Gartner identifies Acquia as a Leader in new 2014 WCM Magic Quadrant
by Tom Wentworth
Today Gartner released the 2014 version of its Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Acquia moved into the Leader quadrant, and is the only open source company identified as a Leader. Acquia first entered the Magic Quadrant in 2012, and in only three years has become a leader. It’s truly an amazing accomplishment, and it reflects the momentum Acquia’s been experiencing.
You can view the report here
The 2014 Web Content Management Magic Quadrant paints a picture of a rapidly transforming WCM market. According to Gartner, “Web content management is no longer simply a tool for creating Web pages — it's now vital software for increasing the effectiveness of digital strategies. IT leaders responsible for WCM should consider the software's functions in the broader context in which they will deliver their full value.”. Gartner nailed it. Web Content Management platforms like Acquia are the foundation of delivering exceptional digital experiences.
The rise of Acquia to Leader and Automattic to Visionary illustrates the transformative impact of open source, while legacy vendors like OpenText, SDL, and Ektron all experienced a significant decline. I’m surprised that HP, Oracle, and IBM remain Leaders, but I personally believe this to be an artifact of the Gartner process, which overweights factors which benefit big enterprise software companies. But overall, Gartner did a great job of capturing the current state of a market in flux.
What does this mean for Acquia? Although Gartner strongly recommends against it (as do I), many companies will choose to only evaluate Leaders in Magic Quadrants. This has sometimes eliminated Acquia from appearing in WCM selection short-lists. Being ranked as a Leader should give buyers the confidence to include Acquia in their evaluation, alongside other Leaders like Adobe and Sitecore.
Overall, I’m thrilled to see Gartner recognize what I’ve already known for quite some time; that Acquia has become one of the most important vendors for enterprise web content management. If you are looking to re-platform away from a legacy web content management technology, you must take a look at Acquia.