Acquia Coverage

Git Success Stories and Tips from Drupal Core Committer Angie Byron [April 8, 2015]

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By Libby Clark

The Git revision control system is “at the center” of Drupal's hyper-collaborative community says Drupal core committer Angie Byron. The open source content management platform has 37,802 developers with Git commit access, and about 1,300 actively committing each month, she says.

“Git (was) the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off,” said Byron, who is also the director of community development at Acquia.

In celebration of Git's 10-year anniversary this week, we talked with Byron about how and why Drupal uses Git, their success stories using the tool, and her favorite tip for pro users. For more Git success stories in our “Git Week” series, see our interviews with Git creator Linus Torvalds, and maintainers on the KVM and Qt projects. And there are more to come still this week. Why does Drupal use Git?

The short answer is community momentum.

The longer answer is we were on CVS for about a decade (there weren't a lot of other options back in 2001), and went through an enormous evaluation to decide which distributed version control to move to: hg, bzr, or git (see for the REALLY longer answer).

Git won out, both on the metric of wider adoption among other open source projects we looked at for inspiration, but also within the Drupal community. We discovered that unlike with bzr and hg, numerous Drupal community members were already using Git on client/personal projects, building Git integrations with our various software management tools, and signing up in droves to offer Git support for CVS refugees.

This made Git the smartest/safest choice for our community, and a choice that definitely paid off. (see "success stories" below)

What makes Git such a great tool?

For me, it's Git's ubiquity. Particularly in the last couple of years, Git has become the clear winner in the version control wars, and having one common language to speak with and collaborate with other developers has solved SO many problems.


Acquia, kyruus, Wayfair among Industry Leaders Tapped for MassTLC Board [April 8, 2015]

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Top Executives from AT&T,, IBM and Vecna Also Join Tech Council Leadership Team

BURLINGTON, Mass. April 8, 2015 – The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the State’s leading technology association, today announced the election of seven new members to its Board of Trustees.

Comprising a range of the tech sector’s most actively engaged and respected leaders, the slate of new executives elected to the Board include:

  • Steve Conine, Co-Founder & CTO. Wayfair
  • Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia
  • Patricia Jacobs, President, AT&T – New England
  • David Krupinski, Co-Founder & CTO,
  • Bob McDonald, VP of Asset Management, IBM
  • Debbie Theobald, Executive Director, Vecna Cares
  • Julie Yoo, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, kyruus

“The rapid pace of innovation is disrupting markets and the way we do business,” remarked MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft. “Having a healthy influx of the region’s top tech leaders helps keep our organization energized and at the forefront of technology leadership in the region.”

“I’m excited to become more involved in advancing the tech community in Massachusetts by joining the board of the MassTLC,” said Tom Erickson. “Whether in my current role at one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, or at one of the four previous Massachusetts-based firms I have been with, I’ve enjoyed how globally minded yet community oriented the tech industry is here.”

Complementing the new directors, the following Trustees were re-elected to the Board:

  • Colin Angle, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, iRobot
  • Jim Daniel, COO, Oxfam America
  • Jack Little, CEO, The MathWorks
  • Chris Schoettle, President & COO, Enservio

The elections were held during MassTLC’s Annual Board Meeting on March 19. The Board currently consists of 28 senior executives who collectively represent interests of the organization’s 500 member companies and serve as a proxy for the tech ecosystem in Massachusetts.

At its Annual Meeting, the Board also elected officers, including Annmarie Levins, GM for Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft, as an incoming Co-Chair. She will serve a two-year term alongside current Co-Chair Chris Schoettle, President & COO of Enservio, whose term ends in 2016. Levins succeeds Kirk Arnold, CEO of Data Intensity, whose term ended at the Annual Meeting in 2015. Other officers elected include Jim Daniell, COO of Oxfam America, as Treasurer, and Susan Rousseau, SVP Workplace Technology at Fidelity Investments, as Secretary.

The voice of the state’s tech sector, MassTLC last month released its annual State of Technology report – highlighting successes while calling out key areas where more and faster progress is critical in terms of jobs, investment, education, business climate, government policy and competitiveness.

