Acquia Transforms Digital Experience Management at Global Scale [Sept 13, 2016]

Site Factory’s Multisite Platform Unifies Site Delivery, Centralizes Governance

BOSTON – September 13, 2016 – Acquia, the digital experience company, today announced breakthrough new capabilities within Acquia Cloud Site Factory for organizations with multiple brands and hundreds of digital properties to centralize governance while equipping digital, business, and IT teams with a powerful platform to build and deliver sites and experiences.

Available today, Acquia Cloud Site Factory Stacks brings both greater scalability and control to multisite management, empowering different regions and divisions to manage their own digital experiences. Acquia’s solution for multisite management is now the industry’s only digital experience platform that can deliver strong governance along with the flexibility to support multiple development teams, multiple regions, multiple brands, multiple compliance standards, and multiple versions of Drupal, all with a single solution.

Enterprises manage an average of 268 customer-facing websites; many large enterprises have stated they have as many as 10,000 content creators and users using their digital asset management system, according to Forrester Research.(1)

In this environment, the complexities of managing hundreds of sites becomes far more challenging when siloed teams are tasked with building experiences that are personalized and on-brand, but they’re working with different content types and in disconnected content management systems and applications. The lack of governance makes ensuring both security and brand consistency impossible for large organizations.

Site Factory simplifies this complexity with a centralized platform that eliminates redundant systems and platforms, ensures a unified user experience for site builders, and streamlines content and software updates through a central cloud management console. With Stacks, users for the first time can create a variety of site groupings to support different digital business needs from functionality to regional deployment and governance controls and manage them in a common dashboard.

“Gone are the days when marketing teams can just create campaign sites without some guardrails from IT, without which brands can end up with multiple content platforms, duplicate tools, and high maintenance costs. Today’s digital experience teams need to build a culture of creativity and automation,” said Christopher Stone, chief products officer at Acquia. “This means having a common process and platform to handle multi-site delivery. Site Factory delivers an approach for the most pressing challenges that IT and digital teams face today, and with Stacks, these teams achieve their goals faster.”

Acquia’s latest release of Site Factory allows for the deployment and management of multiple Stacks -- each consisting of multiple sites, a platform codebase and dedicated cloud resources -- from a single console. This evolution opens up the possibilities for users of Site Factory in several ways, including:

  • Disparate teams within an organization may deploy on their own sites on the Stacks solution, yet all sites may be viewed and managed from a centralized console.
  • Dramatically different sites that require unique digital experience functionality or infrastructure may be delivered and managed centrally.
  • Drupal 8 sites may be independently managed alongside Drupal 7 sites within a unified management console

“At Warner Music Group, we support a wide array of websites for artists across all genres and at various stages of their careers,” said Jeremy Kutner, Senior Director of Web and Mobile Strategy at Warner Music Group. “We’re constantly gaining new insights about fan behavior and what makes our artists' sites compelling, so our tools need to be able to adapt. Acquia Cloud Site Factory has helped our teams better manage our artists’ digital properties, optimize user experience and scale growth, and Stacks will help us innovate our approach even further.”

Acquia Cloud Site Factory features:

  • A centralized, role-based site management console for managing digital experiences built with Drupal.
  • Multisite Stacks delivery and governance, with multiple sites, dedicated Drupal distributions and dedicated cloud infrastructure for each Stack.
  • Open integrations with REST-based APIs.
  • Acquia Cloud services, including DevOps services and tools, a guaranteed SLA, remote administration, security and monitoring.

To learn more visit www.acquia.com/site-factory or register today to attend the webinar, “Re-Platforming: How to Plan Your Next Multi-Site Digital Platform,” on Wednesday, September 21, at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT.

About Acquia
Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward-thinking organizations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers -- in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organizations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including the BBC, Cisco, Stanford University, and the Australian Government are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact.

For more information visit www.acquia.com or call +1 617 588 9600.