Build Your Next-generation Digital Experiences on Acquia and Drupal 8 Today
by David Aponovich
Business leaders today face a big challenge when it comes to planning for their organization’s digital success. Business and IT execs I speak with around the world regarding CMS and the challenges of digital experience delivery consistently hit on themes that probably sound familiar to you. To name a few:
- You need to build sites and experiences quickly, on a modern CMS platform that evolves as your requirements expand.
- You need to reduce costs to build, deploy, manage and optimize those sites and move key capabilities to the cloud as you rethink your tech strategy.
- You need to deliver tools to digital marketers and others so they can be agile and move fast to deliver personalized content and digital experiences to any channel or device.
- You need to deliver capabilities for meaningful, ongoing digital innovation – not incremental change -- in a world where the competition is trying to leapfrog you out of existence.
Today, Acquia announced an important step to help organizations conquer these challenges and prepare for long-term digital success.
Specifically, the Acquia Platform now supports Drupal 8. What this means is organizations can, right now, start planning and building new sites combining Acquia’s resilient cloud platform with Drupal 8, the most advanced, future-proof web content management platform.
Drupal 8 (D8) has been in development for four years, backed and built by the innovation and tireless work of more than 2,500 world-wide contributors to the open source project, which includes a focused team of Acquia D8 contributors, some of the smartest and most skilled Drupal developers in the world. This massive community has driven improvements to Drupal in hundreds of areas including CMS usability, the authoring interface, security, platform scalability, mobile-friendliness, developer friendliness, and far more.
Users in existing and new-to-Drupal organizations will care about these capabilities and others:
Re-imagined content authoring. D8 marks a seismic shift in content authoring for a post-web browser world. Drupal 8 emphasizes usability, so content creation is faster and easier. Drupal also lets you edit content directly on a page, in-line and in context, without opening a complicated authoring interface.
Mobile-first. The entire D8 user interface is responsive, allowing content authors to publish content on any device. New preview capabilities allow authors to view content as it appears on mobile devices before being published.
Multilingual focus. D8 is built from the ground up to provide extensive support for multilingual sites and translation processes, streamlining how you deliver digital experiences to a global audience. Drupal 8 itself is translated into over 100 languages - meaning limitless ability to empower content contributors and marketers
Content-as-a-service. D8 uses an API-driven approach to content delivery, so content can be delivered and presented everywhere - websites, devices, native apps, digital screens, the internet-of-things—for ultimate content delivery flexibility.
I’ll be highlighting additional D8 advances in future posts. But in total, the Drupal contributor community hasn’t just built the next-generation of Drupal; they’ve contributed to a massive open source development effort that redefines next-generation of CMS platforms.
This work matters, which is why Acquia is announcing it’s prepared now to start bringing organizations forward on D8 as they work hard to win in this fast-changing digital world.
The web is undergoing a massive re-architecture, driven by the explosion of mobile devices and applications and the mandate to deliver personalized experiences to every customer, every time, on every device. Many organizations face the mandate to embrace digital transformation -- business as usual isn’t good enough. And, legacy CMS platforms –many of which are architected by to be on-premise or are built on “false cloud” deployment promises-- cannot deliver the agility for the new digital-first enterprise.
Together, Acquia and Drupal 8 provide an unmatched platform for sustainable digital innovation.