans for migration. But when it’s time to figure out what to do with your site, here are my suggestions. If you are building a website for a new project or idea, I would create it using Drupal 8. In my opinion, Drupal 8 has progressed enough that building a site with Drupal 7 will cost you more money, because you will need to rebuild it on Drupal 8 within the next year. But if your... More

Drupal 8.2, now with more outside-in

Over the weekend, Drupal 8.2 beta was released. One of the reasons why I'm so excited about this release is that it ships with "more outside-in". In an "outside-in experience", you can click anything on the page, edit its configuration in place without having to navigate to the administration back end, and watch it take effect immediately. This kind of on-the-fly editorial experience could be a game changer for Drupal's usability. When I last discussed turning... More

Developer Relations: Let’s Talk About reddit

Writing great content for developers is, well, great and all, but if it’s not distributed properly, how will they find it? In the world of content distribution, the mantra is simple: go where the people are... because they probably aren’t coming to you. However, once you enter their world, you need to remember there are rules and other subtle cultural norms to follow. Not just community rules but parameters set up by certain sites to keep marketers and others from spamming. One of these sites is reddit. In the off-chance that you’ve been... More

Vote for making a difference - SXSW 2017 session selection

Vote for open source, open culture, and making a difference. Community voting is open until September 2 for the SXSW 2017 conferences. I've been looking through the proposed session catalog and I've picked out a few that I really like and care about. You go vote, too! I encourage you to go have a look and vote, too, since I discovered last year that community voting is 30% of the selection process. You’ll need to register on the SXSW Panel Picker to be able to vote. It only took me a few seconds and the... More

Announcing the Acquia Engage Awards

Acquia partners are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with digital. They’re helping their clients achieve their great ambitions, and creating digital experiences that inspire, entertain, and inform. Experiences that extend from mobile to a rapidly growing ecosystem of Internet-connected objects that are located just about everywhere we go. Experiences that through context cut away the clutter and give the user a clear path forward. Nowhere is their innovation more evident than at ... More

Seeing Screens? Welcome to the Digital Signage Revolution

Pop quiz: If you walk into a store today, will you be greeted first by a salesperson, or big screens running video loops showing beautiful product images and happy people loving that brand? Probably the latter. Video screens are engaging, inviting, eye-catching, and inspirational - they help shake money out of your pockets. Digital signage, screens, and billboards have become part of the customer experience journey. They exist in the moment as one part inspiration, one part explanation, but are 100% designed to drive a purchase. About five years ago everyone said it was the Year of Mobile.... More

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