Acquia Coverage

SaaS Platform Looks to Curb the Content Beast [Oct 21, 2015]

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woensdag, 21 oktober 2015
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IT World Canada

By Gary Hilson

Enterprises are drowning in content and working against the tide to get it published and shared effectively, so Acquia Inc. has launched a new SaaS platform for smoother sailing .

Today the Boston-based company unveiled Content Hub, a cloud-based distribution and discovery service, which allows organizations to create, search, distribute, and share content numerous websites, intranets, content management systems and other external distribution channels such as RSS and Apple News. It could be text-based information, or multimedia such as photo and video.

It’s a new product for the self-described “digital experience” company, said CEO Thomas Erickson, and sprung from interactions with Acquia’s more than 4,000 customers through professional services engagements. Acquia found itself creating custom applications to address the content sharing conundrum, so the concept was ported to its product team for development, he said. Normally, organizations find themselves pulling content from one source and reformatting it for another channel.

Content Hub is designed to help enterprises share and distribute content better, but also make better use of what it has created, said Erickson. Large organizations in particular often have information sitting is silos that not only isn’t accessible to everyone who needs, but often forgotten unnecessarily recreated from scratch. The platform includes discovery tools faceted search to help end users relevant content from other sites, departmental archives or content management systems quickly.

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Acquia Joins North Bridge, 35 Cloud Leaders to Launch Fifth Annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey

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donderdag, 8 oktober 2015
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North Bridge

WALTHAM, Mass., - October 8, 2015 - North Bridge, an inception-to-growth stage venture capital firm today announced the launch of its fifth annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey in partnership with research analyst firm, Wikibon, and 36 collaborating cloud companies. When the study first began market hype outpaced adoption of cloud computing. Today, SaaS, long at the vanguard of cloud adoption, has grown five-fold from 2011 to 2014. Yet issues like security, cloud interoperability and vendor lock-in all warrant broader discussion on the part of the industry as it forges ahead. The program is vendor-agnostic and supported by companies large and small. All participants are encouraged to follow @futureofcloud and use #futureofcloud to join the discussion on Twitter.

Take the survey now.

The 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey is sponsored by North Bridge and Wikibon with the support of more than 35 collaborators (full list below), who have contributed, endorsed and will distribute the survey.

To view the results of the 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 surveys please visit: North Bridge Cloud Computing.

2015 Future of Cloud Computing Collaborators include Acquia, Appformix, Black Duck, Canonical, CenturyLink, Citrix, Clarity, CloudBees, CloudHealth Tech, Confer, Deis/EngineYard, Demandware, Egenera, eRecruit, Flexiant, Harmon.ie, Hornet Security, IngeniousMed, Logentries, Microsoft, Newforma, Open Xchange, Red Hat, Reval, RIFT.io, RightScale, Salsify, Scribe, Service Rocket, SpringCM, Stratus Technologies, THINKStrategies, Trillium Software, Virtustream, Wikibon, and WPEngine.

About North Bridge
North Bridge Venture Partners and North Bridge Growth Equity are active partners with entrepreneurs providing seed-to-growth financing for innovative companies looking to disrupt big markets. With $3.5 billion in capital currently under management, North Bridge partners, many founders themselves, work with entrepreneurs to apply their expertise in the creation, operation and scaling of market-leaders. The firm has funded more than 170 companies creating many billions in market value. Among those firms are Acquia, Actifio, Cool Planet, Couchbase, Demandware, Mavenir Systems, Paydiant, Proto Labs, Reval and Starent Networks. The firm is based in Waltham, MA. To learn more about North Bridge go to http://www.northbridge.com. Follow us at @North_Bridge.

About Wikibon
Wikibon is a community of business technology practitioners founded to deliver the most actionable and real-time information available in the marketplace. The Wikibon analyst team comprises expertise cutting across all facets of business technology, with a cross-functional focus on cloud, big data/analytics and infrastructure. Wikibon research methodologies heavily leverage traditional approaches and advanced social media and data analysis techniques. To learn more about Wikibon, go to http://wikibon.com. Follow us @Wikibon.

Web-software Seller Acquia Raises $55 Million, Staying Private for Now [Sept. 28, 2015]

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maandag, 28 september 2015
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BetaBoston

By Curt Woodward

One of Boston’s larger private tech companies is staying private for a while longer.

Acquia, which sells website-building software to business and government customers, has raised a $55 million investment round to help it bankroll sales, marketing, and product development.

The new private financing indicates that Acquia isn’t on the verge of filing for an initial public offering of its stock, a step the company has publicly contemplated for some time now.

