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Roadmap, or Roadblock?

I continually marvel at how much better the open source world works than the old proprietary software software world. Yesterday I encountered an amazingly good illustration. I was discussing Drupal Commons with a team from a large, household-name enterprise that is planning a social business site. And boy, they had lots of questions! Their business unit leaders, their IT staff, and their web designers all had some version of “Can Drupal Commons do (X)?” Happily, I could answer either: Yes, X is built-in to Drupal Commons already; X can be had by merely installing an existing Drupal module... More

The web is free; shouldn't your social business software be?

Today is a fun day for me: We’re releasing Drupal Commons as a 1.0 release. Woo hoo! Time - once again - for open source to go blow the doors off another proprietary software cathedral. Drupal Commons is Acquia’s project to create an open source social business software solution for enterprises deploying a community site - either externally-facing, or for an internal community. Most Drupalists already know that Drupal has gobs of social capabilities. In fact, Drupal is the most widely used social business platform on the web: most of the hundreds of thousands of... More

Acquia Enhances Leadership Team with VP Services

Since the early days of Acquia, we’ve sought to ensure that our team was composed of a good blend of Drupal expertise and execution at all levels in the enterprise. Dries encouraged an outstanding group of both technical and evangelical Drupalists to join the team, a group that has grown substantially since with the addition of both additional senior Drupalists as well as “up and comers”. Our leadership team is flush with experience in companies like IBM, Documentum, webMethods, HP, Lotus, Filenet and more. We’ve been building out our vision of being the enterprise guide for Drupal... More

Welcome to Michael Walsh, and our big move to DC!

I'd like to send out a warm welcome to one of our newest hires, Michael Walsh. Michael will be helping the company run, grow and manage our Public Sector business - both Program Management and Business Development. He also is responsible for opening our official field office in Washington, DC on Connecticut Avenue. With this move, and additional hires in the DC area , we feel confident that we will be able to better serve our customers and partners in this domain even more effectively. So, why has Acquia decided to invest... More

Reviving your corporate blog with community in mind

All you have to do is google “CEOs and blogging” and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about: more corporate and executive blogs than you can count. As a marketer, chances are you have your hands into some aspect of your businesses blog (s) or your executive team’s approach to blogging. Also likely is that sometime in the recent past or near future you have or will receive the call to ignite a better blogging campaign for your C... More

The Importance of User Experience

If you look at successful companies today, you’ll notice they all create novel or truly enjoyable experiences for their users. Apple delights users with incredible user interfaces, easy to use software, and technology that is interactive. Twitter created a new way for users to communicate, follow, and broadcast news. Facebook brought your life and friends online. Foursquare is a new way for store fronts to create loyalty programs while giving users a way to track, rate, and discover new places - socially. Gilt Group makes shopping online exciting and high end fashion a bit more affordable.... More

Depth and Breadth of Drupal customers

We recently completed an Acquia customer case study on the New York Senate. The New York Senate is a great example of a Government agency that's using Drupal to keep it's constituents engaged and involved in happenings at the State Senate. Open Government and transparency at its best with Drupal. They use Microsites for various members of the Senate with their own messaging. It struck me that as I review the story of the NY State Senate, and as I meet and have experience with more and more of Acquia's... More

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