Acquia Coverage

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

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MediaPost

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 to move from selling a service to selling a product [Sept 19, 2012]

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The Globe and Mail

At first, Vancouver-based Appnovation took on a wide range of website development projects for clients, but Mr. Leung realized it needed a focus. So he zeroed in on content management systems that allow users to control a website.

Appnovation started to build applications with Drupal, an open-source content management platform popular among large organizations. It then moved into other service areas, such as mobile apps and back-end office tools, all of which it developed with open-source software.

Those decisions paid off. Today, Appnovation has about 55 employees, and Mr. Leung says 2012 revenue will be about $4.5-million, almost triple last year’s $1.6-million.

99 Paid Internships Later, UMass Boston Uses Hands-On Learning to Prepare Students for the Startup Scene [Sept 19, 2012]

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Bostinno

The goal of UMass Boston’s Entrepreneurship Center is simple: to get students out and working in the city’s startup community. Since opening four years ago, the Center has grown to offer 99 paid — yes, paid — internships with nearly 45 Massachusetts-based companies, including Buzzient, peerTransfer, Acquia and MassChallenge.

The added bonus? About 70 percent of those students are getting hired full-time when they graduate, according to the Center’s Founder and Director Dan Phillips, the former CEO of SilverBack Technologies and COO of Concord Communications.

Because the Center only opened four years ago, Phillips says it’s “a startup to begin with” and that they’ve “been growing this incrementally.” At the core of the program rests a hands-on approach to learning, which is reflected in both the internship program and the Center’s two cornerstone courses.

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

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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?

Badgeville Releases Its Gamification Platform for Drupal [Sept 5, 2012]

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CMS Wire

Drupal, get ready for some fun. Badgeville announced the launch of its gamification and behavior management platform for the open-source content, social and commerce management system.

The integration is designed to simplify the ability to apply what Badgeville calls “engagement mechanics” to websites built and managed with Drupal. It will be offered by Drupal-service provider Acquia to its customers.

Badgeville and Acquia Partner to Deliver First Gamification Platform Capability for Thousands of Drupal Communities [August 30, 2012]

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Menlo Park, Calif. -- Badgeville, the #1 gamification and behavior management platform, today announced the launch of Badgeville for Drupal, the first integration to drive user generated content and other rich user behaviors on top of popular websites and online communities. With this announcement, Badgeville becomes the first gamification platform to offer a pre-packaged integration with Drupal, the leading open-source platform for building rich content, social and commerce experiences.

Badgeville for Drupal makes it easy to apply engagement mechanics on top of Drupal-powered websites. Badgeville for Drupal can drive and reward myriad behaviors, including starting discussion forums, writing and replying to blog posts, and commenting. By creating a more sticky experience on top of Drupal’s rich content tools, companies leveraging Badgeville for Drupal can increase customer loyalty, satisfaction, and retention...

Why I Stopped Giving It Away [Aug 27, 2012]

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Inc

Becoming a hero among Web developers was cool--but it didn't actually pay. So Dries Buytaert, the developer of Drupal, built a company.

Recently I was in Portland, Oregon, and as I was walking to my hotel, some guy comes up to me and says, "Are you Dries?"

It's not like I'm a pop star, but I do get recognized. It happens at the airport, in supermarkets, and even at the beach.

I'm not the kind of person who likes to be in the spotlight. But at the same time, I feel very natural in my role, and so when I get recognized on the street, it's nice to have an opportunity to learn how that person is using Drupal.

There is a lot of passion in the Drupal community. I've seen people shave their heads and leave nothing but a Druplicon, Drupal's logo. At Drupal events, some developers dress up as the Druplicon. Some people have even gotten Drupal tattoos.

Has cash corrupted open source? [Aug 24, 2012]

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Friday, August 24, 2012
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The Register

Open ... and Shut There once was a time when open source was all about peace, love, and Linux, a bottom-up community of self-selecting hackers that chummed together for the love of good code.

As soon as Linux hit pay dirt, the nature of the open-source community changed forever. Today it is virtually impossible for a successful open-source project to hit critical mass without being consumed by venture capital dollars.

Is this a good thing?

