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IT Helps Simplify Cloud Provider Complexity

The Information Technology Services department at American Water is gradually shifting towards the cloud, away from a traditional "keep the lights on" mentality.

How will it get there?

That's for Leigh Ann Thomas to figure out.

The senior business relationship manager at the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility in the U.S. has a broad, overall goal: focusing the department on business relationships and initiatives that add value to the company.

For Ops Team Member, Giving Back is the Goal

Some years ago I was working for the public sector and had some innovative ideas for using free and open source software in order to make things more agile, stable and cheaper. This involved not only changing the users' desktops but more importantly the online presence, the public services and the deciders' mentality. It was then I came to know software like Typo3, Plone, Mambo/Joomla, Wordpress and ultimately Drupal.

IT Builds New Revenue Streams on Cloud

Richard Sanchez, president of Miami-based cloud-computing company 0NL9, Inc., is no longer surprised to see IT skills applied in new -- and potentially profitable -- ways.

One of his clients is a company that leases storage containers in over a hundred locations across Canada and Europe. Recently, an IT pro on staff, "who was previously doing things like fighting computer viruses," took the initiative to develop an online calculator that allows prospective customers to price their lease online, based on the size and availability of the container.

Cloud Shifts IT Focus to Business Strategy

As cloud hosting has become part of the technology landscape, offsite technical expertise also has become the norm. This has changed the game for IT, greatly simplifying the configuration, operation, and support a company's technology infrastructure.

"Acquiring and implementing technology is no longer the secret sauce of IT," admits Tom Catalini, the chief information officer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Yet, to Catalini, these are positive developments. "IT pros have a much better opportunity to really engage in the business now," he says.

AWS re:Invent

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Scaling Cloud: Ops Team Manages Petabytes with Clear View

Handling scale is one of those things people talk about that is an odd mixture of bragging and legitimate challenge. At Acquia, the Operations team is tasked with managing over 6,500 AWS instances, over 12,000 EBS volumes and over 5 million S3 objects. In your early days of growth you’d be able to keep track of this infrastructure just using a spreadsheet but as you can imagine this sprawl really gets out of the wheelhouse of what a spreadsheet can handle after you get past a few dozen servers.

A Drupal Dev Workflow for everyone: git flow, or just your flow

When it comes to building Drupal sites with a team of developers, there's perhaps nothing more important than establishing a productive workflow. Conferences are buzzing with talk of Continuous Integration, DevOps, Deployments and everything of the sort, and that's because as project sizes grow, these topics become central to the question of building great websites.

Acquia Named to 2013 AlwaysOn Global 250 Top Private Companies [July 3, 2013]

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Acquia today was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Inclusion in the AlwaysOn Global 250 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players in the Global Silicon Valley. Acquia was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

This year's 250 top, private technology companies are building a robust infrastructure to host the powerful applications that are fueling the burgeoning datasphere.

“This year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 is seeing an unprecedented shift from desktop to mobile. Concurrently, innovators in the cloud are making it possible for an entirely new generation of application and software solutions to enter the technology marketplace. The enterprise world has endured a long ramp-up to the cloud as well as finally accepting that mobile is here to stay. Now, businesses are demanding even more robust, secure applications with which to run their operations—anytime, anywhere,” says Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “The Global Silicon Valley is rising to this challenge with unfettered enthusiasm, providing business management solutions, IT infrastructure, and elegant, stable applications. Coupled with bleeding-edge consumer adoption of the latest and most powerful media applications, the companies on this year’s AlwaysOn Global 250 represent the highest-growth opportunities in today’s private company marketplace.”

The AlwaysOn Global 250 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and industry insiders. The AlwaysOn editorial team conducted a rigorous three-month selection process to finalize the 2013 list.

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

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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.

Robert Douglass talks Content, Community, and Commerce with Drupal

Robert Douglass, Director of Products at Commerce Guys, the originators and maintainers of Drupal Commerce sat down with me this week. We talked about how content, community, and commerce relate and help each other and why Drupal is the best platform to provide you with the digital elements of your users' experience of your online presence. Commerce Guys, in partnership with Acquia also has the support mechanisms that you need to succeed with Drupal and Commerce: from architecting your site, to training your developers, to the ongoing enterprise support that you would need for a serious store in the long term.

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