Acquia Coverage

DigitalMusic.org Shows Music Biz How to Top Search Engine Results [May 6, 2013]

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DigitalMusic.org

Released today during the Music Biz 2013 event, a new infographic from digitalmusic.org, the home of music business association NARM’s digital initiatives, is giving bands, record labels, physical and digital music retail outlets, and other music companies a crash course in search engine optimization (SEO). Supported by Acquia and titled “Search Engine Optimization for Music Websites,” the infographic walks readers through the basics of how search engines such as Google and Bing work, then provides a series of easy-to-implement tips including the S.T.A.C. (Structure, Topicality, Content, Authority) method, website dos and don’ts, and monitoring strategies that can be used to create a “web of authenticity” that connects their site to other reputable ones on the web, leading to higher search engine results and increased business.

“Whether you’re an up-and-coming band, an established record label, or any other company in the music business, it’s critically important that people be able to find you quickly and easily, and chances are they are going to use a search engine to do it,” said Bill Wilson, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development for NARM/digitalmusic.org. “As DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) compliance forces illegitimate sites down in the rankings, it is crucial for official, licensed sites to implement proper SEO techniques so they can take over the newly vacant spots at the top. This infographic visualizes the steps that must be taken to do so, allowing legitimate sites to easily create connections that will give them the visibility they need to make an impact on the industry.”
“Nielsen’s Global Trust in Advertising report says the fourth most trusted source of information by online consumers is a branded web site. However, the approach of “build it and they will come” simply doesn’t work, especially in the music industry, where millions of artists fight for the attention of music fans,” said Chuck Fishman, media, entertainment and publishing director for Acquia. “Acquia supports digitalmusic.org’s ‘Search Engine Optimization for Music Websites’ infographic because it provides critical and invaluable web development best practices to artists, labels and other music-related businesses, so their sites are easily discoverable by music fans.”

Acquia is joining DigitalMusic.org’s membership in support of its mission to advocate, educate and organize on behalf of the entire digital music ecosystem. Acquia’s passion for connecting performing artists and fans is rooted in its work helping power the digital strategies for many of the industry’s biggest brands, including Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Acquia will be present on two work groups, helping to set industry best practices and standards around digital marketing and digital asset management.

The infographic is available for free and can be viewed at http://www.narm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/digitalmusicorgSEOInfo.pdf.

Boston Business Journal Honors Acquia as a 2013 “Best Places to Work” Winner [May 1, 2013]

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Best Places to work 2013
BOSTON - The Boston Business Journal has named Acquia one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in its eleventh annual regional awards program. The honor recognizes Acquia’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.

Acquia was one of over 400 companies to qualify for consideration based on a two-stage nomination process and the results of employee-satisfaction surveys taken throughout March & April.

“Our Best Places to Work event will again recognize the importance of cultivating a great workplace culture as a competitive advantage," said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. "Companies on our list can be justifiably proud of creating a high level of workplace satisfaction during an economy where traditional rewards like big raises and bonuses aren't as easy to give. In good times and in bad, our results validate how the creation of the right corporate culture can create powerful business advantages. Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business.”

The survey project was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

80 companies total … the top 25 companies in three size categories plus the top 5 in a new category called “PR/Communications” will be awarded during a lively cocktail reception on June 13th at the iconic CitiCenter /Wang Theatre and profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal on June 14th.

Online Experience Drives Tourney Participation At Delaware Sports Complex [April 26, 2013]

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MediaPost

By Bryan House

Near the shores of Rehoboth Beach, Del., stands a premier destination for traveling youth baseball and softball teams. The 95-acre facility at Sports at the Beach features 16 fields, 30 batting cages and dormitory accommodations for visiting teams. From March to November, ball clubs from all over the East Coast descend upon its bluegrass-sod fields to participate in weekend and week-long tournaments.

