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rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Acquia a leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

Today, Acquia was named a leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Acquia has now been recognized as a leader for five years in a row. Acquia recognized as a leader, next to Adobe and Sitecore, in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.Analyst reports like the Gartner Magic Quadrant are important because they introduce organizations to Acquia and Drupal. Last year, I explained it in the following way: “If you want to find a good coffee place, you use Yelp. If you want to find a nice hotel in New York, you use TripAdvisor. Similarly, if a CIO or CMO wants to spend $250,000 or more on enterprise software, they often consult an analyst firm like Gartner.”. Our tenure as a top vendor is not only a strong endorsement of Acquia’s strategy and vision, but also underscores our consistency. Drupal and Acquia are…

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Building digital backpacks for Syrian refugees

I recently heard a heart-warming story from the University of California, Davis. Last month, UC Davis used Drupal to launch Article 26 Backpack, a platform that helps Syrian Refugees document and share their educational credentials. Over the course of the Syrian civil war, more than 12 million civilians have been displaced. Hundreds of thousands of these refugees are students, who now have to overcome the obstacle of re-entering the workforce or pursuing educational degrees away from home. Article 26 Backpack addresses this challenge by offering refugees a secure way to share their educational credentials with admissions offices, scholarship agencies, and potentials employers. The program also includes face-to-face counseling to provide participants with academic advisory and career development. The UC Davis team launched their Drupal 8 application for Article 26 Backpack in four months. On the site, students can securely store their educational data, such as diplomas, transcripts and resumes. The…

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Microsoft sends strong message about GitHub's independence

On the heels of Microsoft acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion, Google has partnered with Microsoft to provide a continuous integration and delivery platform for GitHub. While I predicted Microsoft would integrate build tools into GitHub, I didn’t expect them to integrate with Google’s as well. Google and GitHub probably partnered on this before the Microsoft acquisition, but I’m pleasantly surprised that Microsoft has decided to offer more than Azure-based solutions. It sends a strong message to anyone who was worried about Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, and should help put worries about GitHub’s independence to rest. Satya Nadella clearly understands and values the Open Source movement and continues to impress me. What an interesting time to be a developer and to observe the cloud wars! Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

Failure often paves the way for success

Success and failure are not polar opposites: you often need to endure failure to enjoy success. In Google’s 2004 Founders’ IPO Letter, Larry Page wrote: We will not shy away from high-risk, high-reward projects because of short term earnings pressure. Some of our past bets have gone extraordinarily well, and others have not. Because we recognize the pursuit of such projects as the key to our long term success, we will continue to seek them out. For example, we would fund projects that have a 10% chance of earning a billion dollars over the long term. Do not be surprised if we place smaller bets in areas that seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses. Although we cannot quantify the specific level of risk we will undertake, as the ratio of reward to risk increases, we will accept projects further outside our current businesses, especially…

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Watching former colleagues take it to the next level

One of the hallmarks of a great company is that they hire well, and make it a priority to train and challenge their employees to become better. Great companies are a breeding ground for talent. As such, it’s always sad when great talent leaves, but it’s certainly rewarding to see alumni venture to accomplish greater things. The Paypal Mafia is an esteemed example of this; many of its early employees have gone off to do impactful things. There are many examples of this in Acquia’s history as well. In 2012, we hired Chris Comparato as Acquia’s SVP of Customer Success. While at Acquia, Chris had been advising a local startup called Toast. I remember the day Chris came into my office and told me it was time for him to leave Acquia; he had been waking up thinking about how to help solve Toast’s challenges instead of Acquia’s. Chris ultimately…

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Exploring Cape Cod

This past weekend Vanessa and I took our much-anticipated annual weekend trip to Cape Cod. It’s always a highlight for us. We set out to explore a new part of the Cape as we’ve extensively explored the Upper Cape. We found The Platinum Pebble Inn in West Harwich by way of TripAdvisor, a small luxury bed and breakfast. The owners, Mike and Stefanie Hogan, were extremely gracious hosts. Not only are they running the Inn and serving up delicious breakfasts, they would ask what we wanted to do, and then created our adventure with helpful tips for the day. On our first day we went on a 35 km (22 miles) bike ride out to Chatham, making stops along the way for ice cream, shopping and lobster rolls. While we were at the Chatham Pier Fish Market, we watched the local fisherman offload their daily catch with sea lions and…

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How Drupal continues to evolve towards an API-first platform

