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Best Advice I Ever Got: Dries Buytaert [Sept. 9, 2013]

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Inc. Magazine

Original Drupal creator and Acquia co-founder/CTO Dries Buytaert explains why startup founders can never think too big--and shares his story of open-source web publishing.

When I started working on Drupal in my college dormitory 12 years ago, I had no idea that one day it would be used by 2 percent of the world's websites. What's even more exciting is the open-source community that has grown up around Drupal. More than 20,000 contributors share their code and are responsible for the Drupal we know today.

I co-founded Acquia six years ago to support the growing number of organizations that rely on Drupal, and also co-founded Mollom to solve the spam moderation challenges for website owners. Six years later, Mollom was acquired, and Acquia has almost 400 employees. As I've encountered challenges every step of the way, I've discovered that some of the best advice I've received is useful no matter what the project.

1. Think big

So often I meet entrepreneurs who are working on a startup concept. They have a great idea and a business plan to bring it to market, but they're thinking too small about what they're trying to do.

Acquia Announces Commerce Cloud For Integrated Shopping Experiences [Sept. 5, 2013]

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Retail Solutions Online

Enables Brands to Create Content-Rich, Socially Immersive Shopping Experiences That Create Brand Champions

Burlington, MA - Acquia, where great digital experiences begin, is announcing the availability of Acquia Commerce Cloud, the first digital experience platform to bring content to commerce. Acquia Commerce Cloud enables you to create content-rich, socially enabled, fully integrated shopping experiences and effortlessly deploy and scale them to a high-performance, highly secure cloud platform.

With the shift to digital engagement and the ability for a consumer to connect anytime and anywhere, brands have gained an incredible opportunity to build relationships directly with customers. Digital is driving the trend toward direct-to-consumer commerce. That's why a great digital presence is a business imperative. In order to drive sales and build evangelists, brands need a unified digital experience for product discovery, research, and purchase. And with the explosive growth of mobile commerce, brands need to deliver a consistent digital experience across a growing mix of devices and channels.

Acquia Hires Dennis Morgan, Formerly of Yahoo & Buddy Media, as CFO [Sept. 3, 2013]

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Boston Business Journal

By Kyle Alspach

Burlington-based Acquia said Tuesday it has hired software industry veteran Dennis Morgan as its new chief financial officer. Morgan had most recently been CFO of New York-based Buddy Media, which Salesforce acquired for $745 million last year. Previously, Morgan had been VP of corporate finance at Yahoo, and before that held CFO posts at EPAC Technologies Inc., Panther Express Corp. and Vibrant Media.

Acquia provides tools and support for enterprises using the open-source Drupal Web publishing platform; Drupal has surged in popularity among enterprises in recent years due to the potential for cost savings and the flexibility of design.

Open-source Code: By the People, For the People [Aug. 29, 2013]

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jeudi, le 29 août 2013h
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VentureBeat

By Dries Buytaert

Many organizations adopt open source for reasons like flexibility and agility. Everyone needs to do more with less. But in government, open source drives both civic engagement and government participation like never before. Because of digital, the world feels much smaller and more connected. And open source gives people the opportunity to rally around a cause, no matter where they live.

Think about how we petitioned our government before we had the We The People website. I bet you have to think pretty hard about how it was done (I do!). Now, a website has brought to life the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. Millions of people’s voices are heard. People pull together based on common concerns. The White House built We The People using Drupal and shared the code on GitHub, opening up the opportunity for other governments to easily create their own online petitioning systems.

One Thing Inc. 5000 Companies Have in Common: Performance [Aug. 20, 2013]

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Inc. 500

How Inc. 5000 companies make other companies better. And in the process, make the economy work.

By Leigh Buchanan

We know companies that operate data centers are critical to the economy. If we thought about it, we would realize companies providing air conditioners to keep those data centers running are critical, too. But how critical are companies that maintain and service the air-conditioning systems that cool the data centers?

Toby Thomas found out in 2007. At the time, he was working for a business that was hired by Perot Systems to ensure its data center stayed cool while a new one was under construction. Perot Systems had many big financial clients, and "the day before we went in, we got a call from a top executive saying, 'I want you to know, if this fails, what will happen,' " recalls Thomas. " 'It will be on CNN. The stock market could be affected. The value of the dollar could be affected.'

"I realized, Wow, we're not just guys in hardhats doing a job," says Thomas. Two years later, he founded EnSite Solutions, now based in Irving, Texas. "Data centers are more tied to our economy than oil is," says Thomas. A company that services data-center cooling systems is mission critical to the mission critical to the mission critical.

The Fortune 500 traffics in consumer products, oil, pharmaceuticals, cars, retail, and the kinds of telecom services and software most people use every day. The Inc. 5000 is, by and large, a more esoteric crowd. Many supply businesses and government agencies with such products as network-on-chip design (Arteris), cloud-services brokering (Cloud Sherpas), and electronic payment technology optimized for the clinical-trial industry (Greenphire). The niches they ply can be inscrutably specific. Acquia provides products, services, and technical support for the Drupal social publishing system. Understanding Acquia requires a pit stop at drupal.org to learn about a fascinating corner of the global open-source movement.

