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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'... Plus

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,... Plus

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, we are catching up with digital disruption. As a data driven marketer, I’m constantly... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

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... Plus

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,... Plus

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 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,... Plus

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. (, 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... Plus

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... Plus

5 Steps to Success for Surviving Digital Disruption

Remember when you had to go the video store to rent or buy your favorite flick? How about having to go to the store to pick up that last minute gift during the holidays? What about only communicating with friends and family via snail-mail and email?
The advent of the World Wide Web has resulted in a new Digital Age that has connected most of the world -- and in real time. Because we are linked together in this new way, individuals, organizations and companies are constantly finding better ways to do things digitally, replacing the old standards. Often this digital reinvention even saves you... Plus

Complying with Open Gov: The November Deadlines

(Part 2 of the "Open Gov" blog series)
Federal agencies are currently wrestling with determining what they must do to comply with the White House’s Executive Order on open data. Until something more definitive is published, the best guidance might come from the Implementation Guide page on Project Open Data.
The guide lists eight steps with minimum... Plus

The Wisdom of Crowds and The Open Source Way

What do high-speed rail, ash tree dieback, and changing world demographics have in common?
These are just three projects that are actively harnessing what James Surowiecki refers to as, The Wisdom of Crowds.
Open Source Design
Let’s start with Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal for high-speed public transportation. Musk has taken an incubator approach, with Telsa and SpaceX staff involved in... Plus

Low-cost Drupal website brings high-end rewards for Kansas City non-profit

The journey from a dimly lit photo of a young woman with a blank stare to the smiling young man at the top of the homepage is a metaphor for the hope that Higher M-Pact brings to troubled teens, but also mirrors the journey of Higher M-Pact’s online presence.
Higher M-Pact’s website enables visitors to learn how the non-profit helps high-risk urban youths strive for a better future. They did this by intervening sooner rather than later with these youths to motivate, engage and inspire. Obstacles are turned into opportunities, and a... Plus