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Growing Drupal, Cloud Markets Driving Acquia’s Expansion in Canada

The Canadian market is “opening up” to open source and the cloud, particularly within the high tech, financial services, education, and government verticals. Demand for innovative, open technologies that drive transformational change without breaking the bank is now reaching critical mass. Since Acquia stands behind Drupal and provides an unparalleled level of governance and support, organizations that once hesitated to adopt open source are now taking a deeper look. And they clearly like what they are seeing.

Just this past year, Acquia became the digital platform of choice for Cancer Care Ontario, Cogeco Connexion, Intelex, Northern Health, and Tourisme Montréal, among many others. They join key Canadian accounts D + H, Enercare, Aéroports de Montréal, Empire Life, City of Ottawa and the City of Hamilton.

Digital today is fundamentally changing the way Canadian organizations interact with their customers and offer their products and services across multiple channels. Leading industry analysts Forrester and Gartner believe Acquia’s utility-based model and open marketing philosophy are arguably the most future-proof on the market.

Tomorrow’s brands need to approach digital innovation with game-changing interactions and new offerings that enable organizations to gain competitive advantage. Organizations looking to transform business models and leapfrog customer engagement have never been greater, which is driving demand for Acquia’s digital experience not only in Canada but worldwide.

“As our brand evolves and our business model expands online, our customers and competition require us to have a platform in place that allows us to build and launch content and campaigns rapidly,” said Melanie St-Jules, director, digital media at Cogeco Connexion. “We’re working with Acquia to accelerate our customer engagement strategy. By standardizing our web experiences on Drupal we’re gaining the power and flexibility to deliver content in an agile and cost-effective fashion.”

To support its Canadian growth, Acquia has expanded its Canadian-based R&D and marketing teams in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The Acquia Platform will further become available on Canadian soil in the next few months to support requirements for local hosting, highlighting Acquia’s commitment to the region. In combination, this means that clients looking to be advised on digital transformation are now closer than ever to local experts and solutions.

Acquia is further investing in growing its Canadian partner ecosystem, encouraging a network of digital and creative agencies, big and small, who are certified on Acquia and Drupal. That way, the Canadian market will increasingly have access to a local basin of talent to support project design and implementations.

“OPIN is building an innovative Drupal practice to help organizations cost effectively create customer experiences worthy of 2017 and beyond” said OPIN Software CEO Chris Smith, and Acquia partner of five years, whose agency boasts 20 Acquia-certified developer resources. “The Acquia Platform allows us to hit the ground running from Day 1. When Acquia says agility, they mean it. This leaves a lot more money on the table to invest in the stuff that really drives change: content marketing, personalization, user experience, mobile, and witty third party integrations.”

Next month the Canadian team will be hitting the road with a few members of Acquia’s executive team, including Tom Cochran, Acquia's new vice president and chief digital strategist of public sector (and former head of digital for the Obama administration), and Tim Bertrand, Acquia SVP sales, to talk with our partners and members of government agencies about the growing momentum in the market for Drupal.

Click the links below for more info or to register.

Tuesday, February 7

Acquia's YYZ Agency Fireside Chat: Northern Momentum

Wednesday, February 8

Digital Transformation Under the Obama Administration: A Retrospective

Thursday, February 9

Acquia's YUL Agency Fireside Chat: Northern Momentum

Can’t make a date listed? Let’s connect!

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