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govCMS Distro Available on Drupal.org [July 14, 2015]

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govCMS

The independent public govCMS Drupal distribution is now available from the Drupal Open Source Community via Drupal.org for anyone to download and use. The govCMS distribution is one component of a broader cloud hosted Software as Service solution for unclassified public facing government websites.

For Australian government agencies the govCMS distribution is a unique offering when paired with the govCMS platform services. It provides ‘out of the box’ compliance in a number of key areas including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) AA compliance, adherence to the Information Security Manual (ISM), hosting in the public cloud and utilising open source software. govCMS includes ongoing assessments including Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) and Private Internet Access (PIA). Entities also benefit from standardisation and greater financial benefit through economy of scale as more entities sign up to govCMS platform services.

It’s important to note that while any organisation or even individuals can access and use the govCMS distribution outside of the govCMS service – for example via self hosting - they won’t receive all the benefits of the govCMS service including the accredited environment. govCMS is committed towards contributing to building the Drupal Open Source Community.

Upgrades to the distribution will be made available to govCMS customers and via Drupal.org and GitHub. New functionality or features added to the distribution will go through a quality assurance and technical certification process to maintain the integrity of govCMS.

“Federal, state and local agencies can download the govCMS distributions and take advantage of the collective innovation put forward by all the contributors starting today,” said Chris Harrop, Director for Asia Pacific and Japan, Acquia. "The work of govCMS continues to help agencies save costs, deliver better sites and services with citizens.”

Interest in govCMS continues to increase. Visit the below govCMS websites to see how other entities have taken full advantage of the govCMS service:

https://www.asada.gov.au

https://www.communications.gov.au

https://www.dto.gov.au

https://www.govcms.gov.au

https://www.ppsr.gov

Full Support Available for Drupal 8 [July 16, 2015]

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Website Magazine

By Amberly Dressler

With what some say will be the biggest Drupal release yet, digital experience company, Acquia, is announcing immediate availability to support sites built with Drupal 8, the newest version of Drupal, still in beta.
Acquia gained early access to support Drupal 8 because of its heavy involvement with the Drupal community and the development of D8 and is prepared to fully support Drupal 8 with enterprise products, services and technical support for the open-source Web content management platform.

"Drupal 8 on the Acquia Platform provides broader capabilities for both simple and complex sites than any other alternative,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. “Though Drupal 8 is still in beta, our team is focused on mitigating any and all risks with using it. We've helped many organizations go live already on Drupal 8 with the careful guidance of our expert developers and security specialists. We will be assisting with resolving key issues in our customer projects, ensuring their success as we have for the thousands of existing customers we have."

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Are You Building an Open Marketing Organization? [July 6, 2015]

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CMSWIRE

By Tom Wentworth

Marketers rely on data for just about every function of their jobs. Digital marketing's evolution has led most marketing organizations to rely on various marketing tools and technology in order to understand who their customer is and what they want. But that crucial customer data is often spread between disparate tools and systems within a company — from CRM systems like Salesforce, to marketing automation like Marketo, to reporting tools like Google Analytics. While each of these tools are important on their own — capturing unique sets of data about your company, customers and their unique relationship with your website or brand — they can also create silos.

Depending on their job function, marketers may only use a few of the many marketing tools on a regular basis, giving them a limited view of the customer. If we connected all of that useful data into one place, marketers would have the opportunity to discover more meaningful trends and insights about their customers and the success of different campaigns and strategies. With that, the entire company would function as a more cohesive unit and deliver better, more valuable information to customers and to internal teams.

What is Open Marketing?
The best way to break down silos within your marketing organization is by taking an open marketing approach. Based on the same principles of open source software, open marketing allows for easier integration between different marketing technologies. This gives marketers the opportunity to assemble their own marketing tech stack comprised of what systems work best for their business, from proven best-in-class tools to emerging technologies from startups. With open marketing, because these systems are easily connected, data can flow between them, giving each tool a more complete view of all customer data captured by your marketing organization.

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The Web Rolls Further Into the Strategies of e-Commerce Software Providers [July 6, 2015]

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Internet Retailer

By Paul Demery

Oracle and hybris each announced last week new ways of offering Internet-based platforms for bringing e-commerce to more B2B as well as retail companies.

