Acquia Coverage

What the History of Photography Teaches the Cloud [June 4, 2014]

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By Sean Michael Kerner

The founder of open-source Drupal content management system details how the 100-year evolution of photography can inform open-source development and the upcoming Drupal 8 release.

It took more than 100 years of evolution for the modern photography industry to reach its current state, and there are lessons from that century that apply to the modern world of cloud and Web development too. That's the message delivered by Dries Buytaert, founder of the open-source Drupal content management system (CMS), during his keynote address at the Drupalcon conference June 3 in Austin, Texas.

Drupal is one of the most widely deployed content management systems on the planet and counts big-name deployments including WhiteHouse.gov among its users. Buytaert (pictured) is also the CTO of Acquia, a company he helped to create that delivers commercial support and solutions based on Drupal. Acquia closed a $50 million funding round on May 27, bringing total funding to date up to $118.6 million.

Buytaert noted that the first camera in history over 100 years ago was big, bulky and very difficult to use, with a complex process to actually take a picture. Within a few short years of the first camera, the Kodak company came out with a camera that made the technology easier to use.

"They [Kodak] had this notion that, 'You press the button and we do the rest,'" Buytaert said. "It encapsulates how they simplified photography."

Over the course of 100 years, Buytaert explained, photography and cameras were simplified drastically in a number of phases. The introduction of 35mm photography provided a form of standardization to the industry that also made things simpler for users.

"The industry standardized on a common format and, as a result, there was a whole ecosystem born of different cameras and tools to project photos," Buytaert said.

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Acquia Buys TruCentric to Boost its Cred in Personalized Content [June 3, 2014]

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By Barb Darrow

Acquia, which netted $50 million in new funding last week, is putting that money to use. The company, which built a range of content management system services atop open-source Drupal, is buying TruCentric, a SaaS firm specializing in real-time customer profiling.

Customer profiling/user engagement is tech speak for digging out information from a user’s past browsing history and other interactions to find what she is interested in and then targeting marketing campaigns for her. While that strikes many as creepy, it is also the holy grail for companies trying to sell products and services to the most receptive audience and leave the rest of the world alone. Acquia is just one of many companies chasing this ideal, including Adobe Systems’ with Marketing Cloud, Salesforce.com (with its ExactTarget-marketing cloud) and Oracle via its Vitrue acquisition. The news was announced at DrupalCon in Austin, Texas.

In an interview, Acquia CEO Tom Erickson said, while the company started out focusing on content management, it is now pushing into this brave new world of “digital engagement” where Toronto-based TruCentric can help. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a blog post, Buytaert wrote that TruCentric complements Acquia Lift, which adds testing and personalization capabilities for Drupal sites.

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When Digital Marketing Meets Open Source [May 27, 2014]

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Computerworld

By Rohan Pearce

The chief marketing officer of Massachusetts-based Acquia wants to take the open source message to other marketers

It's a product that actually costs nothing, is up against entrenched competitors, and exists in a category that enterprises have in the past been wary of. All in all, marketing open source to marketers was probably never going to be an easy job.

So you might forgive Tom Wentworth if he was a little wary of taking up the role of chief marketing officer at Acquia. But the CMO says that when he received a message from a recruiter asking if he was interested in the position, he jumped at the chance. "I couldn't have dialled back the number faster when I saw him asking about Acquia," Wentworth says.

Wentworth took up the role at Boston-based Acquia about 17 months ago. The company provides software and services based on Drupal: The open source content management system which the federal government has indicated it is likely to standardise on for a whole-of-government CMS.

Although it is Wentworth's first experience at an open source company, he has held marketing roles in other content management software vendors.

Before Acquia, he was CMO at Ektron, and prior to that he was Web solutions evangelist at Interwoven, which was acquired in 2009 by Autonomy — which itself was snapped up by HP in 2011 (a somewhat fraught acquisition.)

"I've been in the content management space for about 15 years now," Wentworth says. He joined Acquia in December 2012.

The decision to join Acquia was a "if you can't beat them, join them", Wentworth says. "As somebody's who's been in the market for so long, I saw the clear shift to open source and I saw the disruption that Drupal was having in the market and really wanted to be a part of it.

"I think when I look at the future of integrated digital experiences and how I see CMOs changing how they adapt digital technology I think Drupal is so strongly suited for that that I had to find a way to get here."

