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Looking to Drive Change in Your Company? Acquia Engage May Be The Solution

We’re a little over a month out from Engage, and I couldn’t be more pumped. This year, I’ve been given the honor of running one of our tracks: The Politics of Digital. Given the chaos of the election season, this track couldn’t be more timely. While we won’t be discussing Donald Trump’s tweets or Hillary Clinton’s emails, we will take a deep look at the politics involved in any digital transformation project and how to Get S#%t Done. Every single session in this track was designed to help anyone embarking on digital transformation within their own organization. One of the sessions is aptly... More

Machine Learning's Not Magic, but It Can Work Wonders

There’s a fairly common tendency to use the word “magic” when talking about Machine Learning (ML). In some ways this word is appropriate given the amazing feats being accomplished using ML techniques, but in other ways it’s an unfortunate choice of words as it suggests these things are impossible for us to understand. If we believe that, then we can also be led to believe that “anything’s possible” when it comes to ML, and we lose our ability to be skeptical about claims being made about it. The “anything’s possible” idea can also lead to unwarranted... More

4 Weeks, 4 Events - Where’s Drupal in mid-2016?

Drupal is way more than websites and our community is thriving and making a difference all around the world. That’s the shortest way I can sum it up. 4 Weeks, 4 Events It’s September, 2016 and DrupalCon Dublin is on next week! In the last four weeks, I’ve had the privilege of visiting and speaking at Drupal “SaunaCamp” Helsinki, Drupal Camp Costa Rica, and Drupal Camp Ghent. I was also part of the team of Acquians and Acquia-partners at ... More

Sneak Peek: A Look at Our Upcoming Blog Refresh

In last week’s blog I talked about our iterative design and development approach, so this week I wanted to show this method in practice and share a recent project that I’ve been working on: refreshing the blog section of our website. Why are we redesigning our blog? A lot has happened in our blog strategy since the last time we updated the design. The current blog design was done about 2 years ago with a very different plan and target... More

Acquia Announces Launch of Acquia Cloud Site Factory Stacks

Acquia is proud to announce the release of a new, breakthrough capability within Acquia Cloud Site Factory. Available today, Acquia Cloud Site Factory Stacks brings ubiquitous multisite delivery, management and control, empowering different brands, regions, and teams to manage their own digital experiences. Acquia’s solution for multisite management is now the industry’s only digital experience platform that can deliver strong governance along with the flexibility to support multiple development teams, multiple... More

Engage 2016: A Peek at This Year's Talk Tracks

The beginning of September marks not only the end of summer for most, but the beginning of Engage season! With less than two months to go until our annual customer conference, we’re kicking things into high gear. We’ve got some great speakers lined up — including Dan Lyons, author of the book Disrupted, and Filippo Catalano, Chief Digital Operations Officer at Nestle — and our full agenda is now available online for a peek into what your an expect this year. This week, I’m... More

JIRA for Marketers: How It Works and Why We Picked It

What’s your plan for managing your enterprise content creation strategy? If it’s “attempt to keep track of everything in a spreadsheet,” you’re going to have some problems — trust me, I’ve tried! It’s a given that large enterprise organizations produce and maintain a large library of assets, but implementing and maintaining a system to keep the process of creating and managing it can be a major challenge. About a year ago, we determined we needed to better handle our content management woes. With an expanding marketing team and an even faster growing global company, we were really struggling... More

Iterative Design and Development: Update Your Site Without Doing a Redesign

Amazon’s website looks completely different than it did a few years ago, but did you ever notice it changing? I think they do the best job at making small adjustments over a long period of time. This means they avoid killing user experience and make site adjustments manageable for their business. Not only does completing a full site redesign kills your web team’s velocity, but it can also be very intimidating and costly for large enterprises. At Acquia, we implement a similar approach but we also mold it to fit our business. We call it Iterative Design and Development. Our approach is simple... More

The Time is Now

As I near the one year anniversary of my arrival at our regional headquarters in Sydney, I had a moment last week where, despite 3.5 years at Acquia HQ, l was reminded about the journey Drupal (and Acquia) has had around the world. It’s easy to think that a certain technology reaches a critical mass at a certain point everywhere, especially when it’s used by some of the world’s globally leading organisations, especially in your own country. However, I found myself again on a learning curve about the kind of help, questions, and objectives that organisations in Australia need and have as they... More

Who sponsors Drupal development?

There exist millions of Open Source projects today, but many of them aren't sustainable. Scaling Open Source projects in a sustainable manner is difficult. A prime example is OpenSSL, which plays a critical role in securing the internet. Despite its importance, the entire OpenSSL development team is relatively small, consisting of 11 people, 10 of whom are volunteers. In 2014, security researchers discovered an important security bug... More

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: A Primer

The technology press is abuzz these days with stories about Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) — every other week it seems we’re hearing about a new AI surpassing human ability at some task or other, and just as often we hear about exciting new start-ups revolutionizing traditional problem spaces using machine learning. We also see the odd notable... More

What a digital marketer needs to know about website performance

Website performance is one of those things that keeps me up at night. How do we improve our performance? When is our performance bad? Does it affect our user experience? These are all questions that run through my head in regards to our website, and I’m here to help you get answers for your site. Performance discussions can get very technical very fast, so my goal in this post is to maintain a balance between high level and informative so you can go to your dev team and ask the right questions. Do you know what cache is?... More

Open Source in Practice: Moving Off of a Proprietary CMS

Guest blogger Jenna Bos is the Senior Marketing Manager at Blue Coda, an Acquia Partner. Blue Coda is an agency focused on ROI-driven website development. Jenna believes in generating results through the combination of creating outstanding content and implementing a smart digital strategy. The implementation of an open source solution for an end-user involves a combination of the available software and the people who know how to implement the software in a way that is tailored to the client’s needs. Blue Coda has worked with Acquia for... More

When to consider the move to Drupal 8

Question: “When should I move to Drupal 8?” Answer: “It all depends.” You thought you were going to get an easy answer? I wish! Even with my own sites I’ve had to evaluate and spend time determining the best plans for migration. But when it’s time to figure out what to do with your site, here are my suggestions. If you are building a website for a new project or idea, I would create it using Drupal 8. In my opinion, Drupal 8 has progressed enough that building a site with Drupal 7 will cost you more money, because you will need to rebuild it on Drupal 8 within the next year. But if your... More

Drupal 8.2, now with more outside-in

Over the weekend, Drupal 8.2 beta was released. One of the reasons why I'm so excited about this release is that it ships with "more outside-in". In an "outside-in experience", you can click anything on the page, edit its configuration in place without having to navigate to the administration back end, and watch it take effect immediately. This kind of on-the-fly editorial experience could be a game changer for Drupal's usability. When I last discussed turning... More

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