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Jumpstarting a UX Research Program at Acquia

This April, at the Lean UX NYC Conference, Ezra Gildesgame and I will co-present a half-day workshop, Communicating the Business Value and Getting Buy-in for UX Research. In our workshop, we will share techniques for selling your internal stakeholders on the importance of research for making business and product decisions. In 2013, one of the biggest priorities for the Acquia UX team was to revamp our customer research program to effectively involve our internal team members in our research projects. During the... More

Organize Your Styles - An Introduction to SMACSS

On smaller brochure sites, how your organize your styles isn’t usually a big concern. You get in there, write some CSS, or maybe even some SASS. You compile it all into a single stylesheet with SASS’s production settings, and then you aggregate it to get all the stylesheets from modules into a nice tidy package. However, when it comes to larger, more complex projects, how you organize your code is a key to efficiency. Not only in how how much time it takes, but also in how much code you write, and how much a browser has to load. This is especially important when you’re working with a team of... More

Why selecting a new CMS will just not cut it

Being part of Acquia’s Solutions Architecture team gives me unique insight into the changing landscape of Digital Marketing and the Internet in general. People are scrambling to get shiny new tools in place to be able to cope with the speed at which the Internet is changing. During the course of the last year I have reviewed dozens of RFP’s in which companies set out to select a “solution”. But, selecting a new “solution” won’t actually solve your problem! Having an online strategy isn’t only about the tool, it’s about much, much more, as we’ll see in a moment. Most RFP’s fall into one of... More

More Responsive Image Effects for Drupal 7

Cross-posted with permission from Isovera.com When working with image styles in Drupal 7, there are many types of visual effects that can be applied to responsive displays. Some examples include: Cropping; Desaturation; Watermarks; Canvas Effects; etc. These examples and others can be applied per device type and/or screen width based on the breakpoints and image styles already applied as shown in the previous blog post. Building upon our integration of the Breakpoints & Picture modules from the... More

Acquia Workshop at Lean UX NYC Conference

The most successful UX teams understand that their skills must extend beyond running solid research studies and producing great product designs. First, teams must establish buy-in and participation in research from the people who matter most--the other stakeholders involved in making the decisions that influence products. Next, week, I’ll partner with Christine Perfetti, Acquia’s Senior Director of User Experience to lead a workshop called, “Communicating the Business Value and Getting Buy-in for UX Research” as part of... More

This week-ish in Drupal core: April 2, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8? The past three weeks saw some exciting progress on Drupal 8, in part due to the hard work of everyone who went to DrupalDevDays 2014 in Szeged, Hungary. It also saw the release of drupal-8.x-alpha10. Drupal Developer Days Szeged DevDays Szeged was a landmark for the Drupal 8 release cycle. Participants marveled at how productive and well-organized the event was, and core maintainers commented they'd never seen such momentum in... More

The Rise of Digital Creates A Marketer’s Dilemma

As a product manager at Acquia, I frequently speak with digital thought leaders at many organizations, small and large. It’s clear that the digital marketing profession at these organizations has undergone tremendous change over the past decade. Digital marketers now oversee large numbers of “digital experiences,” rather than the small number of static, branded web sites that were the norm just a few short years ago. And by incorporating web, social, mobile and offline touch points, managing these digital experiences has become very complex. This complexity has greatly increased demands on... More

Drupal Development using PhpStorm

The PhpStorm IDE comes with a bundled Drupal Plugin, providing functionality for modules, themes as well as for core Drupal development for Drupal 6, 7 or 8. Combine that with PhpStorm’s excellent PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript support, automatic code inspections, debugging and unit testing support and we have a great tool for developing our next Drupal application! In this post, we will see how we can get started with Drupal development in PhpStorm. From the Welcome screen (or by selecting File | New Project), we can choose to create a new project of the Drupal type. PhpStorm will make sure... More

Locking Down the Cloud: Leveraging the Ecosystem

Ryan Scheuermann recently came up with a good metaphor to describe the difference between managing security on your own servers, and using a cloud-based service. “When you’re working with bare metal in your own location, it’s all up to you. It’s like the wild west,” he said. “When you’re hosted in the cloud,” he continued, “it’s like being in a gated community: the cloud service providers have many services that you can take advantage of.” “It’s still up to you,” said Ryan, who is the chief product officer and co-founder of Ceros, a cloud-based marketing platform that is used by global... More

Taking Migrations from Madness to Gladness

For every new and amazing Drupal application we build, there is almost always a corresponding data migration. This major aspect of enterprise projects can involve complex business and data analysis, detailed data mapping, migration from multiple third-party data and analytics sources, test migrations, and data validation. Data is always an area where our clients have much more expertise than we could hope to gain during a standard professional services engagement, so they are heavily involved in this aspect of the project, including planning, validating test migrations, signoff of final... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption. Second Screen is Key to Great Digital Experience Brands today are engaging with consumers on a rapidly growing number of platforms and devices. Taking the next step in the multiplatform revolution, many have begun engaging with their audience on two platforms simultaneously, add a second screen in order to add new layers of interactivity and interest. Chief digital officers, or digital strategists... More

Second Screen is Key to Great Digital Experience

Cross-posted with permission from Digital Disruption Brands today are engaging with consumers on a rapidly growing number of platforms and devices. Taking the next step in the multiplatform revolution, many have begun engaging with their audience on two platforms simultaneously, add a second screen in order to add new layers of interactivity and interest. Chief digital officers, or digital strategists with similar responsibilities, are often those being charged with developing this second-... More

Entrepreneurship is 80% sales and marketing

Background in business is a 'nice to have', not a 'must have' for an aspiring entrepreneur. I had no solid business background when I founded Mollom or Acquia (I launched them roughly at the same time). Other than the standard things (an idea, passion and the willingness to act), the most important thing that aspiring entrepreneurs need is the understanding that 80% of entrepreneurship is sales and marketing. If as a founder, you're not obsessed with sales and marketing, you're a liability rather than an asset. You don't have to... More

San Francisco State University moves to Drupal

What is a website? For colleges and universities everywhere, a website is an opportunity to tell a story. Thanks to this opportunity, schools depend on websites more than ever to deliver rich, engaging experiences. When looking for a CMS capable of delivering this experience, schools naturally look at Drupal. Today, about 30 percent of colleges and universities in the United States use Drupal to power their main .edu site. It helps that Drupal has the flexibility to be used for any site a campus needs -- recruiting, admissions, development, general outreach and much more. In fact, at Acquia... More

Acquia Cloud adds PHP 5.5 (and more)

Acquia Cloud strives to be the best place to build and manage Drupal web sites. One aspect of that is providing the best, most current PHP runtime environment for Drupal. We’ve long supported Drupal 6 and 7, and we are preparing to support Drupal 8 as soon as it is ready. Drupal 8 requires PHP 5.4 or newer, so today we are announcing that Acquia Cloud supports PHP 5.5 for all sites and all subscription levels. Choosing the PHP version per environment Acquia Cloud provides multiple environments, such as Dev, Staging, and Prod, for your site development workflow. Converting your site from one... More


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