Acquia Coverage

Is the European Commission Helping or Hindering Tech Entrepreneurs? [Jan 23, 2012]

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Monday, January 23, 2012
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Tech Week Europe

Techweek Europe asks Drupal inventor Dries Buytaert about his platform, its strong European following and his view on venture capitalism in the European Union.

Video: Veteran Central, Acquia Hosting Customer [Jan 18, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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Watch below to learn all about Veteran Central, the first online community for veterans and their advocates to share experiences, employment opportunities, and more... Powered by Drupal and hosted by Acquia.

Doing Digital for Romney: An Interview with Zac Moffatt [Jan 18, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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The Atlantic

What exactly do you spend your days thinking about when you're a digital director of a presidential campaign that's on track to win the Republican nomination? Zac Moffatt, 32, leads the digital side of the Mitt Romney campaign. He moved up to Boston last spring with his wife after some years in Virginia and jobs throughout Republican politics, including work on Bush-Cheney '04, with the Republican National Committee, and a variety of high and low profile races with his firm, Targeted Victory. We talked recently about the shortcomings of judging digital by the same sort of raw metrics we apply to, say fundraising (see, the Washington Post's @MentionMachine ), about how much of tech politics is happening behind the scenes, and about what digital success looks like.

Read full article at: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/01/doing-digital-for-ro...

The road to a successful open source project: Learning lessons from Drupal [Jan 10, 2012]

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Tech World

By almost any measure, Drupal, an open source content management system/Web platform, should be a poster child for open source success. The PHP-based CMS, the first version of which was released by Dries Buytaert in 2001, powers the Web presence of a number of major organisations, including, since 2009, Whitehouse.gov.

When it comes what other open source projects can learn from Drupal's success, Buytaert, who is now chief technology officer of Acquia and remains Drupal's project lead, says that although he doesn't have all the answers — and that "there's no one right way" to do things — there are some lessons to be learned.

Read full article at: http://www.techworld.com.au/article/411929/road_successful_open_source_p...

Viewpoint: Enable Public Sector Efficiency Through Open Source [Jan 18, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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PublicTechnology.Net

Dries Buytaert, CTO, Acquia, on what Open Source could offer the UK public sector - if we let it.

OpenSaaS brings new freedom to the cloud [Jan 17, 2012]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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OpenSource Delivers

What is driving the rapid ascent of SaaS? Bryan House, VP Marketing at Acquia, weighs in.

Why choose Drupal for an enterprise CMS in the cloud? [Jan 17, 2012]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Tech Republic

Nick Hardiman explains his thinking behind creating a Drupal CMS installation on his Amazon Web Service. Hardiman explains why he likes Drupal, and he also notes Acquia among companies providing enterprise support for Drupal.

Acquia's Dev Cloud web platform - my first impressions [Jan 12, 2012]

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Thursday, January 12, 2012
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Techno Ergonomics

I have to admit that I love to tinker with things. When I started playing with Linux first about 10 years ago, I realized that here was a "toy" that I'd be able to enjoy for a long, long time. I've often worked on server configuration and always had a lot of fun making servers work for big sites.

That said, I took Acquia's Dev Cloud for a spin and really like it. No hassles, it really has to be the simplest high-traffic ready system I've ever used.

If you don't know Dev Cloud, its a Drupal specific web hosting system. You get three separate "server environments" for each site - development, testing and live production. There is a web-based deployment tool to manage these environments. There are also some nice extras, like support, Apache Solr search and a handful of web services that you can use with your sites.

In my next post I'll go over how you get your site running on Dev Cloud and some of the best practices that we've found using it.

Facebook obsessives overlook enterprise riches [Jan 10, 2012]

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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The Register

Open ... and Shut It's not that enterprise software is boring. But let's face it: if you had the choice to tell your mom that your company makes it easy for 800 million people to talk to each other, or that your business makes it easier for companies like Chevron to do business more productively, the former is going to sound a heck of a lot cooler.

The road to a successful open source project: Learning lessons from Drupal [Jan 10, 2012]

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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TechWorld

Drupal's lead programmer, Dries Buytaert, on building an open source community and creating the right kind of developer culture

13 Local Startups That Are Looking for Student Interns Right Now [Jan 6, 2012]

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Friday, January 6, 2012
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BostInnovation

BostInnovation highlights the Acquia U program, as well as Acquia internship opportunities, in its search for Boston startups hiring student interns.

Drupal Business Summit Brings the Power of Open Source to San Diego [Jan 6, 2012]

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Friday, January 6, 2012
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PR Web

The social business revolution has already begun. In today’s highly interactive business landscape, Drupal —a powerful open-source, enterprise level web infrastructure—empowers companies to harness the Internet’s social strength to deliver real business value. On January 26 the power of Drupal will come to San Diego and the Southern California business community.

Leaders in the Drupal community invite executive technophiles and IT leaders to join them for the Drupal Business Summit San Diego, a one-day event for high-level decision makers designed to quickly explain the fast-growing Drupal technology and the benefits it can have on their organizations.

