Type Open source software services
Industry Software
Founded 1998
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Area served Sydney Canberra Melbourne Hobart Brisbane Wellington London Poland
Products Online publishing and web content management
Owner(s) Privately owned by its founders
Website http://squiz.com.au/

Squiz is an open source software services company, founded in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1998. The company produces the enterprise content management system (CMS), Squiz Matrix (née MySource Matrix).[1]

Business model

The founders predicted that content management systems (CMS) would become ubiquitous for the running of websites of any significant size, and services for the implementation and support of CMS systems would be increasingly in demand.[citation needed] The business model Squiz adopted was to develop an enterprise level open source CMS system, MySource Matrix, and offer fee based services and support for that system. Squiz's product development focuses primarily on MySource Matrix, with support from the MySource Matrix developer community via the MySource Matrix web site. MySource Matrix is written in PHP and uses the PostgreSQL or Oracle databases. Application warranties are also provided by Squiz.[2] In 2007 Squiz re-licensed its MySource Matrix tool under the GNU General Public License as open source software in response to criticism of their original licence.[3]

Prior to MySource Matrix Squiz developed, launched and supported MySource Classic under a general open source licence. MySource Classic was a page-based tool for building and managing online projects including websites and intranets.[4]

Squiz has grown rapidly [5] and has continued to reinvest its profits in research and development and thus drive the product development.[citation needed]

In July 2009 Squiz acquired the search company Funnelback[6] Funnelback was an Australian search firm spun off from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).[7]

In November 2010, Squiz released the "Squiz Suite"[8] consisting of:

Squiz has offices in Sydney (head office), Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Wellington, London and Szczecin (Poland).[9]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Chris (28 August 2007). "Squiz win opens door for more". The Australian. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/squiz-win-opens-door-for-more/story-e6frgamo-1111114279594. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Squiz Support and SLAs". http://www.squiz.co.uk/services/support. 
  3. ^ Renai LeMay (16 Jan 07). "Squiz bows to GPL pressure". http://www.zdnet.com.au/squiz-bows-to-gpl-pressure-339273081.htm. Retrieved 28 July 2010. "Local software vendor Squiz has re-licensed its MySource Matrix tool under the popular GNU General Public License (GPL), nearly two years after facing criticism that the software's previous licence wasn't "open" enough." 
  4. ^ CMS Wire, ”Squiz article”
  5. ^ "2008 revenue announcement". Econsultancy.com. http://econsultancy.com/press-releases/3431-squiz-announces-global-revenues-of-15m-stakes-claim-for-new-high-growth-supported-open-source-cms-arena. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Squiz acquires Funnelback". Squiz.net.au. 3 July 2009. http://www.squiz.net.au/news_and_events/media-releases-and-articles/squiz-acquires-funnelback. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  7. ^ Renai LeMay (3 July 2009). "Squiz buys Funnelback". ZDNet. http://www.zdnet.com.au/squiz-buys-funnelback-339297217.htm?omnRef=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com.au%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dsquiz%2Bsoftware%26ie%3Dutf-8%26oe%3Dutf-8%26aq%3Dt%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial%26client%3Dfirefox-a. Retrieved 28 July 2010. "Content management company Squiz has acquired Funnelback, an Australian search firm spun off from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)." 
  8. ^ David Roe (19 August 2010). "Open Source Web CMS Maker Squiz Makes a Move to Web Engagement". CMSWire. http://www.cmswire.com/cms/web-cms/open-source-web-cms-maker-squiz-makes-a-move-to-web-engagement-008377.php. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Squiz web site". http://squiz.net/. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 

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