Belgian Hackers Let You Build Circuit Boards on the Web [Oct 15, 2012]

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Monday, October 15, 2012

The rise of low-cost, hacker-friendly electronics is fueling a new wave of hardware hobbyists. Using programmable boards like the Arduino and dirt-chip computers like the Raspberry Pi, you can build everything from your very own supercomputers to an internet-connected beer fermentation refrigeration system.

But Belgium startup called wants to take this trend even further. It wants to give you the power to build your own custom circuit boards.

Historically, that’s been expensive and difficult for hobbyists to do, but wants to change that by offering a web-based circuit board design system made especially for hobbyists complete with library of open source component designs. And soon it will also offer a CafePress-style print-on-demand service for circuit boards.

How Long Will This $1 Billion Industry Last? [Oct 9, 2012]

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Between May and July, life was good for companies developing social-media tools for marketers. Acquisitions during that time valued three companies in the industry at more than $1 billion combined.

First, Oracle acquired Vitrue in a deal valued at $300 million, according to TechCrunch. The in June, said it was buying Buddy Media for $689 million. The next month, Google acquired Wildfire for about $250 million plus performance incentives.

The frenzy appears to be over, but Wendell Lansford, the chief executive officer of Offerpop, is prepping the company he co-founded to be the top contender in the industry’s next round. But will any more big spenders come knocking again?

Topic: E-Commerce Follow via: RSSEmail Alert E-commerce sales channels proliferating? Relax, it's just a display issue: NetSuite [Oct 10, 2012]

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
ZD Net

We face explosions of machine-to-machine commerce, where cars and even toothbrushes are sales channels, but NetSuite boss Zach Nelson has quietly dismissed this looming complexity as a mere "display issue." Such modesty should serve his company well in Australia.

Nelson was in Sydney yesterday for the Australian launch of SuiteCommerce, NetSuite's commerce as a service (CaaS) platform that combines e-commerce and m-commerce, and whatever else may come along, into what is sometimes called "omni-channel commerce".

Interview: Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal [Oct 22, 2012]

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Monday, October 22, 2012
Computer Weekly

Dries Buytaert started open source content management system Drupal as a part-time hobby in Belgium while he was completing his PhD in 2000. He founded Acquia in 2007 to make a profit from Drupal products.

“For the first seven years, Drupal never made us a single pound, euro or dollar,” he says.

Acquia is to Drupal what Red Hat is to Linux, and is the necessary face to give the open source products corporate credibility, he says.

Acquia, #1 Software Company on Inc. 500, Powers Growth with Marketo [October 16, 2012]

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SAN MATEO, Calif. – October 16, 2012 – Marketo, the leading provider of cloud-based marketing software, was recently selected by Acquia™, Inc. to propel marketing efforts as the highly successful company continues to grow. Acquia, the open-source software company providing products, services and technical support for the Drupal content management and social publishing system, was the #1 software vendor on this year’s Inc. 500 list, ranking #8 overall.

“While Inc. Magazine named Acquia the fastest-growing software company this year, we are only just getting started when it comes to scaling the digital marketing side of our business,” said Bryan House, vice president of Marketing at Acquia. “Increasing revenue and delivering amazing customer service is paramount to our business. Using Marketo integrated across all of our Drupal web properties is intuitive, fast to deploy, and gives our digital marketing team a competitive advantage with a suite of best of breed tools to communicate with prospects and customers. ”

Acquia Cloud Wins Government Approval with FISMA Certification for Secure Websites [Oct 11, 2012]

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
CMS Wire

Cloud services provider and major Drupal partner Acquia has won U.S. government certification for providing secure Web services, the company's latest step in its march toward giving customers a measured level of protection and control.

Acquia won SSAE 16 (SOC1) certification in June, and the latest move not only provides the company access to the lucrative world of increased government contracts, but also signals it is serious about standards.

Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in October 2012 [Sept 27, 2012]

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
CMS Wire

Welcome to the September 2012 installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month. If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.

In September, the folks at Alfresco Software (news, site) announced the release of Alfresco Enterprise Sync, which synchronizes your on-premise Alfresco repositories with Alfresco in the cloud. To go with this release, Alfresco also launched the Alfresco Connector for Salesforce, which will allow sales teams to share, collaborate and control contracts, marketing materials and other business-critical documents using Alfresco’s cloud-based document management solution. With this connector, teams will be able to upload, share, tag and edit content directly from within Salesforce.

Microsoft, Jive Head Gartner's First Social Software Quadrant [Oct 4, 2012]

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The 2012 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace is for Web-based and on-premises applications that enable enterprise employees to connect, chat, create and collaborate on projects in real time.

There's a shred of truth to the notion that an IT market has made it to the big time if Gartner Research has created a Magic Quadrant for it.

This is now officially the case for a new category called Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. This is for Web-based and on-premises applications that enable enterprise employees to connect, chat, create and collaborate on projects in real time.

12 hot companies to watch [Sept 28, 2012]

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Friday, September 28, 2012
Federal Computer Week

Earlier this year, company officials said their Orion suite of IT management products had achieved Common Criteria certification, which opens the products to federal IT users who need to run their applications in national security systems environments.

SolarWinds’ defense customers include the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the Army’s Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program. The Federal Aviation Administration, Agriculture Department and U.S. Postal Service are among the company’s civilian customers.

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

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Monday, September 24, 2012
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.