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Bryan Hirsch, "Helping the Federal Government solve public sector problems with Drupal"

Bryan Hirsch comes from a background of software engineering and political activism. He originally joined Acquia as an engineer on the Drupal Gardens team thanks to his expertise and interest in software-as-a-service products. His new position at Acquia as Senior Technical Consultant Acquia Government Practice Department allows him to leverage his longstanding interest in using open source software in government to save taxpayer dollars, improve civic engagement and government services.

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Announcing Spark: authoring improvements for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

At DrupalCon Denver, I announced the need for a strong focus on Drupal's authoring experience in my State of Drupal presentation. During my core conversation later in the week, I announced the creation of a Drupal 7 distribution named "Spark" (formerly code-named "Phoenix"). The goal of Spark is to act as an incubator for Drupal 8 authoring experience improvements that can be tested in the field.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson to Mentor Startups at We Media PitchIt! Conference and Challenge [April 16, 2012]]

BURLINGTON, MA – April 16, 2012 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced that CEO Tom Erickson has been selected to serve as mentor to participating startups at the We Media PitchIt! Conference and Challenge on April 18 at USA Today / Gannett in McLean, VA.

Digital Bungalow Named Enterprise Select Partner of Acquia [April 2, 2012]

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Yahoo News

Acquia, the leading provider of commercial solutions for Drupal, has named Digital Bungalow an Enterprise Select Partner. For web development firms, this is the most distinguished partnership possible, made with just 16 firms globally. The partnership provides Digital Bungalow with the highest level of field assistance and support for their Drupal initiatives.

"We’re thrilled to be recognized by Acquia as one of the world’s leading Drupal development firms. Digital Bungalow developers are on the leading edge of custom Drupal development for websites, mobile, and eCommerce," said Nate Wolfson, President of Digital Bungalow. "We have recently built websites for Humana and Showcase Cinemas on the Drupal platform, and with the help of Acquia, we are able to streamline, customize and maximize our clients’ CMS capabilities."

“Digital Bungalow has become a valuable partner and Drupal advocate,” said Tim Bertrand, VP of Worldwide Field Sales at Acquia. “We look forward continuing to strengthen our partnership and the benefit that will bring to both organizations.”

Acquia's partnership with Digital Bungalow builds on Drupal's continued success. Drupal is one of the world’s largest, open-source content management systems that empowers non-technical users to easily update their website content. With nearly 14,000 contributed modules, developers can piece modules together to build an effective content management system, tailored to the needs of the client.

About Digital Bungalow
Founded in 1999, digital marketing and technology agency Digital Bungalow develops websites, custom applications, and marketing campaigns that drive business results for regional and national businesses. Clients include Bob’s Discount Furniture, Carrier Corporation, Dow Jones, Humana, and Showcase Cinemas. For more information, visit www.digitalbungalow.com or @DigitalBungalow on Twitter.

About Acquia™, The Enterprise Guide To Drupal
Acquia empowers enterprises with the open-source social publishing system Drupal. Co-founded by Drupal's creator in 2007, Acquia helps customers manage their growth and scale their online properties with confidence. Acquia's products, cloud infrastructure, and support enable companies to realize the full power of Drupal while minimizing risk, as it's done for 2,000 enterprise customers including Twitter, Al Jazeera, Turner, World Economic Forum, Stanford University, New York Senate and NPR. See who's using Drupal at www.drupalshowcase.com and for more information please visit www.acquia.com or call 888-9-ACQUIA.

From the dorm room to the boardroom - Ten years of Drupal growth and success

More than a million served! It’s been just over a decade since Drupal’s inception as an online message board in founder, Dries Buytaert’s student dorm in Antwerp, Belgium. It is now developed and supported by a vibrant, collaborative, international community of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of users. Drupal powers over a million websites of all kinds.

DrupalCon - coding nerds unite [March 21, 2012]

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9news

DENVER - It's a gathering of Drupal proportions, and it's taking place in Denver through Friday.

DrupalCon 2012 bring together businesses and programmers from all over the country to talk about the free, open-source software called Drupal.

Dries Buytaert began the Drupal software as an message board in 1999. It's now gained a lot of momentum, and it's used by businesses of all kinds.

This morning we talked with the CEO of Phase2 Technology about how he's used Drupal to grow his business and how some Colorado companies are doing the same thing.

Warner Goes Drupal: A Q&A With Paul Sinclair, SVP, Digital Media, Atlantic Records [March 20, 2012]

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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Billboard

Warner Goes Drupal: A Q&A With Paul Sinclair, SVP, Digital Media, Atlantic Records

Warner Music Group is among the first companies to use a new platform by Acquia called "Enterprise Drupal Gardens."

