Acquia Coverage

How Long Will This $1 Billion Industry Last? [Oct 9, 2012]

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Bloomberg

Between May and July, life was good for companies developing social-media tools for marketers. Acquisitions during that time valued three companies in the industry at more than $1 billion combined.

First, Oracle acquired Vitrue in a deal valued at $300 million, according to TechCrunch. The in June, Salesforce.com said it was buying Buddy Media for $689 million. The next month, Google acquired Wildfire for about $250 million plus performance incentives.

The frenzy appears to be over, but Wendell Lansford, the chief executive officer of Offerpop, is prepping the company he co-founded to be the top contender in the industry’s next round. But will any more big spenders come knocking again?

Topic: E-Commerce Follow via: RSSEmail Alert E-commerce sales channels proliferating? Relax, it's just a display issue: NetSuite [Oct 10, 2012]

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ZD Net

We face explosions of machine-to-machine commerce, where cars and even toothbrushes are sales channels, but NetSuite boss Zach Nelson has quietly dismissed this looming complexity as a mere "display issue." Such modesty should serve his company well in Australia.

Nelson was in Sydney yesterday for the Australian launch of SuiteCommerce, NetSuite's commerce as a service (CaaS) platform that combines e-commerce and m-commerce, and whatever else may come along, into what is sometimes called "omni-channel commerce".

Interview: Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal [Oct 22, 2012]

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Computer Weekly

Dries Buytaert started open source content management system Drupal as a part-time hobby in Belgium while he was completing his PhD in 2000. He founded Acquia in 2007 to make a profit from Drupal products.

“For the first seven years, Drupal never made us a single pound, euro or dollar,” he says.

Acquia is to Drupal what Red Hat is to Linux, and is the necessary face to give the open source products corporate credibility, he says.

Acquia, #1 Software Company on Inc. 500, Powers Growth with Marketo [October 16, 2012]

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Marketo

SAN MATEO, Calif. – October 16, 2012 – Marketo, the leading provider of cloud-based marketing software, was recently selected by Acquia™, Inc. to propel marketing efforts as the highly successful company continues to grow. Acquia, the open-source software company providing products, services and technical support for the Drupal content management and social publishing system, was the #1 software vendor on this year’s Inc. 500 list, ranking #8 overall.

“While Inc. Magazine named Acquia the fastest-growing software company this year, we are only just getting started when it comes to scaling the digital marketing side of our business,” said Bryan House, vice president of Marketing at Acquia. “Increasing revenue and delivering amazing customer service is paramount to our business. Using Marketo integrated across all of our Drupal web properties is intuitive, fast to deploy, and gives our digital marketing team a competitive advantage with a suite of best of breed tools to communicate with prospects and customers. ”

Acquia Cloud Wins Government Approval with FISMA Certification for Secure Websites [Oct 11, 2012]

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CMS Wire

Cloud services provider and major Drupal partner Acquia has won U.S. government certification for providing secure Web services, the company's latest step in its march toward giving customers a measured level of protection and control.

Acquia won SSAE 16 (SOC1) certification in June, and the latest move not only provides the company access to the lucrative world of increased government contracts, but also signals it is serious about standards.

Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in October 2012 [Sept 27, 2012]

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CMS Wire

Welcome to the September 2012 installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month. If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at pr@cmswire.com to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.

Alfresco
In September, the folks at Alfresco Software (news, site) announced the release of Alfresco Enterprise Sync, which synchronizes your on-premise Alfresco repositories with Alfresco in the cloud. To go with this release, Alfresco also launched the Alfresco Connector for Salesforce, which will allow sales teams to share, collaborate and control contracts, marketing materials and other business-critical documents using Alfresco’s cloud-based document management solution. With this connector, teams will be able to upload, share, tag and edit content directly from within Salesforce.

Microsoft, Jive Head Gartner's First Social Software Quadrant [Oct 4, 2012]

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Thursday, October 4, 2012
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eWeek

The 2012 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace is for Web-based and on-premises applications that enable enterprise employees to connect, chat, create and collaborate on projects in real time.

There's a shred of truth to the notion that an IT market has made it to the big time if Gartner Research has created a Magic Quadrant for it.

This is now officially the case for a new category called Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. This is for Web-based and on-premises applications that enable enterprise employees to connect, chat, create and collaborate on projects in real time.

