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Welcome to the Open Source Renaissance [April 13, 2014]

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Dimanche, le 13 avril 2014h
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GigaOM

By Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO

Summary: Ever-popular among developers, open source technology has moved away from the fringes of tech right to the center of the enterprise, thanks to its high level of security and agility.

In the span of just a few years, open source has produced businesses that are incredibly attractive to the investment community. In 2012, open source venture investment jumped 80 percent over the prior year with $553 million invested, compared to $307 million in 2011. VCs have flocked to darlings like MongoDB, Open Stack, Cloudera, Puppet Labs and Hortonworks because these companies are solving incredibly difficult challenges in the cloud and big data arena faster than any proprietary software vendor could.

So why the big increase in interest now? Open source software has been around for years, in many cases implemented on the fringes by developers who prefer the freedom and flexibility of contributing to the evolution of the platforms with which they choose to work. There were even early glimmers of promise; for example, Linux proved to be a fast, effective server platform for many businesses before it grew to be one of the largest open source communities and the third-largest web client operating system in the world.

But today, open source has crossed over from a niche techie outlier to a driving force for businesses.

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Operational Database Startup VoltDB Appoints Acquia, Bit9 Executives to Board [March 31, 2014]

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lundi, le 31 mars 2014h
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Boston Business Journal

By Sara Castellanos

VoltDB, a Bedford-based startup that bills itself as being able to offer the world's fastest operational database, has appointed executives of Acquia and Bit9 to its board of directors.

Tom Erickson, CEO of Burlington-based cloud-hosting firm Acquia, and Patrick Morley, CEO of Waltham-based security firm Bit9, were added to VoltDB's board of directors, the startup announced Monday.

“VoltDB stands alone in its ability to drive real-time next-generation Big Data applications,” Erickson said in a statement. “Its unique capabilities are ideally suited to help organizations immediately derive value from the massive volumes of data generated by interconnected people and devices, machine-to-machine and Internet of Things.”

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Acquia Named SIIA Software CODiE Award Finalist for Best Cloud Management Solution and Best Cloud Platform as a Service [March 31, 2014]

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lundi, le 31 mars 2014h
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Acquia.com

Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Site Factory Earn Prestigious Software Industry Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2014) -- Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Site Factory were both named finalists for the 2014 SIIA Software CODiE Awards for Best Cloud Management Solution and Best Cloud Platform as a Service respectively. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have more than 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

This year’s program features 28 Software categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends. Winners will be announced during a special Awards dinner on May 21 in San Francisco during the industry's premier ISV gathering of SaaS, BI, and Cloud providers, Maximize.

Acquia Cloud, a Drupal-tuned application lifecycle management suite, was recognized as a finalist for Best Cloud Management Solution for its comprehensive infrastructure and ability to support Drupal deployment workflow processes from development and staging through to production. Acquia’s open cloud platform delivers scalability, security, and high performance with elegant developer tools, a Drupal-tuned stack, elastic resources, and 24x7 support team monitoring to ensure the site’s performance, security, and code are functioning properly.

Additionally, Acquia Cloud Site Factory was nominated as a finalist for Best Cloud Platform as a Service for its ability to enable website builders to create and manage multi-site deployments quickly with easily configured templates that include repeatable content, design, features and structure. It provides an intuitive authoring experience so even non-technical users can create great digital experiences without the extensive training or coding that proprietary web platforms require. As a fully managed service, Acquia Cloud Site Factory enables organizations to simplify the operation and management of digital experiences.

“This year’s CODiE Awards finalists showcase the innovation and creativity in today’s market. We are happy to recognize them for their products that are breaking ground in the software industry,” said Rhianna Collier, VP for the Software Division at SIIA. “I look forward to honoring all the finalists in May at our awards program at Maximize.”

Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp

To determine the CODiE Award winners, SIIA members are tasked with reviewing the products and voting on what they believe is the best in each category. Only active SIIA Members may vote. Member companies are provided one vote per company in each category within their designated interest area.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property.

The SIIA Software Division provides a forum for companies developing the applications, services, infrastructure and tools that are driving the software and services industry forward. For further information, visit www.siia.net/software.

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Tom Erickson of Acquia, on the Philosophy of ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ [March 30, 2014]

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Dimanche, le 30 mars 2014h
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The New York Times

Corner Office, By Adam Bryant

This interview with Tom Erickson, chief executive of Acquia, an open-source software company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

Any leadership lessons early in your life?

I grew up in a very small town in Wisconsin, a classic Scandinavian town where it wasn’t encouraged to brag. My father was a leader just by virtue of his personality. He ran a store that’s still in the family. He was president of the City Council, president of the school board, and was a leader of the business association. He was one of those quiet leaders who just did his thing.

He had a very different leadership style than me, because he was blessed with a patience that I don’t have. He was able to help people, over an extended period, think about things differently. We were one of the very first schools in our part of the state to receive a computer. My dad had been really active about saying, “We need to be on the forefront of what’s next.” I glued myself to that computer.

What about early management experience?

I got a job out of university with a small company called PSDI. I had eight other job offers, but I chose them because they said, “You’ll be promoted if you work hard.” Within a year, they sent me to Australia to open an office there. I was 23.

I was a technical guy with an engineering background, but I learned how to sell there. That was probably a pivotal point in my career — learning that it wasn’t magic. Coming from a small town, I just assumed that there were certain tracks in life, and that moving across them was hard. But I learned that I could sell.

