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Using OpenScholar for Collaborative Research

Open source is not only a growing movement in the software industry. Open source philosophies are being adopted in many other verticals such as education, government, and scientific research. One recent example is in collaborative drug research. Now, thanks to a “rare sharing of data”, there are over 100 new studies underway that are accelerating the progress of developing drugs to slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease. A recent New York Times article,Rare Sharing of Data Led to Results on Alzheimer'se, chronicles the... More

Acquia Welcomes Four Kitchens to Partner Program

I'm excited to announce this week at Drupalcon Copenhagen that Four Kitchens has formally joined the Acquia partner program as an Enterprise Select Partner. For those who are not familiar, Four Kitchens is a premier Drupal development firm that provides a full array of services from technical architecture & design, through massively scalable deployments. We have had first hand experience working with their team on a number of projects and have had great experiences. Without doubt, Four Kitchens has also made some... More

The Power of 10%

At Dries' keynote at Drupalcon Copenhagen today, he talked about what the Drupal project might look like in 10 more years, and what it might mean if the project grows by a factor of 10. I'd like to elaborate a bit on his theme by making an analogy with Mozilla Firefox. Depending on your data source, Firefox has about a 30% share of the browser market. That number is meaningful---it presents a real threat to the market share of other browsers. It means that Firefox is a true competitor, and other browser manufacturers have no choice but to respond to features and innovations that Firefox... More

Accelerating Drupal Adoption with Distributions

Drupal Commons, Acquia’s new Social Business Software distribution of Drupal, is no doubt getting everyone excited. We’re especially seeing interest in the enterprise and public sector. The community solution is important because its an open source alternative to (social business software products like) Jive and another way to accelerate adoption of Drupal in the marketplace. Drupal Commons evolved because of countless inquiries and interest from organizations who want to use Drupal to build community sites. Not surprisingly, many other Drupal distributions evolved for the same reasons.... More

The "New" New Way to Innovate on McKinsey's Technology Trends

McKinsey’s latest quarterly includes an updated list of top technology trends to watch. The list was first published over two years ago and described eight tech-business trends that were reshaping strategy across industries. Since then, the social web has exploded, creating a quandary for executives on “how to help their companies capitalize on the transformation under way.” Given what we... More

Volunteers for a more visual Drupal

Would you like to help make Drupal documentation more visual? Communicating Drupal visually will be a chance to create some good contributions to Drupal.org and the community. We need a few good people on the day of DrupalCon in Copenhagen to help organize a fun workshop. My co-presenter, Stella Power, had an argument with gravity, and lost! Wish her a get well when you see her :) The presentation is in two weeks, Wednesday 25. August 2010, Time: 10:00-10:50... More

Roadmap, or Roadblock?

I continually marvel at how much better the open source world works than the old proprietary software software world. Yesterday I encountered an amazingly good illustration. I was discussing Drupal Commons with a team from a large, household-name enterprise that is planning a social business site. And boy, they had lots of questions! Their business unit leaders, their IT staff, and their web designers all had some version of “Can Drupal Commons do (X)?” Happily, I could answer either: Yes, X is built-in to Drupal Commons already; X can be had by merely installing an existing Drupal module... More

The web is free; shouldn't your social business software be?

Today is a fun day for me: We’re releasing Drupal Commons as a 1.0 release. Woo hoo! Time - once again - for open source to go blow the doors off another proprietary software cathedral. Drupal Commons is Acquia’s project to create an open source social business software solution for enterprises deploying a community site - either externally-facing, or for an internal community. Most Drupalists already know that Drupal has gobs of social capabilities. In fact, Drupal is the most widely used social business platform on the web: most of the hundreds of thousands of... More

Acquia Enhances Leadership Team with VP Services

Since the early days of Acquia, we’ve sought to ensure that our team was composed of a good blend of Drupal expertise and execution at all levels in the enterprise. Dries encouraged an outstanding group of both technical and evangelical Drupalists to join the team, a group that has grown substantially since with the addition of both additional senior Drupalists as well as “up and comers”. Our leadership team is flush with experience in companies like IBM, Documentum, webMethods, HP, Lotus, Filenet and more. We’ve been building out our vision of being the enterprise guide for Drupal... More

Welcome to Michael Walsh, and our big move to DC!

I'd like to send out a warm welcome to one of our newest hires, Michael Walsh. Michael will be helping the company run, grow and manage our Public Sector business - both Program Management and Business Development. He also is responsible for opening our official field office in Washington, DC on Connecticut Avenue. With this move, and additional hires in the DC area , we feel confident that we will be able to better serve our customers and partners in this domain even more effectively. So, why has Acquia decided to invest... More

Reviving your corporate blog with community in mind

All you have to do is google “CEOs and blogging” and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about: more corporate and executive blogs than you can count. As a marketer, chances are you have your hands into some aspect of your businesses blog (s) or your executive team’s approach to blogging. Also likely is that sometime in the recent past or near future you have or will receive the call to ignite a better blogging campaign for your C... More

The Importance of User Experience

If you look at successful companies today, you’ll notice they all create novel or truly enjoyable experiences for their users. Apple delights users with incredible user interfaces, easy to use software, and technology that is interactive. Twitter created a new way for users to communicate, follow, and broadcast news. Facebook brought your life and friends online. Foursquare is a new way for store fronts to create loyalty programs while giving users a way to track, rate, and discover new places - socially. Gilt Group makes shopping online exciting and high end fashion a bit more affordable.... More

Depth and Breadth of Drupal customers

We recently completed an Acquia customer case study on the New York Senate. The New York Senate is a great example of a Government agency that's using Drupal to keep it's constituents engaged and involved in happenings at the State Senate. Open Government and transparency at its best with Drupal. They use Microsites for various members of the Senate with their own messaging. It struck me that as I review the story of the NY State Senate, and as I meet and have experience with more and more of Acquia's... More

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