Acquia seeks an Obama bounce

Summary:I don't know whether this will make Drupal a standard for government Web sites, but it does steal a march on rivals like WordPress' Automattic.

Acquia, the commercial arm of Drupal, is looking to capitalize on one of the software's big "gets" of 2009 -- the Obama Administration.

The White House famously switched its site to Drupal last year, following its initial use at Recovery.gov. A Community Management Service package like Drupal makes great sense for any organization that updates its site a lot, and that wants to empower managers to do their own updating.

I wrote several years ago that Howard Dean might have become President had he switched to a scaled CMS. Instead he stayed with Movable Type and failed to scale the intimacy of his early run. I even offered detailed advice on this at my personal blog. Someone was listening because the Obama campaign made heavy use of scaled CMS tools, not just blog platforms.

So now Acquia is out with a press release, launching a jump start program for government customers, along with a seminar series and a white paper.

Even more important, I think, is the hiring of Tim Bertrand as a vice president of business development, and bringing in Carahsoft as a reseller. If you want to sell to government, get someone with government selling experience. This will even help in Gullyvornia.

I don't know whether this will make Drupal a standard for government Web sites, but it does steal a march on rivals like WordPress' Automattic. (Of course, Automattic still has cooler corporate titles. ZDNet runs on Wordpress.)

Topics: Government : US, Browser, Enterprise Software, Government, Software

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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