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Migrate 2.6 - UI changes

The Migrate module provides services for migrating data from various sources (other CMS frameworks, external web services, or other Drupal installations) into the local Drupal environment. It has been used to migrate sites such as The Economist, Examiner.com,... Plus

We hold these truths to be (not so) self-evident

With "the Cloud" stratified into rough categories of IaaS / PaaS / SaaS service models, it becomes increasingly apparent that not all application hosting options are created equal - especially when viewed from an O&M perspective:

Just as stepping into IaaS options, like AWS, enable you to
offload direct hardware purchases
and their associated maintenance
PaaS and SaaS offer additional benefits for the right use cases. In particular, with Drupal applications you have the following options:
Acquia Network... Plus

The Marketers' Case for Drupal

I was asked about a week before Drupal Camp Austin if I could fill in for Tom Wentworth presenting The Marketers' Case for Drupal. After a moment of excitement for travel to Austin TX I had a moment of panic, I have a week to pull together a presentation and I've never presented in front of a large audience before (outside of college). But, I said yes.
I started off by giving a quick background on me and how I found Drupal. Which is a cute story but you could listen to it in... Plus

The Battle for Brand Recognition in the Online Ed Market

Today, nearly 70 percent of chief academic leaders in the U.S. say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy. Norwich University, the country’s oldest military college, is among those vying for its share of the growing online education market.
Launched successfully in 1997, Norwich’s online graduate school came to face increasing competition from name brand schools. So OHO Interactive... Plus

Prague Demystified: Essential guide to the next Drupalcon capital

Prague - the capital of the Czech republic, an ancient city, one of the most beautiful in the world, a place that has caused political turmoil throughout centuries, mecca for on-the-budget bachelor parties, and the next venue for Drupalcon. What should you know, what should you try to see, and what to avoid?
Welcome to my guide to essential Prague - all the things that you should do, visit or try while in the Czech Republic. I would like to give you a perspective of someone born in the country and who has lived in Prague for over 7 years - and provide tips for some less traditional trips and... Plus

Meet Balazs Dianiska: The “honorable” module and Drupal in the enterprise


Balazs Dianiska, Acquia Professional Services Consultant, has a lot of insight about the needs of enterprise businesses. Whenever he can, he shares that insight with the Drupal community at events and meet-ups.

Balazs, aka snufkin on Drupal.org credits entry his into Drupal to Angie "webchick" Byron: "She participated in the Google Summer of Code program," mentored by Robert Douglass, "and it became so popular,... Plus

Getting Started: Collaborative development with Git

This post is part of the "All you need to know to become a great Drupal developer" blog series.
Git is a version control system, like "track changes" for code. It's fast, powerful, and easy-to-use version control system. But the thing that's really special about Git is the way it empowers people to collaborate.
All the projects on drupal.org are stored in Git, and there are millions of public projects hosted by GitHub.com. Whether... Plus

Drupal: A Global Army of Nerds


It's the DrupalCon Portland Floor Show! I went around the exhibitors' area and through the halls of the Oregon Convention Center asking two vital questions to our community:

What is your favorite thing about Drupal?

Why should other people come to DrupalCon?

This week's podcast is a selection of some of the answers I got and the conversations I had with (not nearly enough of) you wonderful Drupalists!

Drupal's new spokesman?

The answers of the Con, for me, came from Drew Jarvis of Sandstorm Design in Chicago. Picture him doing amazing yo-yo tricks during the... Plus

Notes from Drupal for Project Managers - Part 3 - Launching

Today we held Part 3 of our Drupal for Project Manager's course with Amye Scarvada @amye. We focused entirely on issues around launching. This is the project manager's opportunity to stave off any potential disasters at the point of going live. It's the project manager who can check that all considerations have been made, and even in some cases plan and test for rollback... *just* in case something goes pear-shaped.
(recording and presentation coming soon!)
Join next week for... Plus

Introducing the Acquia Insiders Advocate Community

For the past two months, we’ve been working on a new community for Acquia customers, developers, and partners. Today we’re opening up the community to a bigger audience, and that includes you!
We know that many of our customers and partners are looking for ways to share their passion for Drupal and Acquia with others. We wanted to create a way for you to tap into that passion, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with the new Acquia Insiders advocate community.
We engage advocates through a series of challenges, from including tweeting about... Plus

SemTechBiz: Schema.org, Knowledge Graph, and prospects for Drupal

Last week’s SemTechBiz San Francisco was packed with insightful keynotes and sessions showing trends for semantic web technologies. The hot topics of the conference were Google’s, Yahoo’s and Wikidata’s Knowledge Graphs, as well as the adoption of schema.org, an initiative launched 2 years ago by the major search engines to standardize and promote structured data on the Web. An increasing number of companies and organizations presented how they support schema.org and semantic web technologies in their... Plus

Business Schools Leading the Way

Some schools talk about building online communities to foster collaboration and many schools just dream of it. But a few schools actually do it. Oxford University’s Said Business School (SBS), which recently launched its Global Opportunities & Threats: Oxford initiative (GOTO) (http://goto.sbs.ox.ac.uk) is one of the few, and their motivation for doing so may surprise you.
Of course there’s a lot of social learning going... Plus

Chunking Content for Task-centric Mobility

Mobile apps should empower me to solve problems and take action. How does this happen? And when it comes to powering mobile apps, how does Drupal make a difference?
Let me continue the conversation that I started in my recent blog post, “Making Mobile Know About Me,” and identify some next steps for making content smart and useful.
Grocery Shopping. Let’s begin with an example about one of those familiar chores of everyday life: grocery shopping. Here in the Boston area, Whole Foods is my local grocer I’ve downloaded the... Plus

Bring Musicians Together

BandHappy began as just a name and came to R2integrated in need not only of a brand identity, but of a unique, first-of-its-kind web experience that would serve as a musician social community portal for teachers and students. The founders of BandHappy wanted a site that could connect teachers and students located anywhere in the world to facilitate music lessons with the help of streaming video. The site required eCommerce capabilities to support BandHappy’s service-fee business... Plus

Lessons from DrupalCon: Come for the Product, Stay for the Community

It’s been a couple of weeks since I came back from my first DrupalCon. It was a whirlwind event full of sessions, customer meetings, and yes – a few parties. There were over 3,300 attendees at DrupalCon, and we had over 700 of them at our Acquia Customer Love party. It truly was an awesome event, and I met lots of great people. Most of them Drupal developers.
Here’s a secret: I used to be a developer. I learned BASIC when I was 10 on my trusty TI-994/A. I wanted a computer to play games, but my parents... Plus

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