The complex’s website, sportsatthebeach.com, serves as the digital platform for every stage of the Sports at the Beach experience. From recruiting teams, managing registrations and arranging tournament pairings to publishing bracket updates and broadcasting a LiveStream of key tournament games, the Sports at the Beach site connects players, parents and coaches with up-to-the-minute tournament details. Since some tournaments can attract as many as 100 teams in a weekend, visitors jam the complex’s wifi access to stay up to date on pairings and schedules.

Digital Capabilities Power Growth of Site and Registered Members

Sports at the Beach implemented Drupal, the open source content management system, in 2012, taking advantage of available e-commerce and event registration modules to manage team registrations and e-commerce payments. Moving to the open digital publishing platform also helped the site become scalable and always accessible during peak-traffic periods during the complex’s marquee tournaments, often held during holiday weekends.

Acquia Named to 2013 OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies [April 30, 2013]

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AlwaysOn

This year's 100 top companies are feeding a burgeoning data macrosphere, propelling the entire computing paradigm into a interdependent, connected, and mobile future.

The fourth annual AlwaysOn OnDemand 100 represents a list of vigorous emerging and mature companies that are going beyond creating new business opportunities. The cloud infrastructure, SaaS, and on-demand marketplace is reinventing computing—how it’s powered, where data is stored, and where and when we access it.

The AlwaysOn editorial team, along with partners at KPMG, Bridge Bank, General Catalyst Partners, Menlo Ventures, GSV Capital, Mayfield Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Intel Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Azure Capital, Allegis Capital, Venrock, InterWest Partners, Illuminate Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, AT&T, Jafco Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Oak Investment Partners, Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, and industry experts across the globe, went out into the entrepreneurial ecosystem to find the top 100 private companies that are disrupting the entire computing paradigm.

These startups are bringing a new world of highly nimble, versatile, and mobile services to everyone participating in the new digital era. While these businesses are transforming the way we interact with computers and computing resources, they are also creating high-growth businesses that offer huge upside potential for investors.

Stable Cloud, Mobile Audience
This year’s OnDemand 100 launches at a time when the entire world is experiencing a shift in the way it relates to technology, information, and media. Only a few short years ago, the cloud was being warily considered as just another clever marketing buzzword being used to describe something that sounded too good to be true. As we look at the top companies on this year’s OnDemand 100, it’s clear that the buzzword has become reality—and lived up to its promise. Cloud infrastructure is expanding into and enhancing every sector of the technology world.

Incredibly intelligent entrepreneurs have taken this concept and turned it into the reality that will carry us into the computing future. Continually enhancing cloud tools, platforms, security, and data storage, management, and delivery, cloud infrastructure companies are becoming the go-to resource for deploying today’s critical business and consumer applications. Whether it’s public, private, or hybrid, the cloud infrastructure companies that are providing the most robust, trustworthy, always-on performance are the ones propelling us into a completely new computing universe.

The robust applications, mobile technology, and on-demand innovations being supported in the cloud are enhancing almost every sector of the online world. We’ve seen the borders being pulled down between desktop, TV, tablet, smartphone, and laptop. And while the amount of data being generated and consumed is continuing to expand almost faster than we can harness its power, the rigorous determination of the OnDemand 100 winners is meeting and exceeding this continual entrepreneurial challenge. The data macrosphere is a reality—a binary organism that’s fueling our creative process and bringing new ideas to fruition. As it grows and expands into every corner of the cloud, the applications it inspires will continue to feed the success of the Global Silicon Valley.

Reimagining the Computing Paradigm
This year’s OnDemand 100 companies, like their predecessors, were selected based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz. As the cloud infrastructure, SaaS, and on-demand community redefines the world of technology, it continues to push the limits of computer power and how data resources are created, stored, and delivered—developing new ideas and creating new companies with outstanding growth potential.

Congratulations to all the 2013 OnDemand 100 winners. These top venture capital-backed on-demand and SaaS companies are taking advantage of an increasingly stable and reliable cloud infrastructure to develop, maintain, and deploy a continuous stream of disruptive technology to every single computer user on the planet. The technology platforms and services represented in this year’s list are feeding a burgeoning data macrosphere, propelling the entire computing paradigm into a interdependent, connected, and mobile future.

