Apr 08 2019
Apr 08
Acro Media teams up with BigCommerce

Acro Media has teamed up with BigCommerce, a leading SaaS ecommerce platform, to create the BigCommerce for Drupal module, a headless commerce module integrating both platforms together.

What does this mean? It means that companies can now utilize the quick-to-market and feature-rich backend benefits of BigCommerce SaaS while enjoying the content-rich and extensible frontend experience of Drupal, the open-source CMS. It’s a melding of systems that results in a best-of-both-worlds solution for today's digital experience driven ecommerce needs.

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Read the full press release below.

April 8, 2019 11:00 am EDT

BigCommerce for Drupal Brings Customized Shopping Experiences to Drupal Community

SEATTLE – April 8, 2019 – BigCommerce, the leading SaaS ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, today announced BigCommerce for Drupal, a headless commerce module built specifically for the open-source content management system (CMS), at DrupalCon Seattle. Developed in partnership with Acro Media, a world-renowned digital commerce agency, BigCommerce for Drupal gives brands the ability to embed flexible, enterprise-level ecommerce functionality into revolutionary customer experiences created within Drupal’s highly-extensible and secure CMS.

Available now in the Drupal module library, BigCommerce for Drupal facilitates an agile headless commerce architecture for merchants by decoupling Drupal’s powerful front-end CMS and BigCommerce’s scalable commerce engine. Knitted together by fast, open-source APIs, the module allows the two platforms to operate simultaneously and more efficiently within a single interface. Additionally, BigCommerce for Drupal is built directly into Drupal Commerce, making it compatible with the many existing themes and modules available within Drupal Commerce.

“Shopping experiences should not be limited by any single content management or ecommerce platform’s native capabilities, and BigCommerce for Drupal embodies that philosophy. We want pioneering brands to continue driving retail innovation forward and help redefine how customers buy products, whether it be through augmented reality, social selling or any disruptive technology that lies ahead,” said Russell Klein, chief development officer at BigCommerce. “Furthermore, announcing BigCommerce’s headless implementation at DrupalCon, an event that brings together one of the strongest and most engaged online communities, signals the value we place on open-source technology that can be made better through collaboration.”

Key features of BigCommerce for Drupal include:

  • Drupal Commerce Core: BigCommerce for Drupal is built atop the Drupal Commerce module, developed in part by Acro Media, tapping into years of iterative improvements and enhancements.
  • Data Sync: With BigCommerce for Drupal, retailers can synchronize product and metadata directly from BigCommerce into Drupal, and then augment and manage data directly within the Drupal CMS.
  • Cached Commerce: The connected BigCommerce store will sync at merchant-determined intervals, saving a cached version of the catalog inside Drupal rather than pinging BigCommerce APIs for information.

“As two open, API-driven platforms, there is a natural alignment between BigCommerce and Drupal, and this module bridges the gap to unify their respective functionalities into one intuitive interface,” said Shae Inglis, chief executive officer at Acro Media. “The future of ecommerce is open architecture, and headless integrations lets even enterprise-level brands be nimble and capitalize on the explosion of new, innovative consumer touchpoints.”

To learn more about BigCommerce for Drupal visit www.bigcommerce.com/drupal. To download the BigCommerce for Drupal Module visit www.drupal.org/project/bigcommerce. DrupalCon attendees can also get more information by visiting the Acro Media booth (#802).

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Aug 15 2014
Aug 15
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We are 10 today (ok strictly tomorrow but it's the weekend!)  We're all off to Centre Parcs over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate, and thought it was good time to reflect on some of the highlights and changes over the previous ten years.

