Acquia Coverage

One Thing Inc. 5000 Companies Have in Common: Performance [Aug. 20, 2013]

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Inc. 500

How Inc. 5000 companies make other companies better. And in the process, make the economy work.

By Leigh Buchanan

We know companies that operate data centers are critical to the economy. If we thought about it, we would realize companies providing air conditioners to keep those data centers running are critical, too. But how critical are companies that maintain and service the air-conditioning systems that cool the data centers?

Toby Thomas found out in 2007. At the time, he was working for a business that was hired by Perot Systems to ensure its data center stayed cool while a new one was under construction. Perot Systems had many big financial clients, and "the day before we went in, we got a call from a top executive saying, 'I want you to know, if this fails, what will happen,' " recalls Thomas. " 'It will be on CNN. The stock market could be affected. The value of the dollar could be affected.'

"I realized, Wow, we're not just guys in hardhats doing a job," says Thomas. Two years later, he founded EnSite Solutions, now based in Irving, Texas. "Data centers are more tied to our economy than oil is," says Thomas. A company that services data-center cooling systems is mission critical to the mission critical to the mission critical.

The Fortune 500 traffics in consumer products, oil, pharmaceuticals, cars, retail, and the kinds of telecom services and software most people use every day. The Inc. 5000 is, by and large, a more esoteric crowd. Many supply businesses and government agencies with such products as network-on-chip design (Arteris), cloud-services brokering (Cloud Sherpas), and electronic payment technology optimized for the clinical-trial industry (Greenphire). The niches they ply can be inscrutably specific. Acquia provides products, services, and technical support for the Drupal social publishing system. Understanding Acquia requires a pit stop at drupal.org to learn about a fascinating corner of the global open-source movement.

Service NSW Delivers Online Presence with Open Source [Aug. 27, 2013]

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Computerworld Australia

By Rohan Pearce

Service NSW, which acts as a central portal for accessing government services in New South Wales, is using the open source Drupal platform for its public-facing website and intranet

In late January, the digital strategy of Service NSW had a long way to go, according to Bruce McGregor – particularly if the organisation was to meet a July deadline for delivering its online portal, the organisation's head of digital said.

"The timeframes were tight, the budget was limited and fixed, and there were multiple stakeholders," McGregor said.

The creation of Service NSW was announced by the state's premier, Barry O’Farrell, in July 2012. The intention is to offer a 'one-stop shop' for government services, with NSW residents able to access them through 18 Service NSW centres, a 24-hour call centre and a single Web portal.

"We had to build a service within a couple of months," McGregor said. Despite the short timeframe for rolling out a complex Web portal, the agency managed to beat its deadline – albeit, by a handful of days – by employing the open source Drupal Web platform.

NSW Government Services Go Digital [Aug. 27, 2013]

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The Australian

By Jennifer Foreshew

THE NSW government's newly launched services distribution arm aims to shift 30 per cent of traffic that resides in face to face or the call centre arena to digital in the next two years.

Service NSW, which was created to be a single point of contact for customers of government services, launched its three channels last month. They involve an initial 18 service centres, 24/7 phone service, and a customer-friendly web portal.

There are 40 million transactions in NSW every year with government.

"They (users) will certainly migrate quite easily from the call centre where a lot of the activity is at the moment to digital," Service NSW deputy chief executive officer Steve Griffin said.

Service NSW, which is aimed at citizens and small businesses, brings together the services delivered by NSW agencies Roads and Maritime, the Department of Fair Trading and Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Service NSW uses aGov, a Drupal distribution specifically designed for Australian government, for its website, which is hosted in the cloud by Acquia.

Drupal is an open source web platform used by more than 150 national governments.

Acquia Hires Finance Chief as IPO Talks Begin [Aug. 26, 2013]

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Bloomberg

Acquia Inc., which helps companies manage the software behind their websites, has hired a chief financial officer and has begun talking to banks ahead of an initial public offering.

An IPO could come as soon as the second half of 2014, Chief Executive Officer Tom Erickson said in an interview. To prepare, the company hired Dennis Morgan, who was CFO at Buddy Media Inc. and helped arrange its $736 million sale to Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) last year. He starts today.

Acquia, which gives customers easier ways to use the open-source software language Drupal, had $45 million in 2012 revenue and expects to grow 50 percent this year, Erickson said. The company still has to release products and wait for its CFO to be settled in the role before picking banks to lead the offering, he said.

“We’ve been doing a lot of circuits, going around to meet banks and public-company investors,” Erickson said. “This company has long legs in terms of where it can go. I’ve never taken a company public so I think it’s something I’d like to do.”

Web Publishing With the Acquia Advantage [Aug. 20, 2013]

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Bloomberg TV

Acquia CEO Thomas Erickson discusses the company's business model with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."

