Acquia Coverage

Acquia, a Burlington software company, completes $30m financing [Nov 29, 2012]

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Boston Globe

Acquia Inc., a Burlington company that offers products and services to help customers build websites using an open source publishing platform called Drupal, said that it has completed a $30 million financing round, bringing total investment in the company to $68.5 million.

Led by new investor Investor Growth Capital, the round includes Goldman Sachs and Accolade Partners, as well as all of Acquia’s current investors, North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Tenaya Capital, Acquia said in a press release.

Acquia said that the new financing round will enable the company to accelerate its sales and marketing efforts and continue its international expansion across Europe and Asia Pacific.

With $30M in funding, Acquia edges closer to an IPO [Nov 29, 2012]

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VentureBeat

Acquia, the company that dresses up Drupal for enterprise customers, has closed a $30 million round of funding.

Acquia helps its large enterprise customers get up and running with Drupal, the popular open source content management (CMS) system. It aims to be to Drupal what Red Hat is to Linux — “the Drupal community is filled with thousands of companies and contributors,” said Tom Erickson, CEO. ”Dries [Buyteart] wanted to become a member of the community like Red Hat and Linux did — he didn’t want to disrupt the momentum.”

Buytaert invented Drupal in his dorm room as a PhD student in Belgium. He cofounded Acquia in 2007; the goal was to build a successful business around Drupal. Acquia is used by large enterprise customers, including Stanford University, Warner Music Group and Twitter. In 2009, the team helped support Whitehouse.gov transition to run on Drupal.

Acquia, the Nation’s Fastest Growing Software Company, Raises $30 Million E Round [Nov 29, 2012]

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Bostinno

One of Boston’s fastest growing companies, Acquia, announced this morning a whopping $30 million E round, led by Investor Growth Capital. The funding was joined by Goldman Sachs and Accolade Partners, along with the company’s previous investors Northbridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Tenaya Capital.

Acquia was co-founded by Dries Buytaert, the original creator of the Drupal open source content, and Acquia focuses on supporting enterprises using the Drupal system.

Drupal monetizing platform Acquia closes $30 million venture capital round and plans European expansion [Nov 29, 2012]

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Growth Business

Acquia has taken its fundraising total to $68.5 million (£43 million) following a $30 million round led by new backer Investor Growth Capital.

The deal also sees return contributions coming from existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, Tenyana Capital as well as additional new supporters Goldman Sachs and Accolade Partners.

Speaking exclusively to GrowthBusiness, Jim Shaw, general manager EMEA for Acquia, says that the past 12 months has seen 77 per cent year-on-year growth in European bookings.

'In this time we have also expanded the European team to 40 staff, over 20 of whom are based in the UK,' he adds.

'The UK continues to be our strongest European market with customers from a wide range of sectors including media, publishing, entertainment, government, higher education and high-tech.'

Open-source Drupal software startup Acquia bags $30m to fuel expansion in Europe and Asia [Nov 29, 2012]

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The Next Web

Acquia, the Burlington, Massachusetts-based software company co-founded by open-source CMS Drupal creator Dries Buytaert, has raised $30 million in new funding to boost enterprise adoption of the social publishing system, primarily across Europe and Asia Pacific.

Led by new backer Growth Capital with participation from Goldman Sachs, Accolade Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners and Tenaya Capital, the financing round brings the total amount of capital invested in the company to date to $68.5 million.

Open source software firm Acquia raises $30 mln [Nov 29, 2012]

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Reuters

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Acquia, a U.S. startup that advises enterprises on open source content management system Drupal, said it has raised $30 million from Investor Growth Capital and other venture firms to finance its expansion.

"We are at a stage where we are seeing tremendous growth," Acquia co-founder and Drupal creator Dries Buytaert said in a telephone interview, adding the financing will enable Acquia to invest in new products, sales and marketing, and to expand in Europe and Asia.

"There seems to be a big shift from funding consumer Internet companies to enterprise Internet companies. It seems enterprise software is sexy again," Buytaert said.

Acquia Lands $30 Million Series E To Scale Out Its Enterprise Drupal Development Platform [Nov 29, 2012]

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TechCrunch

Acquia, the company that makes a suite of software tools for the open source web development and content management system Drupal, has secured $30 million in a fresh new round of funding.

The round, which serves as Acquia’s Series E, was led by Investor Growth Capital with the participation of Goldman Sachs, Accolade Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Tenaya Capital. This brings the total amount invested in the Massachusetts-based Acquia to $68.5 million.

Acquia, which counts Drupal creator Dries Buytaert as its co-founder and CTO, was first formed five years ago in December 2007. Since then, the company has grown to 250 employees and it is well on its way to posting around $44 million in annual revenue this year on some $60 million in bookings.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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