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04/21/2010

Acquia and Phase2 Technology Announce Powerful Pairing for Online Publishers


Real nuggets of information in this post RE a social publishing platform that is tailored to meet the needs of today’s online publishers. Check out all three main- player companies mentioned in the subject pairing, on your own, and I guarantee you will learn infinitly more about self-publishing and related resources than you knew before.

Press release from Marketwire through MarketWatch.com:

Today Acquia and Phase2 Technology announce a partnership to provide packaged solutions for the OpenPublish Drupal distribution.

OpenPublish is a distribution of the popular open source Drupal social publishing platform that is tailored to meet the needs of today’s online publishers. OpenPublish taps the power of Drupal and supports everything from basic news coverage to Web 2.0 trends, social media, topic hubs and rich semantic metadata using Thomson Reuters’ OpenCalais Web Service.

The partnership combines Acquia’s support expertise with Phase2 Technology’s proficiency in developing complex Drupal solutions for online publishing and media organizations. It provides an opportunity for OpenPublish users to get support, hosting, training, and management solutions for smooth operation of OpenPublish sites. Packages include ongoing Enterprise support, Acquia Hosting designed for scale, and Drupal Remote Administration services for maintenance. These options will offer OpenPublish users a wealth of proven technology to solve challenges in the news and publishing space.

“We’ve defined a roadmap for continued development with an eye towards adding the latest innovations for the publishing industry,” said Jeff Walpole, Phase2 Technology CEO.

The recently released OpenPublish Version 2.0 builds on previous releases and includes: support for premium content; advanced multimedia support out-of-the-box, including video, audio, embedded media and image cropping; and designer-friendly template architecture.

“The OpenPublish distribution represents an important step in the evolution of the Drupal market, offering publishers an easy on-ramp when considering Drupal,” said Tom Erickson, Acquia CEO. “Our partnership with Phase2 Technology enables customers to benefit from our collective expertise in both publishing business processes and Drupal technology.”

About Phase2 Technology

Phase2 is internationally recognized for providing technology leadership on the web using open source technology including Java and the Drupal social publishing platform for clients in these practice areas: online publishing and journalism; open government and public policy; advocacy and associations; media and entertainment. Our experienced team of consultants is known for specialty in content management systems, community applications, API and open data integration, and custom application development. Phase2 practices our own AgileApproach(TM), an agile development methodology that ensures quality and time to market of our software solutions. Please visit: http://www.phase2technology.com/

About Acquia

Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com.

About Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites, including community web portals, corporate web sites, Intranet applications, E-commerce applications and resource directories. The built-in functionality, combined with dozens of freely available add-on modules, will enable features such as: blogs, collaborative authoring environments, forums, podcasting, and much more. Drupal is open-source software distributed under the GPL and is maintained and developed by a community of thousands of users and developers.

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