Acquia

The Journey is Underway [Sept. 23, 2015]

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mercredi, le 23 septembre 2015h
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City of Boston

We’re already a few weeks into working with our design partners, IDEO and Acquia.

IDEO, our design partner, is an award-winning, global design firm that works on an immeasurable range of projects world-wide, not just websites and physical objects but new product categories and whole new processes. Acquia is our technical partner. They are a local firm, with expertise in building scalable websites and related systems in Drupal. Drupal itself is open source and provides flexibility as the City of Boston’s digital program grows and changes over time.

With the help of IDEO’s innovative “design thinking” approach, we are working alongside stakeholders inside City Hall and out in the community to learn more about our users: the residents of Boston.

IDEO’s founder is famous for saying "Stop talking and start making." We have begun. Our process is designed to have all three partners engaged in iterative creation and testing.

The start of the design research and Agile development processes are the beginnings of a journey; we can’t yet see the destination but can imagine where our path might lead. Rather than a design phase followed by implementation, we will all travel together-- building and discovering as we go.

The ways in which consume information digitally has changed dramatically since the City of Boston built its current website. It’s no longer just an information hub, valuable as that is, but a place where we actually do things--pay our taxes, apply for permits, interact with city services. Our beta site will be built with this in mind -- it will be purpose-built to expand and change more easily and adapt over time.

IDEO chooses an internal nickname for each project. It is fitting that they have chosen the name "spyglass" for this one. It is the right metaphor for us working together to build this boat while we sail it, looking through that spyglass together as we go.

We invite you to join us on our journey here at next.boston.gov.

Reaching Your Customers on the Mobile Web [August 26, 2015]

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mercredi, le 26 août 2015h
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CMSWire

By Tom Wentworth

Walk down any busy street and you’ll see it — mobile usage is on the rise. It’s no secret, and yet, the stats might still be surprising: According to a recent comScore report, 2010 saw 1 billion mobile users globally, and so far in 2015, that number has skyrocketed to 1.9 billion. In the past year, those numbers have also surpassed desktop usage.

This presents a great opportunity for digital marketers to make a huge impact on mobile — if they can break through the noise. We use these devices to send emails, take photos, play games, schedule events and even make payments, giving us few reasons to take our eyes off the screen. Because of this, more and more marketers are looking to take advantage of mobile avenues like Instagram (which recently opened its API to brands) and Snapchat. That means mobile websites are facing some heavy competition.

Here’s a look at what this dramatic increase in mobile usage means for the future of the web and what it will take to get users engaging with a brand’s site on their phones.

The Battle for Consumer Attention Heats Up
All signs point to mobile adoption numbers continuing to steadily increase. So what will it take for a mobile website to stand out in a sea of apps? A strategy that emphasizes context and personalization. The more mobile websites that start competing for attention, the pickier users will be about the sites they visit on their devices. If they don’t find the experience they’re looking for, you can bet they’ll click elsewhere.

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POV: Why You Should Start Working in Drupal 8 Today [August 20, 2015]

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jeudi, le 20 août 2015h
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Website Magazine

By Michael E Meyers

If your websites are sitting comfortably on Drupal 7, you may not be considering a migration to Drupal 8 or adopting Drupal 8 for your next project. Drupal 7 is mature, stable and well-supported framework; why disrupt your work and team with a new version?

Truth is, if you’re not planning for and learning about Drupal 8, you’re already falling behind.

Migrations and Web projects take time and investment, but there are many advantages to being early in the development cycle that make the potential risks and short-term pain worth the trouble.
I was brought on as CTO at Examiner.com in 2009 when the company sought to get out from under legacy systems that were slowing growth down. We faced a big question for our Web project: adopt a stable but mature technology in Drupal 6, or take a bold leap and implement the yet-to-be-released Drupal 7?

Ultimately, we chose to be bold, and here’s why you should too.

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Gartner Names SaaS Provider Magic Quadrant Leader [Aug 5, 2015]

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mercredi, le 5 août 2015h
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ChannelLife

By Catherine Knowles

Acquia has been named a leader of Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. This is the second consecutive year Acquia has been positioned in the leaders’ quadrant.

The SaaS provider specialises in enterprise products, services and technical support for open-source web content management platform Drupal.

“A rapidly growing number of enterprises and midmarket organisations are raising their expectations of the digital channel.

“They are seeking to connect successfully with target audiences and engage these audiences with highly contextualised, cross-channel experiences,” Gartner says.

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Gartner Names Web Content Management Leaders [July 30, 2015]

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jeudi, le 30 juillet 2015h
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CMSWire

By Dom Nicastro

Three vendors who weren’t there 10 months ago cracked the leaders category of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM).

The Stamford, Conn.-based research firm today released its latest ratings of vendors who produce technologies for enterprises to manage online content. The report was authored by Gartner analysts Mick MacComascaigh and Jim Murphy.

