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Partnership is Paramount: The Future is Open Source

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This is part three of a five part series for Sitecore’s partners to take another look at success with Acquia and Drupal.

Open source and cloud have been two of the pillars of Acquia’s technology capabilities since its inception. Coincidentally, it’s what brought Senior Director of Digital Experiences, David Aponovich, to Acquia from Forrester Research. While at Forrester, David lead research in web content management and digital experience platforms. It was Acquia’s forward-thinking in terms of open source that led him here. I had a chance to sit down with David to discuss the future of open source and the opportunity it presents for Acquia and our partners in the long term.

When asked about the advantages of open source and Drupal specifically, David highlighted several key factors that would give our partners an edge:

“The pace of innovation within the open source community is incredibly fast. Looking at Drupal, there is a dedicated community working to build and deliver updates, capabilities and features that are ready today, not six months from now. There is even more opportunity with regards to talent. With so many brilliant developers and engineers working on open source solutions like Drupal, it gives partners the opportunity to build a practice around it, to find the top talent and build the next generation of customer experiences for their clients. “

In addition, Acquia’s open source platform and Drupal expertise as the very definition of what David refers to as the “art of the possible”:

The discussion inherently comes down to platform vs. product. A platform is something that you build on, a foundational property, to get a greater and greater result. This is where our partners come in, to build on the platform and extend it to the point of delivering a site or experience that’s beyond what they would get with a commercial solution. Platform also means the ability to build on the success of others with things like repeatable frameworks and modules. It gives you the stability and flexibility to build whatever you choose to do with it on behalf of your customer. Choosing an open source platform also means that you not only meet the needs of your customers but define their needs beyond what they are even thinking. This goes beyond the initial build, leading to long-term working relationships and creating lifetime value. This is the nature of an open source, cloud-based platform.

Open source also opens the door to all kinds of new technology and applications, as we enter the world of IoT and multichannel, where everything becomes a channel. This is what customers want; they are looking to us and our partners to help them innovate for the future. Just look at something like Amazon’s Alexa and the idea of using content through voice UI; that wasn’t here a few years ago. Another example open source extending our platform is with digital signage in a retail experience, where you can utilize the same content both in store and online to build cohesive customer journeys.

For partners considering going deep with Acquia, open source matters because it’s the future; open source is eating the enterprise software world. It’s not just organizations looking for a engaging customer experience. Even highly regulated and secure industries like public sector and financial services industries are adoption open source solutions. This means a tremendous growth opportunity for our partners not just now, but going forward.

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