Acquia Grows Staff, Global Presence to Help Organizations Speed Their Digital Innovation [Nov. 12, 2013]

Boston’s Fastest Growing Private Software Company Experiences Record Growth as it Delivers Integrated Solutions for Content, Community and Commerce

BURLINGTON, MA – November 12, 2013 – Acquia, where great digital experiences begin, today announced the company’s continued expansion as organizations look to accelerate their time to market in delivering digital experiences with freedom and agility.

Acquia is experiencing record growth as organizations increasingly select digital innovation platforms that integrate content, community, and commerce. Acquia added more than 100 new employees in offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific during the past six months. The company now has more than 400 employees worldwide who are committed to helping organizations achieve success with their digital strategies. Magnifying the company’s reach, the Acquia Partner Program now includes more than 750 organizations worldwide, offering an extensive network to help customers with their digital strategies, designs and development. Accelerating its global expansion, Acquia recently opened its new EMEA headquarters in the UK’s thriving tech hub of Reading.

"Organizations know that delivering exceptional digital experiences can deliver transformative business results,” said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia. “Acquia’s growth speaks to the increasing demand for solutions that more effectively blend content, community and commerce to deliver unified digital experiences at scale."

Further illustrating Acquia’s growth, Acquia is listed among North America’s fastest growing software companies in the 32nd annual Inc. 500. Acquia is ranked first among software companies making a repeat appearance on the Inc. 500, growing its revenue by more than 3,100 percent during the past four years. Businesses in industries as diverse as high technology, life sciences, consumer packaged goods, higher education, financial services, and media and entertainment are recognizing the importance of providing a better digital experience for customers.

Acquia solutions are powering unified content, community and commerce strategies for many of the world’s biggest brands. Acquia Commerce Cloud was unveiled last quarter, providing the first digital experience platform for creating content-rich, socially enabled, shopping experiences. Acquia Cloud Site Factory was also released, providing a turnkey digital experience platform for launching hundreds of brand, campaign, and promotional websites with agility, velocity, and freedom. As demand grows for enterprise-class digital lifecycle management capabilities, organizations are turning to Drupal to increase their digital agility and integration.

The Autodesk Knowledge Network selected Drupal to build a new online destination that provides guided support and online help for its world-leading solutions for 3D design, engineering, and entertainment. Using Drupal, Autodesk has the flexibility to integrate with several existing systems as it advances the community features of its help sites and forums.

“Acquia and their partners are helping us speed our Drupal deployment, providing both expertise and a Drupal-tuned cloud infrastructure with which we’re building our next-generation online experience to help our customers get the answers they need quickly and get back to work,” said Tom Williams, director, Autodesk Knowledge Network.

“The passion and innovation of the Drupal open source community, combined with Acquia’s world-class tools and support, puts us well on our way to making open source software the enterprise standard,” said Dries Buytaert, CTO and co-founder, Acquia. On a global scale, Drupal adoption has been rapidly rising. The Drupal community has more than 1 million members, including more than 30,000 developers who contribute code to the Drupal project on a regular basis and provide an engine for digital innovation.

Company News

The company appointed digital media and software industry veteran Dennis Morgan as its new chief financial officer.

Creating a world-class customer experience is at the core of Acquia’s business. To expand on the company’s customer support, Acquia made three strategic hires, adding Renee M. Bochman, Stephane Gonthier and William J. O’Keeffe, to the customer solutions team. In their new roles, they’ll be tasked with further extending the customer service capabilities to help all customers achieve success on a global scale.

For the second consecutive year, Acquia was included in the annual Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies, achieving the highest ranking among software companies making a repeat appearance on the list.

Acquia was chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners, which recognizes companies for their game-changing approach and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players.

Customer and Partner Expansion

Acquia added more than 80 new partners in the past two quarters, about half of which are based outside North America, bringing the total number of global partners to more than 750. New additions to Acquia’s Partner Program include Cignex, Mahindra Satyam, Public Consulting Group, Wipro, eDynamic, ICF International, Mindtree, Perficient, and Precision Dialogue.

Committed to high levels of security and compliance, Acquia received its second Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Authorization to Operate, obtained as part of the company’s work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Acquia is also working with the Department of Transportation to obtain an agency Authorization to Operate for FedRAMP compliance.

New customers Acquia signed in the past two quarters include the NCAA, Intel Corporation, News Corp Australia, Timex, Sephora, Webster Bank, Columbia University, McGraw Hill Financial Interactive, Bandwidth.com, Blue Man Productions, CI Investments, iCIMS, Inc., Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, MuleSoft, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Global Disaster Preparedness Center, Salve Regina University, Visit England, and Tiger Financial Management among others. Acquia’s customer base exceeds 4,000 organizations.

Product and Market Highlights

Acquia launched Acquia Commerce Cloud, the first digital experience platform for creating content-rich, socially enabled, fully integrated shopping experiences.

Acquia was named a leader in the Forrester Research, Inc. report: “The Forrester Wave™: Social Depth Platforms, Q3 2013.”

Acquia launched Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a turnkey digital experience platform that empowers marketers and brand managers to create and deliver dozens or hundreds of brand, campaign, and promotional websites with agility, velocity, and freedom.

Acquia announced its rescue program for Jive customers to help organizations move away from standalone social business software and instead adopt a solution like Drupal Commons, which blends content, community, and commerce to deliver the unified, great digital experience consumers have come to expect.

About Acquia
Acquia is where great digital experiences begin. Acquia is helping some of the world's leading brands succeed, including Twitter, Mercedes Benz, Warner Music Group, and Stanford University. Join the more than 4,000 organizations that are moving at the speed of the web with Acquia's solutions for content, community and commerce. Acquia offers developer tools, cloud solutions and global expertise to drive success the open source way.

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