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Acquia Scores $50M in Series F Funding [May 27, 2014]

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GigaOM

By Barb Darrow

Acquia, the company building a commercial business around the open-source Drupal content management technology, now has $50 million in new funding, bringing total investment to a tidy $118.6 million.

The cash influx will be used to build out sales and marketing — including adding more channel partners – and to push the use of the product in personalized marketing commerce applications, according to a statement.

The round, disclosed in a blog post by Acquia CTO and co-founder Dries Buytaert, was led by new backer New Enterprise Associates, with participation from Split Rock Partners. Existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, Investor Growth Capital, Tenaya Capital, and Accolade Partners also participated.

The Burlington, Mass. company looks to be on the road to an IPO and just brought Bill Sorenson on board as CFO, according to BostInno. Sorenson helped shepherd Qlik Technologies and Blade Logic through IPOs of their own.

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Website Software Seller Acquia Adds $50M, Led by NEA [May 27, 2014]

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By Curt Woodward

Acquia hasn’t been shy over the past few years about its hopes to become a public company. Today, the seller of website management software is stacking up some more venture capital: a $50 million investment that Acquia says will help it continue growing in multiple areas.

The new investment was led by New Enterprise Associates, which will add growth equity leader Ravi Viswanathan to the company’s board. Another new investor, Split Rock Partners, also contributed to the round, along with some previous venture investors.

Acquia, founded in 2007, has been billing itself as “pre-IPO” for some time now. CEO Tom Erickson told the Boston Business Journal in March that his company could go public as early as this year, and Acquia added a new chief financial officer last week, a move that was touted in context with an eventual IPO filing.

In an interview Tuesday, chief marketing officer Tom Wentworth said the new financing hadn’t changed the company’s plans for a possible IPO. ”This funding is really about allowing us to move faster and accelerate our momentum,” Wentworth said. “Being a public company is certainly an option for us, but right now we’re focusing on continuing our really fast growth.”

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Direct from the White House: APIs are Key to Extending Platforms [May 20, 2014]

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OpenSource.com

By Jason Hibbets

To a technology director at the White House, the State of the Union is like the Superbowl. While the world is watching the President of the United States deliver an address to the nation, Leigh Heyman and his team are managing the media technology behind the scenes to create an enhanced and interactive experience for the viewers. How many of you watched the State of the Union on YouTube this year?

As the Director of New Media Technologies at the Executive Office of the President, Heyman uses strong leadership to chart new technical territory for the White House. If you ever get to meet him in person, the first thing that will likely grab your attention is the presidential lapel pin on his suit. It's a little intimidating, but his broad smile and confident handshake tell the whole story.

It's one of confidence and openness, and it's what struck me when I met Heyman for the first time at the Palmetto Open Source Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. He was presenting a talk about We The People, the White House online petition platform. It is one of many tech projects with a nod towards a more open and transparent government that Heyman and his team have led, including WhiteHouse.gov which runs on Drupal and various White House hackathons held at the White House itself.

Though no less extraordinary, it's somewhat old news that the White House has been using open source technologies in it's efforts. At DrupalCon San Francisco, the White House revealed their first contributions to Drupal. What's exciting now is they are consistently giving back to open source projects and writing web APIs.

This marks a new era for the government's relationship with open source, and is due in part to the work the New Media Technologies team does to promote a more transparent, collaborative, and participatory government.

In this interview, Leigh Heyman gives me some of the backstory on how he came to work for the Executive Office of the President and some fun facts about the famous Death Star Petition. He also discusses recent new media projects at the White House, shedding light on how they might live beyond the current administration and forge a new relationship with US citizens.

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Transit Strike Shows Power of Drupal, Cloud Computing [May 16, 2014]

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In October, Bay Area Rapid Transit, which provides public transportation to the city of San Francisco, found itself in a public labor dispute, which culminated in a four-day strike that halted transportation services.

With nearly 400,000 daily riders — San Franciscans who relied on the system for transportation — the department’s website found itself with 10 times its normal traffic as users looked for information on when trains would run again.

The increase in Web traffic normally would have shut the site down, but just weeks before, the transit system — affectionately known as BART — moved its Web operations to Drupal, hosted inside Acquia’s cloud.

“Drupal allowed them the space to innovate and find better ways to communicate with their users,” Todd Akers, vice president of public sector for Acquia, told StateScoop. “In addition, hosting on Acquia Cloud allowed them to reduce costs by 70 percent and gave them the elasticity needed to handle times of higher demand.”

