Drupal-Acquia positioned as a Visionary in Magic Quadrant for externally facing social software [Sept 7, 2011]

WOBURN MA –September 7, 2011 - Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced that Drupal-Acquia together have been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries quadrant of both the 2011 Magic Quadrant for Externally Facing Social Software* and the Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace.**

Published by one of the IT industry’s premier analyst firms, Gartner positions technologies and vendors in the visionaries quadrant when they “demonstrate strong understanding of current and future market trends, such as the importance of a flexible, transparent user experience, as well as the value of mutual reinforcement between tools that encourage user contribution and tools that facilitate bottom-up formation of groups and organizational structures. Their products and product road maps exhibit innovation, especially in architecture and lightweight integration, while their marketing and R&D efforts align with the open-source ecosystem. Visionaries have not exhibited the scope of delivery of Challengers or Leaders, but they have demonstrated vision across a range of capabilities.”*

"We consider Drupal- Acquia’s positioning in the Visionary quadrant by Gartner as confirmation of the innovative power open-source solutions bring to the enterprise,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia’s CEO. "Innovation from the Drupal community, coupled with enterprise-ready cloud deployment options, 24x7 support, and guidance from Acquia, is an unbeatable combination for enterprises looking for transformative business results from their social software applications. This is reflected in the thousands of social sites that have used Drupal to create their online communities. According to Gartner, “Social interactions do not stop at company boundaries; neither should the social software products that support these interactions. Externally facing social software (EFSS) products facilitate interactions beyond the firewall to create communities among employees, customers, suppliers, partners, alumni and other stakeholders.”*

"The flexibility built into Drupal allows us to quickly add features that exist in the community, or build new features just for us,” said Michael Shaver, Open Source Technology Center from Intel. “This has allowed us to create collaborative communities that are geographically dispersed around the world. "

Gartner, Inc., *Magic Quadrant for External Facing Social Software, Jeffrey Mann, et al, August 25, 2011; **Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, Nikos Drakos, et al, August 25, 2011.

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc. and are reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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