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CivicPlus Will Sell Its Monsido Accessibility Platform

Acquia, which helps businesses build digital tools, is buying the platform, which is meant to make online experiences better for people with disabilities. CivicPlus will still serve local clients interested in Monsido.

CivicPlus, a government technology firm that sells websites, records management and other tools to cities, is selling its online accessibility platform to Acquia.

The platform, called Monsido, monitors how well sites work for people who have disabilities, along with SEO, data privacy and other features vital to digital life.

Acquia, meanwhile, uses open source Drupal to build content management systems, websites and other products for such major businesses as Molson Coors, Pfizer and Japan Airlines.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies expect to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2024.

In a statement, CivicPlus said it would continue to offer the Monsido platform to local governments as a reseller. Acquia will serve U.S. state and federal government customers interested in Monsido.

“As the leading provider of accessibility solutions in the U.S., CivicPlus remains deeply committed to bringing accessible and inclusive technology to local governments,” said CivicPlus CEO Brian Rempe in a statement. “Through this partnership with Acquia, we will continue to make the Monsido solution and its accessibility, quality assurance and web governance capabilities available to U.S. communities.”

As for Acquia, the company can now boast of having what the statement called “a complete solution for building, managing and delivering digital experiences that are fully optimized to meet modern website standards and digital content guidelines.”

Those guidelines include WCAG and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Monsido empowers digital marketers and website owners with an all-in-one suite of capabilities for website optimization and compliance,” said Steve Reny, president and CEO of Acquia, in the statement.

This deal represents the latest move in a gov tech play going back more than two years. That’s when Monsido and two other firms combined to form Optimere, which focused on public records and archive technology. Then, in 2022, CivicPlus, seeking to diversify its offerings, bought Optimere, keeping the Monsido brand.