Why Should Drupal Power Your Content Marketing Campaign? [April 10, 2013]

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Business2Community

By Mike Alton

Have you ever had a new house built, or maybe watched one go up in your neighborhood? We live in a growing community and now that the economy is improving, construction is exploding again. We have two houses being built across the street, and two more where the lots are already sold. In each case, once they were ready to begin construction, the first task was to dig a hole and insert metal frames so that the concrete foundation can be poured. Once the foundation is in, they can build up the rest of the home’s walls, flooring, windows, siding and rooftop.

Your website is that foundation. Your site needs to be the structure on which the rest of your marketing is built, and therefore, it must be solid and well constructed.

When I started my web development firm in 2007, I knew that building static HTML websites was a thing of the past. They were inefficient for customers, and I hated having to update them. At the time, the prime choices for building dynamic, independent websites were WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and DotNetNuke. After careful evaluation, I chose to specialize in Drupal. Since then, WordPress has improved dramatically, DotNetNuke is virtually dead, and Joomla is still pretty much the same. Drupal, meanwhile, has continued to improve and remain, in my opinion, the top choice for professional-grade websites.

Discussion Point: Marketing Automation - Feature vs Platform [April 17, 2013]

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CMS Wire

Here's how I think about a platform — you work in a platform. A platform is designed for a specific business function like marketing, sales, HR, finance, etc. Platforms connect to other platforms, so integration is key.

The important part of the definition is that a platform is something you use every day, and plays a critical part in the success of your role. For example, the Acquia marketing team lives inside of Marketo, setting up programs, writing emails, scoring leads and analyzing results. Marketo is the first application we open in the morning and the last we close at the end of the day. It plays a pivotal role in making sure we're passing the best leads to sales at the right time, while nurturing our earlier stage prospects.

Acquia Says Open Source Helps Enterprises Thrive in Today’s Digital Disruption [April 16, 2013]

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Sandhill.com

Enterprises are rapidly adopting open-source software to achieve value far beyond just lowering costs. Tom Wentworth, CMO at open-source provider Acquia, discusses how open source addresses trends in evolving enterprise needs and shares examples of return on investment that enterprises achieve through open source.

Enterprises, like all businesses today, are trying to survive in a time of digital disruption. The market is beyond competitive. Look at how digital pioneers like Netflix and Amazon have transformed their industries. It’s only a matter of time before that happens to every industry, if they aren’t ready to innovate.

Open source allows enterprise business to place its bet on the freedom to innovate. The global developer communities bring unforeseen development speed, and the lack of high license fees mean that resources can be invested in a great digital experience. Most importantly, though, open source provides the freedom to innovate, plan out your own product road map, and respond quickly to market demands. That equals survival.

Drupal, MODX: Open Source Communities, Vendors, and Giving Back [April 5, 2013]

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CMS Report

By Bryan Ruby

This week, I received an email from some marketing folks that Acquia was announcing they are open sourcing their mobile application code for posting content to Drupal sites. For those that don't know, Acquia is a commercial open source software company that provides products, services, and technical support for Drupal. This isn't the first time Acquia and other Drupal vendors have given code back to the Drupal community and you can be assured it won't be the last.

Honestly, I had not been following the development of Drupal Create so it's taken me some time to better understand the significance of this story to open source. SparkPR's Eric Sokolsky explained it to me in his email this way:

Today, Acquia released source code that will allow Drupal website content owners and developers to create their own customized mobile content publishing apps. These apps – the first of their kind on the Drupal platform -- will enable developers to create or curate content on their iOS phones and publish it directly to their existing Drupal-based sites – without being tethered to a laptop or desktop computer.

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought Acquia was eavesdropping on some recent discussions I've had regarding my observation on the potential conflicts between open source vendors and open source communities. Their action alone suggests that perhaps I worry too much. Let me explain.

Le code source de Drupal Create sur GitHub pour créer des apps sous iOS [4 Apr 2013]

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Le Monde Informatique

Les développeurs vont pouvoir créer des applications sous iOS pour produire du contenu pour Drupal. Acquia a publié sur GitHub le code source en Objective-C de son application mobile Drupal Create.