"Social has been an add-on on the web until now. What people want to do is integrate social with their regular content," said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. "We're creating the opportunity for people to blend their content, their community and their commerce."

Georgia Saving Millions with Open Source Technology [Aug. 2, 2013]

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Friday, August 2, 2013
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Government Technology

By Brian Heaton

A switch to Drupal’s OpenPublic and cloud hosting has made website administration more efficient and cheaper for state agencies in Georgia.

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) will save the state approximately $4.7 million over the next five years by using an open source website content management system and hosting data in the cloud.

State government agencies in Georgia made the move to Drupal’s OpenPublic platform and cloud storage from Acquia in October 2012. This eliminated multiple servers and the costs associated with maintaining them. In addition to helping the state’s bottom line, the change also has helped limit the downtime of state agency websites.

Georgia’s online properties were previously managed on two separate versions of an older content management system, with agency websites spread across 20 different servers. With resources stretched thin, sites began experiencing stability and performance issues in 2011, which spurred state leaders to look at streamlining the system.

Nikhil Deshpande, director of GeorgiaGov Interactive, a section within the GTA that manages Georgia.gov, said transitioning to an open source platform and the cloud ensures state agency portals are operating at peak efficiency and able to withstand Web traffic spikes.

“Being a government, there are sometimes occasions where something happens and people go to your website to look for an update or whatever they need,” Deshpande said. “And in that case, if you aren’t able to sustain that level of traffic, then obviously you’re going to have an outage. So we needed to leverage the agility and instant elasticity that cloud hosting provides.”

A Digital Experience "Factory" from Acquia [July 29, 2013]

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KMWorld

Acquia has released its Cloud Site Factory, which the company says gives marketers the ability to quickly create dynamic, customized, easily configured templates. Acquia adds that the new platform provides an intuitive authoring experience so even non-technical users can rapidly create robust digital experiences that bring together content, community and commerce without extensive training or coding.

Acquia Cloud Site Factory Debuts for Churning Out Websites [July 24, 2013]

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CMS Wire

By Anthony Myers

Commercial Drupal services provider Acquia has debuted a tool called Site Factory, an apt name as it's meant to help marketers launch multiple websites in short order for building campaigns and launches.

Maintain the Content, Acquia Does the Rest
Site Factory sounds just like what the name implies, and when businesses or agencies need to create dozens or multiple dozens of websites, this sounds like at least a competitive option. With the Acquia Cloud Site Factory, template based, customizable sites can be set up by business users, and just a few administrators can manage hundreds of websites from one dashboard.

For marketers especially, this seems like a good fit. When a new campaign or launch gears up, content is readied for deployment at a moments notice. With a tool like Site Factory, that content can be spread out across the new properties, and marketers don't have to deal with maintenance of the sites, or any of the technical back end details.

The websites can be extended with Drupal extensions, and can be integrated with existing Web properties as well. The underlying technology is based on the Drupal Gardens initiative, a Drupal Saas environment that doesn't involve any downloading of software or setting up hosting and servers.

On the Factory Floor
The idea with Cloud Site Factory is to build sites fast or even simply clone existing sites with a click. The sites themselves feature non technical editing tools, advanced CSS tools, social login and sharing, and embedding of video or RSS feeds.

Acquia Launches Acquia Cloud Site Factory [July 24, 2013]

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CMS Critic

By Mike Johnson

Acquia today unveiled Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a turnkey digital experience platform that empowers marketers to deliver hundreds or thousands of brand, campaign and promotional websites with agility, velocity and freedom.

Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides Digital Experiences as a Service, enabling marketers to create dynamic, highly-branded sites in minutes with pre-configured templates that include repeatable content, design and structure. It provides an intuitive authoring experience so even non-technical users can create effective, content-rich sites rapidly, without the extensive training or coding that traditional, proprietary web platforms require. With Acquia Cloud Site Factory, marketers can dedicate their time to creating unique branded experiences built on the open source Drupal content management system.

Acquia Launches Drupal Rich Digital Experience Platform Acquia Cloud Site Factory [July 24, 2013]

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SiliconANGLE

By Saroj Kar

Burlington-based Acquia, which provides tools for enterprise users of the open-source Drupal web publishing platform, today announced the Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a new digital experience platform for building digitally enriched brand, campaign and promotional websites for marketers.

Built on Acquia’s proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides support for marketers to create dynamic, customized sites in minutes. The platform has pre-defined templates making it easy for brand campaigner to include repeatable content, design, features and structure into the site.

The OpenSaaS application Gardens allows users to quickly build complex websites. And Acquia Cloud Site Factory system will make it possible for site builders to add thousands of Drupal modules to their own site factory. The company has made the interface very simple so that a non-technical user can also create great digital web platform sites or small teams of administrators can build and manage hundreds of sites, manage users centrally, and integrate sites with their entire digital marketing toolset.