Competitors Oracle Corp. and hybris Software launched Internet-based product strategies last week designed to bring customized e-commerce functionality to more companies.

Oracle, whose technology is used to run business operations software, databases and e-commerce sites at midsized to large companies, introduced Oracle Commerce Cloud as a means for letting small as well as large companies subscribe to cloud-based e-commerce and related technology for deploying business-to-business as well as retail e-commerce site. In addition to the e-commerce transaction functionality, the technology includes online marketing; mobile sales management tools for account managers; and online applications that let customers configure products, view available pricing and discounts, and request full price quotes for entire orders from sales reps.

While Oracle typically sells its licensed e-commerce and related software to companies with online retail sales of $50 million or more, it’s targeting Oracle Commerce Cloud to companies with from $10 million to $100 million in e-commerce sales, says Ian Davis, senior director of product management at Oracle. Companies that deploy Oracle Commerce Cloud, either as a full suite or in parts, will pay a monthly fee to access the Internet-hosted technology through a web browser. Clients can opt to pay either tiered fees based on the number of page views on their e-commerce sites, or a percentage of their gross transaction value. Specific pricing was not available.

Peter Sheldon, vice president and technology analyst at Forrester Research Inc., says in a report released today that Oracle Commerce Cloud shares 80% of its software code with Oracle’s licensed software that companies typically deploy “on-premise,” or on their own network infrastructure. This gives the new cloud-based software suite the ability to provide levels of site performance and functionality similar to the licensed version, but also with new features available through a cloud-based system, he says.

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Acquia Certification Can Help Uou Master Drupal Web Development [July 6, 2015]

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Certification Magazine

By Peter Manijak

This past April brought the one-year anniversary of the Acquia Certification Program, which has experienced notable growth over the past 16 months. When Acquia first got things off the ground, there was just one exam in place. Halfway through 2015, there are four exams, along with a new Acquia Certified Grand Master credential.

When the program first launched, it was important to establish meaningful credentials to validate the skills and knowledge of Drupal developers across the globe. Before 2014, there had never been any kind of Drupal certification or credentialing program of any note, and Acquia, as a leader in this open source world, made the investment to create such a program.

As the Drupal web development platform has gained in popularity, there has been a demand by companies, governments and other bodies to find the talent to build, service and manage enterprise web sites and undergo digital transformation.

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Acquia, hybris Partner on Cloud-Based Digital Experiences [June 30, 2015]

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By Dom Nicastro

SAP hybris introduced hybris-as-a-service (YaaS) as a commerce platform based on microservices at its Global Customer Days and Partner Summit in February. It was the talk of the conference, according to reports. (We'll spare you the tweets claiming "The answer is Yaas.")

Acquia is now joining the conversation.

The Boston-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company, which provides products, services and support for open-source web content management platform Drupal, and hybris, the Munich-based e-commerce solutions provider under the SAP hood, partnered today. The goal: to help brands “deliver contextually relevant digital experiences via the cloud.”

Acquia and hybris, which SAP acquired in 2013 to strengthen its position in the e-commerce space, contend companies are moving away from legacy “software as a product” that include “inflexible delivery models.”

The partnership will produce an alternative, officials promised: “cloud-based microservices” that help organizations produce digital experiences as easily as downloading apps to a smartphone.

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OSTraining to Release Free Drupal 8 Beginner Training in July [June 25, 2015]

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As one of the fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer programmers are about to get a professional development tool at no cost. Open Source Training LLC (OSTraining) is set to launch a 14-part online beginner course for Drupal 8 via YouTube in July.

OSTraining launched a campaign earlier this year to fund freely available Drupal 8 training modules. Acquia sponsored the development of the beginner’s training.

The beginner track is slated for 50 videos to cover an introduction to Drupal, installation of Drupal 8 on Acquia Cloud Free, taxonomy, modules, themes, managing people and reports, and site management. Acquia Cloud Free is a free Drupal development platform offering one-click installation of Drupal 8.

“Acquia is making it easy for developers to discover all the advantages that Drupal 8 offers,” said Renée Bochman, Acquia vice president of customer experience. “Acquia provides a cloud platform and full suite of workflow tools for Drupal 8. OSTraining’s on-demand course is designed to help developers get started fast and succeed.”