Chief executive Tom Erickson said Acquia still plans to go public someday, but with private capital readily flowing into tech companies, the benefits of remaining private made the decision easy.

“Money is out there,” Erickson said. “It allows us the flexibility on that journey of becoming a public company, and deciding when we want to do that. That’s the key.”

Acquia has now raised nearly $189 million from private investors since it was founded in 2007, including a $50 million investment round last year. The company reported more than $100 million in revenue last year, and has more than 700 employees worldwide. It said it does not discuss profitability.

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Acquia Adds $55M as World Goes Online {Sept. 28, 2015]

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maandag, 28 september 2015
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Xconomy

By Gregory T. Huang

Let the good times roll in enterprise tech. One of Boston’s fast-rising Internet startups has some more cash to throw around.

Acquia, a Web content management software company, says it has raised $55 million in equity financing, led by new investor Centerview Capital Technology. Its previous investors, including New Enterprise Associates and Split Rock Partners, also participated in the growth round, which brings Acquia’s total funding to roughly $175 million.

Acquia was started in 2007 by Dries Buytaert (pictured above on the right) and Jay Batson. The idea was to build software products and services on top of Drupal, an open-source Web publishing system. The plan seems to be working, though entrepreneurs and their investors always want faster growth—hence the new financing.

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The Journey is Underway [Sept. 23, 2015]

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woensdag, 23 september 2015
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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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woensdag, 26 augustus 2015
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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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donderdag, 20 augustus 2015
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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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woensdag, 5 augustus 2015
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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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donderdag, 30 juli 2015
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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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donderdag, 30 juli 2015
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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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maandag, 27 juli 2015
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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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maandag, 14 september 2015
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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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dinsdag, 14 juli 2015
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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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maandag, 13 juli 2015
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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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Have You Heard the Buzz About Drupal 8? [July 13, 2015]

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maandag, 13 juli 2015
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Have You Heard the Buzz About Drupal 8?

By Dom Nicastro

More than four years of waiting for the new release of the world’s second largest open source web content management systems (CMS) is winding to a close.

The team at Drupal plan to release long awaited, much discussed Drupal 8 in less than a month — Aug. 9, to be precise. Already, the preview edition is drawing plenty of buzz, both good and bad.

Mobile, Multilingual
For Sam Wendel, content marketing officer for Vardot, a Drupal development firm, Drupal 8’s mobile-first approach and multilingual support enhancements are reasons for excitement.

“Mobile websites and apps are the new reality,” Wendel blogged about Drupal 8, “and so for the first time Drupal is addressing this comprehensively. All built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive, making it easier to administer on a mobile device.”

He added that Drupal 8 emphasizes “improved multilingual support” and prioritized globalization support “to deliver improved web experiences for both users and developers. There are improvements to language maintenance options, site translations and easier-to-customize settings. This bodes well for developers and site users everywhere.”

While there is enthusiasm about the Drupal 8 release, there are critics, too. Some users complain the platform should have evolved more in the past several years — and that the new release offers little innovation.

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Are You Building an Open Marketing Organization? [July 6, 2015]

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maandag, 6 juli 2015
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CMSWIRE

By Tom Wentworth

Marketers rely on data for just about every function of their jobs. Digital marketing's evolution has led most marketing organizations to rely on various marketing tools and technology in order to understand who their customer is and what they want. But that crucial customer data is often spread between disparate tools and systems within a company — from CRM systems like Salesforce, to marketing automation like Marketo, to reporting tools like Google Analytics. While each of these tools are important on their own — capturing unique sets of data about your company, customers and their unique relationship with your website or brand — they can also create silos.

Depending on their job function, marketers may only use a few of the many marketing tools on a regular basis, giving them a limited view of the customer. If we connected all of that useful data into one place, marketers would have the opportunity to discover more meaningful trends and insights about their customers and the success of different campaigns and strategies. With that, the entire company would function as a more cohesive unit and deliver better, more valuable information to customers and to internal teams.

What is Open Marketing?
The best way to break down silos within your marketing organization is by taking an open marketing approach. Based on the same principles of open source software, open marketing allows for easier integration between different marketing technologies. This gives marketers the opportunity to assemble their own marketing tech stack comprised of what systems work best for their business, from proven best-in-class tools to emerging technologies from startups. With open marketing, because these systems are easily connected, data can flow between them, giving each tool a more complete view of all customer data captured by your marketing organization.

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The Web Rolls Further Into the Strategies of e-Commerce Software Providers [July 6, 2015]

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maandag, 6 juli 2015
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Internet Retailer

By Paul Demery

Oracle and hybris each announced last week new ways of offering Internet-based platforms for bringing e-commerce to more B2B as well as retail companies.

