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Software companies build business on model of free [Sept 24, 2012]

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The Boston Globe

In its first seven years, Aras Corp. grew slowly, with a handful of sales people selling its proprietary software to manufacturing clients.

Frustrated by the slow pace of business, founder Peter Schroer had a realization: “Selling corporate software was not profitable, and the scalability of the business was limited to the number of feet on the street.”

So, in 2007, Schroer took a gamble and embraced the open-source model of software that was sweeping corporate computing. He fired the sales teams and started giving away Aras’s software; the company would make money through services, such as technical support, security updates, training, and related consulting work.

Business software booms in Massachusetts [Sept 24, 2012]

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The Hub is riding an unprecedented wave of enterprise software success, with investors and entrepreneurs flocking to startups that provide tech solutions to business clients.

Enterprise technology companies are low profile. They sell to businesses and boast reliable revenues that don’t depend on the whims of consumers. Here are some local enterprise software companies to watch:

• Demandware, which provides e-commerce websites for Adidas, New Balance, Gucci and others around the world, with its customer base growing 35 percent annually. While highly publicized tech IPOs such as Facebook and Zynga fell hard, Demandware stock was trading at $30 Friday after debuting at $23 in March.

• Acquia, founded by open-source software superstar Dries Buytaert, with a content management system used by 2,500 customers including the prime minister of France, the Grammy Awards and every site that ends in .gov.

Building Today's Entertainment Destination [September 20, 2012]

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MediaPost

To thrive in the digital age, marketers at media and entertainment brands are tasked with building profitable relationships directly with their customers, finding new ways to generate revenue from their rich content assets. Every day, they must delight fans by providing free and engaging content, while funneling them to the most valuable properties, personalities or other revenue-generating sections of their site.

It’s a challenge that many marketers face, but in my opinion entertainment companies have the toughest challenge. Each artist, movie, book or other entertainment property is a branded digital experience that must reflect the content and artist, but also must extend beyond a website to multiple interaction points with fans. At the same time, these websites serve as a primary brand hub, generating content and pushing it out across online, mobile and social channels to engage fans where they gather. For these companies, balancing content, community and commerce across web experiences isn’t just challenging – it can be daunting. But having an open source Web Experience Management (WEM) platform can alleviate some of the burden of managing multiple sites, and even contribute to your bottom line by lowering costs and creating efficiencies.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/183453/building-todays-ent...

How to move from selling a service to selling a product [Sept 19, 2012]

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The Globe and Mail

At first, Vancouver-based Appnovation took on a wide range of website development projects for clients, but Mr. Leung realized it needed a focus. So he zeroed in on content management systems that allow users to control a website.

Appnovation started to build applications with Drupal, an open-source content management platform popular among large organizations. It then moved into other service areas, such as mobile apps and back-end office tools, all of which it developed with open-source software.

Those decisions paid off. Today, Appnovation has about 55 employees, and Mr. Leung says 2012 revenue will be about $4.5-million, almost triple last year’s $1.6-million.

99 Paid Internships Later, UMass Boston Uses Hands-On Learning to Prepare Students for the Startup Scene [Sept 19, 2012]

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Bostinno

The goal of UMass Boston’s Entrepreneurship Center is simple: to get students out and working in the city’s startup community. Since opening four years ago, the Center has grown to offer 99 paid — yes, paid — internships with nearly 45 Massachusetts-based companies, including Buzzient, peerTransfer, Acquia and MassChallenge.

The added bonus? About 70 percent of those students are getting hired full-time when they graduate, according to the Center’s Founder and Director Dan Phillips, the former CEO of SilverBack Technologies and COO of Concord Communications.

Because the Center only opened four years ago, Phillips says it’s “a startup to begin with” and that they’ve “been growing this incrementally.” At the core of the program rests a hands-on approach to learning, which is reflected in both the internship program and the Center’s two cornerstone courses.

Gartner's Web CMS Magic Quadrant: Oracle, Adobe, SDL, Sitecore, It's Deja Vu [Sept 10, 2012]

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CMS Wire

It's Still a Who's Who of WCM
I wish I could show you the magic quadrant diagram to give the picture in a quick snapshot, but I can't. Suffice it say the players are pretty much all the same — this is a who's who of web content management. What does this tell us? I think it tells us that the game is still the same and the established players have all the equipment necessary to play it.

Taking a quick look back at where vendors were on the WCM MQ list last year (in November to be exact), you can see that the leaders are solidified and it will take some bold moves to get into that quadrant. Interestingly, Ektron has been able to do it. Oops. Did I spoil the surprise?

Badgeville Releases Its Gamification Platform for Drupal [Sept 5, 2012]

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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CMS Wire

Drupal, get ready for some fun. Badgeville announced the launch of its gamification and behavior management platform for the open-source content, social and commerce management system.

The integration is designed to simplify the ability to apply what Badgeville calls “engagement mechanics” to websites built and managed with Drupal. It will be offered by Drupal-service provider Acquia to its customers.

Badgeville and Acquia Partner to Deliver First Gamification Platform Capability for Thousands of Drupal Communities [August 30, 2012]

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Menlo Park, Calif. -- Badgeville, the #1 gamification and behavior management platform, today announced the launch of Badgeville for Drupal, the first integration to drive user generated content and other rich user behaviors on top of popular websites and online communities. With this announcement, Badgeville becomes the first gamification platform to offer a pre-packaged integration with Drupal, the leading open-source platform for building rich content, social and commerce experiences.

Badgeville for Drupal makes it easy to apply engagement mechanics on top of Drupal-powered websites. Badgeville for Drupal can drive and reward myriad behaviors, including starting discussion forums, writing and replying to blog posts, and commenting. By creating a more sticky experience on top of Drupal’s rich content tools, companies leveraging Badgeville for Drupal can increase customer loyalty, satisfaction, and retention...

Why I Stopped Giving It Away [Aug 27, 2012]

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Monday, August 27, 2012
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Inc

Becoming a hero among Web developers was cool--but it didn't actually pay. So Dries Buytaert, the developer of Drupal, built a company.

Recently I was in Portland, Oregon, and as I was walking to my hotel, some guy comes up to me and says, "Are you Dries?"

It's not like I'm a pop star, but I do get recognized. It happens at the airport, in supermarkets, and even at the beach.

I'm not the kind of person who likes to be in the spotlight. But at the same time, I feel very natural in my role, and so when I get recognized on the street, it's nice to have an opportunity to learn how that person is using Drupal.

There is a lot of passion in the Drupal community. I've seen people shave their heads and leave nothing but a Druplicon, Drupal's logo. At Drupal events, some developers dress up as the Druplicon. Some people have even gotten Drupal tattoos.

Has cash corrupted open source? [Aug 24, 2012]

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Friday, August 24, 2012
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The Register

Open ... and Shut There once was a time when open source was all about peace, love, and Linux, a bottom-up community of self-selecting hackers that chummed together for the love of good code.

As soon as Linux hit pay dirt, the nature of the open-source community changed forever. Today it is virtually impossible for a successful open-source project to hit critical mass without being consumed by venture capital dollars.

Is this a good thing?

The thought struck me when reading Brian Proffitt's excellent analysis of how "OpenStack is no Linux". Proffitt's point is that "the destiny of OpenStack has been very heavily involved with commercial interests from the very start" - unlike Linux, which only attracted commercial interest later in its development. The implicit accusation feels a bit Lloyd Bentsen-esque: "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

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