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govCMS Distro Available on Drupal.org

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The independent public govCMS Drupal distribution is now available from the Drupal Open Source Community via Drupal.org for anyone to download and use. The govCMS distribution is one component of a broader cloud hosted Software as Service solution for unclassified public facing government websites.

For Australian government agencies the govCMS distribution is a unique offering when paired with the govCMS platform services. It provides ‘out of the box’ compliance in a number of key areas including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) AA compliance, adherence to the Information Security Manual (ISM), hosting in the public cloud and utilising open source software. govCMS includes ongoing assessments including Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) and Private Internet Access (PIA). Entities also benefit from standardisation and greater financial benefit through economy of scale as more entities sign up to govCMS platform services.

It’s important to note that while any organisation or even individuals can access and use the govCMS distribution outside of the govCMS service – for example via self hosting - they won’t receive all the benefits of the govCMS service including the accredited environment. govCMS is committed towards contributing to building the Drupal Open Source Community.

Upgrades to the distribution will be made available to govCMS customers and via Drupal.org and GitHub. New functionality or features added to the distribution will go through a quality assurance and technical certification process to maintain the integrity of govCMS.

“Federal, state and local agencies can download the govCMS distributions and take advantage of the collective innovation put forward by all the contributors starting today,” said Chris Harrop, Director for Asia Pacific and Japan, Acquia. "The work of govCMS continues to help agencies save costs, deliver better sites and services with citizens.”

Interest in govCMS continues to increase. Visit the below govCMS websites to see how other entities have taken full advantage of the govCMS service:

https://www.asada.gov.au

https://www.communications.gov.au

https://www.dto.gov.au

https://www.govcms.gov.au

https://www.ppsr.gov

Acquia, hybris Partner on Cloud-Based Digital Experiences [June 30, 2015]

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By Dom Nicastro

SAP hybris introduced hybris-as-a-service (YaaS) as a commerce platform based on microservices at its Global Customer Days and Partner Summit in February. It was the talk of the conference, according to reports. (We'll spare you the tweets claiming "The answer is Yaas.")

Acquia is now joining the conversation.

The Boston-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company, which provides products, services and support for open-source web content management platform Drupal, and hybris, the Munich-based e-commerce solutions provider under the SAP hood, partnered today. The goal: to help brands “deliver contextually relevant digital experiences via the cloud.”

Acquia and hybris, which SAP acquired in 2013 to strengthen its position in the e-commerce space, contend companies are moving away from legacy “software as a product” that include “inflexible delivery models.”

The partnership will produce an alternative, officials promised: “cloud-based microservices” that help organizations produce digital experiences as easily as downloading apps to a smartphone.

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OSTraining to Release Free Drupal 8 Beginner Training in July [June 25, 2015]

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As one of the fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer programmers are about to get a professional development tool at no cost. Open Source Training LLC (OSTraining) is set to launch a 14-part online beginner course for Drupal 8 via YouTube in July.

OSTraining launched a campaign earlier this year to fund freely available Drupal 8 training modules. Acquia sponsored the development of the beginner’s training.

The beginner track is slated for 50 videos to cover an introduction to Drupal, installation of Drupal 8 on Acquia Cloud Free, taxonomy, modules, themes, managing people and reports, and site management. Acquia Cloud Free is a free Drupal development platform offering one-click installation of Drupal 8.

“Acquia is making it easy for developers to discover all the advantages that Drupal 8 offers,” said Renée Bochman, Acquia vice president of customer experience. “Acquia provides a cloud platform and full suite of workflow tools for Drupal 8. OSTraining’s on-demand course is designed to help developers get started fast and succeed.”

OSTraining CEO Steve Burge of Sarasota, Fla. says, “many new Drupal 8 users will need training, which can be expensive and difficult to find. The goal is to give everyone free access to the very best Drupal 8 training.”

Acquia Partners with CloudFlare To Boost DDoS Security [May 18, 2015]

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By Ron Miller

Acquia announced today that it’s teaming with CloudFlare to offer its customers CloudFlare Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, as well as Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. Acquia will sell and service these products.

Acquia wanted a product it could package and service, so the partner needed to be flexible in this regard. It considered building something itself, but quickly rejected that idea, Chris Stone, senior VP of products and development at Acquia explained.

“We went looking for the best solution first, and then an opportunity to work with someone that could be Acquia led and that was key to working with CloudFlare,” he said. It didn’t hurt that some customers were asking for CloudFlare by name.

As for CloudFlare, it gets its products in large enterprises where Acquia typically operates, but it is letting Acquia package CloudFlare services under the Acquia brand.

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And 2015 NEVYs Winners Are… [May 13, 2015]

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New England Venture Capital Association

From inside the House of Blues, the winners are in! Some of the biggest names in the Boston startup community were nominated; some left with a NEVY and others left with added motivation for next year, but everyone left with new friends and renewed appreciation for the huge year that was for Boston’s innovation ecosystem. There was laughter and there were tears, but at the end of the show the awards fell into deserving hands.