“I am honored to be taking this leadership role during such an exciting time of change in our community,” said Annmarie Levins. “I look forward to working with the MassTLC board and membership on our long-term vision and on how technology can drive both economic and social good in our community.”

“Annmarie is a dedicated leader, champion for technology and passionate advocate for Massachusetts – all qualities that make her an excellent fit in the role of co-chairperson,” said Chris Schoettle. “Her commitment to promoting and advancing the tech community is unwavering. I’m excited to work closely with her in the year ahead.”

About Mass Technology Leadership Council
The Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) is the region's leading technology association and the premier network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC's purpose is to accelerate innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content and ideas and offering a platform for visibility for member companies and their interests. For more information on MassTLC, visit

OpenScholar: A Drupal-based Content Management System for Universities [March 31, 2015]

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By Adrian Bridgwater

OpenScholar is a Drupal-based content management system designed specifically for academic use, created by Harvard University and released under an open source license.

So what?

Well okay you so what types... this tool aims to solve the "Babel Tower" problem many academic institutions face.

What's that?

As the web began to make its way into academia, staff and departments often created their own sites, hiring students or external companies.

Within a few years, many university IT departments found themselves having to maintain an assortment of different code bases written in various programming languages and environments - not only making it hard to update the websites' content, but posing a significant security risk as well.

There must be some kind of way out of here, right?

Increasingly, institutions chose to standardise on a single solution, with Drupal - the open source CMS also used at to

Harvard University chose to take this approach a step further by creating a custom CMS on top of Drupal.


Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project [March 26, 2015]

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Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release.

Appnovation Announces $30,000 Donation to Drupal 8 Accelerate Project.

Appnovation today announced that it will commit $30,000 to support the D8 Accelerate project efforts to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release. This directly relates to the Drupal Association's mission: uniting a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.

D8 Accelerate is a pilot program from the Drupal Association to put $250,000 of community funds toward accelerating the release of Drupal 8; due to the strategic impact this work has on the entire Drupal ecosystem. Drupal 8 is the latest release on the Drupal journey, that is substantially more powerful than previous versions and provides new ways to tailor and deploy content that looks great on any device.

“We’re excited to support the latest and greatest Drupal release to benefit the whole open source community,” said Arnold Leung, CEO of Appnovation. “We also want to accelerate the development of this release and join the more than 2200 passionate people who have contributed to Drupal 8’s success so far.”


L.A. CTO: We Are Actively Upgrading City’s IT in the Cloud [March 23, 2015]

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American City & County

By Michael Keating

An exclusive interview with LA’s CTO reveals some of the city’s strategy

With more people employed in high-tech jobs (368,500) than any other metro region in the U.S., Los Angeles (population, 3,884,307) is an IT powerhouse. Leading the city’s team is Steve Reneker, general manager of the Information Technology Agency and Chief Technology Officer. He is spearheading several initiatives, including the development of CityLinkLA, which is a citywide initiative designed to make high-speed, high-quality broadband available in all areas of Los Angeles.

L.A.’s IT operation faces similar challenges to other city or county tech departments. For example, about 60 percent of the L.A. IT staff will reach retirement age within the next four years. More than half of the seven full-time workers at the help services desk have recently filed for their city pensions. Due to tight budgets, a lengthy hiring process and limited budget authority for hiring, Reneker is using student workers on a short-term basis to keep the city’s IT help desk staffed.

To help make its operation more efficient, the city is methodically embracing the cloud. In May, for instance, L.A. is expected to award a 10-year contract covering a new cloud-based municipal e-mail platform.

GPN spoke with Reneker recently about where the cloud fits in L.A.’s municipal IT strategy.

Government Product News: How is the city’s IT department structured?

Steve Reneker: We are very decentralized. We have 20 data centers out there, and it’s not very efficient. Our data center consolidation strategy calls for keeping three data centers for our private cloud apps, and moving everything else out into the public cloud environment. So over time, as departments need a technology refresh, the options offered to them will include various cloud environments.

GPN: Has your city department embraced the cloud?

SR: We have been moving some city IT functions to the cloud since early last fall. So I would say we have not seen any really significant changes yet. For the future, we certainly hope so.

