Acquia Founder, Dries Buytaert, Wins CIOnet Innovation Award 2009

Woburn, MA - November 16, 2009 -- Today, Acquia, the enterprise guide to Social Publishing, announced that company founder and Drupal creator, Dries Buytaert, was awarded the CIOnet Innovation Award 2009 by the CIOnet Advisory Board. Recognized for his exceptional and innovative success with the development of the Drupal open source software and community, Buytaert was honored by CIOs and IT leaders during the CIOnet Annual Top Event in Brussels today.

“We are delighted to present this award to such a young, innovative and successful entrepreneur,” said Carl Tilkin-Franssens, chairman of the CIOnet Advisory board and CIO of the KBC Group. “Dries’ development and nurturing of the Drupal platform have made him a stand-out leader in the IT community.”

“The Drupal community and the Acquia family are extremely proud of Dries and have seen first -hand his dedication to the platform and the community since its inception,” said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia. “He’s a true innovator and we are privileged to work with him every day.”

An open source social publishing software package, Drupal allows individuals, communities of users, and enterprises to easily publish, manage and organize web content and social applications. The platform is currently used by hundreds of thousands of people including public and private organizations to power a variety of websites: Sony Music , Warner Brothers Records, the New York Observer, Forbes, Disney, Intel, Harvard University, and Amnesty International among others.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award and is a testament to all the active contributors who make the success of Drupal possible,” Said Dries Buytaert. “The power of community is enormous, and it is my privilege to be the project lead with this innovative and creative group of specialists and friends.”

About CIOnet
CIOnet is an international network for CIO's & IT Managers, started in Belgium in 2005, and now active in The Netherlands, Spain & UK. Currently counting over 1000 members CIOnet plans to grow to 2000+ within the next 12 months. CIOnet offers its members a combination of a ‘private Facebook for CIO's’ with seminars, surveys and a magazine. CIOnet blends online and offline networking into a unique mix that empowers CIOs and IT Managers to network more effectively. For more information visit, http://cionet.com

About Acquia
Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com. Download Acquia Drupal, the completely free Drupal distribution, at http://acquia.com/downloads.

About Drupal
The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception and powers more than 400,000 web sites globally. Drupal is unique because it was built at the intersection of Web CMS and Social Software from the beginning. Because it is a robust web application platform, a community of tens of thousands of developers has been able to build functionality for Drupal and create a Social Publishing solution- a feat that is impossible for a proprietary vendor with their own internal R&D team. Drupal includes an enterprise class content management system and is used to deliver a wide variety of web applications including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, e-commerce, and many more. For more information, visit http://drupal.org.