Acquia Coverage

Acquia raises $30M, foresees IPO as soon as next year [Nov 29, 2012]

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Biz Journals

Burlington-based Acquia, which provides tools for users of the open-source Drupal web publishing platform, announced Thursday it has raised $30 million in new funding to expand its business — in what CEO Tom Erickson said will likely be the company's last fundraise before it goes public.

The round was led by new backer Investor Growth Capital and included participation from new investor Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), the company said.

This year, Erickson said Acquia expects to double the $21.8 million in revenue that the company received in 2011. (The revenue results made Acquia the fastest-growing software company on the 2012 Inc. 500 list, and the eighth fastest-growing company on the list overall.)

Acquia Expands Global Footprint, in Support of Open-Source Content Platform Drupal [Nov 20, 2012]

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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CMS Wire

Acquia is expanding globally in its support of the open-source web content platform, Drupal. The Burlington, Massachusetts-based company said the expansion means it is the first Drupal hosting provider offering high-performance hosting on four continents — Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

In Sydney, Australia, Acquia will open an office to cover the Asia Pacific region. The office will have staff for business development, sales, cloud operations and tech support for that region. Additionally, two new cloud deployment options will be added to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) data centers in Singapore and Australia, in support of the company's Acquia Cloud product line.

Acquia establishes APAC HQs in Sydney [Nov 15, 2012]

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
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IT Wire

Open Source software company, Acquia, continues its global expansion, opening its Asia Pacific regional headquarters office in Sydney, at the same time it has extended the reach of its cloud product line by adding two new cloud deployment options in Amazon Web Services’ Singapore and newly announced Australian data centres.
Acquia Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Chris Harrop, said the opening of the Sydney office reflected the increasing demand for the open source Drupal content management system in the Asia Pacific region.

Harrop said that, in addition to sales and business development staff, the office would support Acquia’s cloud operations and technical support teams in the region, and local technical staff would ensure that global customers had 24x7 follow-the-sun support, no matter where they were located.

Acquia Opens AppNeta Application Performance Monitoring to Drupal Users [Nov 6, 2012]

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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CMS Wire

Drupal cloud services provider Acquia is making the cloud-based AppNeta TraceView Application Performance Monitoring (APM) solution available via the Acquia Network Marketplace, making the AppNeta solution easily accessible to Drupal developers.

AppNeta TraceView is designed to provide browser-based developer visibility into the databases and servers running Drupal applications. The solution provides real-time data visualization and analysis as well as error reports/alerts. The Drupal version of TraceView specifically targets Drupal developer concerns including comparative site performance for authenticated and anonymous end users, menu item performance (including reasons driving performance), what nodes render what pages and time spent in individual Drupal hooks.

Open source WCM solution tops user satisfaction rate [Nov 5, 2012]

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Monday, November 5, 2012
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Ciol

BURLINGTON, USA: Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, has announced that a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Acquia, titled "Is It Time To Consider Open Source WCM For Digital Experience?" found that open source Web Content Management (WCM) solutions have the highest satisfaction rate for creating dynamic, multichannel digital experiences.

Of those who said they were 'very satisfied' with their existing WCM solution, open source had the highest satisfaction rate (37 percent) over "homegrown" (22 percent) and proprietary solutions (8 percent).

The Forrester study, commissioned by Acquia, surveyed 160 senior business, marketing and IT decision-makers from organizations with 1,000 to more than 20,000 employees. The survey revealed that 31 percent of organizations plan on switching WCM platforms this year and 58 percent indicate that their organization has considered or is considering open source WCM.

Forrester Report Finds Enterprise Embracing Open Source WCM [Nov 1, 2012]

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Thursday, November 1, 2012
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CMS Wire

Cloud services provider Acquia has commissioned a Forrester report on open source WCM, and while the results are not overwhelming, it does show more enterprise companies are employing open source systems.

Nearly 60 percent of the 160 companies surveyed said they had at least considered open source for their WCM programs. The report also found that executives who make these kind of decisions are also the ones who are least likely to be very satisfied with their choice.

Acquia takes web experience management plunge [Oct 29, 2012]

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Monday, October 29, 2012
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Fierce Content Management

Acquia, the for-profit company that supports the Drupal open source web content management has announced it's entering the web experience management market. The new product is called OpenWEM and combines several tools into a web experience management solution.

Acquia says the beauty of its approach is that you can plug virtually any marketing module into the Drupal platform to achieve your web experience management goals. That could include tools like Salesforce.com, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Analytics or Marketo, or any number of other tools.

Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia, says this flexibility is key and gives marketing departments much more flexibility than traditional proprietary solutions. "Acquia's OpenWEM offers digital marketers and IT organizations a much better alternative to proprietary WEM solutions that are slow to adapt to changing business needs and keep pace with the speed of the social web," he said.

The solution itself combines Drupal Commons, its cloud-based website development tool, Media Cloud, which appears to be a digital asset management tool for marketers (still in Beta) and Badgeville functionality from the gamification vendor, which lets website designers build in gaming kinds of engagement to reward visitors for certain behaviors.