  • It all started from small beginnings with a £1000 grant from the now defunct Business Link.  In their wisdom they decided to issue the grant as physical £100 cheques every few weeks which we found amusing at the time.  Myself and Mike bootstrapped the rest from our own pockets and became profitable quickly having no loans or overdraft, which is still true to this day. 
  • Strategy - In the early years whilst predominantly dealing with Drupal, we'd still occassionally work with other frameworks or custom PHP.   After regretting doing this on every single project, we made the decision to work exclusively with Drupal.  We also decided we would not become a full service 'jack of all trades' agency offering the likes of creative services or SEO.  This allowed us to become truely focused as a technical Drupal agency providing primarily Drupal hosting, support and development, generally with large public and private sector organisations.    
  • We were one of the first companies to be selected as a G-cloud supplier, and one of only 3 Drupal companies who joined in the first round.  We were an early advocate and have been vocal about the merits of the framework, and have seen a huge change in public sector procurement in a short space of time.  We even get to compete with (and win work from) the big service integrators.
  • We moved office for the third time in 2012, to a new 2000 sq foot office.  The intention was this space would comfortably allow for expansion, but we've managed to fill in just over 2 years (RIP our beloved pool table).  We have always had an office and whilst we agree with some of the benefits being distributed gives, I still think in hindsight this was the right decision given the services we provide.  After phasing in remote working more frequently, we sent an open survey to the team and the majority liked working in the office and wanted to be there!
  • Ixis acquired Leafish in 2012,  Dylan and Paul have been instrumental in taking over and leading our infrastructure and development departments respectively.
  • Community - We have sponsored DrupalCon and our staff have been heavily involved in organising local meetups and DrupalCamps.  We've tried to attend most European DrupalCons over the past few years and it has been great to see the community grow over time.   We've always tried to make an effort with schwag and our stress balls have gone down well, going through three iterations over the years.  We've evolved this and produced something different this year, check them out on our twitter account @ixisit later today!
  • Contributions - Ixis have provided patch contributions to Drupal Core and numerous popular modules over the years, such as Google Analytics, Cookie Control and EdgeCast
  • Colloboration - We've always worked and partnered with other agencies outside our core area of expertise, and as such have built a good network of other companies who we refer work to and from.  We like the way the community colloboration extends to various other parts of the business, so competitors end up working together and discussing things like how they sell to a certain customer base or architect a system.  In other sectors, competing companies wouldn't dream of sharing their 'secrets'.
  • Growth - Ixis have always aimed for sustainable long term growth, and the majority of our clients have now been working with us for many years as we've ensured we retention is high.  The business is now stable with a high percent of re-occuring revenue, and in the last few consecutive years we have doubled staff numbers to nearly 20 and increased turnover substantially.  Growing in this sustainable fashion has also allowed us to ensure we maintained quality and looked after our long standing clients.
  • Continual improvement - We have made improvements to the business every year and will continue to do so.   Various parts of the business have evolved and adapted to suit the market and the needs of our clients, from our infrastructure to our staff.   We've also consciously moved away from being a lifestyle business predominently made up of techies, by expanding with financial, sales and operational roles.      

We would like to extend a huge thanks to Drupal and the community for making all of this possible.  We also couldn't have done this without our clients or the staff that work with us, so a big thank you to our clients and our team for allowing us to make it this far, and for the enjoyable rollercoaster that is building a service based company.   

We wouldn't claim any of the above has been easy with every year of growth and change bringing new challenges (and increasing grey hairs!)  We've learnt from our mistakes and with the benefit of hindsight we'd no doubt do some things differently.       

We've had the pleasure of working on a really diverse range of projects, with everything from local historic club The Hacienda through to charities like Epilepsy Action and global organisations such as the British Council.

Thank you also must go to those companies who have helped us along the journey including branding, marketing, strategy and PR, technical services and mentoring (you know who you are!)

It's a slightly scary thought that after starting Ixis in our early twenties we've been doing this for over a third of our lives, who knows what the next few will hold!  We are looking forward to the next chapters and the future of Drupal...here's to Drupal 8! 

Dec 13 2012
Dec 13

My new book -- A Programmer's Guide to Drupal -- is officially published, just in time for your holiday shopping needs:

The writing and publishing process was an interesting break from my usual Drupal site building and programming work, and I enjoyed it. Working with O'Reilly was great, and I'm thrilled that the book is finally done... at least for now. I expect to be doing revisions for a second edition when Drupal 8.0 comes out (sometime next summer or fall).

In the meantime, I hope that my book can help some aspiring Drupal 7 programmers to ramp up the learning curve more quickly than they would otherwise!

About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

See the blog post at Evolving Web

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