Service NSW Delivers Online Presence with Open Source [Aug. 27, 2013]

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mardi, le 27 août 2013h
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Computerworld Australia

By Rohan Pearce

Service NSW, which acts as a central portal for accessing government services in New South Wales, is using the open source Drupal platform for its public-facing website and intranet

In late January, the digital strategy of Service NSW had a long way to go, according to Bruce McGregor – particularly if the organisation was to meet a July deadline for delivering its online portal, the organisation's head of digital said.

"The timeframes were tight, the budget was limited and fixed, and there were multiple stakeholders," McGregor said.

The creation of Service NSW was announced by the state's premier, Barry O’Farrell, in July 2012. The intention is to offer a 'one-stop shop' for government services, with NSW residents able to access them through 18 Service NSW centres, a 24-hour call centre and a single Web portal.

"We had to build a service within a couple of months," McGregor said. Despite the short timeframe for rolling out a complex Web portal, the agency managed to beat its deadline – albeit, by a handful of days – by employing the open source Drupal Web platform.

NSW Government Services Go Digital [Aug. 27, 2013]

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mardi, le 27 août 2013h
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The Australian

By Jennifer Foreshew

THE NSW government's newly launched services distribution arm aims to shift 30 per cent of traffic that resides in face to face or the call centre arena to digital in the next two years.

Service NSW, which was created to be a single point of contact for customers of government services, launched its three channels last month. They involve an initial 18 service centres, 24/7 phone service, and a customer-friendly web portal.

There are 40 million transactions in NSW every year with government.

"They (users) will certainly migrate quite easily from the call centre where a lot of the activity is at the moment to digital," Service NSW deputy chief executive officer Steve Griffin said.

Service NSW, which is aimed at citizens and small businesses, brings together the services delivered by NSW agencies Roads and Maritime, the Department of Fair Trading and Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Service NSW uses aGov, a Drupal distribution specifically designed for Australian government, for its website, which is hosted in the cloud by Acquia.

Drupal is an open source web platform used by more than 150 national governments.

Acquia Hires Finance Chief as IPO Talks Begin [Aug. 26, 2013]

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lundi, le 26 août 2013h
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Bloomberg

Acquia Inc., which helps companies manage the software behind their websites, has hired a chief financial officer and has begun talking to banks ahead of an initial public offering.

An IPO could come as soon as the second half of 2014, Chief Executive Officer Tom Erickson said in an interview. To prepare, the company hired Dennis Morgan, who was CFO at Buddy Media Inc. and helped arrange its $736 million sale to Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) last year. He starts today.

Acquia, which gives customers easier ways to use the open-source software language Drupal, had $45 million in 2012 revenue and expects to grow 50 percent this year, Erickson said. The company still has to release products and wait for its CFO to be settled in the role before picking banks to lead the offering, he said.

“We’ve been doing a lot of circuits, going around to meet banks and public-company investors,” Erickson said. “This company has long legs in terms of where it can go. I’ve never taken a company public so I think it’s something I’d like to do.”

Web Publishing With the Acquia Advantage [Aug. 20, 2013]

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mardi, le 20 août 2013h
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Bloomberg TV

Acquia CEO Thomas Erickson discusses the company's business model with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television's "Money Moves."

"Social has been an add-on on the web until now. What people want to do is integrate social with their regular content," said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. "We're creating the opportunity for people to blend their content, their community and their commerce."

Georgia Saving Millions with Open Source Technology [Aug. 2, 2013]

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Government Technology

By Brian Heaton

A switch to Drupal’s OpenPublic and cloud hosting has made website administration more efficient and cheaper for state agencies in Georgia.

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) will save the state approximately $4.7 million over the next five years by using an open source website content management system and hosting data in the cloud.

State government agencies in Georgia made the move to Drupal’s OpenPublic platform and cloud storage from Acquia in October 2012. This eliminated multiple servers and the costs associated with maintaining them. In addition to helping the state’s bottom line, the change also has helped limit the downtime of state agency websites.

Georgia’s online properties were previously managed on two separate versions of an older content management system, with agency websites spread across 20 different servers. With resources stretched thin, sites began experiencing stability and performance issues in 2011, which spurred state leaders to look at streamlining the system.

Nikhil Deshpande, director of GeorgiaGov Interactive, a section within the GTA that manages Georgia.gov, said transitioning to an open source platform and the cloud ensures state agency portals are operating at peak efficiency and able to withstand Web traffic spikes.

“Being a government, there are sometimes occasions where something happens and people go to your website to look for an update or whatever they need,” Deshpande said. “And in that case, if you aren’t able to sustain that level of traffic, then obviously you’re going to have an outage. So we needed to leverage the agility and instant elasticity that cloud hosting provides.”

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