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Beware the Matrix Model?

And now for the fifth post in the series following my Drupalcon Austin session, entitled "Oh look, we're growing!" This post follows closely on the heels of the fourth post in the series which focused on small, cross-functional teams.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

Evolution of the Custom Cloud: Part 1 "Architecting the Cloud"

Last year Metal Toad launched its Custom Cloud Service. Since then, our Custom Cloud Architecture has evolved to handle the increased complexity and security requirements of our clients. It all started September 2013 when we quickly moved the Emmys to AWS in time for their Prime Time event. The setup was as basic as it could be; With Lots of EC2 instances, RDS, and an Elastic Load balancer. It was secure and it was stable, but it wasn’t elegant.
By Nathan Wilkerson, Senior Cloud Engineer

A Symbol of Culture

Cultural anthropologists in the 60s started a study known as “Symbolic and Interpretive Anthropology”. These few found the connections between objects of significance and the larger culture around them (notably: Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Clifford Geertz). If I were to put on the hat of a symbolic anthropologist, and my mission was to study Metal Toad, the first object that would come in focus would be The Kegerator. Simply, it shows who we are. This could be why Metal Toad is so often…
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Drupal 7 Form API: Using #states with multiple conditionals (AND, OR and XOR)

I've been playing with D7 forms lately and have found #states to be somewhat challenging due to lack of documentation on Form API page. I've poked around a bit and decided to write a blog with my findings in case someone else is in need of this info down the road.
By Slavko Pesic, Development Team Lead

Stack Overflow Careers 2.0

I hesitate to review Stack Overflow Careers 2.0, but I'm so excited I just can't hide it. I imagine that this is what the early adopters of LinkedIn felt. Actually - scratch that. LinkedIn hadn't become a trusted name with candidates across the world before it was carefully opened up to all of the recruiters in the world. For those of you who don't know, apparently Stack Overflow has been a dependable forum for techno-geeks for quite some time. A place to earn badges and reputation points by…
By Randi King, Director of People

Attack of the PHP clones: Drupal, HHVM, and Vagrant

For those wanting to give it a spin, Metal Toad has added HHVM support to our Vagrant box:
By Dylan Tack, Director of Technology

Family-Sized Business Units & The Agency Holding Company Model

Here is part four in the series following my Drupalcon Austin session, entitled "Oh look, we're growing!" This post takes a look at the goal of maintaining small, highly autonomous teams that are for the most part self-organizing as an organization grows. It'll also touch on why small teams are important to project success, and some approaches to supporting the goal of small teams.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

Toadcast 25 - The Philadelphia Orchestra

For the 25th episode of the ToadCast, it's our first time having a client on the show! Som Prasad from the Philadelphia Orchestra! Tom and Matt, join me to talk to Som about the work they are doing for the Orchestra's website, Amish donuts, and geography.
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager do what for a living? My life as a Metal Toad Office Concierge

I must admit, I do have a very unique job. After all, have you ever heard of an Office Concierge? What I have learned since I started is that this position is definitely one of a kind and I love it! So what does an Office Concierge do? Since you asked, I compiled a list, some could call it The Ten Commandments of an Office Concierge as a glimpse into my world. *Note: these are in no particular order of importance
By Aaron Kennedy, Office Concierge

Drupal Solr Search with Domain Access filtering

Metal Toad has had the privilege to work over the past two years with DC Comics. What makes this partnership even more exciting, is that the main site also includes sites for Vertigo Comics and Mad Magazine. Most recently Metal Toad was given the task of building the new search feature for all three sites. However, while its an awesome privilege to work with such a well known brand as DC, this does not come without a complex set of issues for the three sites when working with…
By Aaron Amstutz, Senior Developer