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The Age of Acquia?

Acquia is basking this week in the glow of 2014. It boasted revenues last year of more than $100 million – one of the things that earned it a spot on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 fastest growing companies for the second consecutive year.

Acquia's 2014 Company Highlights:

  • Acquia hosted its first-ever customer conference drawing more than 500 people
  • The Weather Channel standardized on the Acquia Platform for weather.com
  • Acquia grew its workforce in 2014 from 400 to more than 575 employees worldwide
  • Acquia added 75 new partners in Q4 2014, including Celerity, SMITH, MRM//McCann and Rosetta

“The imperative to be digital first aligns the priorities for global brands to focus on delivering exceptional digital experiences and that mind shift is driving demand for the Acquia Platform," said Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia, headquartered in Burlington, Mass.

New Hire Makes Sisense

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New York City’s Sisense has found someone for the big chair – former NICE Actimize CEO Amir Orad. Randy Glein, Sisense board member and managing director of DFJ Growth said he was confident Orad "is the right person to lead the Sisense team through its next phase of global growth.”

Orad said he was excited at the opportunity to lead the company's "winning team."

Two’s Fast Company

There’s no app like a new app, so Fast Company put one together, with the help of Adobe. This one combines magazine content, real time news from FastCompany.com and its network properties, along with select stories of the day.

Nick Bogaty, senior director, head of digital publishing at Adobe, headquartered in San Jose, Calif., said working with Fast Company honed its vision for a new version of its digital publishing product it plans to introduce this summer.

Available on iPhone and iPad through the Apple App store or the Fast Company website, the app has three main sections:

  • Today’s Top 5: Our Picks
  • Latest Stories
  • The Magazine

Baker Tilly Huddles Up

What might it take to connect 27,000 people in almost 700 offices worldwide — 154 member firms in 133 countries so they can collaborate on cross-border projects? Baker Tilly International chose Huddle – “a secure cloud collaboration service that enables enterprise and government organizations worldwide to securely store, access, share, sync and work on files with everyone they need to — regardless of whether they are inside or outside of an organization's firewall.”

Paul Ginman, Chief Operating Officer for London, UK based accountancy and business advisory firm Baker Tilly International, said the solution increased accountability, transparency and visibility.

Happy Trendings

This week Webtrends released its platform Webtrends Explore to its Analytics On Demand to its new and existing clients. Joe Davis, CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Webtrends boasts that with Webtrends Explore their more than 750 clients are able to “ask ad hoc questions about their data and get answers in an instant.”

According to the company, Explore provides:

  • Greater visibility into customers’ journeys across devices and channels
  • Increased flexibility, speed and efficiencies
  • Improved responsiveness for adjusting campaigns or customer experiences

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Signed, Sealed and Delivered

A little trust goes a long way. And this week, Janrain announced its newly awarded TRUSTe Certified Privacy Seal, allowing its platform customers the option of displaying the seal. According to Larry Drebes, CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Janrain. “TRUSTe’s certification enables us to drive engagement, adoption, and trust with current and prospective users."

You can read more about TRUSTe’s regulatory and industry standards here.

Jumping the Queue?

Callpromise and Virtual Hold Technology aren’t exactly strange bedfellows, but the competitors are joining forces to develop Callback Cloud for Business.

Callpromise, headquartered in Richmond, Va., and Akron, Ohio-based VHT announced the partnership this week to “help businesses and call centers improve customer satisfaction by eliminating the headaches of hold music and long wait times.”

Kevin Sjodin, CEO of Callpromise said, “Companies are now recognizing that callback technology is a simple, effective way to improve customer loyalty while also protecting the bottom line.”

Features of Callback Cloud for Business include:

  • Accept callback requests cross-channel
  • Collect information from callers
  • Works with any call center & software
  • Schedule rules for open/close/end-of-day
  • Hold all callbacks button
  • Easy to implement
  • Realtime dashboard with reporting
  • Rapid implementation