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Platform.sh becomes an independent company in a sweeping reorganization of Commerce Guys activities

February 09, 2016
Fred Plais
Fred Plais

These are exciting times for us and we wanted to share the news… the award winning, container powered, git orchestrated, continuous deployment cloud hosting solution, initially created by Commerce Guys now valiantly stands on its own two feet. And the team is ecstatic.

The gist of it is:

  • Platform.sh becomes an independent company
  • Commerce Guys refocuses on the development of Drupal Commerce
  • Actualys acquires Commerce Guys service activities in France
  • Acro Media acquires Commerce Guys services activities in the US

.. why go independent ?

This reorganization will allow for both products (Platform.sh and Drupal Commerce) to accelerate their development with renewed focus.

Platform.sh has met with explosive growth. In its 18 months of activity, Platform.sh has acquired thousands of clients from 104 countries, doing as much business in the United-States as in Europe. Among its clients you can find key accounts such as Vivienne Westwood, the British Retailer Reiss, the Canadian Football League, the British Council, Parc Asterix, Seloger.com, the German startup Flixbus or the South-American El Universo.

Immediately after showing Platform.sh to our agency partners and clients for the first time, we received consistent feedback that we should widen our technology stack spectrum beyond Drupal.

Therefore, we decided to cover other PHP applications as a starting point, including Symfony, Magento and WordPress as well as supporting bespoke PHP applications. And we are continuing to enlarge the scope of our offering at a rapid pace (Node.js was the latest announcement we made).

As the benefits that we offer (productivity gains through shorter release cycles enabled by our continuous delivery model), work for any web technology, it was clear Platform.sh had to follow its own way.

We will continue to offer the best Drupal hosting solution on the market.. but we will also continue to add more and more features and support for many exciting technologies.

The investment funds supporting Platform.sh (ISAI, Alven Capital, Open Ocean and Hi Inov) are even more engaged than ever in the development of Platform.sh.

And we even made a nice video to present the company or our revamped team page, check it out! 

And what about Drupal Commerce?

Going stronger than ever !

Commerce Guys has long been a leader in the development of e-commerce websites using Drupal, with its flagship Drupal Commerce project now running on over 60,000 sites. A production ready release of Drupal Commerce for Drupal 8 will drive more growth when it enters beta in March 2016. In the meantime, developers are already using the standalone libraries published by Commerce Guys to support the next release, helping the company spread its knowledge and experience beyond the Drupal community.

Ryan Szrama, the creator of Ubercart and of Drupal Commerce, succeeds Frédéric Plais as President of Commerce Guys. He will lead the company to refocus on the development and support of Drupal Commerce. Project co-maintainers Bojan Živanović and Matt Glaman will direct the company’s product development and consulting programs respectively, with goals to achieve a full release on Drupal 8 by DrupalCon New Orleans and to offer more strategic consulting and support to companies adopting Drupal Commerce.

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