Avec la mise à disposition du code source Drupal Create, les contributeurs qui sont amenés à publier des contenus sur des sites réalisés avec le CMS Drupal, peuvent le faire à partir de leur terminal sous iOS. L'intégralité du code source de l'application mobile a été mise à disposition en Objective-C sur le référentiel Github, vient d'indiquer la société Acquia qui pilote le projet Open Source de gestion de contenus web. Il permettra aux développeurs de créer des apps personnalisées pour communiquer avec leurs sites montés avec Drupal. Une app prête à l'utilisation, Drupal Gardens, est par ailleurs proposée sur iTunes.

Acquia Releases Drupal Create Source Code for Building Native iOS Publishing Apps [April 3, 2013]

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CMS Wire

By Anthony Myers

Like posting content to Drupal sites from an iOS device? Acquia, the commercial provider of Drupal Web CMS services, has released the code base for building native iOS apps that can post content right to a Drupal website — the first of its kind.

Produce Content from an iPhone or iPad
What has to be one of the most difficult things for website owners to do is to create content from a mobile device — any content producer will vouch for this painful reality. But while laptops and desktops provide ease of use, they are not exactly practical to use when publishing content on the go.

Some work related items have to be done remotely as is seen in the many discussions on the bring your own device phenomenon. Quite often, however, this is in the context of document collaboration, social media and other collaborative work settings and rarely about content production. In this case it's widely accepted that mobile devices are really not preferable at all.

New Report: Crafting a Comprehensive Digital Government Strategy [March 27, 2013]

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GovLoop

Excerpt of Executive Summary | View Online Below or Download PDF
Throughout the ages, technology has played an essential role for government to craft a better society for citizens. In the Roman Empire, the aqueducts revolutionized services provided to Roman citizens. Leveraging gravity alone, the Romans were able to transform communities, providing water to distant cities and towns, and create an engineering marvel that would lead to years of economic dominance and influence society for years to come.

Report Highlights

  • Report covers a recent survey from GovLoop community on how agencies are moving to digital solutions to meet increasing demands from citizens
  • Insights based on interviews with government leaders and experts from our industry partners
  • Special section: 6 Ways Emerging Technology is Facilitating Digital Government

Why You Need a Chief Digital Officer [March 27, 2013]

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The Wall Street Journal

By Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO

The chief digital officer, a relatively recent addition to the C-Suite, is already making his influence felt on today’s technological landscape and, by extension, everyday living. Companies that have yet to hire a CDO, but who regard a great digital customer experience as core to the business, should consider making room for one.

From morning coffee (Starbucks Corp. has a chief digital officer) to the evening panel discussion at the local university (Harvard University has one as well), there’s now a CDO considering the digital implications of experiences that you might not expect. Going through Times Square, I’m reminded that NYC now has its own chief digital officer, that there’s a CDO at the nearby CVS Caremark Corp., and a CDO at the New York Stock Exchange.

It’s fairly easy to pinpoint the trickle-down difference at this everyday level, compared to the days prior the appearance of the chief digital officer. Whether you’re Whole Foods Market Inc. or Warner Music, you now likely have somebody — even if he or she doesn’t have a CDO title — with full responsibility for how technology frames the customer experience. It’s at this personal interaction level where the CDO’s impact is most keenly felt.

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Bentley University Shares Drupal Lessons [March 25, 2013]

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Information Week

Drupal is one of the most popular Web content management systems in higher education, but that doesn't mean every university uses it effectively.
Scott Lozier, a senior Web developer at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., says the open source CMS was already in use there when he arrived about a year and a half ago, but it was being used in a scattered way.

Acquia builds Australian team to assist Drupal deployments [March 26, 2013]

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Geek Zone

Acquia has announced four key appointments to strengthen the team in their new Australian office and support the Acquia Cloud, an scalable hosting environment for Drupal deployments.