The thought struck me when reading Brian Proffitt's excellent analysis of how "OpenStack is no Linux". Proffitt's point is that "the destiny of OpenStack has been very heavily involved with commercial interests from the very start" - unlike Linux, which only attracted commercial interest later in its development. The implicit accusation feels a bit Lloyd Bentsen-esque: "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

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

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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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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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VentureWire

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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TechCrunch

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.

Acquia Acquires Mollom for “Community-Backed Content Moderation Platform” [Aug 14, 2012]

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Xconomy

Burlington, MA-based Acquia, a provider of enterprise-level software and services for the open source, social Web publishing system Drupal, is revealing this morning that it has acquired spam-blocking software maker Mollom. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but it appears that the deal is more of a strategic play for both companies than a big startup exit, given that Mollom was co-founded by Acquia CTO and co-founder Dries Buytaert, also Drupal’s original author.

Mollom is a machine-learning play that evaluates user-submitted content—like comments, videos, or software code—on websites and determines the trustworthiness of the source based on parameters a company has set. It requires a CAPTCHA authentication of submissions that look suspicious, and learns from previous instances.

Drupal : Rachat de l’antispam Mollom, concurrent d’Akismet [14 août 2012]

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Weblife

La société Acquia, co-fondatrice du célèbre système de gestion de contenu Drupal, vient tout juste d’annoncer l’acquisition d’une solution antispam nommée Mollom. A l’instar d’Akismet, bien connu des utilisateurs du CMS WordPress, l’idée est de proposer une solide protection au fléau des messages indésirables qui envahissent internet.

Aucune information n’a été communiquée concernant cet accord.

Dries Buytaert brengt Mollom onder bij Acquia [14 augustus 2012]

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Datanews

De Belgische Drupal-bedenker Dries Buytaert voegt zijn ene geesteskind samen met het andere.

Binnen Mollom, met eigen middelen opgestart in 2008, ontwikkelden Dries Buytaert en Benjamin Schrauwen een gesofisticeerde spamfilter voor websites, met als doel op een geautomatiseerde, productieve manier enkel kwalitatieve content toe te laten. "Sinds we startten hebben we bijna een miljard spamboodschappen geblokkeerd", meldt Buytaert in een blog. Het bedrijf telt intussen 6 mensen en heeft grote kleppers als Sony Music, Adobe, Fox News, Oxfam, Twitter, Stanford University en Warner Records als klant.

Acquia Acquires Mollom to Launch First Content Moderation Platform for the Enterprise [Aug 14, 2012]

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Global Security Mag

Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, announced it has acquired Mollom, a leading provider of content monitoring solutions for user-generated content. Mollom was co-founded by Benjamin Schrauwen and Dries Buytaert, who is the co-founder and CTO of Acquia, and the original creator and project lead for Drupal. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The acquisition will fuel Acquia’s continued momentum by expanding its offerings. Mollom’s technology is used by Twitter, Sony Music, Tuenti, Radian6, Thomson Reuters, Stanford University and more than 50,000 other web sites. In addition, Mollom’s analytics technology will enable Acquia to build the Internet’s first social content moderation platform, which will help both Drupal and non-Drupal users filter spam and other unwanted or damaging user-generated content from their web sites.

Since 2008, Mollom has blocked almost a billion spam messages, and 78 percent of all the comments on the sites it protects are spam.

Drupal-dienstverlener Acquia koopt Mollom [14 augustus 2012]

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Computable

Drupal-dienstverlener Acquia neemt voor een onbekend bedrag Mollom over, een aanbieder van content monitoringoplossingen voor user-generated content. Mollom is opgericht door Benjamin Schrauwen en Dries Buytaert; die laatste is mede-oprichter en cto van Acquia en de oorspronkelijke ontwikkelaar en projectleider van Drupal.

Met de overname denkt Acquia zijn aanbod te kunnen uitbreiden. De technologie van Mollom wordt gebruikt door Twitter, Sony Music, Tuenti, Radian6, Thomson Reuters, Stanford University en meer dan vijftigduizend andere websites. Bovendien heeft Acquia nu met de analysetechnologie van Mollom het naar eigen zeggen eerste moderationplatform voor sociale content op het internet. Hiermee kunnen zowel gebruikers als niet-gebruikers van Drupal spam en andere ongewenste of schadelijke user-generated content van hun websites filteren. Mollom heeft sinds 2008 bijna een miljard spamberichten geblokkeerd. 78 procent van alle reacties op de sites die Mollom beschermt zijn spamberichten.