Akers pointed to a similar situation Acquia worked on with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority in October 2012. When Hurricane Sandy caused outages throughout the northeast, the department’s Web operations were able to keep running – keeping citizens informed – during times of crisis when communication is needed most.

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Winning in the New and Improved Sales and Marketing Funnel [May 12, 2014]

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By Cynthia Clark

The sales and marketing funnel has morphed considerably from a decade ago. In adapting to the new buying journey, marketers must deliver the right touches, in the right places, at the right time to move prospects to action.
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The buying journey has changed. Control has shifted from organizations to customers, which means today's customers are taking it upon themselves to learn as much as they can about a brand and its competitors before making a purchase.

According to Forrester Research, today's buyers would have gone through up to 90 percent of their buying journey before they make the first contact with a vendor. In some product categories, buyers will only contact a sales person when they're ready for a price quote. "The sales funnel is no longer linear and the customer is completely in control of the path to purchase," explains Mark Osborn, SAP's global lead for consumer products industry marketing.

With this trend prevalent in both B2B and B2C interactions, sales and marketing teams need to adapt to this reality and make changes to their funnel in order to remain competitive. As Claire Rodes, revenue marketing coach at the Pedowitz Group, notes, while in the past, sales teams were involved in the majority of the purchasing journey and marketing had a small part, their roles have now been reversed. Tim Riesterer, chief strategy and marketing officer at Corporate Visions, believes that organizations need to undergo a "fundamental mind shift" that revolves around having conversations with customers rather than deploying campaigns.

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Dries Buytaert is ICT Personality of the Year 2014 [9 mei 2014]

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Dries Buytaert is door DataNews verkozen tot ICT Personality van het jaar 2014. De prijs werd uitgereikt tijdens het Data News Awards gala dat dit jaar voor de 15e keer werd georganiseerd.

Buytaert is de uitvinder van Drupal, het bekende een opensource-contentmanagementsysteem (CMS). Aanvankelijk had hij slechts een bulletin-board systeem voor ogen, maar gaandeweg is de software uitgegroeid tot een compleet contentmanagementframework (CMF).

Eigen bedrijf
Op basis van Drupal is een eigen bedrijf opgericht onder de naam Acquia. Dit heeft al enkele keren het predikaat 'snelstgroeiende softwarebedrijf in de VS' gekregen. Buytaert wordt ook wel de bekendste Belg in de Verenigde Staten genoemd.

Australian Government Likely to Standardise on Drupal [May 9, 2014]

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Computerworld

By Rohan Pearce

AGIMO wants Drupal delivered from the cloud to be the standard CMS

The federal government is eyeing the introduction of a government-wide content-management system. The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) has indicated its preference is to use the open-source Drupal Web platform and to have the CMS delivered as a cloud service.

"The Government Content Management System (GovCMS) is envisaged as an important service offering for Australian Commonwealth Government agencies," the Australian government CTO, John Sheridan, wrote in a blog entry.

"GovCMS is intended to support more effective web channel delivery functions within Government, and enable agencies to redirect effort from non-core transactional activities, towards higher-value activities that are more aligned with core agency missions," a draft statement of requirements issued by AGIMO states.

An analysis by AGIMO found that between 182 and 450 websites could be transitioned to GovCMS over four years. The use of an open source solution means that Drupal modules could be shared between public sector agencies and the community, the draft states.

A transition to GovCMS will begin with Australia.gov.au and Finance.gov.au, the document states. The target go-live date is September this year.

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Warum Ein Modernes CMS Wichtig Ist [9 Mai 2014]

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By Jeffrey A McGuire

Moderne Content Managementsysteme sind der Motor interessanter und dynamischer Websites. Sie entkoppeln Programmierung und Inhaltserstellung, bereiten Daten dynamisch auf und passen Online-Auftritte automatisch an die Endgeräte der Nutzer an.