It’s been 12 months since my last progress report on Drupal core’s API-first initiative. Over the past year, we’ve made a lot of important progress, so I wanted to provide another update. Two and a half years ago, we shipped Drupal 8.0 with a built-in REST API. It marked the start of Drupal’s evolution to an API-first platform. Since then, each of the five new releases of Drupal 8 introduced significant web service API improvements. While I was an early advocate for adding web services to Drupal 8 five years ago, I’m even more certain about it today. Important market trends endorse this strategy, including integration with other technology solutions, the proliferation of new devices and digital channels, the growing adoption of JavaScript frameworks, and more. In fact, I believe that this functionality is so crucial to the success of Drupal, that for several years now, Acquia has sponsored one…

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How Drupal continues to evolve towards an API-first platform

It’s been 12 months since my last progress report on Drupal core’s API-first initiative. Over the past year, we’ve made a lot of important progress, so I wanted to provide another update. Two and a half years ago, we shipped Drupal 8.0 with a built-in REST API. It marked the start of Drupal’s evolution to an API-first platform. Since then, each of the five new releases of Drupal 8 introduced significant web service API improvements. While I was an early advocate for adding web services to Drupal 8 five years ago, I’m even more certain about it today. Important market trends endorse this strategy, including integration with other technology solutions, the proliferation of new devices and digital channels, the growing adoption of JavaScript frameworks, and more. In fact, I believe that this functionality is so crucial to the success of Drupal, that for several years now, Acquia has sponsored one…

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How Drupal continues to evolve towards an API-first platform

It’s been 12 months since my last progress report on Drupal core’s API-first initiative. Over the past year, we’ve made a lot of important progress, so I wanted to provide another update. Two and a half years ago, we shipped Drupal 8.0 with a built-in REST API. It marked the start of Drupal’s evolution to an API-first platform. Since then, each of the five new releases of Drupal 8 introduced significant web service API improvements. While I was an early advocate for adding web services to Drupal 8 five years ago, I’m even more certain about it today. Important market trends endorse this strategy, including integration with other technology solutions, the proliferation of new devices and digital channels, the growing adoption of JavaScript frameworks, and more. In fact, I believe that this functionality is so crucial to the success of Drupal, that for several years now, Acquia has sponsored one…

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Kevin Thull's unique contribution to Drupal

If you’ve ever watched a Drupal Camp video to learn a new Drupal skill, technique or hack, you most likely have Kevin Thull to thank. To date, Kevin has traveled to more than 30 Drupal Camps, recorded more than 1,000 presentations, and has shared them all on YouTube for thousands of people to watch. By recording and posting hundreds of Drupal Camp presentations online, Kevin has has spread knowledge, awareness and a broader understanding of the Drupal project. I recently attended a conference in Chicago, Kevin’s hometown. I had the chance to meet with him, and to learn more about the evolution of his Drupal contributions. I was struck by his story, and decided to write it up on my blog, as I believe it could inspire others around the world. Kevin began recording sessions during the first community events he helped organize: DrupalCamp Fox Valley in 2013 and MidCamp…

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Backend Drupal 8 101 (Part 1): Data Digging in Drupal 8

One of the most fundamental tasks of back-end Drupal 8 development is learning how to capture and utilize data. Unfortunately, as a new developer, trying to do so feels like wandering into an endless labyrinth of arrays, methods, objects, and arcane wizardry. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

Why large organizations are choosing to contribute to Drupal

During my DrupalCon Nashville keynote, I shared a brief video of Mike Lamb, the Senior Director of Architecture, Engineering & Development at Pfizer. Today, I wanted to share an extended version of my interview with Mike, where he explains why the development team at Pfizer has ingrained Open Source contribution into the way they work. Mike had some really interesting and important things to share, including: Why Pfizer has chosen to standardize all of its sites on Drupal (from 0:00 to 03:19). Proprietary software isn’t a match. Why Pfizer only works with agencies and vendors that contribute back to Drupal (from 03:19 to 06:25). Yes, you read that correctly; Pfizer requires that its agency partners contribute to Open Source! Why Pfizer doesn’t fork Drupal modules (from 06:25 to 07:27). It’s all about security. Why Pfizer decided to contribute to the Drupal 8’s Workflow Initiative, and what they have learned from…

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Stepping up my photography to make a cookbook

We’re going on a two-week vacation in August! Believe it or not, but I haven’t taken a two week vacation in 11 years. I’m super excited. Now our vacation is booked, I’m starting to make plans for how to spend our time. Other than spending time with family, going on hikes, and reading a book or two, I’d love to take some steps towards food photography. Why food photography? The past couple of years, Vanessa and I have talked about making a cookbook. In our many travels around the world, we’ve eaten a lot of great food, and Vanessa has managed to replicate and perfect a few of these recipes: the salmon soup we ate in Finland when we went dog sledding, the hummus with charred cauliflower we had at DrupalCon New Orleans, or the tordelli lucchesi we ate on vacation in Tuscany. Other than being her sous-chef (dishwasher, really),…

