Acquia Plans Expansion in Australia, Asia-Pac Region [Dec. 15, 2015]
By Sam Varghese
The Boston-based open source company Acquia is expanding its operations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region as it seeks to explore more business opportunities, the company's general manager for Asia Pacific Japan, Graham Sowden, says.
Sowden was in Melbourne on Tuesday on a staff-recruitment drive; during a brief one-on-one, he said that he had hired the company's first employee in Melbourne and shortly hoped to double the number. Acquia has a presence in Sydney where there are 12 staff, while Brisbane is home to 13 employees.
Last year the company, which specialises in the Drupal content management system, gained a big foothold in the Australian market by winning a contract to develop up to 450 websites for the federal government. As with many of its other big contracts, the resulting CMS will have its own characteristics which are peculiar to the task at hand; in the case of the Australian contract, it will be known as govCMS. There are eight staff working in Canberra and dedicated to liaising with people there for the govCMS work.