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And the Emmy Award for Web CMS Goes to ... Acquia [July 8, 2014]

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CMSWire

By Dom Nicastro

No, the Primetime Emmy Awards hasn’t added a category for Best Digital Experience or Best Performing Web CMS.

But Web CMS and customer experience will be a major behind-the-scenes component on the day the television awards show announces its nominees online at the Emmys website.

Acquia, which provides a platform for content, community and commerce, is powering that website with its Acquia Cloud — which was also the Web CMS engine behind the Grammys — that includes an elastic infrastructure and delivery solutions for Drupal.

“It's critical that our site performs at its very best,” Marc Wade, executive director of digital for the Television Academy, said in a statement. “That's why we sought a technology partner with the experience and Drupal expertise to ensure TelevisionAcademy.com scales to meet the massive demand generated by the Emmys and other events, and that search led us to Acquia."

The Numbers
So let’s dig into the numbers. Demand for the awards shows’ website and content on nomination days is through the roof.

Last year during the Emmy nominations – due out Thursday this year — Emmys.com saw 719,000 unique visitors and 3.5 million page views, according to Chuck Fishman, media, entertainment and publishing director at Acquia. And 300,000 came via mobile.

After the nominations are announced on a live webcast, the interest continues through all the events and content that lead up to the telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards. That night, during the pre-show, the telecast and post-show, TelevisionAcademy.com (which feeds into Emmys.com) offers information on all the nominees, behind the scenes interviews and moments with the night's winners and presenters with a second-screen experience, “Backstage Live.”

Why Acquia?
CMSWire asked Jess Iandiorio, vice president of product marketing at Acquia, what sets the Acquia CMS apart from the competition. Acquia, she said, takes a holistic approach to resiliency. It starts with giving customers access to tools that "test and validate" the quality of their application, such as Acquia Insight.
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Setting Government Data Free [July 3, 2014]

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Semantic Web

By Jennifer Zaino

As July 4 approaches, the subject of open government data can’t help but be on many U.S. citizens’ minds. That includes the citizens who are responsible for opening up that data to their fellow Americans. They might want to take a look at NuCivic Data Enterprise, the recently unveiled cloud-based, open source, open data platform for government from NuCivic, in partnership with Acquia and Carahsoft. It’s providing agencies an OpenSaaS approach to meeting open data mandates to publish and share datasets online, based on the Drupal open source content management system.

NuCivic’s open source DKAN Drupal distribution provides the core data management components for the NuCivic Data platform; it was recognized last week as a grand prize winner for Amazon Web Services’ Global City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge in the Partner in Innovation category. Projects in this category had to demonstrate that the application solves a particular challenge faced by local government entities. As part of the award, the NuCivic team gets $25,000 in AWS services to further support its open data efforts.

DKAN, the company says, meets U.S. Project Open Data requirements, and includes both the DKAN Dataset and DKAN Datastore, so that open data publishers can easily manage their open data publication process while complying with industry- and government-mandated standards. DKAN includes among its features the ability to: explore, search, add, describe, tag, and group datasets via a web front-end or API; customize metadata fields, themes and branding; use metdata and data APIs, data previews, and visualizations through the Recline.js data visualization tool; and manage access control, version history with rollback, INSPIRE/RDF support, and user analytics.

Though it’s customizable, out of the box it uses the DCAT RDF vocabulary for metadata that is designed to facilitate interoperability between data catalogs published on the Web.

NuCivic’s founders have roots in the government sector. Co-founder and CEO Andrew Hoppin was a public sector CIO in New York, involved in overhauling the state Senate’s IT systems. In a blog he posted when the product launched, he wrote that, “Our strategy is to productize the Drupal content management system to address a full range of government enterprise information software needs, starting with open data…. We think Drupal is a fantastic framework upon which to base civic solutions for many types of functional needs, because of the global scale of the civic-interested engineering community behind it...

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3 Ways to Make Managing Millennials A Little Bit Easier [June 9, 2014]

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Inc.

By Peter Cohan

The young workforce can infuse your office with energy, but come with unique risks.