In short, Enterprise Drupal Gardens offers clients the same advantages as proprietary "software as a service" (Saas) models without being confined to a proprietary platform like Cisco's Eos. Warner started using Eos for some of its artist websites back in 2009, but Cisco decided to discontinue Eos in 2011.

Acquia has been working with Warner for six months to tailor the platform to the music company's specific requirements. A wide range of artists websites are already on the platform, including Cody Simpson, T.I., B.o.B, Portugal. The Man, Stevie Nicks, Iron & Wine, Surfer Blood, JaneDear girls and Gloriana. Websites for Jason Derulo, Waka Flocka Flame, Shinedown, Paramore, Wiz Khalifa and Trey Songz are among those due to be on the platform in the coming weeks.

In a conversation with Billboard.biz, Paul Sinclair, SVP, Digital Media, Atlantic Records, explained the benefits of using a Drupal-based platform and how it plays into the role of today's record label.

Billboard.biz: What does this partnership mean from a practical standpoint for Warner's websites?
Paul Sinclair: Here's why this matters to us and why it matters to artists in a nutshell: the thing we've learned over the last few years doing the direct-to-fan thing, both on the website side and the ecommerce side, is that there are a couple things that are really important. The website needs to stay up, and that's no trivial task. The other side of it is the world keeps getting more innovative and keeps changing faster. The [platform] needs to change with it and be almost infinitely flexible. Having done this for a number of years at Warner and Atlantic, the platform we were on before [had] a sense of robustness. During the Grammys, when other websites were non-accessible because some artist had an amazing performance on the Grammys, Bruno Mars' website was still up. That was one of the things we got out of our old platform.

The next great thing that we find to be interesting, we need to be able to tie it into the artist experience - the artist website, the ecommerce store, whatever it is. Warner has been doing things with Drupal for years and open source is great, but in my opinion we're ultimately an innovative record label, not a technology company. So we should focus on great products and innovation and marketing, but that doesn't mean we're running a bunch of servers and stuff like that. This [partnership] gets us the best of both worlds for artists. The website stays up and they get the benefit of open source because there's a zillion developers out there giving cool little features back to the Drupal community, but without the headache of running all your Drupal stuff.

Was lack of flexibility a problem with Cisco's platform?
It wasn't a lack of flexibility, it was [the platform was] proprietary. You had a big team but there are only so many people to build new features for Cisco. Drupal is a worldwide platform where everybody from a kid in his bedroom through to big companies is building stuff [for the platform]. Ultimately it opens up the world. Cisco, as big as they are, can only put so many resources against anything. Artists love to be at the bleeding edge. One of my jobs is to help them decide [if something] is a great idea or if it's not. If it's a great idea you don't want to be handcuffed. You want to be able to plug it in and try it.

What kinds of things can we expect from artist websites on this new platform?
There are some very cool social networks out there that allow you to have apps that upload content and that's why everybody loves social networks - they build tools to allow you to upload content very easily. In the past we've tried to replicate those. With Drupal we've figured out it's faster and easier to do that. So in the near term we're going to be rolling out apps for artists to be able to get content. I was sitting down with Shinedown at lunch yesterday and they said to me, "Hey, we love our website and we love social but we really do love our fan community on our website. We want to figure out easier ways while we're on the road to be a part of that, because it's hard while we're on the road." And we said, "We think the solution is we're going to have this app for you and it is going to work on your phone and you'll be able to get content on there without having to pull out a Macbook Air." I point that out because everybody should have an app to put stuff on their website, but it's more challenging that it sounds.

We're thinking through if there should be a deeper fan rewards program [on artist fan clubs]. By being there for the artist, should you be rewarded when you tweet, when you log into the website, when you buy something whether it's from us or a retailer? The openness of this platform [means] we try it and it works, awesome, we can do it with other artists when it makes sense. And if it doesn't work, then no harm no foul, you can move on and try something else.

The last couple months, everybody's been talking about Pinterest, right? When there's a new thing, this platform allows us to plug in the new thing for one or two or a hundred or however many artists want to try out the new thing, and figure out if it works with their fans or not. It doesn't require us to wait six months while we miss the opportunity to get in there because the platform itself is flexible. You can also make sure that every artist website is not the freakin' same. Every artist wants a unique experience. Artist websites can't look like templates. Artists want to feel like it's their experience.