A cornucopia of different companies have already implemented Drupal to create communities, get closer with their customers and employees, and improve top-and-bottom line ROI.

“Drupal is a robust enterprise-grade platform that has powered some of the busiest and most expansive websites in the world,” explains Ron Huber, president of San Diego-based Achieve Internet, a leading Drupal technology company. “Its flexibility as an open-source technology can save companies serious money while delivering the performance they need. We hope the Drupal Business Summit will help enlighten the San Diego and Southern California business communities of that potential.”

Read full article at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9082565.htm

Drupal 8 goals emerge [Jan 4, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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Fierce Content Management

In an interview with CIO.com, Dries Buytaert, who is the original developer of Drupal and the CTO at Acquia, outlined his major goals for the next version of Drupal.

Dries' vision for Drupal 8 [Jan 4, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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ComputerWorld

Buytaert is yet to determine a release date for the Drupal 8, but already he has flagged some plans for what should be addressed in the next version. Buytaert divides these ideas into four main points.

Tips for Acquia Hosting Development [Jan 3, 2012]

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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Appnovation.com

Brandon Tate of Appnovation writes, "Here at Appnovation, we frequently use the Acquia hosting platform for our clients. The Dev Cloud and Managed Cloud are impressive platforms that fit well for many Drupal sites being built today. I’ve listed some items below that have helped with the overall build quality and ease of use for these platforms."

Misplaced priorities hampering UK government uptake of open source [Jan 3, 2012]

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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Opensource.com

Government agencies and departments in the UK are beginning to focus on the real value propositions offered by open source. Acquia's Manager of Community Affairs, Jeffrey "jam" McGuire, discusses all this and more in his guest blog on OpenSource.com.

Open Source: Time For Government To Practise What It Preaches [Jan 2,2012]

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Monday, January 2, 2012
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Business Computing World

Open source projects have long been at a disadvantage in the public sector in comparison to solutions offered by long-established proprietary software vendors. This issue was underlined in a recent interview1 with Robin Pape, chief information officer for the Home Office, who identified the cultural barriers standing in the way of IT chiefs considering utilising the advantages of open source.

But with budget cuts looming and economic constraints, isn’t it time that the Government looked towards cost effective open source solutions to make those much needed savings?

For dedicated open source developers, there is light at the end of the tunnel. With the launch of the Government’s open source toolkit to enable the assessment of projects, departments are required to ensure that open source options are considered alongside traditional solutions for every IT investment.

Added to this, the well documented catalogue of pricey vendor lock-in stories, costing billions of pounds, are a catalyst to public sector departments looking elsewhere for the best IT deals. In this context, it’s surprising then that the overall UK Government approach to open source solutions has been rather lax, especially in view of the potentially vast cost-savings it can create.

This landmark launch of the open source toolkit firmly cements the developer communities’ reputation as a reliable and – more importantly – cost efficient alternative to proprietary software, yet there are few examples of the toolkit being readily put into action.

Other European countries and the US have already made great strides in engaging with the open source community in delivering innovative new solutions to cuts costs and improve public services online.

The Netherlands and France have successfully embraced open source to deliver greater value through collaboration and efficiency to the taxpayer. Whilst in the US, open source communities, such as Drupal, run a large amount of government sites safely and securely as the approved and standardised platform.

There is evidence that the UK Government also recognises advantages of open source go beyond simple cost-savings. The Cabinet Office has documented the benefits of open source through the commissioning of joint research2 with the London School of Economics into the total cost of ownership of open source software.

A key finding of the two year study, examining members from the community of firms offering support services to public bodies, is that many early adopters of open source applications in the public sector also experience reduced vendor lock-in as a key benefit and argument for open-source adoption.

Interestingly, the report also suggests that the adoption of open source helps foster a culture of innovation and empowerment once local authorities are more accepting of mistakes that can be identified and rectified quickly by hand-on access to code and configurations.

It seems only right that in a time when budgets are being slashed, the Government recognises its own open source guidance. The philosophy of working with a willing community for the greater good underpins the values of the Government’s own Big Society agenda, so it seems about time this is put into firm practise, and the communities are allowed to deliver faster and more efficient solutions for users in a public and collaborative manner.

It Can Be a Multi-billion Dollar Industry: Dries Buytaert on Drupal Businesses, Drupal 8… [Dec 24, 2011]

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Saturday, December 24, 2011
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LINUX For You

Dries Buytaert, the creator and project lead of Drupal, recently visited India. LINUX For You caught up with him to understand his plans on expanding Drupal’s reach in India, what we can expect from Drupal 8, about Drupal “Shops” and the business model, and obviously Open Source, et al.

The CRM Watchlist 2012 Finalists: One More Step [Dec 22, 2011]

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
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ZD Net

Acquia named a finalist in the CRM Watchlist 2012, an impact award that are poised to have a significant impact in some way in 2012.

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"We invested a lot in cleaning up our APIs" [Dec 9, 2011]

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Friday, December 9, 2011
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Devworx

Dries Buyteart, creator of Drupal, in an exclusive chat with devworks, on the underlying philosophy, and Drupal 8.

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