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The Next Generation Digital Experience is Built on Open Source [May 6, 2013]

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OpenSource.com

By Tom Erickson

Massive disruption is occurring as marketing goes digital. Business is moving steadily towards providing a fully personalized and truly integrated digital experience—building upon recent advances in user experience, analytics, cloud computing and storage, and an omni-channel experience across mobile platforms and social media.

Yet while the end user digital journey has improved significantly, we are only in the earliest stages of offering a compelling, integrated digital experience. The biggest impediment? The accelerating rate of change around mobile, web, and social experiences. Existing technologies struggle to keep pace, while new technologies fail to offer either the breadth or depth of the capabilities required. Traditional paradigms in software development are failing to keep up.

The degree of personalization needed for the next generation digital experience requires managing a lot of data. Superdata. As the degree of personalization and anticipation of the online visitor’s needs increases, computing power also must increase. This is where open source is taking the lead. The vision for this next generation digital experience has been emerging over the past few years. Forrester started out calling it Web Experience Management.

More recently, as "web" began to sound a bit less cutting edge, they’ve begun to call it Digital Customer Experience, or Digital Experience (DX). Others call it Digital Experience Management, or DXM.

The good news is that many of the technologies that will allow us to accomplish this goal have arrived on the scene and are now being put to the task. What is also clear is that open source is the foundation on which this next generation digital experience is being built. Big Data is the term given to the idea of gathering, storing, and mining all of the information required to achieve a desired result. Personalization is the process of applying this information to the individual.

Acquia Named to 2013 OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies [April 30, 2013]

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AlwaysOn

This year's 100 top companies are feeding a burgeoning data macrosphere, propelling the entire computing paradigm into a interdependent, connected, and mobile future.

The fourth annual AlwaysOn OnDemand 100 represents a list of vigorous emerging and mature companies that are going beyond creating new business opportunities. The cloud infrastructure, SaaS, and on-demand marketplace is reinventing computing—how it’s powered, where data is stored, and where and when we access it.

The AlwaysOn editorial team, along with partners at KPMG, Bridge Bank, General Catalyst Partners, Menlo Ventures, GSV Capital, Mayfield Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Intel Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Azure Capital, Allegis Capital, Venrock, InterWest Partners, Illuminate Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, AT&T, Jafco Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Oak Investment Partners, Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, and industry experts across the globe, went out into the entrepreneurial ecosystem to find the top 100 private companies that are disrupting the entire computing paradigm.

These startups are bringing a new world of highly nimble, versatile, and mobile services to everyone participating in the new digital era. While these businesses are transforming the way we interact with computers and computing resources, they are also creating high-growth businesses that offer huge upside potential for investors.

Stable Cloud, Mobile Audience
This year’s OnDemand 100 launches at a time when the entire world is experiencing a shift in the way it relates to technology, information, and media. Only a few short years ago, the cloud was being warily considered as just another clever marketing buzzword being used to describe something that sounded too good to be true. As we look at the top companies on this year’s OnDemand 100, it’s clear that the buzzword has become reality—and lived up to its promise. Cloud infrastructure is expanding into and enhancing every sector of the technology world.

Incredibly intelligent entrepreneurs have taken this concept and turned it into the reality that will carry us into the computing future. Continually enhancing cloud tools, platforms, security, and data storage, management, and delivery, cloud infrastructure companies are becoming the go-to resource for deploying today’s critical business and consumer applications. Whether it’s public, private, or hybrid, the cloud infrastructure companies that are providing the most robust, trustworthy, always-on performance are the ones propelling us into a completely new computing universe.

The robust applications, mobile technology, and on-demand innovations being supported in the cloud are enhancing almost every sector of the online world. We’ve seen the borders being pulled down between desktop, TV, tablet, smartphone, and laptop. And while the amount of data being generated and consumed is continuing to expand almost faster than we can harness its power, the rigorous determination of the OnDemand 100 winners is meeting and exceeding this continual entrepreneurial challenge. The data macrosphere is a reality—a binary organism that’s fueling our creative process and bringing new ideas to fruition. As it grows and expands into every corner of the cloud, the applications it inspires will continue to feed the success of the Global Silicon Valley.

