Upgrading Acquia.com from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8: If We Knew Then What We Know Now

Upgrading Acquia.com from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8: If We Knew Then What We Know Now

Everyone knows a company’s website is one of the most important assets in its ecosystem and engagement model. It becomes a recurring touchpoint in the customer journey and must deliver a high quality experience to each user and their unique needs to reinforce the overall brand promise.

Here at Acquia, our team was recently faced with a challenging project involving Acquia.com. Our task was to upgrade our website from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, as well as undergo a total redesign to align to a new brand positioning and deliver a better experience to all visitors.

Anyone who has gone through an upgrade/redesign project knows that it is a massive undertaking and requires a combination of skills, planning, and nerves to get through it. We all learn important lessons, and walk away wishing we knew then what we know now.

In this webinar we will discuss the key lessons from the Acquia.com redesign project so you can learn from our experiences and apply them to your next big project.

Join Eric Williamson, vice president of digital marketing, Adrianna Shukla, web operations manager, and Jeff Reed, senior solutions manager for professional services, as they provide an overview of the lessons they learned with our recent redesign project. They will talk through the good, the bad, and the ugly, and host a Q&A.

If you missed our webinar on what our developers learned from our replatform and redesign, please click here to watch the on-demand recording.

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Eric Williamson

VP, Digital Marketing Acquia, Inc.

As vice president of digital marketing, Eric Williamson leads the team that oversees all of Acquia's digital properties, editorial content development, analytics and insights, and the digital and social marketing efforts for the brand. In addition, he also leads the brand strategy for Acquia.

Before joining Acquia in 2017, Eric spent 10 years working in the advertising agency world. Most recently he was SVP, digital & social at MullenLowe Group, and before that he was VP, digital strategy at The Martin Agency. During his time on the agency side, he worked with a variety of brands, including Google, Microsoft, Intel, GEICO, Pizza Hut, Acura, Royal Caribbean, Hyatt, and Ulta Beauty.

Eric and his family are originally from Texas and currently reside in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Adrianna Shukla

Former Senior Manager of Editorial and Web Operations Acquia
Jeff Reed, Senior Solutions Manager, Professional Services, Acquia

Jeff Reed

Senior Solutions Manager Acquia, Inc.

As senior solutions manager in Acquia’s Professional Service Department, Jeff Reed works directly with potential and existing customers to consult, advise, and size their new digital implementation projects for Drupal and Acquia products. Prior to his role as solutions manager Jeff was a program manager leading many of Acquia’s enterprise customers to successful completion of their projects.

Jeff is an effective leader with more than 15 years of business analysis and project management experience in the digital communications space, identifying and solving complex digital communication and business problems. He has a successful track record of consulting with organizations defining project goals and objectives, building consensus, facilitating partnerships, and inspiring teams to deliver results.

Before joining Acquia, Jeff was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he managed an internal services team consisting of consultants and developers that delivered digital solutions for MIT departments.