Open Web Experience Management from Acquia [Oct 30, 2012]

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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KM World

Acquia has released Open Web Experience Management (OpenWEM), which has been built to help organizations create immersive digital content and campaigns, and socialize them across multiple communities and channels while leveraging the flexibility of the open Web.

Acquia has introduced several new products and tools that support OpenWEM, including:

Drupal Commons 3.0 for Drupal 7 (beta)—permits organizations to quickly create online social communities for both collaboration and content delivery; new features in Version 3.0 include a completely rebuilt user experience, deeper mobile support and bolstered analytics capabilities for enhanced moderator productivity.

5 Steps to Awesome Community: Leaders Go Social [Oct 22, 2012]

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Monday, October 22, 2012
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Forbes

Recently, I wrote about employees as brand ambassadors and how they can help – or hurt – an organization’s global and social brand. It depends on how well the lines between personal brand and company brand are drawn.

Once a company and leadership has the brand issue sorted out, it’s time to think more deeply about social community and the actual role of community managers.

Many of my clients have created community manager roles. In fact, my friend and colleague Tim McDonald (and several other talented, hard working people listed here - Take time to read the stories of those who are in the social trenches making this role a reality) is a living, breathing example as a Community Manager for HuffPost Live. I believe this role may be a necessity for any company which relies on the good will and contributions of many people, including those who aren’t even employees. Think of the many brands that fall in this category: Apple, TOMS Shoes, The Linux Foundation, too many tech companies to mention (ok, Canonical, local Boston area heroes Google here in Cambridge, Black Duck Software, HubSpot and Acquia) and the gazillion other consumer brands who are waking up to the power of collaborating with loosely-coupled online social communities.

CGI wins another cloud contract [Oct 23, 2012]

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Washington Technology

CGI Federal Inc. has won a $3.5 million contract to move the Federal Trade Commission’s public websites to the cloud

The contract was awarded under the GSA contract Infrastructure as a Service blanket purchase agreement and is one of several cloud-related contracts CGI has won in recent months.

CGI said that its teammates on this contract are Akamai and Acquia.

“We look forward to establishing a new partnership with the FTC,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, CGI’s senior vice president for civilian agency programs. “CGI’s cloud solutions, including web hosting, document management and data center consolidation, are used by a range of federal agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to Environmental Protection Agency.”

Drupal Company Acquia Launches New Cloud Media Management Service [Oct 25, 2012]

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
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TechCrunch

Acquia was founded by Dries Buytaert, the creator of the open source content management system Drupal, to monetize the project offering hosting and support. Today the company launched a beta of a new service called Acquia Media Cloud and released a new version of Drupal Commons, a distribution of Drupal that comes bundled with a set of addons for building community sites.

Acquia Media Cloud is designed to help marketing and other teams manage all of their digital assets such as images, videos and other files. That is of course part of what old school content management systems were for back before applications like Drupal and Joomla made CMS more synonymous with the web and blog content management. I can’t help but see this service as competing with Dropbox and Google Drive and the scores of other cloud based file hosting/collaboration services out there. But it’s specifically designed to work with Drupal, which could be a boon for those using/planning to use it.

Acquia Cloud for Drupal Receives Government Approval via FISMA Certification [Oct 10, 2012]

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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CMS Report

Acquia, a commercial software company that provides enterprise level products, services, and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system, recently reached another milestone confirming their company’s ability to deliver secure hosting services for government web sites and online communities. Today, the company announced that it has received a FISMA Authorization to Operate (ATO) for Acquia Cloud.

Drupal is the open source content management system used by 24% of all .Gov web sites. Some examples of United States federal government sites currently running on Drupal include the Commerce Department, The White House, the Department of Education, and the Department of Energy. The Certification makes Acquia the first provider to offer an enterprise class Drupal hosting service that is FISMA moderate certified, where both the Drupal application and hosting infrastructure are supported.

Belgian Hackers Let You Build Circuit Boards on the Web [Oct 15, 2012]

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Monday, October 15, 2012
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Wired

The rise of low-cost, hacker-friendly electronics is fueling a new wave of hardware hobbyists. Using programmable boards like the Arduino and dirt-chip computers like the Raspberry Pi, you can build everything from your very own supercomputers to an internet-connected beer fermentation refrigeration system.

But Belgium startup called Circuits.io wants to take this trend even further. It wants to give you the power to build your own custom circuit boards.

Historically, that’s been expensive and difficult for hobbyists to do, but Circuits.io wants to change that by offering a web-based circuit board design system made especially for hobbyists complete with library of open source component designs. And soon it will also offer a CafePress-style print-on-demand service for circuit boards.

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

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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Bloomberg

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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ZD Net

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

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

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

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Monday, October 22, 2012
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Computer Weekly

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Marketo

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

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

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

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
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CMS Wire

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

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

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

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
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CMS Wire

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

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

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

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Thursday, October 4, 2012
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eWeek

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

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

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

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