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Tech Sector Throws Lunchtime Dance Party [Nov. 7, 2013]

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donderdag, 7 november 2013
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The Boston Globe

By Callum Borchers

It’s lunch time in the Innovation District, so of course it’s time to paper over the windows, hang the strobe lights, and crank up the music.

Welcome to the new power lunch in Boston, about as far as you can get from the cushy banquettes of the downtown dining salons, where a buttoned-down waiter recommends the baked scrod and two guys in suits discuss weekend golf.

Instead, Lunch Beat Boston style is an amped-up dance hour, where the Seaport’s District Hall is turned into a darkened disco, and techies groove to thumping electronica so loud that networking becomes, by necessity, a wordless bounce to the beat with your neighbor.

Lunch Beat — a global franchise that started three years ago in the electronic dance music hub of Stockholm — is a noontime rave intended to break up the work routine with a midday jolt of techno tunes. Organizers in Greater Boston held their fourth such rave Wednesday at District Hall, the newly erected center of the city’s budding Innovation District.

“A lot of young people don’t want to just work and go home,” said Dries Buytaert, cofounder of Acquia, a software company that cosponsored the event. “They want to be part of something. They want to have an experience, so having some fun matters. It matters because it gives you a sense of purpose and makes work not just work.

“Technology people often come across as reserved, but I think they’re the first ones to drop their guards in an atmosphere like this,” Buytaert added.

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Announcing the 50 on Fire Finalists for Marketing & Advertising [Nov. 1, 2013]

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Vrijdag, 1 november 2013
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BostInno

There's a glow in Boston right now. Not only are Halloween jack o'lanterns illuminating our city streets, but the glory of a historic Red Sox World Series victory is igniting the Hub, fueling what is sure to be days of celebrations.

But we here at BostInno are about to add more fire to a city already hot with hometown pride.

The time has come to name finalists for BostInno’s second 50 on Fire. After months of anticipation and a grueling selection process, thousands of nominations have been narrowed down to less than 200. These are the extraordinary companies and individuals who burn brighter than the rest. They are the newsmakers, forward-thinkers, and innovators undeniably setting the scene aflame. Check out all the 50 on Fire Finalists here.

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Head in the Cloud: Emphasizing Customer Service in the Era of Cloud Computing [Oct. 7, 2013]

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maandag, 7 oktober 2013
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1to1 Media

By Anna Papachristos

Though cloud-based technology has been part of the enterprise for nearly a decade, today’s tools offer simple solutions that allow organizations to bridge internal gaps, gather consumer insight, and boost the omnichannel experience.

With feet on the ground, and heads in "the cloud," today's customer experience professionals continue to develop their service offerings by investing in emerging technologies that extend and enhance the customer relationship. Through cloud computing and applications, companies across industries have been able to improve their software capabilities and data collection methods in ways that allow for stronger customer engagement and brand loyalty.

Yet, while such tools have become an accepted and integral part of the customer service space, less than one decade ago, these revolutionary technologies were on the cusp of altering the way businesses connect with customers, employees, and partners.

"Just a few short years ago, cloud computing was considered less than a mainstream idea, something more suited to early adopters," says Bryan House, vice president of product marketing at Acquia. "With reduced costs, less need for staff, redundancy, and scalability, the cloud is now presumed to be the smart option, and sometimes the only option. Six years ago, platforms for marketing automation, email, CRM, analytics, and digital experiences were on premise. You'd never consider hosting them in a datacenter. But today, the cloud is just presumed to be the easier way."

Cloud technology has grown in sophistication to keep up with the speed and demands of today's digital marketplace. Because many organizations face fewer IT resources and smaller IT budgets, cloud services fulfill an important need for innovation and responsive design. Vish Mavathur, vice president and head of cloud services at iGate, notes that the cloud is not a single technology, but a set of convergent technologies that are steadily coming together to transform the experience on information technology. Cloud-based systems offer cost efficiency, scalability, and agility so companies may adjust their performance according to demand, thus devoting less time to maintenance and support, and more time to innovation and business-driven results.

Acquia: Revenue to Near $70M, but No Rush for IPO [Sept. 17, 2013]

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dinsdag, 17 september 2013
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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Acquia expects major revenue growth again for 2013 but there is "nothing imminent" planned in terms of taking the company public, CEO Tom Erickson said in an interview.

Acquia provides enterprises with cloud hosting and related tools and services for websites created using Drupal, an open-source content management and site development platform. Acquia co-founder Dries Buytaert is the original creator of Drupal and serves as the firm's CTO.