Moves at the Top
The newbies in the leaders category include OpenText, SDL and EPiServer, the latter which merged with longtime Gartner MQ staple Ektron earlier this year. The returning leaders included Adobe, Sitecore, Oracle, IBM, HP and Acquia.

Acquia CMO Tom Wentworth was a happy camper with its second straight leaders nod. It remained the lone open-source Web CMS provider — powered by Drupal — in a leaderboard field of proprietary software vendors.

The big news in the leaders group may be Sitecore’s leap over Adobe in its “ability to execute.” Adobe edged out Sitecore in the last Gartner report, but Sitecore grabbed the top spot today for the first time.

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Where Does Acquia Fit in the Landscape of CMS Vendors? [July 30, 2015]

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jeudi, le 30 juillet 2015h
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TrustRadius

Interview with Acquia's Tom Wentworth

Where Does Acquia Fit in the Landscape of CMS Vendors?

We describe ourselves as the digital experience company. We help our customers unify content, community and commerce, meaning their traditional .com website, their commerce site, and their social community site, on our Acquia platform. And we harness the open-source product Drupal as the underlying technology behind our platform.

What is digital experience management and how universal a term is it?

The generally accepted category that we all compete in is Web Content Management. It’s not sexy, but when I see RFPs, or when Sitecore and Adobe see RFPs, the majority of them are still using the phrase web content management.

I think vendors and some analysts like Forrester have jumped on the term digital experience because the word “web” implies one channel, when in reality it is a website, a mobile device, a screen, all these digital touchpoints. The term is trying to capture that it’s multi-channel. And it’s really a recognition that “web content management” is actually wrong. It’s not just about web, it’s about every digital touchpoint. It’s not about content—content can be lots of things. And it’s not about management, because we’re all trying to figure out how to get better value out of our content, so the word “management” isn’t really capturing that either.

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Personalization: Give Your Customers a Choice [July 27, 2015]

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lundi, le 27 juillet 2015h
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CMSWire

By Tom Wentworth

By now, the value of personalization should be clear. Customers have so many choices online — to shop, to read articles, to watch videos and more. A brand or publisher that wants to grab their attention must quickly serve the most relevant, useful information. The tough part is figuring out exactly what that relevant, useful information is.

We’ve covered a few ways to discover what customers really want: build better customer profiles, and consider the experience's context (e.g., time of day, type of device, etc.).

Down with Static Profiles
Building better customer profiles is essential. And this building process never ends. Customer profiles must continuously grow and evolve over time, learning from each interaction the customer has with you. To get the most complete view of the customer, pull in data from different marketing tools and digital sources. A solid profile that notes each interaction can help you convert anonymous site visitors (which account for more than 95 percent of traffic to your site) to known users as soon as they do something identifiable, like sign up for your company newsletter.

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Acquia Offers Drupal 8 at Drupal GovCon [July 20, 2015]

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lundi, le 14 septembre 2015h
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CivSource

By Bailey McCann

Drupal GovCon is this week. The conference aims to highlight what is new and applicable for the public sector on the Drupal content management system. One of Drupal’s biggest backers – Acquia will be at the conference highlighting their move to adopt Drupal 8 and make it available for customers.

Drupal 8 is still in beta but according to Angie Byron, Director of Community Development at Acquia, the new version exhibits enough consistency and development that early adopters should feel confident making the move.

“A lot of people in the Acquia community were starting to look at Drupal 8 as they work through website upgrade plans. We’re part of the core team building Drupal 8, and we feel confident that we can support websites on the new version,” Byron said.

Drupal is an open source content management system supported by a community of developers including Acquia. The new release builds in a lot of the most popular features used in the Drupal community as part of its core functionality instead of as add-ons.

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govCMS Distro Available on Drupal.org [July 14, 2015]

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mardi, le 14 juillet 2015h
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govCMS

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

Full Support Available for Drupal 8 [July 16, 2015]

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lundi, le 13 juillet 2015h
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Website Magazine

By Amberly Dressler

With what some say will be the biggest Drupal release yet, digital experience company, Acquia, is announcing immediate availability to support sites built with Drupal 8, the newest version of Drupal, still in beta.
Acquia gained early access to support Drupal 8 because of its heavy involvement with the Drupal community and the development of D8 and is prepared to fully support Drupal 8 with enterprise products, services and technical support for the open-source Web content management platform.

"Drupal 8 on the Acquia Platform provides broader capabilities for both simple and complex sites than any other alternative,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. “Though Drupal 8 is still in beta, our team is focused on mitigating any and all risks with using it. We've helped many organizations go live already on Drupal 8 with the careful guidance of our expert developers and security specialists. We will be assisting with resolving key issues in our customer projects, ensuring their success as we have for the thousands of existing customers we have."

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