Drupal Special Edition [Oct 3, 2012]

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Linux Journal

As Linux Journal's resident Drupal nerd, I could not be more pleased to bring you this special Drupal issue. Drupal really is everywhere these days, and it's available in more "flavors" than most people in the Open Source community are aware of. So in the interest of spreading awareness about my favorite and ever-growing open-source project, we hope you'll find this special issue both informative and inspiring.

I see a lot of parallels between Drupal and Linux, and not just because "distributions" are such a significant part of Drupal's current landscape. Like Linux and the Linux community, I see both the Drupal software and the Drupal community embracing the fact that no one solution is right for everyone's problem. By maintaining the flexibility of the platform, scratching one's own itch can have tremendous benefits for all. To illustrate this, we've put together an issue full of information about some products that have come to fruition as a direct result of Drupal's flexibility, as well as information on how you can take advantage of the same flexibility to put Drupal to work for your specific use case.

12 hot companies to watch [Sept 28, 2012]

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Friday, September 28, 2012
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Federal Computer Week

Earlier this year, company officials said their Orion suite of IT management products had achieved Common Criteria certification, which opens the products to federal IT users who need to run their applications in national security systems environments.

SolarWinds’ defense customers include the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the Army’s Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program. The Federal Aviation Administration, Agriculture Department and U.S. Postal Service are among the company’s civilian customers.

Top 15 Drupal Performance Tips [September 27, 2012]

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Get the best out of your Drupal sites with these speed tips

Drupal is not known as the most performant application, neither is the PHP language it is written on, but there are lots of things you can do to increase the performance of your Drupal site. This article will touch on many of those methods covering key modules, configuring these modules and setting up other applications to aid your Drupal site.

Study urges CIOs to choose open source first [Sept 17, 2012]

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IT News

More to be gained from open systems than an immature cloud.

CIOs looking to replace legacy systems should consider open source options over proprietary software or public cloud services, according to a study by prominent British IT academic, Professor Jim Norton.

Norton’s study, released today and commissioned by travel industry processing giant Amadeus, assessed the role of open source software in critical transaction systems.

The study was commissioned, Norton told iTnews upon its release, for the benefit of CIOs in the travel and related industries standing on the precipice of replacing legacy, proprietary systems.

Airlines and railways in particular have sweated outdated mid-range and mainframe systems for several decades. Inevitably, CIOs at these organisations will need to choose between upgrades, outsourcing or adoption of cloud services.

Software companies build business on model of free [Sept 24, 2012]

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Monday, September 24, 2012
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The Boston Globe

In its first seven years, Aras Corp. grew slowly, with a handful of sales people selling its proprietary software to manufacturing clients.

Frustrated by the slow pace of business, founder Peter Schroer had a realization: “Selling corporate software was not profitable, and the scalability of the business was limited to the number of feet on the street.”

So, in 2007, Schroer took a gamble and embraced the open-source model of software that was sweeping corporate computing. He fired the sales teams and started giving away Aras’s software; the company would make money through services, such as technical support, security updates, training, and related consulting work.

Business software booms in Massachusetts [Sept 24, 2012]

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The Hub is riding an unprecedented wave of enterprise software success, with investors and entrepreneurs flocking to startups that provide tech solutions to business clients.

Enterprise technology companies are low profile. They sell to businesses and boast reliable revenues that don’t depend on the whims of consumers. Here are some local enterprise software companies to watch:

• Demandware, which provides e-commerce websites for Adidas, New Balance, Gucci and others around the world, with its customer base growing 35 percent annually. While highly publicized tech IPOs such as Facebook and Zynga fell hard, Demandware stock was trading at $30 Friday after debuting at $23 in March.

• Acquia, founded by open-source software superstar Dries Buytaert, with a content management system used by 2,500 customers including the prime minister of France, the Grammy Awards and every site that ends in .gov.

Building Today's Entertainment Destination [September 20, 2012]

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MediaPost

To thrive in the digital age, marketers at media and entertainment brands are tasked with building profitable relationships directly with their customers, finding new ways to generate revenue from their rich content assets. Every day, they must delight fans by providing free and engaging content, while funneling them to the most valuable properties, personalities or other revenue-generating sections of their site.

It’s a challenge that many marketers face, but in my opinion entertainment companies have the toughest challenge. Each artist, movie, book or other entertainment property is a branded digital experience that must reflect the content and artist, but also must extend beyond a website to multiple interaction points with fans. At the same time, these websites serve as a primary brand hub, generating content and pushing it out across online, mobile and social channels to engage fans where they gather. For these companies, balancing content, community and commerce across web experiences isn’t just challenging – it can be daunting. But having an open source Web Experience Management (WEM) platform can alleviate some of the burden of managing multiple sites, and even contribute to your bottom line by lowering costs and creating efficiencies.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/183453/building-todays-ent...

