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Drupal Camp Scotland 2013 Double-Header

This week's podcast features two Drupal Scots: Duncan Davidson (recorded live in a back alley right after Drupal Camp Scotland 2013) and Brian Ward (recorded via Skype, post-event). Duncan is the Scottish regional manager and UK Professional Services Manager for i-KOS and Brian is a developer at heehaw.digital in Edinburgh. I apologise for the slight audio deficiencies that crop up in both recordings. Meet Duncan Davidson Duncan has been involved in running the... More

Acquia Cloud Free Tier - Exclusive access at DrupalCon Portland

This DrupalCon is going to be super exciting. This DrupalCon, the Acquia Cloud team is offering exclusive community access to the Acquia cloud free tier. What’s that??? Free you ask, well yes it is. Acquia Cloud Free Tier has all the capabilities of cloud hosting but even better, because you don’t have to pay for it. Each free tier subscription comes with two separate Dev and Stage environments. It also includes all the goodies that Acquia Network comes with like Insight, Acquia Search, Mollom etc. With free tier, you get access to an additional interface Cloud API which lets you do most... More

Adobe Just Killed Traditional Software Licensing

At today’s Adobe Max Conference, Adobe announced that they would stop selling traditional shrink-wrap licenses of Adobe Creative Suite products – Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc. Now it’s all about the Creative Cloud and its subscription-licensing model. You can no longer buy the Adobe Creative Suite; you can only subscribe to the Creative Cloud as a monthly or annual subscription. In other words, Adobe just... More

Let's Get Personal: The Basics

Personalization is as old as marketing itself. Give each customer what they want, how they want it, when they want it. New technologies, platforms, and devices give us the tools to reinvent this venerable approach, expanding its reach and effectiveness. To wring the maximum value out of personalization, you have to track your results, constantly re-evaluate what you are doing, and adjust your strategy accordingly. In Part One of this 5-part series on personalization, we'll start with the broad strokes. Personalization: The Basics At a "Future of Marketing" virtual conference a few years ago... More

Dream It. Drupal It. (Drink It!) DrupalCon.

Can you believe that DrupalCon is less than a month away? I certainly can't! This year, DrupalCon is taking over Portland, Oregon, the home of the Drupal Association, our west-coast office, as well as a burgeoning open source community.  For those of you unfamiliar with DrupalCon, it is an international event that brings together the people who... More

The State of COD

Many people have asked how COD, otherwise known as the Conference Organizing Distribution, is going. Currently its a community supported project, with lots of great new features going into the 7.x branch! This weekend, Acquia was at Linuxfest Northwest (LFNW, http://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org), a regional conference of about 1500 open source enthusiasts, and COD was running behind the scenes to help make the fest run as smoothly as possible. The current status of Alpha 2: LFNW is running of the alpha2 version of COD 7, the most recent release... More

Project Management: "The Fortune Teller Must Die" meet Shannon Vettes

Shannon Vettes is the Partner Manager at Commerce Guys in Paris; the company leading the way in making Drupal the platform of choice for eCommerce. Among other things, she has the rewarding job of coordinating adding modules and services to the Commerce Marketplace and getting integrators involved in the platform, too. Talks on project management I met her recently at Drupal Camp Scotland in Glasgow, where she was the keynote speaker... More

How to Make Your Drupal Website Multilingual

As the site manager for acquia.com, I had a lot to think about when we originally decided to translate the site into other languages. Why are we translating? What will we be translating? How will we handle pages that aren’t translated? What modules do we need to add? What translation services will we use? How will we maintain all languages? What are the best ways to achieve my goals in Drupal 7? My past experience with translation in Drupal was with a Drupal 6 website and we did a multisite install, so we shared modules and themes but had separate websites and databases. Why are you... More

Agile Software Development – Cracking the Code

Part of the "All the things you need to know to be a great Drupal developer" blog series Cassette, VCR, disposable cameras, pager, dial-in Internet, CD’s, CD-player, maps, encyclopedia, waterfall model for software development etc. Well this list represents things that make us nostalgic and remind us of the ugly truth of how things quickly become obsolete in the agile world of technology. Agile methodology is one of those things that grew out of obsolescence. It was an evolution for software teams to finally move from the conventional waterfall model to something that was more dynamic. In an... More

How-to configure faceted search interface with Acquia Search

Implementing grade-A site search functionality is not easy to achieve. Proprietary search solution tend to carry very expensive licensing fees and provide limited flexibility when integrated with open source solutions such as Drupal. Conversely, open source search engines such as Apache Solr are devoid of licensing fees and have tight integration with CMSes like Drupal, however they can also be challenging to deploy and maintain. Acquia Search provides the power and flexibility of open source while eliminating the maintenance tax. Acquia Search is a fully managed SaaS offering that integrates... More

"Now I break other people's modules!" Meet Angie Byron, Part 2

In this episode – "Meet Angie Byron, Part 2: The Return of the Webchick" – we cover how Angie got into the Drupal project, how to hide under blankets, and how to break other people's modules. In part one of this conversation, we talked about the state of Drupal 8 as of spring 2013, what's gone into it so far, what we can expect from the next major point release of Drupal and the fact that Angie has the best job description ever: "My job is to make Drupal awesome." Newbies have it hard: a comic Angie's... More

The Death of Enterprise Software?

Last week, IBM announced disappointing earnings, which caused the biggest decline for IBM shares in eight years. IBM lost $19 billion in market value. IBM’s drop follows Oracle, who also reported disappointing earnings in its last quarter. Both companies had a similar explanation for why the numbers were down - a shortfall in sales execution in their software businesses. Really? It’s always easy to blame sales people for poor performance. But are we expected to believe that the same sales team who delivered consistent performance in the past is now to blame for a huge revenue miss? Or are... More

Drolutions - On Drupal's flexible framework

Part of being a member of the Acquia Solutions Architecture team is coming up with creative solutions on a daily basis. When discussing a certain use case, usually our team comes up with at least 4 different ways of solving a particular problem in Drupal. Ranging from ingenious, to stark raving mad or even just plain funny, but all technically valid. While discussing these, sometimes, outrageous ideas get merged into a valid solution that meets all requirements. This got me thinking, why is that? We all know Drupal can do lots of different things. And by "we" I mean people who use Drupal on a... More

And the Finalists Are . . .

We’re proud to announce the finalists for Acquia’s inaugural Partner Sites of the Year Award Program. We were thrilled by the response; our partners submitted 114 sites across a range of categories. The competition was strong across many of the categories, particularly in higher education and public sector. A panel of Acquia executives poured over the entries and selected the following 21 sites as finalists for this year’s award program. And without further ado, the finalists are . . . General Commercial Genuine Interactive, Imprivata... More

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