The Winners in Tech

Hottest Startup, Seed Stage: BookBub

Hottest Startup, A+: PillPack

Next Unicorn: Acquia

Rising Star Entrepreneur: Elias Torres, Driftt

Angel of the Year: Dharmesh Shah

Rising Star VC: Nicole Stata, Boston Seed Capital

Fund of the Year: FKA Atlas and Founder Collective

Exit of the Year: Wayfair

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot

The Winners in Healthcare

Hottest Startup: Navitor Pharmaceuticals

Rising Star Entrepreneur: Zoe Barry, ZappRx and Nancy Simonian, Syros Pharmaceuticals

Rising Star VC: Bruce Booth, Atlas Venture

Deal of the Year: Moderna Therapeutics

Entrepreneur of the Year: Rushika Fernandopulle, Iora Health

This list deserves recognition, but so do all of the Nominees. The past year was enormous for Boston startups and the investment community as a whole. The NEVYs set out to celebrate Boston’s wins, and judging from the turnout and the energy, it was a success. Those who couldn’t join us missed a party that, as of this writing, is still going strong. But don’t worry, we’ll be right back at it next year.

Acquia Founder, Drupal Inventor Honored by Immigrant Learning Center [May 12, 2015]

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Dries Buytaert Receives 2015 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award in High Tech

Boston—May 12, 2015—Members of Boston’s international business community, including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, gathered to celebrate the nominees and winners of the 2015 Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO and the inventor of Drupal, was honored in the award’s high technology category. The 2015 selection committee cited Acquia’s company growth and global reach as well as Dries’ contribution to the concept of open source as key reasons why he was selected as winner. The ILC also recognized winners in business growth, neighborhood business and life science.

“The best part of my job is actually this idea that we can do well and do good. Hundreds of thousands of nonprofits from Greenpeace to Doctors Without Borders to The [Immigrant Learning] Center and many others use Drupal to power their sites,” Buytaert said.

A non-for-profit organization, the ILC is based in Malden, MA and provides immigrants in the Boston area find their voice. The center offers a free, year-round English Language Program to immigrant and refugees, while the ILC’s Public Education Institute works to inform Americans about the impact of immigrants. The Institute for Immigration Research, a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

About Acquia
Acquia is the digital experience company. Intuit, Warner Music Group and Stanford University are among the more than 4,000 organizations that are transforming their digital businesses with Acquia’s open cloud platform. Global 2000 enterprises, government agencies and NGOs rely on Acquia to create new revenue streams, lower costs, and engage audiences more deeply through content, community, commerce and context.

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David Aponovich (Acquia): 'digital first nog lang geen gemeengoed'

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Dutch IT Channel Magazine

Volgens David Aponovich van Acquia zijn nog lang niet alle bedrijven wat hij noemt 'digital first'. “Organisaties moeten snappen dat de tijd van proprietary software voorbij is. Veel webwinkels en andere organisaties zitten vast in de oude, lethargische modus van een on-premises mentaliteit, terwijl hun klanten verwachten dat ze innoveren en opschalen op de veel hogere snelheid van 'digital'.”

David Aponovich is voormalig analist bij Forrester, waar hij web content management en digital experience platforms analyseerde. Tegenwoordig is hij senior director digital experience bij Acquia (www.acquia.com/nl), leverancier van geïntegreerde content, community en commerce oplossingen voor webwinkels en andere online kanalen. Acquia is een cloud platform gebaseerd op het open source content management framework Drupal. Volgens Aponovich kan een bedrijf alleen 'digital first' worden als de hele organisatie zich met digitalisering bezighoudt. “Mijn rol is bedrijven te wijzen op de vele kansen als ze hun business verder digitaliseren. Ze kunnen efficiënter werken door hun technologie effectiever te gebruiken. 'Digital transformation' is momenteel een belangrijk onderwerp, steeds meer bedrijven hebben er aandacht voor en verschillende managementlagen zijn ermee bezig. Niet alleen CIO's, maar ook CMO's, CDO's en CEO's.”

Dat laatste is volgens Aponovich een belangrijke voorwaarde om als commerciële organisatie in een steeds digitaler tijdperk te kunnen overleven. Nog veel te weinig ondernemers snappen volgens hem dat ze hun business drastisch moeten veranderen. “Traditionele bedrijven als Blokker en V&D moeten begrijpen dat die business over de hele breedte digitaal is. Niet alleen een CIO, maar ook een CMO – die zich traditioneel alleen bekommert om marketing en klanten – moet digitaal leren denken. Digital first betekent in de filosofie van Acquia dat verschillende bestuurslagen samenkomen om de juiste digitale strategie te vinden. Alle onderdelen van een organisatie zijn feitelijk digitaal, alleen hebben veel bedrijven dat nog niet door. Wil een bedrijf écht digitaal transformeren, dan moet het content, commerce, community en context samenbrengen.”