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Design 4 Drupal: The future of JavaScript in Drupal

Today, I gave a keynote presentation at the 10th annual Design 4 Drupal conference at MIT. I talked about the past, present and future of JavaScript, and how this evolution reinforces Drupal’s commitment to be API-first, not API-only. I also included behind-the-scene insights into the Drupal community’s administration UI and JavaScript modernization initiative, and why this approach presents an exciting future for JavaScript in Drupal. If you are interested in viewing my keynote, you can download a copy of my slides (256 MB). Thank you to Design 4 Drupal for having me and happy 10th anniversary! Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

Working together to promote Drupal

The Drupal community has done an amazing job organizing thousands of developers around the world. We’ve built collaboration tools and engineering processes to streamline how our community of developers work together to collectively build Drupal. This collaboration has led to amazing results. Today, more than 1 in 40 of the top one million websites use Drupal. It’s inspiring to see how many organizations depend on Drupal to deliver their missions. What is equally incredible is that historically, we haven’t collaborated around the marketing of Drupal. Different organizations have marketed Drupal in their own way without central coordination or collaboration. In my DrupalCon Nashville keynote, I shared that it’s time to make a serious and focused effort to amplify Drupal success stories in the marketplace. Imagine what could happen if we enabled hundreds of marketers to collaborate on the promotion of Drupal, much like we have enabled thousands of developers to…

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Increasing Drupal contributions from underrepresented groups

For the past two years, I’ve published the Who sponsors Drupal development report. The primary goal of the report is to share contribution data to encourage more individuals and organizations to contribute code to Drupal on Drupal.org. However, the report also highlights areas where our community can and should do better. In 2017, the reported data showed that only 6 percent of recorded code contributions were made by contributors that identify as female. After a conversation in the Drupal Diversity & Inclusion Slack channel about the report, it became clear that many people were concerned about this discrepancy. Inspired by this conversation, Tara King started the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Contribution Team to understand how the Drupal community could better include women and underrepresented groups to increase code and community contributions. I recently spoke with Tara to learn more about the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Contribution Team. I quickly discovered…

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A plan for Drupal and Composer

At DrupalCon Nashville, we launched a strategic initiative to improve support for Composer in Drupal 8. To learn more, you can watch the recording of my DrupalCon Nashville keynote or read the Composer Initiative issue on Drupal.org. While Composer isn’t required when using Drupal core, many Drupal site builders use it as the preferred way of assembling websites (myself included). A growing number of contributed modules also require the use of Composer, which increases the need to make Composer easier to use with Drupal. The first step of the Composer Initiative was to develop a plan to simplify Drupal’s Composer experience. Since DrupalCon Nashville, Mixologic, Mile23, Bojanz, Webflo, and other Drupal community members have worked on this plan. I was excited to see that last week, they shared their proposal. The first phase of the proposal is focused on a series of changes in the main Drupal core repository. The…

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Virtual reality on campus with Drupal

One of the most stressful experiences for students is the process of choosing the right university. Researching various colleges and universities can be overwhelming, especially when students don’t have the luxury of visiting different campuses in person. At Acquia Labs, we wanted to remove some of the complexity and stress from this process, by making campus tours more accessible through virtual reality. During my presentation at Acquia Engage Europe yesterday, I shared how organizations can use virtual reality to build cross-channel experiences. People that attended Acquia Engage Europe asked if they could have a copy of my video, so I decided to share it on my blog. The demo video below features a high school student, Jordan, who is interested in learning more about Massachusetts State University (a fictional university). From the comfort of his couch, Jordan is able to take a virtual tour directly from the university’s website. After…

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How Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub impacts the cloud wars

Today, Microsoft announced it is buying GitHub in a deal that will be worth $7.5 billion. GitHub hosts 80 million source code repositories, and is used by almost 30 million software developers around the world. It is one of the most important tools used by software organizations today. As the leading cloud infrastructure platforms — Amazon, Google, Microsoft, etc — mature, they will likely become functionally equivalent for the vast majority of use cases. In the future, it won’t really matter whether you use Amazon, Google or Microsoft to deploy most applications. When that happens, platform differentiators will shift from functional capabilities, such as multi-region databases or serverless application support, to an increased emphasis on ease of use, the out-of-the-box experience, price, and performance. Given multiple functionally equivalent cloud platforms at roughly the same price, the simplest one will win. Therefore, ease of use and out-of-the-box experience will become significant…

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