Reimagining the Computing Paradigm
This year’s OnDemand 100 companies, like their predecessors, were selected based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz. As the cloud infrastructure, SaaS, and on-demand community redefines the world of technology, it continues to push the limits of computer power and how data resources are created, stored, and delivered—developing new ideas and creating new companies with outstanding growth potential.

Congratulations to all the 2013 OnDemand 100 winners. These top venture capital-backed on-demand and SaaS companies are taking advantage of an increasingly stable and reliable cloud infrastructure to develop, maintain, and deploy a continuous stream of disruptive technology to every single computer user on the planet. The technology platforms and services represented in this year’s list are feeding a burgeoning data macrosphere, propelling the entire computing paradigm into a interdependent, connected, and mobile future.

Acquia Says Open Source Helps Enterprises Thrive in Today’s Digital Disruption [April 16, 2013]

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Sandhill.com

Enterprises are rapidly adopting open-source software to achieve value far beyond just lowering costs. Tom Wentworth, CMO at open-source provider Acquia, discusses how open source addresses trends in evolving enterprise needs and shares examples of return on investment that enterprises achieve through open source.

Enterprises, like all businesses today, are trying to survive in a time of digital disruption. The market is beyond competitive. Look at how digital pioneers like Netflix and Amazon have transformed their industries. It’s only a matter of time before that happens to every industry, if they aren’t ready to innovate.

Open source allows enterprise business to place its bet on the freedom to innovate. The global developer communities bring unforeseen development speed, and the lack of high license fees mean that resources can be invested in a great digital experience. Most importantly, though, open source provides the freedom to innovate, plan out your own product road map, and respond quickly to market demands. That equals survival.

Kyle Browning on the open-sourced Drupal Create iOS app

Kyle Browning, the Director of Mobile WorkHabit, talks about developing for Drupal as a mobile platform and the open-sourcing of the new Drupal Create app for iOS.

Opera: A proprietary software company doing open source right

I also thought of calling this episode of our Four Freedoms podcast series "The interesting journey of a company producing proprietary software being involved in an open source project," ... not so catchy. Or maybe "Why business and openness do not have to be enemies." The point is that on February 12, 2013, Opera Software announced that it was dropping its own, proprietary rendering engine in favour of the open source WebKit engine. I wanted to know more about that decision and the consequences going forward. What I discovered is a company with a commitment to open standards, knowledge sharing, liberal licensing, and a long-term history of actions to back those claims up.

Is PHP Secure? "It is if you do it right" says Anthony Ferrara

This is part three of a conversation I had with Anthony Ferrara – PHP core contributor, security expert, and Senior Architect at NBCUniversal – at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. In part one of our conversation, we talked about open source as an ethos and how it affects business. In part two, we talk about what the Four Freedoms mean to us as IT and web professionals, and the growing impact and influence of open source software.

Meet Anthony Ferrara: The only people who win are everybody.

I met PHP core contributor and security expert Anthony Ferrara at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. He is a Senior Architect at NBCUniversal on a team that works a lot with Drupal. In this first part of a three-part interview, we sat down to talk about open source as an ethos and how it affects business. In the next two parts of our conversation, we talked about the consequences and practice of the Four Freedoms that define open source software, and the security of PHP as a programming language.

Open Source, Community, and Freedom

I’ve been with Acquia for a few weeks and have greatly enjoying learning about Drupal and what makes an open source project succeed – the community. It’s such a different approach to product development than I’m used to, having spent most of my career working for commercial CMS companies. I’ve already seen the energy, commitment and passion of the Drupal community.

Open Source & The Innovators Solution

I've spent most of my career working for commercial web content management companies. But over the past few years, something became very clear to me - commercial CMS products are broken. Vendors are spending more time building features to compete with each other than they are trying to solve real-world customer problems.

Meet Chris Pliakas: Open software and open data make for better decisions

Chris Pliakas is a solutions architect at Acquia. He works closely with the Acquia sales representatives and potential clients "to help people who might not know about Drupal or might be considering a proprietary solution see how Drupal can help them. It's really great to be out on the front lines helping people to see Drupal the way we do."

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