Waar beginnen?

De woorden 'digital transformation' en het belang daarvan zijn in de meeste organisaties wel bekend. Veel bedrijven proberen het, maar weten niet goed waar te beginnen. 'Going digital' betekent volgens Aponovich niet alleen een website bouwen. “Webwinkels kunnen in hun marketingactiviteiten veel meer doen aan personalisatie. Acquia helpt bijvoorbeeld om gegevens over websitebezoekers te optimaliseren. Digital first is iets van de technologie, maar ook van de business. Het raakt zelfs een hele bedrijfscultuur: hoe verander je een organisatie die jarenlang 'old school' heeft gewerkt? Hoe word je een 'digital company'? Het is best lastig om een 'legacy company' met 'legacy thinking' te veranderen, vol met on-premises software die nauwelijks nog bestaansrecht heeft.”

Het advies van Aponovich is dat ondernemingen weg moeten van hun traditionele IT-mindset. “De digitale wereld verandert en bedrijven die niet mee veranderen, lopen achter de feiten aan. Ze moeten bewegen naar een mindset van business technology, waarin een organisatie systemen, platforms en processen creëert die leven met de snelheid van digital. Bedrijven worstelen niet alleen met technologische vernieuwingen, maar ook met de veranderingen in hun business model die nodig zijn om van technologische innovatie écht een succes te maken. Traditionele IT-organisaties zitten vast in de oude en langzame werkprocessen van een on-premises mentaliteit, waar ze anno 2015 een cloud mentaliteit nodig hebben.”

Acquia en Drupal

In de oude IT-wereld gaan organisaties niet overleven, voorspelt Aponovich. “Wie innoveert gaat sneller. Dus bouw een team en zorg voor leiderschap en een mandaat vanaf C-level dat zegt: wij willen digitaal zijn, we investeren in technologie en in de juiste mensen. Zorg voor een business technology mindset in je hele organisatie. Er is een transitie nodig van oude IT-systemen naar een nieuw digitaal model met de juiste tools en technologie en het juiste platform, om veel sneller en doortastender te kunnen werken.”

De oplossingen en services van Acquia zijn toegespitst op het open source platform Drupal. Aponovich: “Open source is flexibeler, sneller en minder bewerkelijk voor de gebruiker. Er is meer innovatie en gebruikers voegen voortdurend functionaliteiten en verbeteringen toe en delen die met de community. Met traditionele en bovendien dure proprietary software lukt dat niet. Hoewel veel bedrijven nog vastzitten in een mindset van aangekochte on-premises systemen, wordt open source meer en meer gebruikt. Ook de grootste organisaties – het Amerikaanse televisienetwerk NBC bijvoorbeeld, en de Australische overheid – hebben inmiddels vertrouwen in de veiligheid en de stabiliteit. Ons CMS cloud platform heeft volop mogelijkheden om zelf te innoveren. Doe het op jouw manier en ga zover als je wilt. Je kiest niet voor een systeem van een enkele leverancier, maar borduurt verder op een 'ecosysteem' van 'best-of-breed' technologie. Daarin 'leven' bijvoorbeeld ook de ERP-, CRM- en marketingsystemen van andere leveranciers, zoals IBM, SAP, Salesforce en Marketo, waarmee je kunt integreren. Dat geeft ontzettend veel vrijheid.”

Digital experience

Uiteraard ziet David Aponovich Acquia's eigen platform voor webcontent management en digital experience als het beste CMS ter wereld. Hij wordt daarin gesteund door analisten van Forrester en Gartner. “Verschillende organisaties hadden de kracht en mogelijkheden van Drupal al snel in de gaten, maar hadden behoefte aan een support en cloud leverancier die ze kon helpen met het schaalbaar en 'enterprise-ready' maken ervan. Het is niet alleen Drupal, maar ook Acquia rondom het gebruik van Drupal, om betere sites en experiences te bouwen. Bij digital first draait het uiteindelijk om de 'digital experience' van de klant. Wij bouwen software waarmee organisaties hun customer experiences persoonlijker maken en daardoor hun merk beter kunnen verkopen. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan 'contextual delivery of content'. Organisaties moeten de klant in het centrum van hun business plaatsen. Mis geen kansen, denk ook aan al die klanten die tegenwoordig mobiel aankopen willen doen. Je hebt een strategie nodig die uitgaat van verschillende kanalen en verschillende apparaten, vanuit een centraal content platform.”

Het Acquia-platform is helemaal 'cloud first'; het is een Platform as a Service (PaaS). “Door het gebruik van open source is het een flexibel, schaalbaar en snel innovatieplatform”, besluit Aponovich. “Bovendien maakt de wereldwijde penetratie van Drupal het platform erg duurzaam. Je hoeft niet bang te zijn dat het er morgen niet meer is. Je kunt vooruit denken en bouwen op het Acquia Platform, op veel verschillende manieren.”

