Open source WCM solution tops user satisfaction rate [Nov 5, 2012]

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Monday, November 5, 2012

BURLINGTON, USA: Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, has announced that a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Acquia, titled "Is It Time To Consider Open Source WCM For Digital Experience?" found that open source Web Content Management (WCM) solutions have the highest satisfaction rate for creating dynamic, multichannel digital experiences.

Of those who said they were 'very satisfied' with their existing WCM solution, open source had the highest satisfaction rate (37 percent) over "homegrown" (22 percent) and proprietary solutions (8 percent).

The Forrester study, commissioned by Acquia, surveyed 160 senior business, marketing and IT decision-makers from organizations with 1,000 to more than 20,000 employees. The survey revealed that 31 percent of organizations plan on switching WCM platforms this year and 58 percent indicate that their organization has considered or is considering open source WCM.

Forrester Report Finds Enterprise Embracing Open Source WCM [Nov 1, 2012]

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Thursday, November 1, 2012
CMS Wire

Cloud services provider Acquia has commissioned a Forrester report on open source WCM, and while the results are not overwhelming, it does show more enterprise companies are employing open source systems.

Nearly 60 percent of the 160 companies surveyed said they had at least considered open source for their WCM programs. The report also found that executives who make these kind of decisions are also the ones who are least likely to be very satisfied with their choice.

Acquia takes web experience management plunge [Oct 29, 2012]

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Fierce Content Management

Acquia, the for-profit company that supports the Drupal open source web content management has announced it's entering the web experience management market. The new product is called OpenWEM and combines several tools into a web experience management solution.

Acquia says the beauty of its approach is that you can plug virtually any marketing module into the Drupal platform to achieve your web experience management goals. That could include tools like, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Analytics or Marketo, or any number of other tools.

Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia, says this flexibility is key and gives marketing departments much more flexibility than traditional proprietary solutions. "Acquia's OpenWEM offers digital marketers and IT organizations a much better alternative to proprietary WEM solutions that are slow to adapt to changing business needs and keep pace with the speed of the social web," he said.

The solution itself combines Drupal Commons, its cloud-based website development tool, Media Cloud, which appears to be a digital asset management tool for marketers (still in Beta) and Badgeville functionality from the gamification vendor, which lets website designers build in gaming kinds of engagement to reward visitors for certain behaviors.

Open Web Experience Management from Acquia [Oct 30, 2012]

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
KM World

Acquia has released Open Web Experience Management (OpenWEM), which has been built to help organizations create immersive digital content and campaigns, and socialize them across multiple communities and channels while leveraging the flexibility of the open Web.

Acquia has introduced several new products and tools that support OpenWEM, including:

Drupal Commons 3.0 for Drupal 7 (beta)—permits organizations to quickly create online social communities for both collaboration and content delivery; new features in Version 3.0 include a completely rebuilt user experience, deeper mobile support and bolstered analytics capabilities for enhanced moderator productivity.

5 Steps to Awesome Community: Leaders Go Social [Oct 22, 2012]

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Recently, I wrote about employees as brand ambassadors and how they can help – or hurt – an organization’s global and social brand. It depends on how well the lines between personal brand and company brand are drawn.

Once a company and leadership has the brand issue sorted out, it’s time to think more deeply about social community and the actual role of community managers.

Many of my clients have created community manager roles. In fact, my friend and colleague Tim McDonald (and several other talented, hard working people listed here - Take time to read the stories of those who are in the social trenches making this role a reality) is a living, breathing example as a Community Manager for HuffPost Live. I believe this role may be a necessity for any company which relies on the good will and contributions of many people, including those who aren’t even employees. Think of the many brands that fall in this category: Apple, TOMS Shoes, The Linux Foundation, too many tech companies to mention (ok, Canonical, local Boston area heroes Google here in Cambridge, Black Duck Software, HubSpot and Acquia) and the gazillion other consumer brands who are waking up to the power of collaborating with loosely-coupled online social communities.

CGI wins another cloud contract [Oct 23, 2012]

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Washington Technology

CGI Federal Inc. has won a $3.5 million contract to move the Federal Trade Commission’s public websites to the cloud

The contract was awarded under the GSA contract Infrastructure as a Service blanket purchase agreement and is one of several cloud-related contracts CGI has won in recent months.

CGI said that its teammates on this contract are Akamai and Acquia.

“We look forward to establishing a new partnership with the FTC,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, CGI’s senior vice president for civilian agency programs. “CGI’s cloud solutions, including web hosting, document management and data center consolidation, are used by a range of federal agencies from the Department of Homeland Security to Environmental Protection Agency.”

Drupal Company Acquia Launches New Cloud Media Management Service [Oct 25, 2012]

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Acquia was founded by Dries Buytaert, the creator of the open source content management system Drupal, to monetize the project offering hosting and support. Today the company launched a beta of a new service called Acquia Media Cloud and released a new version of Drupal Commons, a distribution of Drupal that comes bundled with a set of addons for building community sites.

Acquia Media Cloud is designed to help marketing and other teams manage all of their digital assets such as images, videos and other files. That is of course part of what old school content management systems were for back before applications like Drupal and Joomla made CMS more synonymous with the web and blog content management. I can’t help but see this service as competing with Dropbox and Google Drive and the scores of other cloud based file hosting/collaboration services out there. But it’s specifically designed to work with Drupal, which could be a boon for those using/planning to use it.

Acquia Cloud for Drupal Receives Government Approval via FISMA Certification [Oct 10, 2012]

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
CMS Report

Acquia, a commercial software company that provides enterprise level products, services, and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system, recently reached another milestone confirming their company’s ability to deliver secure hosting services for government web sites and online communities. Today, the company announced that it has received a FISMA Authorization to Operate (ATO) for Acquia Cloud.

Drupal is the open source content management system used by 24% of all .Gov web sites. Some examples of United States federal government sites currently running on Drupal include the Commerce Department, The White House, the Department of Education, and the Department of Energy. The Certification makes Acquia the first provider to offer an enterprise class Drupal hosting service that is FISMA moderate certified, where both the Drupal application and hosting infrastructure are supported.

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?