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

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Monday, August 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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Tuesday, August 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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Monday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Wednesday, 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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Tuesday, 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.

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