Drupal Positioned as a “Visionary” in Leading Analyst Firm’s 2009 Social Software in the Workplace Magic Quadrant

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

Woburn, MA, Oct. 29, 2009 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to social publishing, today announced that Drupal has been placed by Gartner, Inc. in the Visionaries Quadrant of its 2009 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace.(1)

“What’s unique about Drupal has been its ability to both flourish as an open platform with thousands of contributors while at the same time remaining applicable to enterprise users who value innovation, power, flexibility, and TCO,” said Dries Buytaert, Acquia co-founder and CTO and creator of Drupal. “What we’ve proven is that open source doesn’t have to mean ‘for-members-only. I believe this report by Gartner is recognition of the strength and talent of the Drupal community recognized by Gartner's leading market analysis.

“By offering enterprises a Social Publishing solution, a powerful combination of content management and community, Drupal has secured its spot among the most innovative technologies and vendors for enterprise social software,” said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia. “Acquia’s work in developing a quick on ramp and ease in enterprise deployment of Drupal allows organizations to reap the cost benefits of open source while cutting complexity out of the equation, giving enterprises a superior alternative to proprietary social software while meeting their requirements for security, scalability and flexibility.”

Gartner defines Social Software for the Workplace as “software products used within an organization, primarily among employees, to support teaming, communities and networking.”

"We are pleased to see that Drupal has grown to over 400,000 sites. From my perspective, the recognition by Gartner validates that Drupal continues to be a scalable and reliable platform for organizations of all sizes," said Jay Batson, co-founder of Acquia.”

About the Magic Quadrant
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted October 22, 2009, by Gartner, Inc. and is 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 vendor’s 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.

(1) Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace" by Nikos Drakos, Carol Rozwell, Anthony Bradley, Jeffrey Mann, October 22, 2009

About Acquia

Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com. Download Acquia Drupal, the completely free Drupal distribution, at http://acquia.com/downloads.

About Drupal

The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception and powers more than 400,000 web sites globally. Drupal includes an enterprise class content management system and is used to deliver a wide variety of web applications including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, e-commerce, and many more. Assisted by a thriving ecosystem of consultants and developers, a diverse set of organizations use Drupal including SonyBMG, Warner Brothers Records, the New York Observer, Forbes, Disney, Intel, Harvard University, and Amnesty International. A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active contributors to the open source technology. For more information, visit http://drupal.org.

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