We have probably seen a small percentage of change. For example, we just moved many of our city web pages to the Acquia cloud experience, which is a cloud-based hosting service and Drupal vendor-content management provider. We’ve seen a lot of improvement so there’s less complexity for our staff that we have to manage. We haven’t seen any reductions in staff in the process, however.

GPN: Has using the cloud helped reduce the server population in the Los Angeles city government?

SR: We’ve certainly seen some reduction in our server population, but we are still early in the process. Our IT unit is about 68 percent virtualized. We are spending a lot of time now going through upgrades on the Windows Server 2003 server operating system. The process gives us opportunities to either virtualize those environments or place them in the cloud. So we think there will be a large increase in migrations to the cloud over the next six months.


Wipro Is Accelerating Its Digital Experience Business [March 16, 2015]

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CXO Today

Digital customer experience has become a key business differentiator and application development and delivery leaders of front-office, Web, mobile, and digital development must step up to support their firm’s initiatives. A number of big organizations have offered digital experience to their customers to remain competitive.

Recently Wipro has partnered with Acquia, a digital experience company, to deliver digital experiences for its clients around the world. Wipro leverages the Acquia Platform on critical client projects that require an open and agile framework to integrate content, community and commerce.

With the Acquia Platform, Wipro brings together the open source drupal web content management framework and a suite of digital engagement services. The platform can connect a broad range of applications that optimize digital experiences for greater relevance and impact, said a company statement.

“Open source generally leads to greater choice for customers, downward price pressure and accelerated innovation as community development models upend the economics of traditional software R&D. Wipro’s innovative solutions and technology depth, combined with the robustness of the Acquia Platform and the cost benefit of offshore and open source is a winning combination for global enterprises,” said Andrew Aitken, GM & Global Open Source Practice Leader, Wipro Ltd.

“Through this joint approach, we are providing solutions to help our clients create amazing experiences for their customers. We’re helping global brands focus on the insights, interactions, integrations, and innovations that make extraordinary things happen for brands, businesses and their customers,” he added.


Wipro Partners with Acquia to Accelerate Digital Experience Delivery [March 15, 2015]

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Collaboration to Focus on Innovation in Financial Services, Life Sciences and Retail Sectors

New York, USA, London, UK and Bangalore, India - March 15, 2015: Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company today announced its partnership with Acquia, the digital experience company, to deliver best-in-class digital experiences for its clients around the world. Wipro leverages the Acquia Platform on critical client projects that require an open and agile framework to integrate content, community and commerce.

With the Acquia Platform, Wipro brings together the open source Drupal web content management framework and a suite of digital engagement services. The platform can connect a broad range of applications that optimize digital experiences for greater relevance and impact.

“Open source generally leads to greater choice for customers, downward price pressure and accelerated innovation as community development models upend the economics of traditional software R&D. Wipro’s innovative solutions and technology depth, combined with the robustness of the Acquia Platform and the cost benefit of offshore and open source is a winning combination for global enterprises,” said Andrew Aitken, GM & Global Open Source Practice Leader, Wipro Ltd.

He added, “Through this joint approach, we are providing solutions to help our clients create amazing experiences for their customers. We’re helping global brands focus on the insights, interactions, integrations, and innovations that make extraordinary things happen for brands, businesses and their customers.”
Wipro and Acquia will develop solutions and go-to-market strategies for its clients, initially focusing its efforts in the financial services, life sciences and retail industries.

“Together with Wipro, we’re helping global brands think ahead in how they approach customer engagement, empowering them to gain deeper insight into their customers and deliver extraordinary digital experiences,” said Joe Wykes, vice president of channel, Acquia.

The Acquia Platform helps Global 2000 brands build and deliver personalized digital customer experiences for every customer on every device. For digital marketers and other practitioners, the Acquia Platform includes tools that understand customer behavior to personalize sites and convert visitors into customers. The Platform is delivered from a resilient cloud and supports DevOps best practices, freeing brands to focus on their customers and not their data center.