Acquia Launches Cloud Site Factory Product [July 24, 2013]

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Fierce Content Management

Lets marketers create, manage multiple sites under single umbrella

By Ron Miller

This week, Acquia launched a new cloud service its dubbed Cloud Site Factory to create and manage multiple websites under a single management console.

The service, which they are calling Digital Experience as a Service, essentially enables companies that require many websites to create them in a central place very quickly. One example they give in their statement is a record company creating individual sites for each of the artists on the label where each site has a similar look and feel and content type, but the content is customized for each artist.

Companies with many divisions could use the service to set up landing sites for new products very quickly and the sites would have the unique branding of the company across all the sites, even though the content would be different.

Acquia claims this product can scale to hundreds or even thousands of individual sites all managed in a central console by a single administrator or multiple administrators as needed by each customer.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson said in a statement that this service is aimed at companies that have to start up web sites on a regular basis and have a hard time maintaining consistency across sites.

Acquia Named to 2013 AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies [July 3, 2013]

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AlwaysOn

Acquia today was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Inclusion in the AlwaysOn Global 250 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players in the Global Silicon Valley. Acquia was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

This year's 250 top, private technology companies are building a robust infrastructure to host the powerful applications that are fueling the burgeoning datasphere.

“This year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 is seeing an unprecedented shift from desktop to mobile. Concurrently, innovators in the cloud are making it possible for an entirely new generation of application and software solutions to enter the technology marketplace. The enterprise world has endured a long ramp-up to the cloud as well as finally accepting that mobile is here to stay. Now, businesses are demanding even more robust, secure applications with which to run their operations—anytime, anywhere,” says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “The Global Silicon Valley is rising to this challenge with unfettered enthusiasm, providing business management solutions, IT infrastructure, and elegant, stable applications. Coupled with bleeding-edge consumer adoption of the latest and most powerful media applications, the companies on this year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 represent the highest-growth opportunities in today’s private company marketplace.”

The AlwaysOn Global 250 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2013 list.

Acquia + Alfresco Join Forces for Agile, Dynamic, Multichannel Content Delivery [June 18, 2013]

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CMSWire

By David Roe

In the world of multichannel content delivery and management, partnerships are being formed at an astounding rate. Today, Alfresco and Acquia have announced a new partnership that will see the two open source platforms working together to provide advanced multichannel content management.

Acquia, Alfresco Digital Content
While both Acquia and Alfresco are strong, established players in their respective spaces, the two combined will greatly increase the ability of enterprises to provide full digital content management abilities to their clients, both internally and externally.

The combination will provide users with content applications that span everything from traditional document management to structured editorial workflows as well as the dynamic delivery of multichannel web experiences.

The result is a unified digital experience that pulls together content, community and commerce capabilities through the creation of web applications that can push content to all corners of the enterprises and to wherever it is needed.

Earlier this week we saw that many front-line workers were not in a position to close deals as many enterprise do not consider content delivery needs in their overall content strategies.

Solving Real-World Problems With Open Source Software [June 13, 2013]

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High Tech High

Tim McNamara
High Tech High Chula Vista

Open source software (OSS) is generally defined as computer software that you or I can download, use, modify, and distribute. Although some OSS projects do receive support from corporations, any given product, in order to thrive, must nurture and grow a community of contributors and followers—people who write the source code, fix bugs, train users, argue about next steps, and spread the word.

This necessity of survival has at least two important consequences for high school teachers like me (and perhaps you): 1) OSS communities organize and host open, ongoing, and frequently free or low-cost interactive events and trainings; and 2) existing community members tend to be kind, generous, and welcoming to newcomers of all ages.

In what follows, I will explain how a recent project of mine benefitted from working with OSS and OSS professionals in the hope that other teachers can use the project as a springboard or framework for helping students develop professional connections and tackle complex problems.

Let me summarize the project as quickly as I can: in January 2012, my team of 17 high school seniors at High Tech High Chula Vista (HTHCV) set out to address the parking and congestion problem on their campus. Three months later, after investigating the scope and source of the problem, attending an OSS training camp, learning Drupal (open source website building software), and spending many hours designing, building, refining, testing, and marketing, the team launched a community rideshare website at the school’s Festival del Sol Exhibition. With over 100 current users, the site has helped reduce congestion and facilitate ridesharing. The expertise and generosity of Drupal community professionals played a large role in helping the students succeed.

Here's What Civic Hackers Built at Random Hacks of Kindness Boston [June 3, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

About 110 software developers got together at the Back Bay office of Kantar Media over the weekend – a full house for Random Hacks of Kindness, aka organized in part by CrisisCamp Boston.