Millennials are invigorating the workforce with their youthful energy. If you run a fast-growing startup full of them, though, there are two unique risks that you absolutely must manage: quick turnover and rebellion against bureaucracy. If you don't, you will lose control of your business.

I discussed these hiring and management challenges with Tom Erickson, CEO of the software company Acquia. The firm has more than 450 people and generated $68 million in revenue last year. Here are his tips for eliminating the risk and working with Millennials.

1. Create a relaxed work environment.

How does Acquia do it? Erickson: "We create a work environment that feels conducive to people in their mid-20s. There are places for recreation, beer on tap, and no vacation policy. We respect that they will get their work done and will be checking their email and mobiles 24-7. If they need to take a break, they can do it. It gives them some sort of balance."

2. Make the executive team accessible to employees.

Acquia also makes sure that its staff can get access to key people in the organization. "To create a collaborative environment, we keep the organization chart as flat as possible," he says.

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A Chat with Acquia About Their Recent TruCentric Acquisition [June 4, 2014]

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CMS Critic

By Mike Johnson

As you may have heard, Acquia recently picked up a Toronto based company focused on personalization for websites / commerce sites called TruCentric.

We took this opportunity to chat with Acquia about this acquisition and find out their motivations behind the purchase.

What spurred the acquisition of TruCentric over other players in the industry?

Digital marketers need to gain a deep understanding of all site visitors, including those that are anonymous, in order to grow their audience and drive conversions. Acquia is acquiring TruCentric, because it provides high resolution, real-time customer profiling for every site visitor based on their online behavior and preferences. With that information, digital marketers can deliver engaging, hyper-personalized experiences that appeal to site visitors and compel them to take a desired action.

Will the employees of TruCentric be taking on similar roles within Acquia now?

All TruCentric employees will join Acquia.

What are the long term plans for Acquia now that this acquisition has been announced?

Acquia helps businesses build and support digital properties, so they can out-compete their rivals among a the rapidly changing digital landscape. Personalized engagement and commerce are important revenue drivers for today’s digital-first businesses, so with this acquisition, Acquia is expanding the digital engagement and commerce segment of the business. TruCentric will extend the capabilities of Acquia Lift. TruCentric’s analytical insights, paired with Acquia Lift’s testing and personalization capabilities, will allow digital marketers to transform digital interactions into hyper-personalized experiences.

Can we expect to see a form of marketing suite integration into the Acquia platform?

Digital is disrupting every all modern business processes, not just marketing. In order for businesses to win against competitors, they need to drive digital transformation across their entire company...

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NuCivic Launches NuData, the Cloud-Based Open Source, Open Data Platform for Government [June 4, 2014]

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MarketWired

NEW YORK - June 4, 2014 - NuCivic, the open civic platforms company, is partnering with Acquia and Carahsoft to launch NuData Enterprise, the first fully open source software-as-a-service (SaaS) open data management solution. Based on Drupal, NuData will allow governments to comply with open data mandates and spur new economic opportunity for entrepreneurs to build businesses based on government data.

To date, the most established open data publishing tools have either been proprietary SaaS solutions, or open source projects. The former results in vendor lock-in and limits the ability for governments to customize their own solution, while the latter traditionally has lacked enterprise-grade commercial support and security-certified hosting.

“Now for the first time, governments can employ an ‘OpenSaaS’ approach to open data mandates,” said NuCivic CEO Andrew Hoppin. “NuData allows governments the freedom and flexibility to either self-host and innovate on an open source platform, or to easily deploy a full-featured turnkey solution, with enterprise grade support and security, all without the constraint and risk of vendor lock-in inherent in a traditional SaaS model.”

NuData answers a growing need and opportunity for both public and private sector organizations with open data needs. According to McKinsey, the open data movement could help unlock $3 trillion to $5 trillion in economic value annually.

Several governmental organizations have already tested and deployed NuData’s solutions to meet their open data mandates. Early NuData customers and collaborators on the underlying open source project (DKAN) include several federal agencies in the U.S., cities in Germany (Cologne and Bonn), and civic organizations worldwide (Open Puerto Rico, OpenOakland, DataNinja).

