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Acquia Receives $7 Million Series A Financing

Drupal open source collaboration and publishing platform secures commercial backing

**North Andover, MA, December 19, 2007** — Acquia, Inc. today announced it has secured $7 million in a Series A financing led by North Bridge Venture Partners, with additional investment from Sigma Partners and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. The company plans to use the capital to create value-added software and network services around the popular Drupal open source web collaboration and publishing platform. Company founders are Dries Buytaert, original creator of Drupal, and Jay Batson, previously founding CEO of open source VOIP software company Pingtel.

Enforcing Drupal Coding Standards During the Software Versioning Process

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive

Les is a web applications engineer at Genuine Interactive. He is a frequent Drupal community contributor. Genuine’s PHP team works on projects in a range of industries from CPG, B2B, financial services, and more.

Announcing a Drupal-based, OpenSaaS Government Data Portal

The past few years have seen a dramatic shift among governments and other public entities toward open data initiatives. These efforts involve unlocking vast troves of data collected or generated by civic institutions and making them available for public consumption. Among the more prominent efforts are data.gov.uk in the United Kingdom and data.gov in the US.

What Users Want: Designing to Help Acquia Customers

While in the context of market research Steve Jobs once said, “It's not the consumers' job to know what they want” (NY Times). As a user experience designer, it is my job to understand what our users may want or need in Acquia’s products.

Cloud, Open Source Power TransLink's Web Presence [July 16, 2014]

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By Rohan Pearce
Queensland public transport agency finds value in Drupal community
It was an aging bespoke application that drove TransLink to seek a new content management system, but it was the strength of the community surrounding the open source project that helped the Queensland public transport agency choose Drupal.

Prior to the switch to Drupal, which began last year, the former TransLink site was partly based on static files and partly on a "home-grown CMS that managed a lot of our custom content such as service disruption and events, so that we could do a little bit of distributed authoring within the organisation," said Natalie Gorring, manager, online products and services, at TransLink.

The old CMS, based on the Yii Web framework "was a few years old and needed updates," Gorring said. "As the TransLink website was evolving, we weren't able to keep up with updating the CMS that we had." As a result, TransLink started looking for alternatives.

"We didn't want to keep putting Band-Aids on our old CMS," Gorring explained.

The organisation reviewed a number of open source and proprietary CMSes, and Drupal came out on top. The open source project's active community was a factor in the decision, Gorring said. In addition, the TransLink team had in-house PHP skills, and that was also a factor in choosing the new CMS.

For the transition, TranLink relied heavily on its in-house skills but partnered with Acquia, the Boston-based company founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert, for hosting. The TransLink site is hosted in Acquia's cloud service, Gorring said.

"The [Queensland] government at the moment is very supportive of cloud and data sharing," Gorring said.

(An IT strategy update released by the Queensland government in May this year placed cloud computing "at the centre of government ICT reform" in the state.)

Going with a cloud service "took some pressure off our business systems team, and we have a contract with Acquia for 24-hour support," Gorring said. The TransLink site gets around 130,000 unique visits daily.

The initial scope of the Drupal project was a 'like for like' transition, replicating the organisation's existing website using the open source CMS. "We didn't have the time to add new features at the time," Gorring said. "For customers there was no difference, except maybe a few URL changes."

The transition took place over a period of around nine months, beginning late last year.

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Run a Hackathon, inspire passion for Drupal

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With a beta release of Drupal 8 just around the corner, and a library of modules that need a stable port (or at least a beta release) on release day, now is the time to get your learning underway and dive in.

A brief look at this chart from the Drupal 7 development cycle makes the effect of available contrib on core uptake really clear. If we as a community can ensure contrib is ready when Drupal 8 is released, then everyone has a greater incentive to jump in!

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.

Apple recruits top watch industry sales exec

Apple has hired one of the watch industry's top sales execs, Patrick Pruniaux, TAG Heuer's sales and retail VP. Pruniaux will be working on the iWatch and positioning it as a market leader in an ever changing and competitive wearables landscape.

Building A Great DX: Expand Your Community

A friend of mine recently celebrated a birthday at Morton’s Steakhouse.

How do I know?

I saw pictures of her personalized birthday Morton’s menu on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Turns out she didn’t even request it. The Morton’s staffer who took the reservation a few days earlier routinely asked her husband if they were celebrating a special occasion.

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