In den letzten zehn Jahren hat der Bereich "Content im Internet" eine Entwicklung durchgemacht, die so schnell wohl in keiner anderen Industrie möglich ist. Aus einfachen Websites in simplem HTML wurden Medien-Plattformen mit Texten, Bildern, Audio und Videos, deren Inhalte nahtlos verknüpft sind und auf den unterschiedlichsten Endgeräten konsumiert werden. Entsprechend sind Websites heute eine fundamentale Komponente der Geschäftstätigkeit eines Unternehmens. Der Online-Auftritt ist Visitenkarte, virtuelles Schaufenster und oft Verkaufsportal der jeweiligen Firma. Selbst wer keinen direkten Geschäften im Web nachgeht, kann es sich kaum leisten, eine veraltete oder fehlerhafte Website zu betreiben.
Schluss mit statischen Websites

Websites sind keine Einbahnstraße mehr. Die Kommunikation läuft dynamisch zwischen Nutzer und Anbieter ab. Firmen betreiben Blogs, integrieren Bilderstrecken, Podcasts oder Videos während Kunden und Nutzer kommentieren, Artikel in sozialen Netzwerken verlinken und mit den Mitarbeitern diskutieren.

Jeffrey McGuire: „Open Source und Business passen perfekt zusammen“ [8 Mai 2014]

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Open Source und wirtschaftliche Interessen: Schließt nicht das eine das andere aus? Nein, sagt Jeffrey McGuire, Open Source Evangelist bei Acquia. Warum Unternehmertum und Open Source eine perfekte Kombination sind, hat er auf der re:publica erklärt.

Jeffrey McGuire: Open Source führt zu wirtschaftlichem Erfolg

Unternehmen müssen wirtschaftlich denken, schließlich müssen wir am Ende des Tages alle unsere Mieten bezahlen. Das ist auch Jeffrey „Jam“ McGuire völlig klar. Der in Köln lebende US-Amerikaner arbeitet als Open-Source-Evangelist für Acquia , ein Software-Unternehmen, das sich auf das Content-Management-Framework Drupal spezialisiert hat. Für McGuire steht die bei Open-Source-Projekten selbstverständliche kostenlose Bereitstellung der eigenen Arbeitsergebnisse dem Ziel der Profitabilität nicht entgegen.

Im Gegenteil: In McGuires Augen sorgt Open-Source-Software für mehr Sicherheit und Flexibilität im Umgang mit den eigenen IT-Lösungen. Hinzu kommt ein zeitlicher Vorteil, denn wer auf eine große Entwickler-Community und ihre Ergebnisse zugreifen kann, reagiert im Falle von Problemen oder notwendigen Anpassungen im Zweifel schneller als die Konkurrenz.

CMO Interview: Marketing Open Source (to Marketers) [April 24, 2014]

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By Rohan Pearce

The CMO of Massachusetts-based Acquia wants to take the open source software message to other marketers

It's a product that costs nothing, is up against entrenched competitors, and exists in a category that enterprises have in the past been wary of. All in all, marketing open source software to other marketers was never going to be an easy job.

So you might forgive Tom Wentworth if he was a little wary of taking up the role of chief marketing officer at Acquia. But the CMO says that when he received a message from a recruiter asking if he was interested in the position, he jumped at the chance. "I couldn't have dialled back the number faster when I saw him asking about Acquia," Wentworth says.

Wentworth took up the role at Boston-based Acquia 17 months ago. The company provides software and services based on Drupal: A well-established, modular open source content management system.

Although it is Wentworth's first experience at an open source company, he has held marketing roles in other content management software vendors for about 15 years. Before Acquia, he was CMO at Ektron, and prior to that he was Web solutions evangelist at Interwoven, which was acquired in 2009 by Autonomy — which itself was snapped up by HP in 2011 (a somewhat fraught acquisition ).

Wentworth joined Acquia in December 2012. The decision was a "if you can't beat them, join them", he says. "As somebody's who's been in the market for so long, I saw the clear shift to open source and I saw the disruption Drupal was having in the market and really wanted to be a part of it.

"When I look at the future of integrated digital experiences and how I see CMOs are changing how they adapt digital technology, I think Drupal is so strongly suited for that and I had to find a way to get here."

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Open Source Pitfalls - and How to Avoid Them [April 21, 2014]

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By Maria Korolov, Network World

It's hard to imagine a company these days that isn't using open source software somewhere, whether it's Linux running a company's print and web servers, the Firefox browser on user desktops, or the Android operating system on mobile devices. In, fact, there are now more than a million different open source projects, according to Black Duck Software, a maker of open source management tools and owner of the Ohloh open source software directory. And open source continues to grow. According to an SAP research report, the number of open source projects roughly doubles every 14 months. But not all open source projects are created equal. According to Ohloh, for the 100,375 projects for which activity information is available, around 80 percent were listed as having low activity, very low activity or were completely inactive...