Pourquoi les marques doivent-elles mettre l'expérience au coeur de leur stratégie digitale?

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Ne vous est-il jamais arrivé de vouloir un vêtement précis pour une occasion spéciale ? Vous ne voulez pas consacrer trop de temps dans cette recherche, vous avez besoin d’un large choix et la cohue des magasins vous rebute : il est l’heure pour vous de shopper en ligne. Après une exploration attentive, vous trouvez enfin l’objet de vos désirs. Mais impossible de localiser le moindre bouton d’achat. La référence identifiée, vous multipliez les recherches, passant du menu déroulant à la recherche par mot clé mais sans succès. Vous ne tombez que sur de magnifiques photos de l’article tant convoité néanmoins impossible de l’acheter. Vous devenez un client potentiel frustré, et frustration ne rime pas avec chiffre d’affaires…

Effectivement, une expérience consommateur complètement décousue aboutit à une vente perdue pour la Marque, à laquelle s’ajoute une aversion préjudiciable contre celle-ci. Hélas, la marque que vous veniez de découvrir depuis peu vous joue déjà de mauvais tours. Vous aviez eu le temps au fil de ces recherches fortuites d’approfondir vos connaissances : d’apprendre que le créateur avait un parcours incroyable, de savoir que tel et tel people en était fan, et que celle-ci était aussi bien considérée que d’autres marques que vous connaissez et affectionnez déjà. Une belle découverte en soit, donc !

Beaucoup de marques tentent de se raconter sur le Web, considérant que leur visibilité sur le Net est tout aussi importante voire plus que celles véhiculées à travers d’autres canaux de diffusion. Sauf qu’elles oublient souvent que cette vitrine doit aller plus loin qu’une simple boutique en ligne pour incarner l’esprit de la Marque. Elles doivent être en mesure de reproduire autant que possible l’expérience en magasin pour donner une idée du produit dans sa réalité mais également de laisser à tout moment la possibilité d’acheter le produit. Le contenu doit être astucieusement éditorialisé (l’art du « storytelling ») et conçu pour entrelacer de manière naturelle les produits et les contenus associés (conseils, points de vue, anecdotes, etc), afin de permettre aux internautes et mobinautes de parcourir, d’apprendre et d’acheter au même endroit.

La valeur implique la construction d’une expérience client convaincante qui utilise des fonctionnalités nouvelles pour transformer le modèle du panier d’achat classique en un modèle faisant intervenir une personnalisation pointue et des possibilités multimédias et multiplateformes.

Les marques avancent souvent qu’elles ont entamé leurs mutations numériques en annonçant qu’elles sont présentes sur Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Certes, vous trouverez des milliers de commentaires et de belles photos d’évangélisation de marque. Alors que tant d’histoires sont racontées à travers les médias sociaux, ou des espaces éditoriaux de marque, l’expérience de commerce n’est pas intégrée. Bien souvent parce que plus de 50 % des équipes en charge respectivement du contenu et du commerce travaillent de façon cloisonnée et utilisent des technologies disparates. À l’issue, un « syndrome du double site » qui se traduit par des expériences client déconnectées entre elles comme le révéle une enquête de Forrester Consulting intitulée « Les passerelles du eCommerce / le contenu partagé ».

La convergence entre Contenu et Commerce découle d’une tendance persistante qui a vu le marketing digital se détourner des messages indifférenciés (« acheter maintenant ! », par exemple) au profit du « content marketing ». Une expérience plus riche s’appuyant sur la puissance des textes, photos et vidéos variés et sur celle des commentaires des consommateurs pour donner une autre dimension au commerce et passer du simple fait d’indiquer le prix et les spécifications du produit à une expérience forte axée sur le client.

Les sites sont de plus en plus élaborés et interactifs ; cependant, comme l’illustre la frustration que j’ai connu (et que probablement beaucoup d’autres ont expérimenté), l’UX tombe à plat. Le « beau » contenu donne lieu à une énorme frustration en ne poursuivant pas l’objectif final : délivrer le bon produit à la bonne personne.

Dans ce même rapport, Forrester révèle que les Marques doivent adopter une approche collaborative et des outils technologiques intégrés pour voir de réelles améliorations en termes de conversion et d’engagement. Quand il s’agit de créer ou d’optimiser une expérience de marque en ligne, pour améliorer cette expérience et augmenter l’engagement, on peut noter parmi les meilleures pratiques :

Acquia Named One of Boston's Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal [May 1, 2015]

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BOSTON - May 1, 2015 - Acquia was named one of the region's Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. The company was one of 10 employers in the large company category, defined as organizations with up to 1,000 people.