Wipro has a strong advisory, consulting and delivery capabilities in the digital space that help businesses engage customers in a better way, increase their wallet share and deliver superior customer experience through a seamless experience across multiple devices and channels. Wipro helps global enterprises to navigate the complex digital landscape and help them discover their full potential in the digital space through next-generation digital solutions.

About Wipro Ltd.
Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of "Business through Technology" - helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner's approach to delivering innovation, and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro has a workforce of over 150,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents. For more information, please visit

About Acquia
Acquia is the digital experience company. Empire Life, 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.

Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements
Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property, and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at We may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.

Customers Want Personalised Content and Data-driven Commerce [March 12, 2015]

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As seen in The Digital Economy 2015, Raconteur

Contextualisation to deliver personalised content and offers across all channels achieves better customer experience, says Acquia.

Digital has changed everything in today’s world of online commerce. Personalisation of digital experiences is no longer an extra, but an expectation. If a customer has visited your site once, they expect you to recognise them on subsequent visits and they expect a tailored experience.

A study by Janrain showed that the majority of consumers – 75 per cent – like it when brands personalise messaging and offers. Personalisation is a win-win; customers are presented with what they want to see, and in turn they’re more apt to have higher conversion rates and greater satisfaction.

In fact, O2’s study The Rise of Me-tail shows that adding personalisation to a shopping experience could lift sales by 7.8 per cent. In order to provide a personalised experience, businesses must leverage data from multiple sources, and apply that data to serve customers with relevant content, product recommendations and services based on intent, location and interests.

Contextualisation – knowing your customer’s interests, behaviour and content preferences across all channels – is a more thoughtful and comprehensive approach to personalisation that is quickly becoming a key component of the customer experience.


Service Call: Overhauling the Federal Customer Experience [March 10, 2015]

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Government Executive

By Camille Tuutti

The White House wants to overhaul the federal customer experience, but it won't be easy.

Let’s be honest: The federal government isn’t exactly known for its five-star customer experience. Whether applying for student loans or Social Security benefits, paying taxes or seeking health care information, Americans have a multitude of complaints about the difficulty of interacting with federal agencies. Even President Obama took notice and directed agencies in April 2011 to improve the way they serve citizens.

The push to plug the weak spots in federal customer experience gained momentum in 2014 with the launch of two new organizations—18F, a General Services Administration office created to help agencies improve online operations, and the U.S. Digital Service, a White House office that aims to untangle gnarly technology projects and make them successful. Illustrating the importance of customer experience—or CX in techspeak—USDS highlighted the issue in its Digital Services Playbook.

Despite these efforts, federal CX has been a bit of a bust.


A November 2014 study by Forrester Research went as far as calling federal customer service “disastrously weak.” The CX Index, which measures how customers perceive their interactions with organizations in terms of the ease, effectiveness and emotion of an experience, found that agencies earned an average ranking of “very poor.” Even more troubling for the government is that even the highest-rated agency still scored lower than the worst private sector organization Forrester examined. “Compared with dozens of auto, banking, retail and e-tail companies we also ranked, federal CX looks downright bleak,” wrote the report’s author, Rick Parrish.


Forum One and Acquia Launch Digital Government Accelerator [March 11, 2015]

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By Bailey McCann

Forum one and Acquia have partnered to launch a digital government accelerator with the goal of improving collaboration between knowledge workers in government, think tanks, foundations and NGOs. The accelerator will allow these groups to build knowledge hubs and work through problems surrounding procurement and technical questions.

The solution will work on Acquia’s open cloud platform for public sector. The accelerator was built with Drupal Commons and includes a range of services for strategic planning, governance, member management, metrics sharing, and training. It is also FISMA compliant.


Forum One Launches Collaboration Accelerator for Digital Government [March 11, 2015]

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Forum One

Alexandria, VA - March 11, 2015 - Forum One, a digital agency working with the world’s most influential problem-solvers, is launching the Collaboration Accelerator to streamline collaboration between knowledge workers in government, think tanks, foundations, and NGOs, by easing the technical, procurement, and security barriers that typically plague online collaboration in government and the NGO community. For the first time, digital teams will be able to quickly build online communities of practice or knowledge hubs and collaborate with other governmental and NGO organizations.