The success or failure of any particular open source project depends strongly on the community surrounding it – the developers who contribute code, the testers, the documentation writers, the people who answer questions in support forums, and the end users. There are a number of ways to gauge the size and activity level of an open source project's community. Ohloh offers one tool. Another approach is to go to the project's home page or the site where it's hosted and check out the history of code commits and the activity on the discussion boards.

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Dries Buytaert, Oprichter Drupal en CTO Acquia: “Personalisatie is Volgende Internetmijlpaal” [April 16, 2014]

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“Een website is al lang geen aanhangsel van een bedrijf meer, vaak is de site de kern van je organisatie.” Dat stelt Dries Buytaert, oprichter van het open source cms Drupal en cto bij het eveneens door hem opgerichte bedrijf Acquia. Alles draait volgens hem om goede digitale ervaringen en die kun je niet bieden met standaard content. Klanten leren kennen, profielen opbouwen en persoonlijke content bieden is volgens Buytaert de sleutel tot succes.

De Belg Dries Buytaert ontwikkelde het open source content management systeem (cms) Drupal veertien jaar geleden vanaf zijn studentenkamer. Hij ontwikkelde het systeem vooral omdat hij wilde leren over de technologie achter websites en daarnaast had hij behoefte aan een berichtensysteem. Veertien jaar later is zijn berichtensysteem uitgegroeid tot een grote cms-oplossing en is Buytaert chief technology officer (cto) bij Acquia; het door hem opgerichte bedrijf dat technische ondersteuning biedt aan Drupal-gebruikers. Acquia groeide in de afgelopen jaren uit tot een groot bedrijf. Het hoofdkantoor staat in Burlington, Massachusetts, in de Verenigde Staten, maar in de Benelux zijn ondertussen zo’n vijftien medewerkers actief.

Meer doen met minder
Het grootste verschil met andere enterprise cms-oplossingen is dat Drupal open source is. Buytaert: “Enerzijds betekent dit dat Drupal een softwarelicentie is die iedereen gratis kan gebruiken en anderzijds kunnen ze de software niet alleen gratis gebruiken, ook krijgt iedereen gratis toegang tot de broncode.” Dit gegeven kan marketeers volgens Buytaert helpen bij hun huidige uitdaging. “Marketeers moeten steeds meer doen met minder middelen en met Drupal zit je niet vast aan een softwarepakket met vaste functionaliteiten. Je kunt alle tools die je nodig hebt zelf toevoegen”, aldus Buytaert.

Volgens Buytaert is Drupal succesvol, omdat er zo’n grote groep ontwikkelaars actief is. Er is een community van ruim 10.000 ontwikkelaars die Drupal continu verbeteren en uitbreiden met nieuwe modules. Hierdoor kunnen nieuwe ontwikkelingen in marketingland snel opgepakt worden door de marketeer. Buytaert: “Waar gebruikers van een ‘vaste’ softwareoplossing vaak jaren moeten wachten op bijvoorbeeld een nieuwe functionaliteit voor Pinterest, was deze module binnen Drupal in zeer korte tijd klaar voor gebruik.”

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Welcome to the Open Source Renaissance [April 13, 2014]

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By Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO

Summary: Ever-popular among developers, open source technology has moved away from the fringes of tech right to the center of the enterprise, thanks to its high level of security and agility.

In the span of just a few years, open source has produced businesses that are incredibly attractive to the investment community. In 2012, open source venture investment jumped 80 percent over the prior year with $553 million invested, compared to $307 million in 2011. VCs have flocked to darlings like MongoDB, Open Stack, Cloudera, Puppet Labs and Hortonworks because these companies are solving incredibly difficult challenges in the cloud and big data arena faster than any proprietary software vendor could.

So why the big increase in interest now? Open source software has been around for years, in many cases implemented on the fringes by developers who prefer the freedom and flexibility of contributing to the evolution of the platforms with which they choose to work. There were even early glimmers of promise; for example, Linux proved to be a fast, effective server platform for many businesses before it grew to be one of the largest open source communities and the third-largest web client operating system in the world.

But today, open source has crossed over from a niche techie outlier to a driving force for businesses.