2015bbjbestplaces250-300_0_0.jpgThis year's employers were divided among five different categories were selected based on survey responses provided by employees. The BBJ's Best Places to Work surveys and the subsequent scoring of employee responses were provided in partnership with Quantum Workplace.

The BBJ will recognize this year's 80 honorees and count down each category's top-ranked places to work during its 13th annual Best Places to Work event scheduled for June 18 at the Citi Performing Arts Center.

Survey Reveals 78 Percent of Companies Rely on Open Source Solutions to Speed Innovation [April 16, 2015]

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North Bridge Venture Partners

Ninth Annual Future of Open Source Survey Reveals Trends in Open Source Adoption

Burlington, MA – April 16, 2015 – Corporate open source use and participation has reached an all-time high, according to the ninth annual Future of Open Source Survey. Acquia joined North Bridge Venture Partners, Black Duck Software, and 40 other collaborators in the annual survey, which investigates open source software (OSS) trends on a yearly basis.

As open source continues to speed innovation, disrupt industries, and improve productivity, a reported lack of formal company policies and processes around its consumption points to a need for OSS management and security practices to catch up with this growth in investment and use. Security is a primary concern, as many companies lack understanding of known security vulnerabilities in open source components, and very few actually monitor for such threats.

Notable findings from the survey include:

  • Seventy-eight percent of respondents said their companies run part or all of its operations on OSS and 66 percent said their company creates software for customers built on open source. This statistic has nearly doubled since 2010, when 42 percent of respondents in the Future of Open Source survey five years ago said that they used open source in the running of their business or their IT environments.
  • Sixty-four percent of companies currently participate in open source projects, and over the next 2-3 years, 88 percent are expected to increase contributions to open source projects.
  • Open source has become the default approach for software with more than 66 percent of respondents saying they consider OSS before other options.
  • Cloud computing (39%), big data (35%), operating systems (33%), and the Internet of Things (31%) are expected to be impacted most by open source in the next 2-3 years.
  • Fifty-eight percent believe open source affords the greatest ability to scale and 43 percent said OSS provides superior ease of deployment over proprietary software.
  • Fifty-five percent believe open source delivers superior security when lined up against proprietary solutions. The superior security of open source is also expected to rise to 61 percent over the next 2-3 years.
  • For more information about the survey’s results, visit: http://www.slideshare.net/blackducksoftware/2015-future-of-open-source-survey-results.

    Follow @futureofOSS and join the #FutureOSS conversations on Twitter. Visit www.northbridge.com/open-source for all surveys published since 2008 and read more about the industry at the Open Source Delivers blog.

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    govCMS is More Than Just a Distribution [16 April 2015]

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    The Drupal distribution that is used in govCMS is an important technical keystone for the many other elements of the full govCMS service. The original foundation for the govCMS distribution is aGov; the Drupal distribution created by PreviousNext to provide a core set of elements, functionality and features that can be used to develop government websites. While govCMS utilised the aGov code base as its foundation, it is clear their future paths will vary to meet the requirements of different customers. For this reason now is the ideal time to fork aGov and create a distinct distribution for the govCMS service.

    The new govCMS distribution will evolve quickly to incorporate enhancements and improved functionality based on the changing needs of government and advancing technologies. The true innovation behind govCMS will be the ability to remain responsive to changing needs while providing a standard response to regulatory requirements, connecting government with users in a consistent way and delivering solutions that can scale to meet the demands of large government installations.

    “The Drupal distribution for govCMS reflects the Government’s commitment to further invest in open source innovation, the results of which will be widely available to benefit federal, state and local agencies,” said Chris Harrop, Director for Asia Pacific and Japan, Acquia. We look forward to continuing our work with the govCMS team and helping the Government save costs as agencies reimagine how they deliver information and services.”

    Upgrades to the distribution will be automatically rolled out as part of the govCMS service, allowing agencies and users to simultaneously reap the benefits of standardisation and innovation. As active members of the Drupal Open Source Community, the govCMS distribution and the aGovdistribution will continue to leverage from each other, as well as other contributors to the Community.

    The govCMS distribution will be publicly available from the Drupal Open Source Community via drupal.org. Work is underway to provide an independent instance of the distribution, separate from the govCMS service. This will allow organisations to access and use the govCMSdistribution outside of the govCMS service.

    Australia’s GovCMS: Key Takeaways for Canada and the World [April 14, 2015]

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    By Mathieu Weber

    In an age where you can deposit a check or hail a cab from your phone, people can be incredulous about standing in line to get a city permit or obtain the right government forms. As a result, many agencies are establishing progressive digital strategies or fine tuning their existing ones to keep up with the pace of innovation.

    In Canada, there are multiple ongoing initiatives at both federal, provincial and municipal levels to re-platform content management as part of larger government engagement initiatives.