“NuData Enterprise offers a unified solution for government agencies looking to improve digital citizen engagement as they meet the requirements of open data mandates,” said Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. “Agencies gain greater agility with Drupal, and with NuData Enterprise, they’ll lower their total cost of ownership for their digital open government initiatives.”

NuData Enterprise Highlights

NuData is based on an open source distribution of the Drupal content management system, the same popular, highly customizable, open source software that thousands of governments already run.
NuCivic has partnered with: Acquia, which provides an open cloud platform for Drupal-powered sites, and Carahsoft, the trusted government IT solutions provider.
Features include bulk data/API hosting and management, visualization and mapping tools, a back-end administrative management system and easy-to-use theming configuration.

About NuCivic
NuCivic delivers cloud-based open source (OpenSaaS) civic software solutions, helping governments to improve services while driving costs down. Its NuData data management platform, based on the same Drupal software that 1000s of governments already run, helps governments to fulfill their digital open government mandates quickly and affordably, without vendor lock-in. Founded by an award-winning team of open government innovators, NuCivic is based in New York City with additional offices in Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information visit www.nucivic.com or call +1 917.426.9136

About Acquia
Acquia is the digital business company. Join Twitter, Mercedes Benz, Warner Music Group, Stanford University and the more than 4,000 organizations that are changing how business gets done. 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 and commerce.

Innovate. Transform. Disrupt. Acquia.

For more information visit www.acquia.com or call +1 781 238 8600.

About Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted Government IT solutions provider. As a top-ranked GSA Schedule Contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the master government aggregator for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of software manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators, and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

The company’s dedicated Solutions Divisions proactively market, sell and deliver Open Source, VMware, Symantec, EMC, Adobe, F5 Networks, HP, SAP, and Innovative and Intelligence products and services, among others. Carahsoft is consistently recognized by its partners as a top revenue producer, and is listed annually among the industry's fastest growing firms by CRN, Inc., Washington Technology, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and SmartCEO. Visit us at www.carahsoft.com.

Acquia Buys TruCentric to Boost its Cred in Personalized Content [June 3, 2014]

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GigaOM

By Barb Darrow

Acquia, which netted $50 million in new funding last week, is putting that money to use. The company, which built a range of content management system services atop open-source Drupal, is buying TruCentric, a SaaS firm specializing in real-time customer profiling.

Customer profiling/user engagement is tech speak for digging out information from a user’s past browsing history and other interactions to find what she is interested in and then targeting marketing campaigns for her. While that strikes many as creepy, it is also the holy grail for companies trying to sell products and services to the most receptive audience and leave the rest of the world alone. Acquia is just one of many companies chasing this ideal, including Adobe Systems’ with Marketing Cloud, Salesforce.com (with its ExactTarget-marketing cloud) and Oracle via its Vitrue acquisition. The news was announced at DrupalCon in Austin, Texas.

In an interview, Acquia CEO Tom Erickson said, while the company started out focusing on content management, it is now pushing into this brave new world of “digital engagement” where Toronto-based TruCentric can help. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a blog post, Buytaert wrote that TruCentric complements Acquia Lift, which adds testing and personalization capabilities for Drupal sites.

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When Digital Marketing Meets Open Source [May 27, 2014]

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Computerworld

By Rohan Pearce

The chief marketing officer of Massachusetts-based Acquia wants to take the open source message to other marketers

It's a product that actually costs nothing, is up against entrenched competitors, and exists in a category that enterprises have in the past been wary of. All in all, marketing open source to marketers was probably never going to be an easy job.

So you might forgive Tom Wentworth if he was a little wary of taking up the role of chief marketing officer at Acquia. But the CMO says that when he received a message from a recruiter asking if he was interested in the position, he jumped at the chance. "I couldn't have dialled back the number faster when I saw him asking about Acquia," Wentworth says.

