Acquia Accelerates Customer Acquisition, Canadian Expansion

In recent months, more than 20 Canadian businesses and government entities have entrusted their digital transformation to Acquia.

Many new clients for Acquia

In recent months, more than 20 Canadian businesses and government entities have entrusted their digital transformation to Acquia. Among them, Agropur, Domtar, Events East, GardaWorld, La Coop Fédérée (LCF), Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), SSQ, Onex, Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport and Town of Lincoln, are all live or going live shortly on Acquia Cloud.

“Demand for Acquia is fast rising. I am seeing Drupal adoption outstrip other platforms coast-to-coast in Canada; the move from legacy, proprietary systems towards the cloud and open source is a paradigm shift,” said Malik Yacoubi, chief digital officer at Cossette. “I see momentum growing even more now that Acquia is available in Canada.”

Acquia Cloud: Available in Canada

In September Acquia launched in Canada its award-winning Acquia Cloud running on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Acquia Cloud addresses the needs of Canadian organizations for local hosting, and provides Acquia’s cloud solutions and a platform as a service for Drupal and Node.js. By leveraging the AWS region in Montreal, Acquia offers Canadian customers fast, low-latency performance. This investment is a testament to Acquia’s commitment to the Canadian market. With this new region, Acquia Cloud is now available in 12 global regions, powering thousands of organizations.

Acquia is also uncovering strong demand for its recently launched Acquia Journey, DAM and Node JSsolutions, notably in the education, financial services, life sciences and consumer brand markets across Canada. These offerings, building on Acquia’s strong showing in the 2017 Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems and 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM), make including Acquia in any CMS evaluation a must.

Changing the rules of the game

“The CEOs, CMOs and CTOs that Acquia Canada aligns most with have done their homework: they recognize the market is shifting. To them, agility, cloud-first, and license-free are what’s important to their business growth. They want to launch new experiences in months, not years and work with local talent rather than fly in teams from the US. With Acquia, this is all possible,” said Jairo Romero, Acquia’s chief revenue officer.

A talented partner ecosystem

“Talent availability, time to market and freedom to innovate are key success factors for digital transformation. Acquia’s cloud model streamlines the transformation process and softens the cultural shift associated with becoming agile.” said Christian Ayotte, managing director, Nurun (Publicis). ”Acquia’s business model is truly looking ahead.”

Throughout 2018, Acquia will be investing extensively in its partner ecosystem to sustain growth. In the last year, Acquia has started projects with Absolunet, Accenture, Appnovation, Cofomo, Cossette, Critical Mass, Digital Echidna, ImageX, Infosys, Mirum (WPP), Nurun (Publicis), Open Plus, OPIN, Pure Cobalt, Symetris, and T4G.

“It took foresight to start an Acquia practice in Canada two years ago. The partners that made the leap then are reaping the rewards today: Happier customers, freedom to innovate and more fees left over for content and creative,” said Joe Wykes, Acquia senior vice president for channels and commerce. “Our FY18 growth plans in Canada go squarely through our channel partners. We are planning additional investments to make them successful.”

2018: Further expansion

Acquia Canada will also be making strategic hires shortly in account management, marketing, and sales across the country to support sustained growth and our growing agency ecosystem. Acquia will further be expanding its research and development lab in Toronto that is focused on personalization, machine learning, advanced analytics and omnichannel publishing to support new feature enhancement of its Lift product line.

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