Lately posts have been a little thin. This past year the team has been heads down, focused on a new initiative that I’m excited to share with you.
As many may know, Adobe has used its own installer technology called RIBS for the past several years. RIBS was created to bind the individual products together when we first released Creative Suite and the technology is still used in todays Creative Cloud products.
We realize RIBS is not ideal for enterprise workflows and in order to deploy the software you are required to use either Creative Cloud Packager or it’s predecessor AAMEE. While those products offer features beyond their core competency of converting from RIBS to native installer such as the ability to specify update behaviour, pre-serialise, create update packages and license files, it is still an additional step IT need to take. Also in order to use CCP, you need both Mac and a Windows systems clean of other Adobe software and network connectivity, requiring IT to open firewall ports.
Now, Adobe will pre-populate packages for Creative Cloud for enterprise customers. When a user logs into the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard, they will go through the following process
Adobe entitlements are detected and packages will be created automatically,
When you select packages you can filter by “created automatically”
These Pre-Created packages will leverage the default and most common settings. Users can change certain settings such as language, update behaviour and for Windows, bit architecture,
Once satisfied with the packages and settings select “build”
The system will start building and downloading packages
It’s as simple as that !
Users can also, delete packages and can filter by package creator.
The question I am sure that will arise is, why doesn’t Adobe just use native installers ?. It is a very valid question. As i mentioned RIBS allows you to deploy multiple products in the same binary but other advantages are limited to Adobe itself. This is changing and in the not so distant future I will go in to more detail about the changes that are being made to the RIBS installers to increase the benefit to end users.
Finally (I know long post) I was in Noida nearly two years ago when we sat down as a team and discussed this new direction. We discussed the pain points and how we could remove the packaging step for IT admins. Since then the team have worked tirelessly to make this a reality. We have many features still to implement to get this where we want but as a 2.0 release this is a huge step and I want to publicly thank each member of the team who worked crazy hours and put up with my stress levels.
Now the real question is, if you have a big launch at 6am is it too early for a celebration beer ?
Karl Gibson | Product Manager | Enterprise IT Tools