Acquia boosts Australian headcount

Company looks at opening a Brisbane office

Drupal-services company Acquia has announced a round of new hires for its Australian team.

Acquia has added David Peterson as senior Drupal advisor, Tine Sørensen in the role of technical account manager, Chris O’Neill as Acquia’s new client advisor, and Daniel Worthy, who will work on Acquia's cloud offering.

Acquia, founded by Dries Buytaert, currently the firm's CTO, set up shop in Australia late last year.

Australia also houses part of Acquia's tri-continental 24/7 support setup for Drupal.

Acquia Asia Pacific regional director, Chris Harrop, said last year he planned to boost the company's local headcount over a period of 12 months, hiring board field sales and business development staff.

Acquia currently has open positions for front-line technical support.

Harrop told Techworld Australia that the four new hires will be based in Brisbane. The company will be looking to open a Brisbane office and there is a standing offer for new hires to move to Brisbane. Currently, Acquia has staff in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as two India-based employees.

Harrop said that there had been good momentum behind both Drupal and Acquia's Drupal-based offerings, such as Acquia Cloud, in the region. In Australia, notable Drupal deployments include SBS and Flight Centre, as well as a host of government agencies.

There has been strong interest in a locally developed Drupal distribution, aGov, which targets Australian government organisations and was launched by Acquia partner PreviousNext last year, Harrop said.

aGov ensures that sites will comply with the Web Guide produced by the Australian Government Information Management Office, which sets out a series of mandatory requirements for the websites of federal agencies, addressing issues such as accessibility.

In the region, high-profile Acquia customers include Singapore Press Holdings and Media Corp, and the company is currently seeking to hire a regional sales manager in Singapore. A Drupal Business Day will be held in Singapore on 26 April, the day before Drupal Camp Singapore.

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