Competitors Oracle Corp. and hybris Software launched Internet-based product strategies last week designed to bring customized e-commerce functionality to more companies.

Oracle, whose technology is used to run business operations software, databases and e-commerce sites at midsized to large companies, introduced Oracle Commerce Cloud as a means for letting small as well as large companies subscribe to cloud-based e-commerce and related technology for deploying business-to-business as well as retail e-commerce site. In addition to the e-commerce transaction functionality, the technology includes online marketing; mobile sales management tools for account managers; and online applications that let customers configure products, view available pricing and discounts, and request full price quotes for entire orders from sales reps.

While Oracle typically sells its licensed e-commerce and related software to companies with online retail sales of $50 million or more, it’s targeting Oracle Commerce Cloud to companies with from $10 million to $100 million in e-commerce sales, says Ian Davis, senior director of product management at Oracle. Companies that deploy Oracle Commerce Cloud, either as a full suite or in parts, will pay a monthly fee to access the Internet-hosted technology through a web browser. Clients can opt to pay either tiered fees based on the number of page views on their e-commerce sites, or a percentage of their gross transaction value. Specific pricing was not available.

Peter Sheldon, vice president and technology analyst at Forrester Research Inc., says in a report released today that Oracle Commerce Cloud shares 80% of its software code with Oracle’s licensed software that companies typically deploy “on-premise,” or on their own network infrastructure. This gives the new cloud-based software suite the ability to provide levels of site performance and functionality similar to the licensed version, but also with new features available through a cloud-based system, he says.

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Acquia Certification Can Help Uou Master Drupal Web Development [July 6, 2015]

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maandag, 6 juli 2015
,
Certification Magazine

By Peter Manijak

This past April brought the one-year anniversary of the Acquia Certification Program, which has experienced notable growth over the past 16 months. When Acquia first got things off the ground, there was just one exam in place. Halfway through 2015, there are four exams, along with a new Acquia Certified Grand Master credential.

When the program first launched, it was important to establish meaningful credentials to validate the skills and knowledge of Drupal developers across the globe. Before 2014, there had never been any kind of Drupal certification or credentialing program of any note, and Acquia, as a leader in this open source world, made the investment to create such a program.

As the Drupal web development platform has gained in popularity, there has been a demand by companies, governments and other bodies to find the talent to build, service and manage enterprise web sites and undergo digital transformation.

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Acquia, hybris Partner on Cloud-Based Digital Experiences [June 30, 2015]

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dinsdag, 30 juni 2015
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CMSWire

By Dom Nicastro

SAP hybris introduced hybris-as-a-service (YaaS) as a commerce platform based on microservices at its Global Customer Days and Partner Summit in February. It was the talk of the conference, according to reports. (We'll spare you the tweets claiming "The answer is Yaas.")

Acquia is now joining the conversation.

The Boston-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company, which provides products, services and support for open-source web content management platform Drupal, and hybris, the Munich-based e-commerce solutions provider under the SAP hood, partnered today. The goal: to help brands “deliver contextually relevant digital experiences via the cloud.”

Acquia and hybris, which SAP acquired in 2013 to strengthen its position in the e-commerce space, contend companies are moving away from legacy “software as a product” that include “inflexible delivery models.”

The partnership will produce an alternative, officials promised: “cloud-based microservices” that help organizations produce digital experiences as easily as downloading apps to a smartphone.

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OSTraining to Release Free Drupal 8 Beginner Training in July [June 25, 2015]

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donderdag, 25 juni 2015
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OSTraining

As one of the fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer programmers are about to get a professional development tool at no cost. Open Source Training LLC (OSTraining) is set to launch a 14-part online beginner course for Drupal 8 via YouTube in July.

OSTraining launched a campaign earlier this year to fund freely available Drupal 8 training modules. Acquia sponsored the development of the beginner’s training.

The beginner track is slated for 50 videos to cover an introduction to Drupal, installation of Drupal 8 on Acquia Cloud Free, taxonomy, modules, themes, managing people and reports, and site management. Acquia Cloud Free is a free Drupal development platform offering one-click installation of Drupal 8.

“Acquia is making it easy for developers to discover all the advantages that Drupal 8 offers,” said Renée Bochman, Acquia vice president of customer experience. “Acquia provides a cloud platform and full suite of workflow tools for Drupal 8. OSTraining’s on-demand course is designed to help developers get started fast and succeed.”

OSTraining CEO Steve Burge of Sarasota, Fla. says, “many new Drupal 8 users will need training, which can be expensive and difficult to find. The goal is to give everyone free access to the very best Drupal 8 training.”

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