    Last month Australia launched govCMS, its new centralized cloud platform for the delivery of government digital experiences. It’s an ambitious project. Australia.gov.au and finance.gov.au were among the first federal sites to move to govCMS, but hundreds of other agencies have the opportunity to take advantage of the government’s groundwork to secure cloud deployment and gain economies of scale while lowering costs.

    Australia is committed to leapfrogging its peers and becoming more citizen-centric. The Commonwealth’s move to make govCMS available for procurement by any government office will accelerate digital innovation across federal, state and local government. Says John Sheridan, CTO for the Australian government, “We want to get the best user experience we can for (citizens).”

    As agencies across Canada similarly look to digital engagement to lower costs and improve services, it is crucial to focus on the principal learnings from the Australian experience. Australia also highlights the particular advantages that open source software brings to scaling digital government initiatives.

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    WordPress Vs. Joomla Vs. Drupal [April 13, 2015]

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    By Ephraim Batambuze III

    In case you have decided to create a website and you are wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. This post is going to look at three of the most widely-used ones.

    WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands.

    Apart from being free to download and use, their open-source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support new Internet technologies. With all of these systems, basic functions can be enhanced ad infinitum with an ever-expanding array of add-ons, contributed from their respective communities.

    The CMS comparison chart below from website up gives a summary of what each CMS has to offer.

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    Why Agile Marketing Teams Think Ahead and Open… [April 10, 2015]

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    By David Mennie

    As all those who work in marketing are aware, it is no longer solely a business discipline. Marketers need to be both business savvy and technologically adept. The rise of the technical marketer is the new reality. There are almost 2000 marketing technology companies in operation today, double that of last year. The rate of change in digital marketing is phenomenal and as such marketers are under pressure to both stay on top of these changes and make wise decisions about the technologies in which they invest their hard-pressed budgets.

    Marketing Clouds

    Marketing teams are faced with two distinct options when navigating the increasingly complicated technology landscape in their mission to become truly insight-driven and customer-focused. The first option is to invest in a proprietary ‘marketing cloud’. Marketing clouds are a suite of marketing tools comprised of a number of technologies that promise to provide an integrated solution and cut the hassle of individual IT procurement processes. This may seem to be the answer for marketing teams that are already stretched and struggling to stay ahead of the tech curve.

    The problem is that marketing cloud solutions offered by large vendors are closed. Often these vendors have acquired specific technology companies and their products, integrated them into their marketing cloud and then offered them back to the customer. The products acquired might be more effective than others and may not be well aligned with the other tools in the suite and, more often than not, will have different architectures. True integration between the technologies may take years and while vendors are spending time and effort doing this, their customers are not able to take advantage of newer or “best of breed” technologies.

    Companies that invest in marketing clouds are held to the vendor’s roadmap and become committed to the systems that the vendor chooses to integrate. This approach doesn’t allow for agility within organisations, as teams are made to fit their working practices around the technology, when really the technology should be working for them.

    Open Marketing

    Another option for marketing teams is to find a way to leverage their current marketing tools in a better way. Open Marketing is based on the fundamentals of open source software, allowing for custom integrations with existing systems. The tools being used are the same ones a team will already be familiar with, but with the added advantage of a common view of their customers across all marketing technologies. Also, by integrating the technologies, customer data created by each can be put to use and intelligent decisions can be made based on it.

    Stretching the Budget

    For most organisations, closed marketing clouds require starting from scratch with a whole suite of new technologies. Couple this with the time and costs associated with re-training the department on the new technology and they become a very expensive solution.

    Open marketing enables companies to unlock data and add value immediately. Marketing teams can add new technologies or replace legacy ones whenever they choose or have the budget available to do so without the up-front costs of having to buy a whole costly suite all at once.

    Moving with the Times

    With marketing technology evolving at a rapid pace, the ‘best’ solutions are always being overtaken by newer, more efficient market entrants. Marketers invariably will want to update and change the tools they are using to take advantage of new innovations that the market has to offer.

    Open Marketing does not restrict the technology that marketers can select, they are free to switch in and integrate new technologies as they begin to use them. They are also free to test new technologies more easily.

    This approach allows marketing teams to not just keep up with the pace of digital marketing but to also look ahead to the technologies of the future. As the Internet of Things, location aware and wearable technology move into the mainstream, marketers must be prepared for how they will develop. By taking an Open Marketing approach marketers will not be held back.

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    Git Success Stories and Tips from Drupal Core Committer Angie Byron [April 8, 2015]

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    By Libby Clark

    The Git revision control system is “at the center” of Drupal's hyper-collaborative community says Drupal core committer Angie Byron. The open source content management platform has 37,802 developers with Git commit access, and about 1,300 actively committing each month, she says.

    “Git (was) the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off,” said Byron, who is also the director of community development at Acquia.

