Sam Lerner is an Acquia Client Advisor with something of a specialty in search technologies; he is the co-maintainer of the Google Search Appliance and Apache Solr Drupal projects. His job is to use his own knowledge and take advantage of Acquia's "deep bench" in all things Drupal to help clients make their websites successful. He calls working at Acquia "fuel injected knowledge".
Hernâni Borges de Freitas, a Technical Consultant at Acquia, specialises in "Doing lots of things with Drupal at scale: training and helping people go the right direction in Drupal. Acquia is bringing Drupal to different markets and perspectives, to big companies who want to use it to achieve better results. We make sure they go in the right direction. When they choose Drupal, we help make sure they choose the right solution, adapted to their needs, and that can grow with their business, instead of some closed solution that dies after a while."
The major theme of the next release of Migrate on Drupal 7, version 2.6, will be developing an infrastructure to make it easy for migration modules such as wordpress_migrate and migrate_d2d to build user-friendly interfaces for importing content, based on step-by-step wizards. This work includes not just adding a wizard API, but also presenting a simple interface for non-technical users to run and review imports while still giving migration developers all the information they need. Initial work has begun and is available in the current -dev releases of Migrate and WordPress Migrate (with some more rudimentary work in the wizard_api branch of migrate_d2d). The API is still in flux, so if you're interested in experimenting with this it will be important to update the modules in sync for the time being.
Last week the Acquia Engineering team assembled in the office for a week of brainstorming, coding, and fun.