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Operational Database Startup VoltDB Appoints Acquia, Bit9 Executives to Board [March 31, 2014]

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By Sara Castellanos

VoltDB, a Bedford-based startup that bills itself as being able to offer the world's fastest operational database, has appointed executives of Acquia and Bit9 to its board of directors.

Tom Erickson, CEO of Burlington-based cloud-hosting firm Acquia, and Patrick Morley, CEO of Waltham-based security firm Bit9, were added to VoltDB's board of directors, the startup announced Monday.

“VoltDB stands alone in its ability to drive real-time next-generation Big Data applications,” Erickson said in a statement. “Its unique capabilities are ideally suited to help organizations immediately derive value from the massive volumes of data generated by interconnected people and devices, machine-to-machine and Internet of Things.”

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Acquia Named SIIA Software CODiE Award Finalist for Best Cloud Management Solution and Best Cloud Platform as a Service [March 31, 2014]

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Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Site Factory Earn Prestigious Software Industry Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2014) -- Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Site Factory were both named finalists for the 2014 SIIA Software CODiE Awards for Best Cloud Management Solution and Best Cloud Platform as a Service respectively. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have more than 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

This year’s program features 28 Software categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends. Winners will be announced during a special Awards dinner on May 21 in San Francisco during the industry's premier ISV gathering of SaaS, BI, and Cloud providers, Maximize.

Acquia Cloud, a Drupal-tuned application lifecycle management suite, was recognized as a finalist for Best Cloud Management Solution for its comprehensive infrastructure and ability to support Drupal deployment workflow processes from development and staging through to production. Acquia’s open cloud platform delivers scalability, security, and high performance with elegant developer tools, a Drupal-tuned stack, elastic resources, and 24x7 support team monitoring to ensure the site’s performance, security, and code are functioning properly.

Additionally, Acquia Cloud Site Factory was nominated as a finalist for Best Cloud Platform as a Service for its ability to enable website builders to create and manage multi-site deployments quickly with easily configured templates that include repeatable content, design, features and structure. It provides an intuitive authoring experience so even non-technical users can create great digital experiences without the extensive training or coding that proprietary web platforms require. As a fully managed service, Acquia Cloud Site Factory enables organizations to simplify the operation and management of digital experiences.

“This year’s CODiE Awards finalists showcase the innovation and creativity in today’s market. We are happy to recognize them for their products that are breaking ground in the software industry,” said Rhianna Collier, VP for the Software Division at SIIA. “I look forward to honoring all the finalists in May at our awards program at Maximize.”

Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp

To determine the CODiE Award winners, SIIA members are tasked with reviewing the products and voting on what they believe is the best in each category. Only active SIIA Members may vote. Member companies are provided one vote per company in each category within their designated interest area.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property.

The SIIA Software Division provides a forum for companies developing the applications, services, infrastructure and tools that are driving the software and services industry forward. For further information, visit www.siia.net/software.

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Tom Erickson of Acquia, on the Philosophy of ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ [March 30, 2014]

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The New York Times

Corner Office, By Adam Bryant

This interview with Tom Erickson, chief executive of Acquia, an open-source software company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

Any leadership lessons early in your life?

I grew up in a very small town in Wisconsin, a classic Scandinavian town where it wasn’t encouraged to brag. My father was a leader just by virtue of his personality. He ran a store that’s still in the family. He was president of the City Council, president of the school board, and was a leader of the business association. He was one of those quiet leaders who just did his thing.

He had a very different leadership style than me, because he was blessed with a patience that I don’t have. He was able to help people, over an extended period, think about things differently. We were one of the very first schools in our part of the state to receive a computer. My dad had been really active about saying, “We need to be on the forefront of what’s next.” I glued myself to that computer.

What about early management experience?

I got a job out of university with a small company called PSDI. I had eight other job offers, but I chose them because they said, “You’ll be promoted if you work hard.” Within a year, they sent me to Australia to open an office there. I was 23.

I was a technical guy with an engineering background, but I learned how to sell there. That was probably a pivotal point in my career — learning that it wasn’t magic. Coming from a small town, I just assumed that there were certain tracks in life, and that moving across them was hard. But I learned that I could sell.

Journal du Net: Interview de Tom Erickson, PDG d'Acquia [25 Mars 2014]

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"C'est en France que l'on trouve les projets Drupal les plus ambitieux"

A l'occasion de son dernier voyage en France, le CEO de la société de services Acquia, spécialisée dans le CMS Drupal, a accordé une interview exclusive au JDN.

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