Optimizing your product strategy for the short- and long-term
Most products cycle through the infamous Innovation S-curve, which maps a product's value and growth over time. Startups are eager to find product-market fit, the inflection point in which the product takes off and experiences hockey-stick growth (the transition from phase one to phase two). Just as important, however, is the stagnation point, or the point later in the S-curve when a product experiences growth stagnation (the transition from phase two to phase three). Many startups don't think about their stagnation point, but I believe they should, because it determines how big the product can become. Ten years ago, a couple years after Acquia's founding, large organizations were struggling with scaling Drupal. I was absolutely convinced that Drupal could scale, but I also recognized that too few people knew how to scale Drupal successfully. Furthermore, there was a lot of skepticism around Open Source scalability and security. People questioned whether a community of volunteers could create software as secure and scalable as their proprietary counterparts. These struggles and concerns were holding back Drupal. To solve both problems, we built and launched Acquia Cloud, a platform to build, host and manage Drupal sites. After we launched Acquia Cloud, Acquia grew from $1.4 million in bookings in 2009 to $8.7 million in bookings in 2010 (600% year-over-year growth),...
It's the most 'Wonderfund' time of year
Every December, Acquia organizes a gift drive on behalf of the Wonderfund. The gift drive supports children that otherwise wouldn't be receiving gifts this holiday season. This year, more than 120 Acquians collected presents for 205 children in Massachusetts. Acquia's annual gift drive always stands out as a heart warming and meaningful effort. It's a wonderful example of how Acquia is committed to "Give back more". Thank you to every Acquian who participated and for Wonderfund's continued partnership. Happy Holidays!
Acquia highway billboards
If you're driving into Boston, you might notice something new on I-90. Acquia has placed ads on two local billboards; more than 120,000 cars drive past these billboards everyday. This is the first time in Acquia's eleven years that we've taken out a highway billboard, and dipped our toes in more traditional media advertising. Personally, I find that exciting, because it means that more and more people will be introduced to Acquia. If you find yourself on the Mass Pike, keep an eye out!
Plan for Drupal 9
At Drupal Europe, I announced that Drupal 9 will be released in 2020. Although I explained why we plan to release in 2020, I wasn't very specific about when we plan to release Drupal 9 in 2020. Given that 2020 is less than thirteen months away (gasp!), it's time to be more specific. Shifting Drupal's six month release cycle We shifted Drupal 8's minor release windows so we can adopt Symfony's releases faster. Before I talk about the Drupal 9 release date, I want to explain another change we made, which has a minor impact on the Drupal 9 release date. As announced over two years ago, Drupal 8 adopted a 6-month release cycle (two releases a year). Symfony, a PHP framework which Drupal depends on, uses a similar release schedule. Unfortunately the timing of Drupal's releases has historically occurred 1-2 months before Symfony's releases, which forces us to wait six months to adopt the latest Symfony release. To be able to adopt the latest Symfony releases faster, we are moving Drupal's minor releases to June and December. This will allow us to adopt the latest Symfony releases within one month. For example, Drupal 8.8.0 is now scheduled for December 2019. We hope to release Drupal 9 on June 3, 2020 Drupal 8's biggest dependency is Symfony 3, which has an end-of-life date in November 2021. This means that after November 2021, security bugs in Symfony 3 will not get fixed....
DrupalEasy: Automatic removal of .git directories from Composer dependencies
If you've adopted a Composer-based Drupal 8 workflow (hopefully using the Drupal Composer/Drupal Project template) where you're keeping dependencies in your project's repository, then you've no-doubt experienced the annoyance of a rouge .git directory ending up in one of your project's dependencies. This will always happen when you're using the -dev version of a Drupal module.  For example, as of the authoring of this Quicktip, the Field Redirection module does not yet have a stable release for Drupal 8. When added to a project using Composer, the results look like this: Michaels-MacBook-Pro:dcoweek5 michael$ ddev composer require drupal/field_redirection
Executing [composer require drupal/field_redirection] at the project root (/var/www/html in the container, /Users/michael/sites/dcoweek5 on the host)
Using version 2.x-dev for drupal/field_redirection
./composer.json has been updated > DrupalProject\composer\ScriptHandler::checkComposerVersion
Loading composer repositories with package information
Updating dependencies (including require-dev)
Package operations: 1 install, 0 updates, 0 removals
  - Installing drupal/field_redirection (dev-2.x e1c30f2): Cloning e1c30f24f9 from cache
Writing lock file Notice on the "Installing drupal/field_redirection..." line, it indicates that the project is cloned, not downloaded. This...
OpenSense Labs: Headless Drupal Commerce: The Future of Commerce
Headless Drupal Commerce: The Future of Commerce Shankar Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:35 Customer experience was elevated to a new high when storefronts and shopping carts first burst onto the scene. Then, e-commerce created a different dimension in the world of shopping. In this age of shoppable everything, brands and retailers need to seize the moment of truth as consumers look for shiny objects of inspiration. Today, headless commerce is destined to take shopping experiences to a whole new level where the experience itself can be merchandised.