The company has grown steadily in recent years amid growing adoption of Drupal among large enterprises. Acquia reported more than $45 million in revenue last year, more than doubling its top line from the previous year.
Erickson said Acquia expects about 50 percent revenue growth for 2013, which would equal about $68 million in revenue.

That would put the firm within the revenue range during which many venture-backed tech firms consider going public. And Erickson said Acquia does have a strong opportunity for an IPO.

Explaining Varnish for Beginners

A short time ago I published a presentation I gave at DrupalACT entitled 'Varnish for Beginners'. Whilst the presentation itself went down well and those attending hopefully garnered a good amount of knowledge, I thought I'd share the basics in this blog post for those who would like to know more about it.

What is Varnish?

Three important start-up lessons I learned

The blog post below was a guest article I wrote for Inc Magazine and was published in September 2013. It has been a while since I shared a startup lesson on my personal blog so I'm cross-posting my article here.

When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What is even more exciting is the open source community that has grown up around Drupal.

Web Publishing With the Acquia Advantage [Aug. 20, 2013]

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dinsdag, 20 augustus 2013
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Bloomberg TV

Acquia CEO Thomas Erickson discusses the company's business model with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."

"Social has been an add-on on the web until now. What people want to do is integrate social with their regular content," said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. "We're creating the opportunity for people to blend their content, their community and their commerce."

Acquia + Alfresco Join Forces for Agile, Dynamic, Multichannel Content Delivery [June 18, 2013]

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dinsdag, 18 juni 2013
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CMSWire

By David Roe

In the world of multichannel content delivery and management, partnerships are being formed at an astounding rate. Today, Alfresco and Acquia have announced a new partnership that will see the two open source platforms working together to provide advanced multichannel content management.

Acquia, Alfresco Digital Content
While both Acquia and Alfresco are strong, established players in their respective spaces, the two combined will greatly increase the ability of enterprises to provide full digital content management abilities to their clients, both internally and externally.

The combination will provide users with content applications that span everything from traditional document management to structured editorial workflows as well as the dynamic delivery of multichannel web experiences.

The result is a unified digital experience that pulls together content, community and commerce capabilities through the creation of web applications that can push content to all corners of the enterprises and to wherever it is needed.

Earlier this week we saw that many front-line workers were not in a position to close deals as many enterprise do not consider content delivery needs in their overall content strategies.

Acquia: $45M in 2012 revenue, staff now above 300 [May 22, 2013]

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woensdag, 22 mei 2013
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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Web publishing software firm Acquia said Wednesday it received $45.3 million in revenue in 2012, more than doubling its top line from the previous year.

Acquia also said it has doubled its employee count in the past 15 months, and now has about 340 employees globally, with half of them in Burlington.

That's up from the 260 employees Acquia had in late November, when the firm raised $30 million in funding.

The company provides tools and support for enterprises using the open-source Drupal Web publishing platform. Drupal has surged in popularity among enterprises in recent years due to the potential for cost savings and the flexibility of design.
Acquia previously reported receiving $21.8 million in revenue in 2011. Those revenue results had made Acquia the fastest-growing software company on the 2012 Inc. 500 list, and the eighth fastest-growing company on the list overall.

The firm says it now has more than 3,800 customers, up from about 2,000 at the end of 2011. New customers include Georgetown University, Olympus Corporation of the Americas and Polycom.

Acquia is "enabling our customers to build disruptive digital businesses in an open source way," co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert said in a news release announcing the revenue growth Wednesday.

Key customer sectors include media and entertainment (NBC, Warner Music Group), high-tech (eBay, Twitter), health care (Humana) and higher-education (Stanford University).

Boston Business Journal Honors Acquia as a 2013 “Best Places to Work” Winner [May 1, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

Best Places to work 2013
BOSTON - The Boston Business Journal has named Acquia one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in its eleventh annual regional awards program. The honor recognizes Acquia’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.

Acquia was one of over 400 companies to qualify for consideration based on a two-stage nomination process and the results of employee-satisfaction surveys taken throughout March & April.

“Our Best Places to Work event will again recognize the importance of cultivating a great workplace culture as a competitive advantage," said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. "Companies on our list can be justifiably proud of creating a high level of workplace satisfaction during an economy where traditional rewards like big raises and bonuses aren't as easy to give. In good times and in bad, our results validate how the creation of the right corporate culture can create powerful business advantages. Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business.”

The survey project was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

80 companies total … the top 25 companies in three size categories plus the top 5 in a new category called “PR/Communications” will be awarded during a lively cocktail reception on June 13th at the iconic CitiCenter /Wang Theatre and profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal on June 14th.

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