Building on the success of this solution within the private sector, Forum One is bringing this solution to market in partnership with Acquia – which provides an open cloud platform for integrated digital experiences. Acquia and Forum One have collaborated on many engagements over the years, including work for the American Red Cross and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“As transparency and open data initiatives gain momentum, we’re seeing more collaboration between government agencies and non-governmental organizations,” said Kurt Voelker, Chief Technology Officer at Forum One. “In fact, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, a global partnership housed at the World Bank that seeks to advance financial inclusion, has successfully used this platform to communicate and interact with constituents to support development around the world.”

Oxfam, an organization dedicated to fighting global poverty and advancing human rights, relies on the Collaboration Accelerator to improve transparency and communication and enhance the impact of its services. Neal McCarthy, Oxfam America’s Senior Manager of Shared Services Applications, says, "At Oxfam, breaking down organizational silos so that the right people can easily connect and share across all 17 of our international affiliate organizations is a big deal. The Collaboration Accelerator is helping us do just that.”

Built with Drupal Commons, the Collaboration Accelerator helps team members manage groups, share resources and track projects from start to finish using their desktop or mobile device. The accelerator also includes a range of services designed to keep the community active and engaged, namely: strategic planning, governance, member management, metric setting, and training.

Delivered on the Acquia Platform, the Collaboration Accelerator is designed to support U.S. government agencies in achieving and sustaining compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). The Acquia Platform has helped federal agencies deploy government data and applications in the cloud and comply with rigorous security requirements.

“Agencies that work together effectively are best positioned to impact people’s lives and improve the performance of digital government,” said Todd Akers, vice president of public sector at Acquia. “The Collaboration Accelerator addresses three primary requirements for government and NGO collaboration platforms: support for robust security, flexibility to customize the solution for different working groups, and services to make sure that the community lives on until its work is done.”

For more information go to

About Forum One
Forum One is a digital agency that combines tech savvy, issue sophistication, and design execution to help influential organizations craft solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. Since 1996, Forum One has been passionately committed to helping its clients extend their influence.

For more information visit or email

About Acquia
Acquia is the digital experience company. Empire Life, 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.

govCMS Rolls out Digital Welcome Mat to the ‘Little Guys’ [March 9, 2015]

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Smaller agencies in all tiers of government will be catered for as the next phase of Australia’s public sector digital revolution is rolled out. One mandarin says signing up has helped them stay a digital leader in government.

Less than a year after its initial feasibility assessment, the Commonwealth’s open source website platform for public agencies has “come to fruition” says the federal government’s chief technology officer John Sheridan.

Sheridan wrote Friday on his Department of Finance blog:

“The release of the govCMS website today marks the availability of govCMS to all government entities to create and manage cost effective websites, based on best practice, that are compliant with Australian Government standards.”

Flagship websites and early adopters used to test the Drupal-based offering included — which went live in November as the first showcase of the technology — as well as the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the Department of Communications, the Department of Social Services, and Finance’s own site. Sheridan said that the feedback from those agencies has been very positive:

“Drew Clarke, Secretary of the Department of Communications commented that ‘by developing our departmental website in govCMS we are gaining the benefits of a cloud hosting solution and we will be able to share new modules designed to enhance policy consultation and engagement, with other members of the govCMS community. It supports our aim as an organisation to be a digital leader in government’.”

Now, the doors have been opened to agencies of any size, in any tier of government. A Getting Started form is found on the govCMS website.

Sheridan said that awareness of the rapidly developed platform has continued to grow throughout Australian jurisdictions since the official launch last month. In selling the platform to agencies, across all tiers of government, Sheridan has highlighted an early design decision to “cater for the little guys”, with larger high-demand agencies subsidising the smaller ones in such a way as to not jeopardise the viability of the service as a whole.

Low cost for agencies, and sustainability of the platform for Finance was a key element in getting it ready for Friday’s announcement.

Acquia, a US-headquartered cloud hosting company with offices in Brisbane and Canberra, has been chosen as the hosting provider, boasting local clients such as Flight Centre, Foxtel, TransLink and Earth Hour.


