"There's no right way to do it, but there are wrong ways, trust me, I know, I've done them all. Doing it wrong can harm people and it can really hurt the community. What you all have built together is remarkable and it's worth considering how you extend it further and find ways to continue to collaborate, both as Drupal, and maybe even more importantly as a broader PHP community."
- Amy Stephen, Molajo Developer and Consultant, Comment to "Backdrop: Forking Drupal" by Laura Scott, Pingv.com, September 11, 2013
Acquia continues to expand its products and services, this time by introducing Acquia Commerce Cloud. Acquia's Commerce Cloud enables you to create content-rich, socially enabled, fully integrated shopping experiences intended to help you deploy and scale them to a high-performance, highly secure cloud platform.
While Drupal 8 has been been under development for two and a half years, I haven't talked much about it. I learned long ago that it doesn't do much good to talk about an upcoming release of a CMS until the software crosses over from what most of us would consider "vaporware."
The software needs to be close to beta, allowing for normal folks to actually be able install for testing purposes with a reasonable amount of certainty we don't need to be a developer. If you're a loyal reader of Planet Drupal, by now you should be getting a sense that the time has come to finally talk about Drupal 8.
Acquia Cloud Site Factory is both Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Acquia's new product and service shouldn't be a surprise to Acquia watchers and Drupal fans. TheFactory builds on Acquia's proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, on which more than 100,000 sites have been built. Here at CMS Report we've covered Drupal Gardens since the days before it was even a real product and it's been an interesting story to revisit from time to time.
Over the years, my impression have always been that Drupal Gardens was a great way to start a Drupal site quickly, but also worrisome once your site needed to grow beyond the Garden's offerings. One of Drupal's strengths has always been that it just isn't a CMS, but also a framework. Drupal's framework lets you push beyond the limits of your original vision for the site, but within the walls of Drupal Gardens that same ability to innovate always seemed a bit too confining for my taste. Acquia Cloud Site Factory seems to be the company's answer for those customers that needed more from their SaaS.
A few months ago, CMS Australian enthusiast Said Salameh posted this excellent breakdown comparing the number of steps required to complete simple tasks between eight leading open source content management systems. He illustrates how simple things like editing a page or adding an article can take ten steps or more – far more than necessary. His post spawned a discussion on the Web Content Management group on LinkedIn drawing out frustrations from many in the industry about the complexity of content management systems – particularly open source systems.
Acquia, a Drupal solutions provider, announced today that it has received a second Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Authorization to Operate (ATO) for federal customers using Acquia Cloud. FISMA compliance provides a path for government agencies to develop next-generation digital experiences with Drupal that incorporate the web, mobile and social communities.
FISMA and its associated National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards provide a risk-based framework to support security best practices for systems managed by federal agencies. Acquia is the first provider to offer enterprise-class Drupal cloud services with a FISMA moderate ATO, which provides insight and assurance in Acquia’s ability to deliver secure cloud services for government websites and social communities. The authorization, obtained earlier this year as part of Acquia’s work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, provides documentation to federal agencies that are evaluating the security protocols of Acquia’s cloud services.
The announcement of the partnership is likely an unsurprising move for most involved in the open source content management and document management industry as similar partnerships with other content management providers and Alfresco have already occurred. Nor is this the first time that we've seen Acquia involved with integrating the Drupal CMS with the Alfresco platform. However, this is probably the first time we've seen Acquia and and Alfresco Inc. so publicly announce such a partnership for delivering products and services and perhaps this is a recognition that customers have need for better integration solutions in both product and services.
Acquia announced significant growth in revenue and bookings as the company’s open source solutions are becoming more widely adopted. Acquia’s year-over-year revenue grew by 108 percent in 2012. According to the Boston Business Journal, this puts Acquia's revenue for 2012 at $45.3 million. Momentum continued in the first quarter of 2013, as Acquia’s bookings increased 52 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012 and more than 15 percent over the quarter prior.
Acquia reportedly achieved significant growth in bookings and revenue as organizations accelerate their adoption of solutions to manage their digital experiences, particularly among life sciences, high tech, media, government and higher education. According to Acquia, with businesses of all sizes seeking ways to fast track their digital marketing efforts, increased demand for solutions that blend content, community and commerce have been particularly popular among chief digital officers, digital executives and digitally-focused CMOs.
For the past few years, CMS Report has generally not posted CMS announcements which only contained bug fixes and no new additional features. So, it's been rare for us to post the "point" release announcements for Drupal as Drupal only introduces significant new features in the new full version of Drupal (such as the forthcoming Drupal 8). However, Drupal 7.22 contains a lot of minor changes so we thought it was worth talking about. Drupal 7.22 was actually released a week ago, but I didn't have time to upgrade any of my Drupal sites until this week nor look at what was actually fixed.
What I find silly about this week's proprietary versus open source discussion is that I don't think proprietary is the biggest threat to open source. The biggest threat to open source is from within. Open source as a whole needs to do a much better job in preventing the discussion of Open Source Community versus Open Source Vendor from getting out of hand. Open source must accept the role commercial vendors have in their community or they will soon find their community is financially unsustainable and difficult to be taken seriously. Vendors must also prove to open source that the community is better off with them than without them or that vendor is going to have have little influence at the community's leadership table.
It takes awhile for open source as a community to respond positively to the changes that new or successful vendors may bring to their community. Most new vendors in open source soon realize that their standing in such communities is ranked not by their company's success but by how much they give or don't give back to their open source community.