Mollom verkoopt zich aan grootste klant [14 augustus 2012]

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Trends.be

Mollom, het spambeveilingsbedrijf dat werd uitgeroepen tot Trends Starter van het Jaar in de provincie Antwerpen, is verkocht aan Acquia, een Amerikaans-Belgisch bedrijf dat al de grootste klant van Mollom was.

De overname is een gevolg van een nieuw product dat Mollom heeft ontwikkeld en dat eind september officieel wordt gelanceerd, zegt Benjamin Schrauwen, de hoofdontwikkelaar van Mollom. Hij richtte het bedrijf op samen met Dries Buytaert. Buytaert is zelf oprichter van Acquia, al betrok hij bij de uitbouw van dat bedrijf naast 250 mensen ook de Amerikaanse risicokapitaalbedrijven North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners.

Acquia buys Mollom to build bigger, better content moderation [Aug 14, 2012]

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Gigaom

Together Acquia and Mollom say they can build a content moderation platform that will let organizations manage user-generated content for many sites from a single dashboard. Acquia’s Bryan House said Mollom will also continue to support third-party (non-Acquia) content management systems.

Acquia, which offers a commercial version of the Drupal content management system, is buying Mollom, which provides spam-prevention and other content cleansing capabilities. The companies have many things in common, not the least of which is that they share a founder in Dries Buytaert.

The goal of the convergence is to build a robust content moderation platform that will let organizations that host multiple sites moderate content for all of them from a single dashboard, said Bryan House, VP of product marketing for Burlington, MA.-based Acquia.

What's Coming for Open Source CMS in August 2012 [July 31, 2012]

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In July, the Drupal (news, site) project continued work toward Drupal 8, which included creating a Getting Involved page for those who want more information, or would like to help. Anyone who'd like to know what the current focuses are in the process would do well to check this page out.

Drupal 8 project leads are also looking for community feedback on the issue of a proposed plugin system. They're looking for feedback on the issue of how well (or poorly) the system works as it stands now, for Drupal 8, for both plugin writing and plugin type writing.

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) was selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Global 250 companies were selected based on a set of five criteria: "innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz."

Acquia also partnered with Janrain to bring social logins to its Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform, and made some improvements to its Acquia Search offering. Anyone interested in making Drupal and Apache Solr (news, site) work well together might want to check out Nick Veenhof's blog post on the subject.

DrupalCon Munich is coming on August 20 - 24. This event is expected to host over 1800 attendees, and is following the theme "Open up! Connecting Systems and People."

Janrain Partners with Acquia to Provide Social Authentication and Sharing for Enterprise Drupal Gardens [July 25, 2012]

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Janrain

Portland, OR July 25, 2012 –Janrain, the leading provider of User Management solutions for the social web, and Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced that Acquia has selected Janrain to power social login and sharing across its Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform. With this new partnership, Janrain will power social login for thousands of new sites built on the OpenSaaS Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform. This partnership enables digital marketers to provide compelling and engaging experiences for their site visitors.

“The importance and value of social login and sharing is just beginning to be understood within the market,” said Larry Drebes, CEO of Janrain. “Our solution helps businesses to easily convert anonymous web visitors to known, registered users and gain access to rich social profile data that can be used to increase engagement and brand advocacy from those consumers. With this partnership, Acquia customers can enjoy the benefits of social login and sharing.”

“Digital marketers are choosing Enterprise Drupal Gardens to create a turnkey site factory to accelerate the delivery of marketing websites to engage with customers,” said Bryan House, vice president of product marketing at Acquia. “By partnering with Janrain, we are able to offer a market-leading social authentication and sharing platform deeply integrated in the Drupal Gardens site experience.”

"The combination of Janrain and Acquia's Enterprise Drupal Gardens is enabling us to create the best social registration and sharing experience for fans that we've ever had, while eliminating most of the integration challenges we faced in the past." said Ryan Garner, VP of D2C Services at Warner Music Group. "This partnership is proving to be a win win for fans and artists."

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