OSTraining CEO Steve Burge of Sarasota, Fla. says, “many new Drupal 8 users will need training, which can be expensive and difficult to find. The goal is to give everyone free access to the very best Drupal 8 training.”

Acquia Partners with CloudFlare To Boost DDoS Security [May 18, 2015]

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TechCrunch

By Ron Miller

Acquia announced today that it’s teaming with CloudFlare to offer its customers CloudFlare Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection, as well as Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. Acquia will sell and service these products.

Acquia wanted a product it could package and service, so the partner needed to be flexible in this regard. It considered building something itself, but quickly rejected that idea, Chris Stone, senior VP of products and development at Acquia explained.

“We went looking for the best solution first, and then an opportunity to work with someone that could be Acquia led and that was key to working with CloudFlare,” he said. It didn’t hurt that some customers were asking for CloudFlare by name.

As for CloudFlare, it gets its products in large enterprises where Acquia typically operates, but it is letting Acquia package CloudFlare services under the Acquia brand.

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And 2015 NEVYs Winners Are… [May 13, 2015]

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From inside the House of Blues, the winners are in! Some of the biggest names in the Boston startup community were nominated; some left with a NEVY and others left with added motivation for next year, but everyone left with new friends and renewed appreciation for the huge year that was for Boston’s innovation ecosystem. There was laughter and there were tears, but at the end of the show the awards fell into deserving hands.

The Winners in Tech

Hottest Startup, Seed Stage: BookBub

Hottest Startup, A+: PillPack

Next Unicorn: Acquia

Rising Star Entrepreneur: Elias Torres, Driftt

Angel of the Year: Dharmesh Shah

Rising Star VC: Nicole Stata, Boston Seed Capital

Fund of the Year: FKA Atlas and Founder Collective

Exit of the Year: Wayfair

Entrepreneur of the Year: Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot

The Winners in Healthcare

Hottest Startup: Navitor Pharmaceuticals

Rising Star Entrepreneur: Zoe Barry, ZappRx and Nancy Simonian, Syros Pharmaceuticals

Rising Star VC: Bruce Booth, Atlas Venture

Deal of the Year: Moderna Therapeutics

Entrepreneur of the Year: Rushika Fernandopulle, Iora Health

This list deserves recognition, but so do all of the Nominees. The past year was enormous for Boston startups and the investment community as a whole. The NEVYs set out to celebrate Boston’s wins, and judging from the turnout and the energy, it was a success. Those who couldn’t join us missed a party that, as of this writing, is still going strong. But don’t worry, we’ll be right back at it next year.

Acquia Founder, Drupal Inventor Honored by Immigrant Learning Center [May 12, 2015]

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Dries Buytaert Receives 2015 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award in High Tech

Boston—May 12, 2015—Members of Boston’s international business community, including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, gathered to celebrate the nominees and winners of the 2015 Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO and the inventor of Drupal, was honored in the award’s high technology category. The 2015 selection committee cited Acquia’s company growth and global reach as well as Dries’ contribution to the concept of open source as key reasons why he was selected as winner. The ILC also recognized winners in business growth, neighborhood business and life science.

“The best part of my job is actually this idea that we can do well and do good. Hundreds of thousands of nonprofits from Greenpeace to Doctors Without Borders to The [Immigrant Learning] Center and many others use Drupal to power their sites,” Buytaert said.

A non-for-profit organization, the ILC is based in Malden, MA and provides immigrants in the Boston area find their voice. The center offers a free, year-round English Language Program to immigrant and refugees, while the ILC’s Public Education Institute works to inform Americans about the impact of immigrants. The Institute for Immigration Research, a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

About Acquia
Acquia is the digital experience company. Intuit, Warner Music Group and Stanford University are among the more than 4,000 organizations that are transforming their digital businesses with Acquia’s open cloud platform. Global 2000 enterprises, government agencies and NGOs rely on Acquia to create new revenue streams, lower costs, and engage audiences more deeply through content, community, commerce and context.

For more information visit www.acquia.com or call +1 781 238 8600.

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