Wentworth took up the role at Boston-based Acquia about 17 months ago. The company provides software and services based on Drupal: The open source content management system which the federal government has indicated it is likely to standardise on for a whole-of-government CMS.

Although it is Wentworth's first experience at an open source company, he has held marketing roles in other content management software vendors.

Before Acquia, he was CMO at Ektron, and prior to that he was Web solutions evangelist at Interwoven, which was acquired in 2009 by Autonomy — which itself was snapped up by HP in 2011 (a somewhat fraught acquisition.)

"I've been in the content management space for about 15 years now," Wentworth says. He joined Acquia in December 2012.

The decision to join Acquia was a "if you can't beat them, join them", Wentworth says. "As somebody's who's been in the market for so long, I saw the clear shift to open source and I saw the disruption that Drupal was having in the market and really wanted to be a part of it.

"I think when I look at the future of integrated digital experiences and how I see CMOs changing how they adapt digital technology I think Drupal is so strongly suited for that that I had to find a way to get here."

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Website Software Seller Acquia Adds $50M, Led by NEA [May 27, 2014]

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mardi, le 27 mai 2014h
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Xconomy

By Curt Woodward

Acquia hasn’t been shy over the past few years about its hopes to become a public company. Today, the seller of website management software is stacking up some more venture capital: a $50 million investment that Acquia says will help it continue growing in multiple areas.

The new investment was led by New Enterprise Associates, which will add growth equity leader Ravi Viswanathan to the company’s board. Another new investor, Split Rock Partners, also contributed to the round, along with some previous venture investors.

Acquia, founded in 2007, has been billing itself as “pre-IPO” for some time now. CEO Tom Erickson told the Boston Business Journal in March that his company could go public as early as this year, and Acquia added a new chief financial officer last week, a move that was touted in context with an eventual IPO filing.

In an interview Tuesday, chief marketing officer Tom Wentworth said the new financing hadn’t changed the company’s plans for a possible IPO. ”This funding is really about allowing us to move faster and accelerate our momentum,” Wentworth said. “Being a public company is certainly an option for us, but right now we’re focusing on continuing our really fast growth.”

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Acquia Scores $50M in Series F Funding [May 27, 2014]

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GigaOM

By Barb Darrow

Acquia, the company building a commercial business around the open-source Drupal content management technology, now has $50 million in new funding, bringing total investment to a tidy $118.6 million.

The cash influx will be used to build out sales and marketing — including adding more channel partners – and to push the use of the product in personalized marketing commerce applications, according to a statement.

The round, disclosed in a blog post by Acquia CTO and co-founder Dries Buytaert, was led by new backer New Enterprise Associates, with participation from Split Rock Partners. Existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, Investor Growth Capital, Tenaya Capital, and Accolade Partners also participated.

The Burlington, Mass. company looks to be on the road to an IPO and just brought Bill Sorenson on board as CFO, according to BostInno. Sorenson helped shepherd Qlik Technologies and Blade Logic through IPOs of their own.

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Transit Strike Shows Power of Drupal, Cloud Computing [May 16, 2014]

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StateScoop

In October, Bay Area Rapid Transit, which provides public transportation to the city of San Francisco, found itself in a public labor dispute, which culminated in a four-day strike that halted transportation services.

With nearly 400,000 daily riders — San Franciscans who relied on the system for transportation — the department’s website found itself with 10 times its normal traffic as users looked for information on when trains would run again.

The increase in Web traffic normally would have shut the site down, but just weeks before, the transit system — affectionately known as BART — moved its Web operations to Drupal, hosted inside Acquia’s cloud.

“Drupal allowed them the space to innovate and find better ways to communicate with their users,” Todd Akers, vice president of public sector for Acquia, told StateScoop. “In addition, hosting on Acquia Cloud allowed them to reduce costs by 70 percent and gave them the elasticity needed to handle times of higher demand.”

Akers pointed to a similar situation Acquia worked on with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority in October 2012. When Hurricane Sandy caused outages throughout the northeast, the department’s Web operations were able to keep running – keeping citizens informed – during times of crisis when communication is needed most.

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