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Nokia: A salutatory lesson in the perils of ignoring digital disruption

My first three phones were Nokias and I loved them. That was in the days when battery life was the phone "feature" we cared most about. However, the switch to an iPhone was a no-brainer. Can you imagine what the Nokia R&D team felt like when they first saw the iPhone? Their market had just witnessed one of the biggest disruptions of the digital era. The cell/mobile phone market changed overnight - perhaps "evolved" would be more appropriate. It is sad to see a former European tech powerhouse pay the price for failing to respond effectively to such market disruption. The sale of Nokia'... More

Did Henry Ford start the digital disruption evolution?

I started my career in the automotive industry and I learnt a great deal about manufacturing, lean processes and more. The evolution of automotive manufacturing over the past 100 years holds valuable lessons for other industries and practices. I had cause to reflect on this when talking with an automotive industry organisation recently. Henry Ford is credited with the major revolution that brought the motoring experience to the masses by creating a fundamental shift in the manufacturing method. Prior to Ford's revolution, vehicles were manufactured on a single spot with the skilled workers... More

Drupal 8: A View Into Performance

Drupal 8: A View Into Performance (This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.) Templating in Drupal 8 relies on Twig, but monitoring Views performance is still an open question. Views is one of the most installed Drupal modules with over two thirds of Drupal sites reporting that they have it installed. Soon,... More

How is Acquia's blog being disruptive?

Have you heard of the concept “digital disruption?” I think I know what it means, but I also feel like it’s bigger than what I think. If you’re reading this post then you are already “digital.” What about disruption? Can we get ahead of it? I think we need to start by catching up with digital disruption and making sure we understand it, then try to get ahead of it. With the new release of the updated blog on acquia.com, we are catching up with digital disruption. As a data driven marketer, I’m constantly watching... More

Following the Sun: Ops Team Keeps the Lights on - Part 2

(Part 2 of "The Adventures of the Acquia Cloud Ops Team" blog series) When last encountered our intrepid Operations heroes, they were providing a super support effort for a client’s big day on a major morning news show. This week we want to talk about exactly what they did and how Acquia’s cross-functional support effort made morning show’s best day, in fact their best day. To begin with, the Operations team addressed infrastructure: web servers were strategically added to optimize site performance... More

Online Communities Require Member Commitment

In my last blog post I talked about what is required to build and sustain online communities. One thing that hasn’t been talked about is the commitment needed from community members. And without members who engage with the community regularly, there is no community. Commitment from members can include: · Paying a membership fee · Committing to make a certain number of meetings/programs per month/year · Asking and/or answering a certain number of questions online · Mentoring a new member and... More

A Look at PHP's Continuing Evolution

Guest post by Larry Garfield – Larry Garfield is a Senior Architect at Palantir.net, a web consultancy based in Chicago. When not developing sites for clients, he can also be found leading the Drupal 8 Web Services Initiative, evangelizing good coding practices, working to bring the PHP world closer together through the PHP Framework Interoperability Group, or providing training either for clients or the Drupal community. Occasionally he remembers to sleep. PHP is not a young language. As of 2013, it's 18 years old; that's old enough to vote. Many... More

Complying with Open Gov: The November Deadlines - Part 2

(Part 3 of the "Open Gov" blog series) In the previous post in this series, we talked about the activities necessary to fulfill the minimum requirements for the first two implementation steps due in November. At the time I wrote that post, the plan for this post was to discuss the last two implementation step for the November deadline. In the interim, though, there have been some changes. First, and most importantly, the deadline is November 1, 2013, not November 5 as I had previously stated. Second, the much... More

Getting your site ready for Drupal 8

Note: Last update April 28, 2014 The drumbeat has started. On an almost daily basis, I'm asked How do I get my site ready for Drupal 8? Here is my best answer. If you go dutifully through this list, your site will be in peak condition when Drupal 8 is released. Start giving your administrators a taste of D8 now Significant parts of Drupal 8 are already available for Drupal 7. These modules are not quite as strong as their D8 counterparts, but they are a great investment you can make today. Get your admins excited about their future by... More

Live Drupal 8 Video Panel, Aug. 22, 2013

On Thursday, August 22nd, I will be talking with Drupal core contributors Larry Garfield and Kris Vanderwater in a live, recorded Hangout on Air. We will cover "Getting off the Island" and learning from other projects and technologies, the state-of-play in the Drupal 8 release cycle, the integration and use of the Symfony framework components, new development techniques, and more. Join us for this... More

Why Online Business Communities Matter for You

Remember when someone first said, “your business needs to be on the Internet?” and you dismissed them because it didn’t seem to be critical? Now having a website is the equivalent to being listed in the yellow pages 30 years ago. More recently came the clamor of “you need to be on social media.” Each evolution engendered skeptics but a few took advantage of the new opportunity to gain a larger share of their market – whether that be customers for consumer companies, donors for non-profits or constituents for government agencies. Today, most businesses connect with customers, employees,... More

The Case Against the Marketing Cloud

The Marketing Cloud. A one-stop-shop for CMOs. Everything you need to create, manage, and execute marketing campaigns. Web. Social. Email. Mobile. Analytics. Targeting. From a single vendor. All in one easy-to-buy package. Adobe’s got one: “Adobe Marketing Cloud. All the solutions marketers need. All from Adobe.” So does Salesforce.com: “Salesforce Marketing Cloud is a comprehensive solution that takes social marketing to the next level. Oracle has one: “Execute consistent, integrated social marketing strategies across your global brands” Even HP/Autonomy has one: “Autonomy Marketing Cloud,... More

What are Your 5 Guiding IT Principles?

Higher education IT organizations today face two major challenges: They must manage through day-to-day hurdles while also preparing for the technology challenges – and opportunities – of tomorrow. At our EDU Meetup earlier this month in Washington D.C. (http://higheredmeetupdc.drupalgardens.com/#), Georgetown University not only played the role of gracious host but also opened up the forum by highlighting the five guiding principles by which it manages its technology strategy to meet these dual challenges. “Open Source” is... More

Commons 3.3: Brought to you by the GRAMMY Awards & the Drupal Community

We're excited to announce the release of Drupal Commons 3.3 with several great new features and usability improvements sponsored by The Recording Academy, presenter of the annual GRAMMY awards. Drupal Commons is Acquia's social business software that makes it easy to start a collaborative community website. Drupal Commons has no license fees, is 100 percent open source, and competes directly with software from... More

Drupal 8: Building Twig Performance

(This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.) There's been a lot of excitement over Drupal 8's switch to Twig, a modern templating engine written in object oriented PHP code, but the process of making the switch happen has been an adventure on its own. The plan to adopt Twig required abandoning PHPTemplate completely, which is a mammoth undertaking requiring converting every Drupal 8 core template and theme function to a Twig equivalent. Even with a feature... More

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