Acquia cloud CMS on AWS, Vista cash flow raise user expectations

NEW ORLEANS — Flush with funding from the recent majority stake investment from Vista Equity Partners, Acquia has newfound resources to integrate marketing automation and personalization tools with its digital experience platform running on AWS.

As Acquia cloud tools expand beyond its established web content management base into marketing automation and the company sharpens its AWS chops, customers expect performance improvements. 

Partners said they’re looking forward to easier application setup and integration resources.

Earlier this year, the company earned AWS Digital Customer Experience Competency status for Content Management, a certification of its infrastructure optimization.

U.S. securities market auditor FINRA uses Acquia Drupal for its public-facing websites as part of a massive AWS footprint that catalogs seven years’ worth of transactions on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FINRA is also evaluating the potential for Mautic, the Acquia cloud marketing automation app, said senior director of technology Michael Scheidt. Acquia’s ongoing work to make Drupal sites run better in the AWS environment is more important, he said.

“We want Acquia to develop its platform to take advantage of all the amazing innovation that’s been happening on the AWS platform,” Scheidt said. That can include performance improvement and monitoring, improving databases, application containerization and down the road, serverless versions.

Workfront, an enterprise work management platform encompassing processes such as employee collaboration and project management, uses Acquia cloud tools to host large public-facing sites in five languages.

Michael Scheidt, FINRA senior director of technology, and Josh Hofmann, Amazon Web Services GM and global leader for ISV Partner Ecosystem.
Michael Scheidt, FINRA senior director of technology, presents at Acquia Engage 2019 while co-presenter Josh Hofmann, Amazon Web Services GM and global leader for ISV Partner Ecosystem, looks on.

To support coming content initiatives and its mixed-vendor CX stack that includes Salesforce CRM and Marketo marketing automation, Workfront CMO Heidi Melin said Acquia should continue to invest in content accessibility and improving speed of mobile content services.

“I need them to keep up, from a technology standpoint,” Melin said. “Because they’re part of our stack, and because our own SaaS software is part of the stack, our site has to behave like the most modern out there. People assume there’s a connection between the web platform we use for the public website and our own product.”

Partners want Acquia cloud services to remain open

Acquia’s partners deploying Drupal sites said the company needs to stay the course with its open source, open-data approach, and continue developing microservices and containerization models for its applications.

That’s Acquia’s major differentiator among its closed-platform competitors, said Doug Ruhl of CI&T, a customer experience firm that maps digital strategy for companies in many verticals including financial, consumer packaged goods and life sciences.

“It’s where we see most of our clients wanting to go,” Ruhl said. “That may be because we believe in [open systems], but very few of them are looking for a walled garden approach.”

Accenture Interactive’s open source program lead Jacob Redding echoed those sentiments. Mautic, he said, will find a place among heavy competition if Acquia can solve the problems endemic to all marketing automation platforms: complicated set up and the high number of people required to keep it running.

“There’s a huge market out there for digital experience platforms,” Redding said. “Getting [the applications] to integrate and creating a really good experience platform — that’s a challenge.”

Glenn Hilton, CEO of ImageX, a Drupal agency that sets up media sites for customers, said his clients value the open source structure and community-developed features and capabilities that end up in Acquia applications.

Acquia’s Mautic move is a welcome diversification of its application lineup, Hilton said. Now it’s the partners’ turn to pivot from Acquia cloud web hosting to full digital experience companies.

“Acquia is looking to its partners to also shift,” Hilton said, adding that his company is investigating how to add martech into its services mix and diversify its business model. “A decade ago, CMS was the hot topic, but now you go to conferences and you hardly ever hear it. CMS upgrades are a necessary evil, but people are looking for other things to spend their budgets on.”

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Pro 15” 2.9 GHz Intel Core i9, 32GB 2400 MHz DDR4, Radeon Pro 560X 4GB, 1TB SSD. Screen water damage :(

I bought this last year – October 08 2108 at Apple Bluwater at a retail cost of £3689. I’m upgrading as I need more internal storage. I use it regularly, switching between my desktop machine and the laptop. It all works perfectly – with one flaw – the screen (see below).