Headless commerce is here to get the consumer’s attention and get the deal done. Drupal Commerce allows you to implement headless commerce and helps in monetising the moment of heightened emotion as most of the time, the inspiration, which is potent at the moment, diminishes to a fleeting whim. Headless Commerce: Explained When the frontend of your shopping experience is decoupled from the backend, that is, the presentation is segregated from the commerce stack, it is referred to as headless commerce architecture. In headless commerce, the frontend of your shopping experience is decoupled from the backend. Such an architecture supports an e-commerce platform without ‘head’ - front-end presentation layer - permitting additional flexibility, customisation, enhanced shopping experiences and creative freedom. In a...
OpenSense Labs: Picturing yourself winning: How Drupal Powers Sports Brand?
Picturing yourself winning: How Drupal Powers Sports Brand? Shankar Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:29 As Leicester City fans continued to rejoice at their team’s unlikely triumph in the 2016 edition of English Premier League to become the champions for the very first time, some people were contemplating how the underdogs managed to beat such high odds. The way a team envisages itself performing is just as important as the physical strength of the players. And in this age of digitisation, imagining themselves performing well in the digital space is immensely significant. This is where Drupal comes in.
Be it a football club, a tennis open or a cricket world cup, any popular sports team and the tournament would want to be an instant hit among the sports lovers around the globe and build on it to create a unique brand identity. As one of the leading content management systems, Drupal can help a sports brand establish themselves as an important entity in the digital arena with a unique and powerful website. Benefits of Drupal Drupal powers websites of biggest of the sports brands like National Basketball Association, PGA Tour, Major League Soccer, Sevilla Fútbol Club, Kentucky Derby, New England Patriots among others. Drupal powers websites of biggest of the sports brands Why do such great names choose Drupal? You have the reasons stated below: Phenomenal...
LakeDrops Drupal Consulting, Development and Hosting: Webmentions for Drupal in pretty good shape
Webmentions for Drupal in pretty good shape Jürgen Haas Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:13 Thanks to a tutorial from @swentel my attention got back to webmentions again and I gave the first release candidate for Drupal another try. What's still confusing to me that I have to enter a link-class and a publishing target manually. The former might be a task for a link widget and the latter may be some lack of understanding the API so far.
The ebbs and flows of software organizations
This week I was in New York for a day. At lunch, Sir Martin Sorrell pointed out that Microsoft overtook Apple as the most valuable software company as measured by market capitalization. It's a close call but Microsoft is now worth $805 billion while Apple is worth $800 billion. What is interesting to me are the radical "ebbs and flows" of each organization. In the 80's, Apple's market cap was twice that of Microsoft. Microsoft overtook Apple in the the early 90's, and by the late 90's, Microsoft's valuation was a whopping thirty-five times Apple's. With a 35x difference in valuation, no one would have guessed Apple to ever regain the number-one position. However, Apple did the unthinkable and regained its crown in market capitalization. By 2015, Apple was, once again, valued two times more than Microsoft. And now, eighteen years after Apple took the lead, Microsoft has taken the lead again. Everything old is new again. As you'd expect, the change in market capitalization corresponds with the evolution and commercial success of their product portfolios. In the 90s, Microsoft took the lead based on the success of the Windows operating system. Apple regained the crown in the 2000s based on the success of the iPhone. Today, Microsoft benefits from the rise of cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service and Open Source, while Apple is trying to navigate the saturation of the...
Ashday's Digital Ecosystem and Development Tips: End of the line for Drupal 7
    In case you missed the news from September, Dries Buytaert announced the end of life dates for both Drupal 7 & 8. The date for both Drupal 7 & 8 is slated for November of 2021, and that may seem strange, but it really makes sense given the differences in 7 & 8 and the widespread usage of 7. Drupal 8 is ending alongside Symfony 3 which powers a lot of the underlying framework of Drupal 8, so that makes perfect sense.
Drupal.org blog: A visual prototype of Drupal.org's integration with GitLab
At Drupal Europe in September, we were very pleased that project founder Dries Buytaert highlighted a visual prototype of our upcoming integration with GitLab in his keynote. This video outlines the migration phases that we discussed in the announcement of our partnership with GitLab. Our migration window for Phase 1 is targeted for the first weeks of January, and we hope Phase 2 to be completed shortly in the beginning of 2019. So what has it taken to get this integration working between September and now? Primarily, lots of collaboration from the GitLab team. We've worked with their excellent engineering staff to resolve a number of issues that affect our integration, including: git merge-base web api Add ability to confirm a user’s email address via "Add email for user" API Allow configuration of the display URL for clone instructions Ability to hide User's Email Address from GitLab UI Allow ability for developer role to delete tags Set GL_REPOSITORY in update hooks for API-initiated requests Deduplication of git objects, reducing disk space of repository forks On the Drupal.org side, we've built a versioncontrol_gitlab module, which extends our use of the versioncontrol_git module to orchestrate our integration. We've also been cleaning up our data, to ensure there are no namespace conflicts between existing Drupal projects and users, and the reserved terms used by...
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