    In celebration of Git's 10-year anniversary this week, we talked with Byron about how and why Drupal uses Git, their success stories using the tool, and her favorite tip for pro users. For more Git success stories in our “Git Week” series, see our interviews with Git creator Linus Torvalds, and maintainers on the KVM and Qt projects. And there are more to come still this week.

    Linux.com: Why does Drupal use Git?

    The short answer is community momentum.

    The longer answer is we were on CVS for about a decade (there weren't a lot of other options back in 2001), and went through an enormous evaluation to decide which distributed version control to move to: hg, bzr, or git (see http://groups.drupal.org/node/48818 for the REALLY longer answer).

    Git won out, both on the metric of wider adoption among other open source projects we looked at for inspiration, but also within the Drupal community. We discovered that unlike with bzr and hg, numerous Drupal community members were already using Git on client/personal projects, building Git integrations with our various software management tools, and signing up in droves to offer Git support for CVS refugees.

    This made Git the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off. (see "success stories" below)

    What makes Git such a great tool?

    For me, it's Git's ubiquity. Particularly in the last couple of years, Git has become the clear winner in the version control wars, and having one common language to speak with and collaborate with other developers has solved SO many problems.

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    Acquia, kyruus, Wayfair among Industry Leaders Tapped for MassTLC Board [April 8, 2015]

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    Top Executives from AT&T, Care.com, IBM and Vecna Also Join Tech Council Leadership Team

    BURLINGTON, Mass. April 8, 2015 – The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the State’s leading technology association, today announced the election of seven new members to its Board of Trustees.

    Comprising a range of the tech sector’s most actively engaged and respected leaders, the slate of new executives elected to the Board include:

    • Steve Conine, Co-Founder & CTO. Wayfair
    • Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia
    • Patricia Jacobs, President, AT&T – New England
    • David Krupinski, Co-Founder & CTO, Care.com
    • Bob McDonald, VP of Asset Management, IBM
    • Debbie Theobald, Executive Director, Vecna Cares
    • Julie Yoo, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, kyruus

    “The rapid pace of innovation is disrupting markets and the way we do business,” remarked MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft. “Having a healthy influx of the region’s top tech leaders helps keep our organization energized and at the forefront of technology leadership in the region.”

    “I’m excited to become more involved in advancing the tech community in Massachusetts by joining the board of the MassTLC,” said Tom Erickson. “Whether in my current role at one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, or at one of the four previous Massachusetts-based firms I have been with, I’ve enjoyed how globally minded yet community oriented the tech industry is here.”

    Complementing the new directors, the following Trustees were re-elected to the Board:

    • Colin Angle, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, iRobot
    • Jim Daniel, COO, Oxfam America
    • Jack Little, CEO, The MathWorks
    • Chris Schoettle, President & COO, Enservio

    The elections were held during MassTLC’s Annual Board Meeting on March 19. The Board currently consists of 28 senior executives who collectively represent interests of the organization’s 500 member companies and serve as a proxy for the tech ecosystem in Massachusetts.

    At its Annual Meeting, the Board also elected officers, including Annmarie Levins, GM for Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft, as an incoming Co-Chair. She will serve a two-year term alongside current Co-Chair Chris Schoettle, President & COO of Enservio, whose term ends in 2016. Levins succeeds Kirk Arnold, CEO of Data Intensity, whose term ended at the Annual Meeting in 2015. Other officers elected include Jim Daniell, COO of Oxfam America, as Treasurer, and Susan Rousseau, SVP Workplace Technology at Fidelity Investments, as Secretary.

    The voice of the state’s tech sector, MassTLC last month released its annual State of Technology report – highlighting successes while calling out key areas where more and faster progress is critical in terms of jobs, investment, education, business climate, government policy and competitiveness.

    “I am honored to be taking this leadership role during such an exciting time of change in our community,” said Annmarie Levins. “I look forward to working with the MassTLC board and membership on our long-term vision and on how technology can drive both economic and social good in our community.”

    “Annmarie is a dedicated leader, champion for technology and passionate advocate for Massachusetts – all qualities that make her an excellent fit in the role of co-chairperson,” said Chris Schoettle. “Her commitment to promoting and advancing the tech community is unwavering. I’m excited to work closely with her in the year ahead.”

    About Mass Technology Leadership Council
    The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region's leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC's purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. For more information on MassTLC, visit www.masstlc.org.

    OpenScholar: A Drupal-based Content Management System for Universities [March 31, 2015]

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    By Adrian Bridgwater

    OpenScholar is a Drupal-based content management system designed specifically for academic use, created by Harvard University and released under an open source license.

    So what?

    Well okay you so what types... this tool aims to solve the "Babel Tower" problem many academic institutions face.

    What's that?

    As the web began to make its way into academia, staff and departments often created their own sites, hiring students or external companies.

    Within a few years, many university IT departments found themselves having to maintain an assortment of different code bases written in various programming languages and environments - not only making it hard to update the websites' content, but posing a significant security risk as well.

