Before I joined Acquia’s emerging products team, I worked on our Professional Services team, leading engagements with some of our largest customers building out massive web platforms on Acquia Cloud Site Factory (ACSF). These are predominantly enterprise customers that are building and managing many websites — upwards of 200 on average — and they need to do this quickly, consistently, and cost-efficiently.
These sorts of customer engagements usually start with something many in this industry call a “Discovery Workshop” — a one- to two-week period of time within which suppliers (such as Acquia), spend time with their customer’s key stakeholders, talking through all aspects of their digital needs, in an attempt to really understand how to help them be successful. And without fail, every single customer I worked with had the following requirements:
- The sites that they create must adhere to their global brand guidelines
- Their marketing team must be able to create content and build landing pages using pre-built components, without needing a developer
- Content authors must have an easy-to-use and intuitive authoring experience
So when Acquia acquired Cohesion last year, I immediately saw the value of applying the intuitive, low-code Drupal site-building and editing solution to these large-scale customer projects to meet these demands. ACSF brings to the table the ability to manage multiple sites from a single interface, maintain sites from a single codebase, easily define roles, permissions and workflows, and have peace of mind that all their sites adhere to security and compliance standards. It offers unparalleled platform governance.