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Video: Can we save the open web?

In March, I did a presentation at SxSW that asked the audience a question I've been thinking about a lot lately: "Can we save the open web?". The web is centralizing around a handful of large companies that control what we see, limit creative freedom, and capture a lot of information about us. I worry that we risk losing the serendipity, creativity and decentralization that made the open web great. While there are no easy answers to this question, the presentation started a good discussion about the future of the open web, the role of algorithms in society, and how we might be able to... More

Thunder, a Drupal distribution for publishers

Earlier this month, the international media group Hubert Burda Media (about 2.5 billion annual revenue, more than 10,000 employees, and more than 300 titles) released its Drupal 8 distribution, Thunder. Thunder includes custom modules specifically tailored to the needs of professional publishers. This is great news for three reasons: (1) I've long been a believer in Drupal distributions, (2) I believe that publishers shouldn't compete through CMS... More

The Challenge of Keeping Software Up to Date, and What Happens if You Don't

The public release of client records hacked from a Panamanian law firm’s web site have led to headline revelations that heads of state and public figures allegedly took advantage of Panama’s banking secrecy laws to hide their assets. According to a report published at Forbes.com, the law firm’s site alleged to be the source of the leaked information, ran on Drupal -- specifically a site running an old, unsecured version of Drupal 7 (any version prior to 7.32.) The... More

State of Drupal 2016 survey

I've been writing a lot about what I believe is important for the future of Drupal, but now it is your turn. After every major release of Drupal I do a "product management survey" to get your ideas and data on what to focus on for future releases of Drupal (8.x/9). The last time we had such a survey was after the release of Drupal 7, six months into the development of Drupal 8. I presented the results at DrupalCon London in 2011. The results informed the Drupal community at large, but were also the basis for... More

Improving Drupal's content workflow

At DrupalCon Mumbai I sat down for several hours with the Drupal team at Pfizer to understand the work they have been doing on improving Drupal content management features. They built a set of foundational modules that help advance Drupal's content workflow capabilities; from content staging, to multi-site content staging, to better auditability, offline support, and several key user experience improvements like full-site preview, and more. In this post, I want to point a spotlight on some of Pfizer's modules, and... More

Acquia’s FedRAMP ATO: What Does it Mean for You?

On February 19, 2016, Acquia received an Authority To Operate (ATO) from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and is now a FedRAMPSM Compliant Cloud Service Provider (CSP). For many individuals and organizations operating in the public sector, FedRAMP is a well-known program, but what does FedRAMP compliance really mean? FedRAMP: What is it? With a rise in the adoption and proliferation of cloud solutions, finding a way to secure the use of cloud-based IT systems has proven challenging. Historically, the governmental process for risk management was redundant, inconsistent, time consuming,... More

Agile Research Methods for Personalization

This is part five of a five part series. While having a general framework for coming up with new personalization ideas can be extremely helpful, it will never replace rolling up your sleeves and doing the research and data analysis. Once your personalization program is off to the races though, it’s time to move beyond initial ideas and pure instinct, and take a data driven approach. This can take many forms, from analytics and experimentation, to more in-depth research methods such as... More

Drupal 8 Module of the Week Recap: Paragraphs, Linkit and Search API

The latest Drupal 8 modules to be covered on the Acquia Developer Center are Paragraphs, Linkit, and Search API. Each makes working with Drupal 8 a little easier for developers in some way; by making it easier to make sites responsive, by improving the usability in WYSIWYG editors for content authors, and by providing a toolset for... More

Research Focus: Digital Transformation in Local Authorities

In today’s post I’m continuing my series about the results and conclusions from a research project that we commissioned Vanson Bourne to run. From consumer attitudes to technology devices and the way that ‘buyer behaviour’ is transforming the purchase journey online, to the impact of technological advancements in the retail financial services industry, it was an extensive piece of work. Part of the scope of the project involved canvassing opinions from the public about the digital services that their local authority provides and what should change about them. Within the constraints of the... More

The Evolution of Media Company CMS Platforms: Big Bets on Custom CMS

In our series on media company CMS platforms, we’ve looked at the landscape evolution over the last 5-6 years, from how companies make CMS decisions, to the types of CMSs that companies are using, to the overall industry consolidation. Today we’ll wrap up this series with a greater focus on custom CMSs, and a look towards the future, and burgeoning open source adoption. Due to escalating costs and scaling development issues, it’s my belief that custom CMS platforms only last a handful of years before they become obsolete, and the efforts to maintain them are terminated. We can see an example... More

Choosing the Right Framework for Your Personalization Ideas

This is part four of a five-part blog series on personalization. If you’ve made it this far in the series, you should now have a personalization team, alignment on high level business goals and strategic initiatives, and a project that your team is planning to work on. On top of that, you’ve aligned on an approach to personalization that involves quick iteration and small, manageable tasks, which you may or may not refer to as “stories.”... More

Putting Agile Personalization Into Practice

This is part three of a five-part blog series on personalization. */ Author Benjamin Erwin once said, “Building a robot that works involves building a robot that doesn’t work and then figuring out what is wrong with it.” The software world has used terms like agile and lean for this approach for some time. Fast forward to today and... More

SDL Abandons "All-In-One" Customer Experience Cloud Strategy

UK customer experience company SDL, in a preliminary filing of its 2015 financial results, attributed recent losses to bad strategy; trying to sell an integrated cloud to marketers who preferred to pick and choose their own solutions rather than an “all-in-one” suite. In the Executive Chairman’s review of the results, the company stated: “Whilst considerable progress has been made we have been... More

The State of Multi-site: A High Level View of CMS Multi-site Capabilities

Enterprise organizations maintain an average of 268 web domains. Entities allocate time and money to ensure these websites remain up-to-date from a technology and content standpoint - resources that otherwise would have been utilized elsewhere in the organization. Multi-site alleviates these inefficiencies by providing a web-platform in which a central team can manage remote sites - eliminating redundant systems, unifying appearance, and streamlining content and software updates. Multi-site accelerates management processes and cuts costs. Users’ demand for multi-site capabilities, regardless... More

A MAP for accelerating Drupal 8 adoption

Contributed modules in Drupal deliver the functionality and innovation proprietary content management solutions simply can't match. With every new version of Drupal comes the need to quickly move modules forward from the previous version. For users of Drupal, it's crucial to know they can depend on the availability of modules when considering a new Drupal 8 project or migrating from a previous version. I'm pleased that many agencies and customers who use Drupal are donating time and attention to maintaining Drupal's module repository and ensuring their contributed modules are upgraded. I... More

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