Finance Declares govCMS Production Ready [March 9, 2015]

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iT News

By Juha Saarinen

Offers comprehensive, cost-effective packages for agencies.

The Department of Finance has officially declared the govCMS website content management system and hosting platform as production ready after completing an early adopter trial.

govCMS is built on the open-source Drupal platform, and aims to provide agencies with a comprehensive services bundle that enables them to benefit from economies of scale and simpler and faster procurement, a Finance spokesperson told iTnews.

Government agencies can expect to save money by using govCMS, but Finance would not be drawn on figures comparing its offering with existing CMS and web hosting deals.

"The relative benefit for individual agencies will depend on their current circumstances and is a matter for the responsible delegates," the spokesperson said.

" has benefited from a significant reduction in hosting and related costs as a consequence of moving to govCMS. Further benefits are expected as maintenance and support advantages are exercised."

Finance contracted Drupal founder Dries Buytaert's company Acquia to host and support govCMS.

Acquia in turn partnered with Amazon Web Services for the public cloud platform for govCMS, which features high-availability hosting, disaster recovery, distributed denial of service protection and extensive monitoring and analytics capabilities.

Under the arrangement, government agencies get a managed Drupal application as well as unlimited, 24x7 technical support.

Finance said govCMS solved the problem of costly hosting for agencies through the use of AWS public cloud infrastructure as a shared platform for all websites under its management, with prices falling as economies of scale kick in.

Use of the Drupal open source platform means no software license or maintenance fees.

Having a standardised platform like govCMS means agencies can also share code, and not have to train people on differing systems, something Finance believes will result in further cost savings.

Improved compliance with Australian government standards for design, accessibility, security and information and record management is another benefit of govCMS, Finance said.


Australian Government Cloud Services Panel Sees New Additions [March 6, 2015]

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By Leon Spencer

Friday also saw the release of the government's Drupal-based Government Content Management System, GovCMS, which is aimed at providing a content management and website hosting solution to Commonwealth entities

"GovCMS will provide entities with the opportunity to create and manage websites, based on best practice and compliant with Australian government standards, including security and accessibility," said Sheridan in September, when it was announced that the website would be implemented in partnership with Acquia.

"I'm pleased to see GovCMS come to fruition from a journey that began with a Feasibility Study in April 2014, which identified GovCMS as an important service offering for Australian government entities," said Sheridan in a statement on Friday. "The GovCMS website provides quick and intuitive access to key information about the full GovCMS offering."


Federal Government's Drupal-based Web Platform Goes Live [March 6, 2015]

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By Rohan Pearce

The gates to the federal government's cloud-hosted content-management system, govCMS, have been thrown open.

Acquia, which hosts the platform, and the Department of Finance announced today that govCMS has officially gone live.

The contract is worth up to $24 million over four years to Acquia, depending on how many agencies shift to the platform.

govCMS is based on the open source Drupal Web platform.

As part of an early adopter program, a number of federal government agencies have already begun migrating to the platform, which from today will also be open to local and state government entities.

Along with the Department of Finance, early adopters included the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the Department of Communications, and the Department of Social Services. was the first site to go live on the new CMS, followed by

govCMS is available an as-a-service option for agencies. Migration to the platform is not mandatory.


Acquia Wins Two Stevie Awards in 2015 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service [Feb. 28, 2015]

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Stevie Awards

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – February 28, 2015 – Acquia, the digital experience company, was presented with two Stevie Awards in the ninth annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Acquia’s Tim Bertrand won a silver Stevie Award for Worldwide Sales Executive of the Year, while Acquia’s customer service team won a bronze Stevie Award for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year in Technology Industries.

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world’s top sales awards, business development awards, contact center awards, and customer service awards. The Stevie Awards organizes several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious American Business Awards℠ and International Business Awards℠.

The awards were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on Friday, February 27 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. More than 500 executives from the U.S.A. and several other nations attended. More than 1,900 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition. Entries were considered in 54 categories for customer service and contact center achievements.