The list of projects and challenges ranged from NASA to natural disaster response to broadband bandwidth issues at hospitals and nonprofits.

Jamie Meredith, a technical account manager at Burlington, Mass.-based Acquia, was there with a handful of Drupal developers and a disaster response expert to work on help4OK.org, a project Acquia put together to connect people in Moore, Okla., with rides and housing after last month's massive tornado. They're trying to make it applicable to other disaster response situations.

"I need food. I need clothing. I need a backhoe. Whatever it may be, we want to make that application agnostic," Meredith said. "The challenge in doing that is you really have to go through a process of determining what are all the various possibilities and then building the application to address the lowest common denominator."

Portland developers set up site to help OK tornado victims [May 23, 2013]

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KGW-TV 8

Many people are asking how they can help. The answer was easy for thousands of web developers gathered in Portland. Build a website to help people in Moore with some basic needs. News Channel 8's Pat Dooris was there with the marathon session to get Help4OK up and running.

Acquia Revenue Doubles in a Year, Open Source Flourishing [May 22, 2013]

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CMSWire

By Anthony Myers

Drupal cloud services provider Acquia has reported its revenue more than doubled in 2012, a sign open source implementations are reaching an all time high in popularity.

Bookings Rise in Q1 2013
In the first quarter of 2013, Acquia reported its bookings grew by 52% compared to the same quarter in 2012, the company announced at the biannual DrupalCon event this week. Acquia noted much of the growth came in the life sciences, high tech, media, government and higher education industries.

Analyst firm Forrester listed Acquia as a contender in its latest Web content management Wave (story link), a list it shared with Microsoft, IBM and Ektron. Forrester liked the customization possibilities within the Acquia services realm, but noted its lack of marketing tools compared to those larger companies.

Acquia: $45M in 2012 revenue, staff now above 300 [May 22, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Web publishing software firm Acquia said Wednesday it received $45.3 million in revenue in 2012, more than doubling its top line from the previous year.

Acquia also said it has doubled its employee count in the past 15 months, and now has about 340 employees globally, with half of them in Burlington.

That's up from the 260 employees Acquia had in late November, when the firm raised $30 million in funding.

The company provides tools and support for enterprises using the open-source Drupal Web publishing platform. Drupal has surged in popularity among enterprises in recent years due to the potential for cost savings and the flexibility of design.
Acquia previously reported receiving $21.8 million in revenue in 2011. Those revenue results had made Acquia the fastest-growing software company on the 2012 Inc. 500 list, and the eighth fastest-growing company on the list overall.

The firm says it now has more than 3,800 customers, up from about 2,000 at the end of 2011. New customers include Georgetown University, Olympus Corporation of the Americas and Polycom.

Acquia is "enabling our customers to build disruptive digital businesses in an open source way," co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert said in a news release announcing the revenue growth Wednesday.

Key customer sectors include media and entertainment (NBC, Warner Music Group), high-tech (eBay, Twitter), health care (Humana) and higher-education (Stanford University).

Dries Buytaert: The Current State of Drupal 8 DrupalCon Portland Keynote [May 21, 2013]

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The Drupal Association

Dries Buytaert presents his State of Drupal keynote, revealing the current state of Drupal 8 between Feature Freeze and Code Freeze, also giving a glimpse of what's beyond Drupal 8 after we have a successful release.

"It's not just about managing content, it's about managing complete digital experiences," Buytaert said. "We as Drupal can help bring these tools to the masses, that we can help do this in an open way, in a flexible way and in an affordable way."

Drupal : Alter Way et Acquia lancent Acquia Cloud Extend en France [15 mai 2013]

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LeMagIt

par Cyrille Chausson

Acquia, une société spécialisée dans le service autour du CMS Open Source Drupal et fondée par le créateur de Drupal, et Alter Way, l’une des SSLL clés dans l’Hexagone, ont décidé de renforcer leur partenariat en proposant Acquia Cloud Extend au marché français. Cette offre conjugue certes un hébergement de Drupal sur des datacenters français, mais donne également accès à l’offre Acquia Cloud, qui apporte un environnement expert autour de Drupal, doué notamment d’un environnement de développement, d’un accès aux API d’Acquia Cloud, et d’outils d’optimisation des déploiements, comme l’indique le site d’Acquia. Un workflow automatisé ainsi qu’un système de stacking adapté à Drupal sont également intégrés, souligne Alter Way dans un communiqué. A cela s’ajoute un accès aux experts de chez Acquia.

Alter Way, qui était déjà partenaire d’Acquia autour de l’intégration Drupal, servira ainsi de relai pour lancer cette offre Cloud en France, «pays-pilote» avant un déploiement de l’offre à l’international.

Alter Way propose des services d’hébergement de sites Web et dispose également d’une offre cloud baptisée H2O, à base de solutions Open Source.

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