How to move from selling a service to selling a product [Sept 19, 2012]

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The Globe and Mail

At first, Vancouver-based Appnovation took on a wide range of website development projects for clients, but Mr. Leung realized it needed a focus. So he zeroed in on content management systems that allow users to control a website.

Appnovation started to build applications with Drupal, an open-source content management platform popular among large organizations. It then moved into other service areas, such as mobile apps and back-end office tools, all of which it developed with open-source software.

Those decisions paid off. Today, Appnovation has about 55 employees, and Mr. Leung says 2012 revenue will be about $4.5-million, almost triple last year’s $1.6-million.

99 Paid Internships Later, UMass Boston Uses Hands-On Learning to Prepare Students for the Startup Scene [Sept 19, 2012]

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Bostinno

The goal of UMass Boston’s Entrepreneurship Center is simple: to get students out and working in the city’s startup community. Since opening four years ago, the Center has grown to offer 99 paid — yes, paid — internships with nearly 45 Massachusetts-based companies, including Buzzient, peerTransfer, Acquia and MassChallenge.

The added bonus? About 70 percent of those students are getting hired full-time when they graduate, according to the Center’s Founder and Director Dan Phillips, the former CEO of SilverBack Technologies and COO of Concord Communications.

Because the Center only opened four years ago, Phillips says it’s “a startup to begin with” and that they’ve “been growing this incrementally.” At the core of the program rests a hands-on approach to learning, which is reflected in both the internship program and the Center’s two cornerstone courses.

Badgeville Brings Gamification to Drupal Communities [Sept 5, 2012]

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TechCrunch

It’s a classic quandary — getting people to participate in online communities can be hard, but getting people to participate well in online communities is even harder.

To that end, behavioral management platform Badgeville has announced a new effort to bring its engagement-fostering gamification service to Drupal communities that want to reward their users for quality participation.

There have been lots of efforts through the years to solve the problems of encouraging and rewarding positive participation (and discouraging trolling), from venerable Slashdot’s karma system to StackOverflow’s escalating access mechanism, and now newer gamification schemes aim to incentivize community interaction. Badgeville (which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt back in 2010 and recently locked up an additional $25 million in funding) isn’t exactly the first to run with the concept, but the service’s momentum can’t be denied — Oracle, EMC, Dell, Samsung, and (full disclosure) AOL are just a few of the names on Badgeville’s client roster.

Gartner's Web CMS Magic Quadrant: Oracle, Adobe, SDL, Sitecore, It's Deja Vu [Sept 10, 2012]

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CMS Wire

It's Still a Who's Who of WCM
I wish I could show you the magic quadrant diagram to give the picture in a quick snapshot, but I can't. Suffice it say the players are pretty much all the same — this is a who's who of web content management. What does this tell us? I think it tells us that the game is still the same and the established players have all the equipment necessary to play it.

Taking a quick look back at where vendors were on the WCM MQ list last year (in November to be exact), you can see that the leaders are solidified and it will take some bold moves to get into that quadrant. Interestingly, Ektron has been able to do it. Oops. Did I spoil the surprise?

Badgeville Releases Its Gamification Platform for Drupal [Sept 5, 2012]

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CMS Wire

Drupal, get ready for some fun. Badgeville announced the launch of its gamification and behavior management platform for the open-source content, social and commerce management system.

The integration is designed to simplify the ability to apply what Badgeville calls “engagement mechanics” to websites built and managed with Drupal. It will be offered by Drupal-service provider Acquia to its customers.

Badgeville and Acquia Partner to Deliver First Gamification Platform Capability for Thousands of Drupal Communities [August 30, 2012]

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Menlo Park, Calif. -- Badgeville, the #1 gamification and behavior management platform, today announced the launch of Badgeville for Drupal, the first integration to drive user generated content and other rich user behaviors on top of popular websites and online communities. With this announcement, Badgeville becomes the first gamification platform to offer a pre-packaged integration with Drupal, the leading open-source platform for building rich content, social and commerce experiences.

Badgeville for Drupal makes it easy to apply engagement mechanics on top of Drupal-powered websites. Badgeville for Drupal can drive and reward myriad behaviors, including starting discussion forums, writing and replying to blog posts, and commenting. By creating a more sticky experience on top of Drupal’s rich content tools, companies leveraging Badgeville for Drupal can increase customer loyalty, satisfaction, and retention...

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