As Acquia’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Bertrand is responsible for overseeing the company’s global sales operations. Under his leadership, the company has grown its annual revenue to more than $100 million. As a result, Acquia was named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ list of fastest growing companies for the second consecutive year. Acquia’s customer service team is available to answer questions, share best practices, and help customers solve problems quickly. The team is available to respond to critical issues around the clock to ensure customers can meet their business’ needs.

“Entries to the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service awards have more than doubled over the past three years,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “The widespread support of this program illustrates the importance of the functions it recognizes to business success. This year’s Stevie Award winners are the highest rated in the history of the awards, and we congratulate all of the winners on their commitment to excellence and innovation.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and the list of Stevie winners in all categories are available at

A Closer Look at Native Advertising [Feb. 27, 2015]

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By Tom Wentworth

Native advertising hit its stride last year. “Paid posts,” which gained popularity on new media platforms like Buzzfeed and Business Insider, started popping up in venerable publishers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. And big brands have jumped on these sponsored content opportunities, including Dell and Shell, who have both invested in the creation of native advertising units within The New York Times.

While some brands find that native advertising “works,” as measured by clicks, it doesn’t always prove to be a valuable way to build and develop an audience. Many consumers question the credibility of sponsored posts, and will navigate away from pages that contain the dreaded “sponsored by” message.

In order to prevent this negative reaction from consumers, brands need to integrate native advertising efforts into a larger content marketing strategy. Brands today have essentially become publishers — from beefing up their corporate blog, to integrating content into product marketing campaigns. By creating a more comprehensive content strategy among all of their branded platforms, brands will find more success with third-party content campaigns like native advertising.

Some tips to get started:

1. Create Regular Content
Brands need to become a source of content that educates, entertains and inspires audiences, not “advertises” to them. In order to shift consumer perception from brand to publisher, brands need to establish a steady cadence of content creation on their own website’s blog or in other marketing materials before embarking on a native advertising campaign.

Once a brand builds a fan following for their internally generated content, consumers will be more open to seeing them post content on third-party publishers, like news sites. Chipotle is a prime example of a publisher-brand who has created a stream of valuable, interesting content that fans have come to know and love. They’ve experimented with content in a variety of places — from their tumblr page full of beautiful visuals, to a four-part satirical TV series on Hulu about the agricultural industry and how food is raised. The Hulu series was a way to shed light on the importance of eating food with integrity — selections with ingredients like those served at Chipotle.

The series, and other content streams hosted on their own site, established Chipotle as a source of information about agriculture and let customers know about the ingredients used in all meals. This in turn provided an opportunity for Chipotle to create well-received native advertising campaigns about those same topics on third-party news sites, like the “Food for Thought” series on The Huffington Post.


The Web: Headliner Or TV’s Supporting Actor? [Feb. 25, 2015]

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woensdag, 25 februari 2015

By Chuck Fishman

Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched television show in U.S. history. It was also the most socialized Super Bowl ever measured, with 265 million Facebook posts, likes and comments, and more than 28 million global tweets. Today’s TV viewer doesn’t just watch TV anymore — they scroll through Twitter and Facebook in real time, watch YouTube Videos, send Snapchats and pin to Pinterest boards.

Their attention span is limited as they consume across multiple channels simultaneously, and the experience they create by consuming in this way is multi-dimensional, providing a unique opportunity for brands to meet them wherever they are — online or off.

Many media companies are taking advantage of this opportunity through multi-channel engagement and second-screen experiences. Shows like NBC’s The Voice have rolled out live-voting programs to engage viewers not just through television, but through social and text, too. The approach of connecting with viewers through activities such as live voting is called the “lean forward” model, and seeks to capture consumer attention wherever the consumer is, whatever platform they’re on.

The USA Network’s Modern Family Live employs the lean forward method as well, offering viewers a chance to compete live with other fans of the show to score points, climb the Live leaderboard, and hopefully come out on top with a prize pack from the show.

The “lean back” model seeks to hold fan engagement beyond the time constraints of regularly scheduled programming. The Walking Dead is a great example of this — they introduced a post-mortem talk show, “The Talking Dead,” to keep viewers engaged even after the show has ended.

Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spin-off, has a web experience separate from the show for Saul’s “legal practice” and offers viewers the chance to sign up to get emails from Saul direct to their inbox. The show also offers viewers a live digital component tied to the broadcast called a “story sync” at

All of these tactics are pre-programmed ways for networks to engage with their audiences through conversations that are happening around their programming — before, during and after.

As media companies experiment with capturing viewer attention on- and off-screen, they must engage fans across channels.

But what about the moments when a trending topic emerges unexpectedly, and media companies are caught unprepared? Super Bowl XLIX’s “Left Shark” is a prime example — he completely stole the show during halftime with Katy Perry, and arguably came out the biggest star of the game behind MVP Tom Brady. Left Shark now has 20,000 followers on Twitter.

Some brands have famously succeeded at this — like when Oreo capitalized on the blackout during Super Bowl XLVII with this memorable tweet and associated tagline: “You can still dunk in the dark.” Yet there is still much room for learning and improvement. As media companies experiment with capturing viewer attention on- and off-screen, they must engage fans across channels — via social media, in-app experiences, live participation, interactive portals and more. They need to recognize that the only way for this to work is to capture audiences where they already exist. Building out an approach to do that is no simple task.

With digital-native companies like Netflix, Showtime, Hulu and Amazon getting into the content production game, engaging audiences is critical. Networks need to find ways to continue the conversation not just during scheduled programming, but in between shows. To date, networks’ attempts at creating second-screen experiences haven’t consistently taken off.


Acquia Confirms Hitting $100M in Revenue for 2014 [Feb. 23, 2015]

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maandag, 23 februari 2015

By Rebecca Strong

In November, Acquia CEO Tom Erickson told us the company was on track to hit between $90 million and $110 million in revenue for 2014. Turns out the Burlington, Mass.-based Web content services company landed right in the middle, growing its revenue 46 percent to reachmore than $100 million for the year—placing the company among the largest privately held tech companies in Boston.

The company, which is soon moving its headquarters to Boston’s financial district, said a number of brands adopted the Acquia platform in the fourth quarter of 2014. Those include American Institute of Architects, Aruba Tourism Authority, Bush Brothers & Company, Feld Entertainment, Outside Magazine and Oxfam International. Global 2000 brands Intuit, Princess Cruise Lines and Agari are also now Acquia users.

"Key to our mission to rid the world of cyberattacks is the need to communicate with our customers across every channel in a personal way,” said Kevin Cochrane, chief marketing officer at the cybersecurity company Agari, in a press release. “Acquia's open platform gives us the freedom to deliver more relevant and engaging digital experiences, at a faster pace than ever before."

At its November Engage conference, Acquia announced a new product, ContextDB, as well as a new bundling strategy for its existing products. This news signaled that the SaaS firm is shifting away from its focus on Drupal and more toward demonstrating the value of its cloud- and data-focused content services for different kinds of Web businesses.

Acquia banked $50 million last May, making it one of just a handful of Boston companies that've raised a total of $100 million or more in venture capital funding. Erickson has said that it’s possible the firm will be looking to go public in 2015.


Website Software Seller Acquia Reports $100M in Sales [Feb. 23, 2015]

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maandag, 23 februari 2015

By Curt Woodward

Acquia has been billing itself as a “pre-IPO” software company for a couple of years now, but the seller of website-publishing software and services remains private.

That’s not terribly unusual these days, with a growing number of private tech companies stacking up investment valuations of $1 billion or more without touching the public markets. But we’re still waiting to see some IPO paperwork from Acquia.

In any case, here’s another note that indicates the company’s continued growth: Burlington, MA-based Acquia says it recorded $100 million in revenue for 2014. That’s up from revenues of about $68 million reported for 2013 and about $45 million reported for 2012.

Acquia sells software and services that help other companies run websites based on Drupal, an open-source Web content management system. The company’s founder, Dries Buytaert, is Drupal’s original author.

You might think of Acquia as a business- and government-focused contemporary of WordPress, the widely used web content management platform that is popular with individuals, small publishers, and media companies. Acquia has tended to see itself as a competitor to enterprise-scale publishing software offered by big companies like Adobe and Oracle.