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Building Today's Entertainment Destination [September 20, 2012]

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donderdag, 20 september 2012

To thrive in the digital age, marketers at media and entertainment brands are tasked with building profitable relationships directly with their customers, finding new ways to generate revenue from their rich content assets. Every day, they must delight fans by providing free and engaging content, while funneling them to the most valuable properties, personalities or other revenue-generating sections of their site.

It’s a challenge that many marketers face, but in my opinion entertainment companies have the toughest challenge. Each artist, movie, book or other entertainment property is a branded digital experience that must reflect the content and artist, but also must extend beyond a website to multiple interaction points with fans. At the same time, these websites serve as a primary brand hub, generating content and pushing it out across online, mobile and social channels to engage fans where they gather. For these companies, balancing content, community and commerce across web experiences isn’t just challenging – it can be daunting. But having an open source Web Experience Management (WEM) platform can alleviate some of the burden of managing multiple sites, and even contribute to your bottom line by lowering costs and creating efficiencies.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/183453/building-todays-ent...

How does it feel to sell your company?

I've acquired other companies, but the sale of Mollom to Acquia, was the first time I sold a company of my own. Being the seller felt quite different. It's a interesting mixture of satisfaction tinged with loss. During the negotiation phase you feel joy and excitement. Then you feel frustration as you go through the due diligence process. It's a lot of work. Eventually, the day you hand over the keys you feel like you sold your baby. At the same time, you feel a sense of achievement.

Acquia Named 2012 Private Company of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council [Sept 18, 2012]

BURLINGTON, MA – September 18, 2012 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced that it has been named Private Company of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council at the 2012 MassTLC Leadership Awards. The award was presented to Acquia on September 13 before a crowd of more than 600 technology executives, entrepreneurs, investors and students at the Renaissance Hotel ballroom in Boston.

Acquia Appoints Chris Comparato As Vice President Of Customer Solutions [Sept 12, 2012]

BURLINGTON, MA – September 12, 2012 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced that it has hired Chris Comparato to fill the newly created position of Vice President of Customer Solutions. In this capacity, Comparato will be responsible for solutions architecture, professional services, learning services, client advisory and customer advocacy. Comparato joins Acquia’s executive management team and reports to CEO Tom Erickson.

Gartner's Web CMS Magic Quadrant: Oracle, Adobe, SDL, Sitecore, It's Deja Vu [Sept 10, 2012]

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maandag, 10 september 2012
CMS Wire

It's Still a Who's Who of WCM
I wish I could show you the magic quadrant diagram to give the picture in a quick snapshot, but I can't. Suffice it say the players are pretty much all the same — this is a who's who of web content management. What does this tell us? I think it tells us that the game is still the same and the established players have all the equipment necessary to play it.

Taking a quick look back at where vendors were on the WCM MQ list last year (in November to be exact), you can see that the leaders are solidified and it will take some bold moves to get into that quadrant. Interestingly, Ektron has been able to do it. Oops. Did I spoil the surprise?

Dev Desktop Selected as 2012 Trend Setting Product

Dev Desktop has been selected by KMWorld as a Trend-Setting Product of 2012. https://www.acquia.com/downloads This is a great honor for Acquia from this leading content management authority http://www.kmworld.com/ Last year, the Acquia Network made the KMWorld 2011 Trend Setting Product list as well.

Acquia Buys Mollom, Offers Social Content Moderation Platform [Aug 14, 2012]

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dinsdag, 14 augustus 2012
CMS Wire

Acquia has just announced that it is buying content monitoring vendor Mollom. With Mollom, Acquia says it will be able to build the first social content moderation platform that will ensure the quality of content that appears on client’s websites.

If you have already heard Mollom mentioned in the context of Acquia, it may be because Mollom was co-founded by Benjamin Schrauwen and Dries Buytaert, who is also the co-founder and current CTO of Acquia.

In fact it was because of this link that the two companies were finally merged. In a blog post by Buytaert, he said it made a lot of sense. Both he and Schrauwen were trying to raise capital for Mollom to help fund future product development and expand operations.

Acquia Buys Mollom for Spam Management [Aug 14, 2012]

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dinsdag, 14 augustus 2012

Acquia Inc., a venture-backed provider of content management software, has bought content monitoring company Mollom BVBA to boost its ability to manage user-generated content.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a news release....

Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead [Aug 14, 2012]

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dinsdag, 14 augustus 2012

Today Acquia, the company co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to commercialize the open source content management system, acquired Mollom, a spam filtering service also co-founded by Buytaert. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson tells me the Mollom service will continue to be available for non-Drupal users and pricing will remain unchanged.

Mollom competes with Akismet, the comment spam filtering service provided by WordPress backers Automattic. But Erickson downplays the role that competing with Automattic plays in the acquisition, saying that Drupal generally doesn’t compete head-to-head with WordPress. He says Drupal tends to be used for large sites while WordPress is used for blogs and small sites.