Journal du Net: Interview de Tom Erickson, PDG d'Acquia [25 Mars 2014]

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mardi, le 25 mars 2014h
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Journal du Net

"C'est en France que l'on trouve les projets Drupal les plus ambitieux"

A l'occasion de son dernier voyage en France, le CEO de la société de services Acquia, spécialisée dans le CMS Drupal, a accordé une interview exclusive au JDN.

The Golden Age of Marketing [March 21, 2014]

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vendredi, le 21 mars 2014h
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CMSWire

By Tom Wentworth

The Mad Men era of marketing has given way to Math Men — marketers who approach brand messages with growth hacking strategies revolved around data and technology.

We marketers have previously unimaginable technology at our fingertips every day that make us better at our jobs and drive us towards previously impossible innovation. A platform to segment audiences, one to analyze customer behavior, another to track results — the list goes on.

Our technology toolkit is full of solutions that are deployed in the cloud and easily integrated that provide a sandbox of opportunity to test new strategies quickly and easily. The goals of every marketing team remain the same — build brand loyalty, convert customers, etc. — but the path to reach those goals is lined with some awesome new toys.

Today’s technology solutions help us personalize marketing communications, set and measure goals effectively, and above all, generate revenue.

Personalization Becomes Contextualization
The greatest benefit to all these shiny toys is the ability to understand customers in a whole new way. Creating a comprehensive profile of a customer allows marketers to deliver hyper-personalized messages tailored to that person’s specific wants, needs and habits. Marketers can now take those personalized messages and make them contextually relevant.

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Acquia Debuts Certification Program & Expands Learning Services [March 21, 2014]

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vendredi, le 21 mars 2014h
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Acquia

By Kaya Ismail

Acquia, the renowned Drupal software & solutions specialists, today announced the introduction of the Acquia Certification Program, along with an expansion of its Learning Services.

Acquia offers developer tools, cloud solutions and global expertise to more than 4,000 companies and brands including Twitter, Mercedes Benz, Warner Music Group, and Stanford University.

These newly enhanced training and learning services follow up quite quickly from the launch of Acquia Lift just last month.

Accessible Certification Exams

Acquia are offering up the industry's first professional assessment and credentialing program to recognize Drupal and Acquia expertise.

Employing systematic, objective assessments to validate the skills of developers and users, the program helps organizations effectively assess their team, plan their development projects, and support their organization's career and professional development initiatives in a flexible and scalable way.

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Boston’s next 12 tech IPOs? [March 20, 2014]

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jeudi, le 20 mars 2014h
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BetaBoston

By Kyle Alspach

Acquia, cloud hosting for content management system Drupal. IPO guess: Early 2015. No hurry to go public, but revenue growth (to nearly $70 million last year) already suggests IPO readiness. Boston tech may have gone more than a year-and-a-half in between its last two venture-backed tech IPOs (i.e. Exa Corp. and Care.com, which went public in January). But the region’s tech community shouldn’t have to wait that long again any time soon.

FedRAMP OnRamp Seeks to Ease Path to Secure Government Clouds [March 14, 2014]

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vendredi, le 14 mars 2014h
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Data Center Knowledge

By Rich Miller

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ordering a pizza over the Internet is easy. Provisioning compliant cloud services for federal government agencies is hard.

Steve O’Keeffe would like to change that. O’Keeffe is the founder of MeriTalk, a public/private partnership focused on improving government IT, which has launched a new tool to help federal agencies find cloud providers that have received security certifications under The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

The FedRAMP OnRamp was launched Thursday at the Data Center Brainstorm, a conference at the Newseum that brought together IT managers from federal agencies, along with representatives of leading vendors and service providers to the government sector.

“The challenge with FedRAMP is that it hasn’t been particularly transparent until now,” said O’Keeffe. “There are different flavors of FedRAMP, and they’re all about risk management.”

Cloud First, But Only With FedRAMP

FedRAMP is designed to centralize the process of certifying vendors to offer cloud computing services that meet the strict security requirements of federal agencies. Cloud providers must gain FedRAMP certification to provide cloud services to federal agencies. Without FedRAMP, service providers would need to individually certify cloud installations at each agency they serve.

That would be an expensive undertaking. MeriTalk estimates the average cost for the government to perform a FedRAMP cloud security certification at $250,000. Using FedRAMP has already saved service providers more than $37.5 million in certification costs, according to estimates from MeriTalk and the General Services Administration.

That doesn’t mean that it’s always user-friendly. One of the goals of the FedRAMP OnRamp is to provide quick access to information about which companies have gained certification as Cloud Service Providers. That number currently stands at 14: AINS, Inc., Akamai, Amazon, AT&T, Autonomic Resources, CGI, Concurrent Technologies, HP, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Oracle, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Another 15 cloud providers are currently in the FedRAMP approval process, including Acquia Inc., CA Technologies, CenturyLink Technology Solutions, Clear Government Solutions (CGS), Economic Systems, Fiberlink, HP, Layered Tech Government Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce.com, SecureKey Technologies Inc., Verizon Terremark, Virtustream, and VMware.

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Tips to Create an Effective Mobile Website [March 14, 2014]

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vendredi, le 14 mars 2014h
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IT Business Edge

By Jess Iandiorio

We live in a BYOD world. It's just a fact that mobile devices are now part of our everyday lives. We use them to stay in touch, to entertain us, and increasingly, to find information we need quickly. While mobile presents organizations with a significant opportunity to engage people wherever they are, many organizations have not yet found the right formula to create and deliver a quality mobile experience. Here are five tips, identified by Jess Iandiorio, vice president of product marketing at Acquia, to help organizations get started in creating great mobile digital experiences.

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