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Appnovation Technologies
Type Private
Industry IT Services
Founded 2007
Founder(s) Arnold Leung, CEO
Headquarters Vancouver, BC
Other offices: Atlanta, London, Montreal, New York, Boston, San Francisco & Saint John
Area served Worldwide
Key people Arnold Leung (CEO)
Services Web, Intranet & Mobile App Development. Middleware & Big Data Services.
Employees 120 (August 2014)[1]

Appnovation Technologies is a professional services firm specializing in web, intranet and mobile application development using open source technologies Drupal, Alfresco and HTML5 frameworks like SproutCore and PhoneGap. Additionally, Appnovation delivers middleware, Big Data and business intelligence solutions using Mulesoft, Hadoop and MongoDB. Some of Appnovation's clients include Samsung, Time Inc., Intel, Kobo Inc., Elle Decor, MTV, NBC Universal, Sage Software, World Wildife Fund and Nerve Media. Appnovation's partner companies include Acquia, Alfresco, Work at Play, Rackspace Hosting, consilium1 and Eucalyptus Systems. Appnovation is one of five companies in Canada to achieve Platinum Partner[2] status with Alfresco and Enterprise Select Partner[3] status (highest partnership status level) with Acquia.

Appnovation is also the pioneer of the Appnovation OS Initiative,[4] and its goal of "Enabling Open Source for the Enterprise," beginning in 2011 with its award winning solution osCaddie (formerly Canopy)[5] for the integration of Drupal & Alfresco.[6] The Drupal Alfresco Integration module is currently available on for download.[7]


Appnovation Technologies was founded in 2007 in Vancouver, Canada by CEO Arnold Leung.[8][9][10] During its first year in business Appnovation Technologies helped the current Tatango launch the older version of the mobile texting platform called NetworkText.[11]

In 2008, Appnovation posted revenues of $1M and launched for Sharon Waxman.[12] By 2009, the company had grown to become the 15th biggest web development company in Vancouver, Canada.[13]

In 2010 Appnovation was ranked #16 in PROFIT's Profit Hot 50 List[14] and CEO Arnold Leung was named to Business in Vancouver's Top Forty Under 40 list. In 2011 he was also named BDC's Young Entrepreneur of the Year for British Columbia[15] and Appnovation was a finalist in the Small Business BC "Successful You Awards" in the Best Company category. Also during 2010, Appnovation helped Rainforest Alliance[16] convert their entire website over to the Drupal CMS.

In 2011 Appnovation announced the launch of their Drupal/Alfresco integrated solution osCaddie.[17] As published in The Globe and Mail,[18] Appnovation's revenue had tripled from the previous year, topping out at $4.2 million for 2011.


2012 and 2013 produced more growth for the company (crossing the 100 employee threshold) and expansion (opening of offices in the United States and the United Kingdom) for the company, culminating in the doubling of revenue at the completion of the 2012 fiscal year. Appnovation was also selected to help the World Trade Organization adopt open source [19] and, along with Acquia, credited with helping the Bay Area Rapid Transit District ( keep its riders connected.[20]

Appnovation continues to grow in 2014, opening an office in Montreal, Quebec and a strategic sales and development centre in Saint John, New Brunswick. [21]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Appnovation has been recognized several times for its work including the winning of a Blue Drop Award for the best Marketplace/eCommerce Website,[22] an Acquia Partner Site of the Year award for the mobile category,[23] and the Alfresco Partner Solution of the Year for osCaddie.


Appnovation builds mobile, web, and intranet applications using open source technologies. The company provides fundamental business and management services. Appnovation has developed solutions for a large variety of clients ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.

Its Services [24] include:

  • Drupal Development
    • Web Development, Consulting, Migration & Upgrades, Continuous Development, Design, Theming
  • MuleSoft Services
    • Implementations, Integrations, Consulting, Continuous Integration
  • Alfresco Development
    • Document Management, Web Content Management, Records Management
  • HTML5 Development
    • Mobile Applications, Mobile Websites, Web Apps
  • Mobile Application Development
    • Smartphone Apps, Mobile Platforms, Mobile App & Mobile Web Design
  • Cross-Platform Development
    • Mobile Web, Mobile Web Apps, Hybrid Apps
  • Business Intelligence
    • Implementations, Consulting


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