    There must be some kind of way out of here, right?

    Increasingly, institutions chose to standardise on a single solution, with Drupal - the open source CMS also used at Whitehouse.gov to Economist.com.

    Harvard University chose to take this approach a step further by creating a custom CMS on top of Drupal.

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    Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project [March 26, 2015]

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    Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release.

    Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project.

    Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release. This directly relates to the Drupal Association's mission: uniting a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.

    D8 Accelerate is a pilot program from the Drupal Association to put $250,000 of community funds toward accelerating the release of Drupal 8; due to the strategic impact this work has on the entire Drupal ecosystem. Drupal 8 is the latest release on the Drupal journey, that is substantially more powerful than previous versions and provides new ways to tailor and deploy content that looks great on any device.

    “We’re excited to support the latest and greatest Drupal release to benefit the whole open source community,” said Arnold Leung, CEO of Appnovation. “We also want to accelerate the development of this release and join the more than 2200 passionate people who have contributed to Drupal 8’s success so far.”

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    L.A. CTO: We Are Actively Upgrading City’s IT in the Cloud [March 23, 2015]

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    By Michael Keating

    An exclusive interview with LA’s CTO reveals some of the city’s strategy

    With more people employed in high-tech jobs (368,500) than any other metro region in the U.S., Los Angeles (population, 3,884,307) is an IT powerhouse. Leading the city’s team is Steve Reneker, general manager of the Information Technology Agency and Chief Technology Officer. He is spearheading several initiatives, including the development of CityLinkLA, which is a citywide initiative designed to make high-speed, high-quality broadband available in all areas of Los Angeles.

    L.A.’s IT operation faces similar challenges to other city or county tech departments. For example, about 60 percent of the L.A. IT staff will reach retirement age within the next four years. More than half of the seven full-time workers at the help services desk have recently filed for their city pensions. Due to tight budgets, a lengthy hiring process and limited budget authority for hiring, Reneker is using student workers on a short-term basis to keep the city’s IT help desk staffed.

    To help make its operation more efficient, the city is methodically embracing the cloud. In May, for instance, L.A. is expected to award a 10-year contract covering a new cloud-based municipal e-mail platform.

    GPN spoke with Reneker recently about where the cloud fits in L.A.’s municipal IT strategy.

    Government Product News: How is the city’s IT department structured?

    Steve Reneker: We are very decentralized. We have 20 data centers out there, and it’s not very efficient. Our data center consolidation strategy calls for keeping three data centers for our private cloud apps, and moving everything else out into the public cloud environment. So over time, as departments need a technology refresh, the options offered to them will include various cloud environments.

    GPN: Has your city department embraced the cloud?

    SR: We have been moving some city IT functions to the cloud since early last fall. So I would say we have not seen any really significant changes yet. For the future, we certainly hope so.

    We have probably seen a small percentage of change. For example, we just moved many of our city web pages to the Acquia cloud experience, which is a cloud-based hosting service and Drupal vendor-content management provider. We’ve seen a lot of improvement so there’s less complexity for our staff that we have to manage. We haven’t seen any reductions in staff in the process, however.

    GPN: Has using the cloud helped reduce the server population in the Los Angeles city government?

    SR: We’ve certainly seen some reduction in our server population, but we are still early in the process. Our IT unit is about 68 percent virtualized. We are spending a lot of time now going through upgrades on the Windows Server 2003 server operating system. The process gives us opportunities to either virtualize those environments or place them in the cloud. So we think there will be a large increase in migrations to the cloud over the next six months.

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    Wipro Is Accelerating Its Digital Experience Business [March 16, 2015]

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    Digital customer experience has become a key business differentiator and application development and delivery leaders of front-office, Web, mobile, and digital development must step up to support their firm’s initiatives. A number of big organizations have offered digital experience to their customers to remain competitive.

    Recently Wipro has partnered with Acquia, a digital experience company, to deliver digital experiences for its clients around the world. Wipro leverages the Acquia Platform on critical client projects that require an open and agile framework to integrate content, community and commerce.

    With the Acquia Platform, Wipro brings together the open source drupal web content management framework and a suite of digital engagement services. The platform can connect a broad range of applications that optimize digital experiences for greater relevance and impact, said a company statement.

    “Open source generally leads to greater choice for customers, downward price pressure and accelerated innovation as community development models upend the economics of traditional software R&D. Wipro’s innovative solutions and technology depth, combined with the robustness of the Acquia Platform and the cost benefit of offshore and open source is a winning combination for global enterprises,” said Andrew Aitken, GM & Global Open Source Practice Leader, Wipro Ltd.

    “Through this joint approach, we are providing solutions to help our clients create amazing experiences for their customers. We’re helping global brands focus on the insights, interactions, integrations, and innovations that make extraordinary things happen for brands, businesses and their customers,” he added.

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