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Perspectives on the future of PHP

Technology as empowerment Angie “Webchick” Byron, Drupal core committer, put something into words in a Spring 2014 podcast interview that sums up my thoughts on how we, as creators of software, enable and empower others to do good in the world. Paraphrasing Angie: “We make really abstract complicated programming concepts accessible to non-developers, available to them by clicking a few buttons, without having to understand all the code that comes underneath it. What I get really excited about is the idea... More

Help Adam and Angie build the Drupal Module Upgrader!

This week: Meet Adam "phenaproxima" Hoenich! Learn what the Drupal Module Upgrader can do for you! And what you can do for it! Come to Webchick's BoF at DrupalCon Amsterdam! Contribute! I sat down with Adam at Acquia HQ in Burlington Massachusetts to talk about the Drupal Module Upgrader. Adam is currently an intern with the Acquia Office of the CTO (aka... More

Best Practices for Optimizing your Workflow

In the typical Web project, there are many steps to get your work done. You have to define the site structure, setup necessary modules, create content, make sure everything works, deploy, fix, repeat. If you go global, the busywork gets compounded. You multiply your process by the number of languages, pages, words per page, people involved, steps involved and time zones. Some people keep track of pages in a spreadsheet, and every time a page changes, they have to copy and paste out the content, send it for translation and wait for the translation provider to email it back. Good luck avoiding... More

Drupal core updates for September 4, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8? It has been a month since the last update on Drupal core development. In the meantime we met and worked hard together at TCDrupal and Drupalaton at the start of August triaging outstanding critical issues and resolving some. Also we collaborated on making Drupal's frontend better at Frontend United at the end of the month. We've... More

Two Lessons Learned from the State of Oregon vs. Oracle Lawsuit

Oregon recently filed a lawsuit against Oracle over the failed deployment of the “Cover Oregon” healthcare exchange website. The State spent over $240m on the development and deployment of this portal, and the lawsuit seeks to reclaim over $200m in damages. Oregon claims it was falsely promised a “95% out-of-the-box” solution for its portal, and that Oracle’s actions amount to a “a pattern of racketeering activity.” Oracle counters these allegations by... More

The Australian Government and I tell you: “Why Drupal”

I had the privilege of being one of two keynote speakers alongside the Australian Government CTO, John Sheridan, at the 2014 Drupal Gov Day in the Australian capital, Canberra. The Australian Government has announced it is building its “GovCMS” and centering on a single technology: Drupal implemented on a standardized, public-cloud-based platform. Drupal in the guise of GovCMS will be the... More

Retail and Non-Profits Have More In Common Than You Would Think

One of the main reasons I got into marketing, and specifically marketing for commerce, is because people fascinate me. How does a consumer make a purchase decision? Why then? Why that product? Why is Target ‘Le Target’ while Wal-Mart is ‘Wally World’? I’ve spent my whole career digging through those questions, only to come up with more. A few weeks ago my Facebook feed, along with yours I’m sure, became jammed with people dumping an ice bucket over their head to raise money for ALS. My co-worker Sean even wrote an Acquia blog about it. Prior to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I’d never really... More

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 6 - New Back-End Features in Drupal 8

Welcome to the 6th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant. Where... More

Personalisation: Delivering a Connected Digital Experience

The rules of engagement between brands and their customers are changing. We are now living and working in a connected world, in which customers expect their contact with a brand to always be consistent, whether that’s online, via mobile or in person. As connectivity increases, so too will the level to which consumers expect a personal, and personalised, service. Marketers and their organisations that don’t develop personal experiences for their customers could be at risk of losing out to more engaging competitors. One size or made to measure? The ‘one size fits all’ approach to marketing is... More

How I learned Drupal 8

In this post, I will share my experience on trying to learn Drupal 8 during its alpha stage, talk about some of the challenges of keeping up with the ongoing changes while trying to learn it, and end with some tips and resources which proved useful for me. How it began During a few weeks, a group of colleagues and I embarked on a learning project to get up to speed on all things Drupal 8. We did not fully know what to expect given that we were starting this at a time when D8 was still in Alpha and changes (even big ones) kept coming daily. So, my... More

La ville de Los Angeles développe sa plate-forme numérique

Acquia vient d’annoncer le choix d’Acquia Cloud Site Factory par la ville de Los Angeles afin d’accompagner la transformation digitale de la municipalité. Vous pouvez retrouver le communiqué de presse en intégral et en anglais sur ce lien : http://ow.ly/ABf1U. Pour résumer, l’ITA (Los Angeles Information Technology Agency) qui constitue le pôle numérique de la ville de Los Angeles a opté pour la solution Acquia Cloud Site Factory pour construire, gérer et administrer... More

Rest easy with Acquia support

Where other Platforms offer a generic support bucket without the breadth of expertise to solve every problem, Acquia has services tailored to your needs. We have multiple tiers of support personnel prepared for problems of any difficulty. To ensure our customers’ success, we also provide: Acquia Ready to help your team through the transition to Acquia or Drupal Professional... More

Why A Former Forrester Analyst Is Betting His Career on Acquia and Drupal

I recently left my role as senior analyst at Forrester Research, where I helped to lead research on web content management and digital experience tools, to take a new challenge at Acquia. The change is still fresh enough that nearly every day someone asks me, “Why Acquia?” There’s no single answer -- 101 factors fuel any job change. Here, I saw the chance to make an impact by helping to highlight Acquia’s innovation in delivering a cloud-based platform built on open-source Drupal web content... More

Drupal 8 & Empowerment through Drupal

Part 1 of a 2-part conversation with Angie Byron in front of the cameras at NYC Camp 2014. In this part of our conversation we go over some of the inspiring and thought-provoking ideas we encountered there, and then jump to some of the benefits to users of the technical improvements built into Drupal 8. What are the consequences of your technology? Angie explains why she was excited to be at the UN for NYC Camp, "I felt really energized coming in here. I got into Drupal from a humanitarian angle. I love the whole open source ethos around... More

Acquia Global Support: We Turn Down for Nothing

One of the greatest perks about working at Acquia is that we support a broad spectrum of customers, large and small, technology and service, domestic and international. Whether it is a media company in the Middle East, a healthcare company in New Jersey, a European retailer or a large educational institution in the Asia-Pacific/Japan region, we have them all. But that means we have to provide a true global support model for our customers. One that consistently delivers high levels of service, focuses on customer success and inspires confidence in our customers. There are no phantom... More

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