The company helps enterprises to create extraordinary web experiences based on Drupal, the open source platform that integrates content, community and commerce. Offering a variety of SaaS solutions specifically designed for Drupal, Acquia gives global organizations the unparalleled ability to rapidly deploy and manage multichannel content across web and mobile devices.

Acquia boosts local presence [March 26, 2013]

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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ARN

Open source software company, Acquia, has made some new hires to boost its local presence and Cloud offering.

David Peterson has joined as senior Drupal advisor. He has worked on many Drupal sites, including the ABC’s Hungry Beat and digital radio properties. He will be tasked with sharing his knowledge in the local Drupal community, offering training, encouraging local meetings and assisting partners with tenders, architectural issues and customer engagements.

Mollom Releases New Content Moderation Platform [March 26, 2013]

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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CMS Critic

Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal and the developers of Mollom, just announced the release of its new content moderation platform. Mollum is a Content Moderation Platform service that analyzes content quality on a website and filters out spam or inappropriate messages. Content moderation is a challenging and time-consuming job, but Mollom’s advanced solution makes the task quick and easy.

According to one of the developers, Dries Buytaert (of Drupal fame), “I feel like we’ve secured our place as the leading enterprise-ready content moderation system.” The new rollout is the climax to two years of development, 600 beta testers, and millions of filtered comments.

How Commercial Progression Built A Business On Drupal [Mar 12, 2013]

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Forbes.com

Drupal is one of the most prominent content management systems and is used by about 2.1% of all websites worldwide. Alex Fisher, a native of Dearborn, Michigan was able to build a business with six employees by designing websites using Drupal. Commercial Progression counts organizations like National Geographic Channel, TRW Automotive, the University of Michigan, and Detroit Public TV as customers.

Fisher worked at Ford’s communications division for 7 years while attending school at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This is when Ford used to have a TV network with several channels broadcasting programs demonstrating how to fix and sells cars. After working at Ford, Fisher joined a company called Move Networks, but was laid off along with many other employees in 2009. This is when Fisher decided to take the plunge and start his own company with a $4,000 investment of his own money.

Drupal 8: Re-architecting for world domination [Mar 11, 2013]

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Monday, March 11, 2013
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Computer World

Drupal 8 will be the open-source project's "boldest release to date", according to Drupal's creator, Dries Buytaert. The new version of Drupal is due at the end of the year or "whenever it's ready" and includes significant behind-the-scenes changes, such as the incorporation of elements of the Symfony2 Web framework.

Buytaert, who is also the founder of Drupal services firm Acquia, has ambitious goals for Drupal, as it continues to shift away from purely a content management system towards a unified Web platform that organisations can standardise on to build Web-based services, for both internal and customer-focussed sites.

Government web consolidation opens opportunities to Drupal community [March 11, 2013]

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Monday, March 11, 2013
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Ottawa Business Journal

There are currently more than 1,500 Government of Canada-owned URLS, according to an e-mailed statement from Matthew Conway, a spokesperson for Treasury Board president Tony Clement.

Officials want to reduce that to six or fewer websites as part of a broader modernization effort aimed at making it easier for citizens to digitally navigate their way through federal services.

At the same time, Mr. Conway said the government intends to consolidate and standardize the many platforms and tools used to support the federal government’s vast web presence.

Drupal Association to focus on governance, D8 launch [Feb 19, 2013]

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Computerworld Australia

Holly Ross joined the Drupal Association on 1 February as its executive director. Techworld Australia caught up with Ross at DrupalCon Sydney seven days into her new role to chat about her background and the top priorities for the DA in 2013.

Prior to joining the DA, Ross was the executive director of the US-based Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). "Our mission was to help non-profits use technology to meet their own missions," Ross said. NTEN's work focuses on two key areas, Ross said: training and education, and community building.

"That community building role was really the heart of [my] work. But it was really broad — so we talked about telephony and security and databases and social media and websites. It was really easy to stay focussed on the trends in each of those areas and not necessarily always have to know the minutiae. Obviously this community [Drupal] goes a lot deeper, so that'll be an interesting transition."

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