You've said that Warner is a music company and not a technology company, and on the hosting side you're not a technology company. But it sounds like to some degree you have to be a technology company now. Is that true?
Yeah. Look, we have lots of people who do this. We have lots of people at Atlantic who do digital. There are lots of technologists in the company. I just think our focus should be on leveraging technology for artists - experiences, products - and not on managing servers. We should be working on the edge cases and letting people like Acquia worry about the boxes that power the thing, and the core platform that powers the thing. Therefore we can focus on the artist experience, the fan experience, the community, the things you should do as a 2012 record label. I think there was some thought over the last decade that record labels were going to be technology companies. I think we're leveragers of technology, we're not technologists - even though we have lots of people who live and breathe tech all day.

Acquia Debuts 'Enterprise Drupal Gardens' [March 20, 2012]

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Info Tech

Drupal is a free software package that offers an opportunity to developers and content owners to easily organize, manage and publish their content. Drupal is open source software and is maintained by a community of 630,000+ users and developers. The solution is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”).

Acquia, the company that provides enterprise guides to Drupal has announced the introduction of a new platform named Enterprise Drupal Gardens. According to the company, this new platform allows users to create and manage endless content-rich, social websites. Some of the big names in content domain, such as Warner Music Group, have already started using this platform, the company stated in a press release.

“OpenSaaS Enterprise Drupal Gardens is a game changer. Global organizations are under pressure to find a flexible and low cost means to build incredible web experiences,” said Tom Erickson, chief executive officer at Acquia. “Warner Music Group is a great example of how we are helping enterprises dramatically reduce operational hurdles and costs, while offering them unparalleled freedom to create websites without boundaries, based on open source Drupal.”

Powerful Drupal CMS allows users to create photo and video galleries, custom content, forms and surveys, and dynamic content mashups. They can also easily style page elements and design themes and log in to sites with their ID’s from Facebook (News - Alert), Twitter, Google+, and twenty other social and business networks.

In other news, Acquia recently announced the release of the Acquia Cloud API. The Cloud API allows developers to extend, enhance and customize Acquia Cloud's capabilities including developer workflow, site management, and provisioning.

The Cloud API empowers the entire Drupal ecosystem, developers and businesses alike, to save time and accelerate deployment by integrating Acquia Cloud tools into their properties. Developers can now automate testing, data sanitization and other operations to ensure data and code quality is consistent across environments.

As a result, Acquia is able to provide a platform for professional developers, distribution builders, and web design agencies to rapidly roll out new websites and businesses.

Fans of Drupal software connect in Denver [March 20, 2012]

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Denver Post

The Mile High City will host about 3,000 "Drupalers" this week for a three-day geekfest.

Drupal, free and open-source software that powers websites such as Twitter, eBay and Whitehouse.gov, will be the focus of DrupalCon, which will attract people from around the world. Members of the ultra-passionate Drupal community from as far away as Australia are set to visit Denver.

"Drupal is a platform to make building websites easier," said Matt Tucker, a Drupal developer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "There are thousands of Drupal developers from across the world that have contributed functionality for Drupal websites that you can simply drop in place and use."
After a two-year planning and development process, CU switched some of its sites to Drupal in January, including the main colorado.edu site.

"Our old website was basically a static HTML website using very outdated technology," said Joanna Bertrand, Web manager at CU.
Drupal allows the university to publish more engaging and up-to-date content, as it did shortly after the men's basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference tournament. The CU Drupal team will speak about its transition to the software at DrupalCon on Wednesday.

The conference kicks off today at the Colorado Convention Center with a keynote from Drupal founder Dries Buytaert and runs through Thursday. It is open to the public, though there is a $450 registration fee.

Buytaert started Drupal as a dorm-room project in 2000 while he was studying computer science in Belgium. He initially set out to create an online message board so his college buddies could easily stay in touch.

As Buytaert added features such as RSS feeds and public diaries (better known as blogs), Drupal evolved from a simple message board to a content management system.

In 2007, Buytaert co-founded Boston-based Acquia, a company that maintains Drupal-backed

websites for enterprises. Two years earlier, he organized the first DrupalCon, attracting 40 people.
The nonprofit Drupal Association now holds two conferences annually, one in North America and the other in Europe. This is the first time Denver has been selected as the host city.

Tucker, who helped organize the Denver event, estimated that roughly half of the attendees will be from the Rocky Mountain region. He said there are several hundred Drupalers in the Denver/Boulder area, and many simply enjoy helping newbies out.

"People who use it absolutely love it, and they want to share that knowledge with everybody else," Tucker said.

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