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Drupal Helps Make Open Source Software the Rule, Not the Exception


More than 3,000 people are in New Orleans for North America’s 2016 DrupalCon, an energetic hub of education, knowledge-sharing and business focused on open source Drupal software.
DrupalCon isn’t just an homage to Drupal; it’s proof of the massive success and continued acceleration of the once-radical idea that many hands can contribute to software that anyone can freely use, modify, and build upon.
In Drupal’s case, hundreds of... Meer

The Meaning of Content: Just a Utility, not Royalty


In the marketing world, buzzwords reign supreme. Often they are words that have already existed for years that suddenly become trendy, and then are used incessantly throughout the industry until they eventually lose all real meaning. One the best examples of this is the word “content.”
Content is everywhere. It’s king, it’s queen, it’s the entire royal family and it’s the key to success! It’s even in my title.
It all sounds so exciting. However, the word “content” simply means any and all information on a website. It’s the flashier lead generation material, it’s product descriptions and user... Meer

How a Marketer Built a Drupal 8 site in 1 Day

When I decided I was going to start my own blog of course I wanted to build the site myself. I used to be a pretty technical person previously in my career, but the last time I built a Drupal website from start to finish was with Drupal 5 way back in 2009 for my accountant’s website. Today I manage eight corporate websites built by an engineering team, focused on their performance, optimization and design to support the goals of the business; all of which is very different from building new ones from the ground up.
Going into this project I had a general idea of which files belonged where in... Meer

Acquia Partner Profile: Avionos

At Acquia, our partners are an incredible part of our success. In this series, we’ll be profiling some of our premier partners; showcasing who they are and what they do, in their own words.
For our first partner profile, we spoke with Dan Neiweem, co-founder and principal of Avionos, responsible for the Acquia partnership, customer success, and growing the Avionos brand. Avionos is a digital consulting and cloud services firm focused on delivering outcomes... Meer

Acquia Asia Pacific Partner Summits 2016: A Recap


Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the adoption of enterprise Drupal in Australia. As Acquia continues to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region, it has become increasingly important to build and maintain relationships with our partners.
The Acquia Sydney Partner Summit brought together more than 75 partners in attendance to learn, network, and engage with colleagues. Attendees represented a diverse group ranging from independent Drupal developers and digital agencies, to network... Meer

Video: Can we save the open web?

In March, I did a presentation at SxSW that asked the audience a question I've been thinking about a lot lately: "Can we save the open web?".
The web is centralizing around a handful of large companies that control what we see, limit creative freedom, and capture a lot of information about us. I worry that we risk losing the serendipity, creativity and decentralization that made the open web great.

While there are no easy answers to this question, the presentation started a good discussion about the future of the open web, the role of algorithms in society, and how we might be able to... Meer

Thunder, a Drupal distribution for publishers

Earlier this month, the international media group Hubert Burda Media (about 2.5 billion annual revenue, more than 10,000 employees, and more than 300 titles) released its Drupal 8 distribution, Thunder. Thunder includes custom modules specifically tailored to the needs of professional publishers.
This is great news for three reasons: (1) I've long been a believer in Drupal distributions, (2) I believe that publishers shouldn't compete through CMS... Meer

The Challenge of Keeping Software Up to Date, and What Happens if You Don't

The public release of client records hacked from a Panamanian law firm’s web site have led to headline revelations that heads of state and public figures allegedly took advantage of Panama’s banking secrecy laws to hide their assets. According to a report published at Forbes.com, the law firm’s site alleged to be the source of the leaked information, ran on Drupal -- specifically a site running an old, unsecured version of Drupal 7 (any version prior to 7.32.) The... Meer

State of Drupal 2016 survey

I've been writing a lot about what I believe is important for the future of Drupal, but now it is your turn. After every major release of Drupal I do a "product management survey" to get your ideas and data on what to focus on for future releases of Drupal (8.x/9).
The last time we had such a survey was after the release of Drupal 7, six months into the development of Drupal 8. I presented the results at DrupalCon London in 2011. The results informed the Drupal community at large, but were also the basis for... Meer

Improving Drupal's content workflow

At DrupalCon Mumbai I sat down for several hours with the Drupal team at Pfizer to understand the work they have been doing on improving Drupal content management features. They built a set of foundational modules that help advance Drupal's content workflow capabilities; from content staging, to multi-site content staging, to better auditability, offline support, and several key user experience improvements like full-site preview, and more. In this post, I want to point a spotlight on some of Pfizer's modules, and... Meer

Acquia’s FedRAMP ATO: What Does it Mean for You?

On February 19, 2016, Acquia received an Authority To Operate (ATO) from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and is now a FedRAMPSM Compliant Cloud Service Provider (CSP). For many individuals and organizations operating in the public sector, FedRAMP is a well-known program, but what does FedRAMP compliance really mean?

FedRAMP: What is it?
With a rise in the adoption and proliferation of cloud solutions, finding a way to secure the use of cloud-based IT systems has proven challenging. Historically, the governmental process for risk management was redundant, inconsistent, time consuming,... Meer

Agile Research Methods for Personalization


This is part five of a five part series.
While having a general framework for coming up with new personalization ideas can be extremely helpful, it will never replace rolling up your sleeves and doing the research and data analysis. Once your personalization program is off to the races though, it’s time to move beyond initial ideas and pure instinct, and take a data driven approach. This can take many forms, from analytics and experimentation, to more in-depth research methods such... Meer

Drupal 8 Module of the Week Recap: Paragraphs, Linkit and Search API

The latest Drupal 8 modules to be covered on the Acquia Developer Center are Paragraphs, Linkit, and Search API. Each makes working with Drupal 8 a little easier for developers in some way; by making it easier to make sites responsive, by improving the usability in WYSIWYG editors for content authors, and by providing a toolset for... Meer

The Evolution of Media Company CMS Platforms: Big Bets on Custom CMS

In our series on media company CMS platforms, we’ve looked at the landscape evolution over the last 5-6 years, from how companies make CMS decisions, to the types of CMSs that companies are using, to the overall industry consolidation. Today we’ll wrap up this series with a greater focus on custom CMSs, and a look towards the future, and burgeoning open source adoption.
Due to escalating costs and scaling development issues, it’s my belief that custom CMS platforms only last a handful of years before they become obsolete, and the efforts to maintain them are terminated. We can see an example... Meer

Choosing the Right Framework for Your Personalization Ideas

This is part four of a five-part blog series on personalization.
If you’ve made it this far in the series, you should now have a personalization team, alignment on high level business goals and strategic initiatives, and a project that your team is planning to work on. On top of that, you’ve aligned on an approach to personalization that involves quick iteration and small, manageable tasks, which you may or may not refer to as “stories.”... Meer

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