The bad news is that the screen has water damage when I got caught in the rain and my laptop bag leaked. Despite a careful drying out process, there are spots on the screen which refuse to go away. It looks much worse on light screens than on dark (see attached pics) but doesn’t affect the performance at all. It doesn’t bother me and I often use an external screen anyway when I’m doing my heavy graphics work or use my desktop iMac. This was a couple of months ago and I’ve been using it every day since then. I’ve had repair quotes of about £580 but didn’t want to be without my machine for any length of time so didn’t bother.

You are welcome to test the machine to check it out and it all comes with the original box and power adaptor. I can also provide proof of purchase as well if necessary. Allowing for the water damage, I’m after £2150. Similar perfect machines seem to be around the £3000 mark so there is a saving even if you decided to get the screen fixed.

I haven’t ordered my new machine yet but just wanted to test the water first with this before committing to buy the new machine. If a deal is agreed, you may need to wait a few days for my new machine to arrive.

I would prefer collection as the buyer can then check the machine fully to be confident in his / her purchase.

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15″ w/ Retina Display Late 2013, Core i7, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM

Up for sale is a MacBook Pro with Retina Display, 15″ and it is a late-2013 model.

It was purchased from Apple Direct and I’m sure it was close to £1600 at the time of purchase.

2GHz Core i7 Processor
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
Intel Iris Pro Graphics

I don’t have the box for this unfortunately, but I will pack it well and it comes with the official Apple Power Supply with MagSafe connector.

Laptop is absolutely mint with no scratches or dents as it was hardly used. I only used it occasionally for my work but even then it was light use.
Battery cycle count is at 102 and the battery still lasts absolutely ages.

Everything works 100% as it should.

I will take pictures over the weekend if people are interested.

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For Sale – Pristine Dell XPS 13″ 9370- 4k Touchscreen + 6 months Premium Warranty

I bought this laptop direct from Dell and extended the warranty through to March 2020 which is transferable and is onsite (they come to you)

Full specs and warranty details can be confirmed in the images

Dell XPS 9370
13″ 4k multi touch screen
Core i5-8250u Quad Core CPU
Windows 10 Home

Laptop is in perfect condition including battery and comes as it was delivered from Dell, with original PSU and 1xUSB-C to USB-A adapter. paperwork and both boxes.

Review – Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) review: The best all-round Windows laptop

Shipping price is a maximum cost, as I havent priced it up yet, but I will only ship insured and tracked.

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For Sale – HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 13.3” Core i7 7600u 2.8ghz 16gb ram 512gb SSD Bang & Olufsen

HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2
Excellent condition as new .
Unwanted gift.
Perfect working still has nearly 3 yrs HP warranty remaining.
Full spec can be found here….
Selling as its a bit of an overkill for what i need.
No box but will come in a laptop case.
Looking for a straight sale now as ended up with my Sisters laptop.
Happy for collection and for someone to have a play on it.
Had it listed the other day but archived the thread due to me thinking it was sold on Facebook Marketplace. However that fell through, heres the link….

Messaged Mods to see how about i go relisting it, but not heard anything.



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Wanted – MacBook Pro 15”

I am thinking about selling my MacBook Pro
Apple Macbook Pro 15″
2018 A1990
2.90GHz i9, 32GB, 1TB SSD
Retina, Touch Bar

This is in Excellent Condition with Box, Lead and Charger
Barely a sign of use.
Cycle count of 12
Space Grey, Touch Bar and Touch ID
15.4″ Retina LED, 2.9GHz 6 Core Intel Core i9
32GB of 2400Mhz DDR4 SD RAM
1TB PCle based SSD, Radeon Pro Vega 20
Mojave macOS

Has Apple Care+ Until 2022 April


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