September 28, 2012
A terrific case study on Adobe Connect’s widespread use across the U.S. Department of Defense was recently published by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), a nonprofit organization working to address challenges in energy and climate change. The U.S. government has come under pressure in recent years to achieve substantial cost savings and productivity improvements, due to severe budget constraints, as well as mandates to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gases. Jason Ye and Stephen Seidel from C2ES have published a full report on how the U.S. federal government is using information and communications technologies to address these challenges. The report includes a series of eight case studies around topics including shifting to cloud computing and redesigning workspaces, but most interesting to me was how the U.S. Department of Defense is leveraging Defense Connect Online (DCO), a service delivering web conferencing powered by Adobe Connect and instant messaging/presence via an XMPP client, enabling anywhere, anytime collaboration across over 700,000 users.
Leveraging DCO, the Department of Defense has been able to achieve benefits including a stronger system supporting continuity of operations (COOP), increases in telework, progress toward environmental and sustainability goals/mandates, and substantial cost savings with reductions in travel.
The report describes examples of some of the key use cases that DCO enables, such as command-and-control for military personnel to coordinate tactical battle planning, sharing information in real-time across ground, satellite, and air; and disaster relief scenarios, namely coordination of efforts during the 2010 Haiti earthquake across military units, non-profit organizations and multilateral organizations, to save lives and maximize relief an rescue efforts.
The complete report can be viewed here, with the case study of DCO available in pdf format here.
It is exciting to see such a powerful example of how Adobe Connect is helping to enable these types of achievements across the world. We look forward to working hard and enabling our customers to achieve greater and greater success.
September 4, 2012
Welcome back from your labor day break ! I hope you had a great summer. If you have not paid attention to some of the announcements made by Adobe over the summer in the e-learning space, let me recap them briefly:
- Captivate 6 was introduced in July with the ability to publish to HTML5 , in order to publish e-learning content that can work cross devices.
- Presenter 8 was introduced in July part of the new e-Learning Suite release. Along with Presenter 8 came an iOS app available for free on the app store. It enables to play back Presenter authored content on any iOS device.
- Adobe Connect 9 was launched in August with the ability to support SCORM content and to support HTML5 content like the one out-put by Captivate 6. It also introduced a brand new registration catalog based on Adobe CQ leading web content management platform.
- Connect Mobile 2.0 app became available both on the AppStore and Google Play as a free app. It enables not only learners to attend a virtual classroom from any device, but most importably teacher to teach a class from any device, with the ability to whiteboard, load documents, change lay-outs etc…
All these announcements mean that today using all the tools that make up our Adobe Digital Learning Solution, you can author content that will run on any device, add this content in structured curriculum our courses, deploy these courses live or on-demand across any device and report on the pass/fail score but also on the effectiveness of the content.
We will talk more about this end to end e-learning solution for any device that we released over the summer at our coming e-Learning Summit. To learn more or register, please visit: http://bit.ly/MYEW9J
June 18, 2012
by Guillaume Privat, Director, Adobe Connect
The Adobe Captivate team announced last week the release of Adobe Captivate 6. It is a great release. One of the main feature of the release is the ability to publish elearning content in HTML5 that works cross devices. This is a critical first step towards mobile learning.
The Adobe Captivate and Adobe Connect team worked closely together to ensure that HTML5 content created with Captivate 6 could be uploaded to the Adobe Connect content library and embedded into a course or a curriculum. Adobe Connect Training will then track completion of these HTML5 courses providing an end to end workflow from content authoring with Captivate to distribution of the content and score tracking.
Adobe Connect 9 and Adobe Captivate 6 thus provide an end to end workflow for mobile learning that will help organization deploy their e-learning courses across all devices efficiently.
June 12, 2012
Guillaume Privat | Director, Adobe Connect
Today, I’m extremely pleased to announce the next major release of Adobe Connect, Adobe Connect 9. It will change the way people’s perspective on web conferencing.
This new version of Adobe Connect brings with it features that will help our customers produce even better webinars and collaborate and train even more effectively using mobile devices.
Adobe Connect 9 also leverages industry-leading technologies from other parts of the company to help provide end to end solutions that spans business process that happens before the meeting and after the meeting.
We worked with the Adobe CQ team to build in capabilities that will enable our customers to create rich, branded event landing pages or entire micro-sites that can be used for event promotion and registration.
Adobe SiteCatalyst provides web analytics for some of the biggest brands and websites in the world. We’re leveraging that same engine in Adobe Connect 9 to help our customers measure the success of their webinars and marketing or outreach campaigns.
We’re even able to provide real-time feedback inside of a webinar or virtual classroom with a new pod called the Engagement Dashboard. This dashboard helps presenters and hosts track message effectiveness.
In addition to Adobe Connect 9, we’re also announcing the next version of Adobe Connect Mobile. Version 2 brings with it even more support for meeting hosts to manage the meeting, share documents, and annotate on whiteboards or content. It also increases support for virtual classrooms – incorporating breakout rooms, raise-hand functionality, and many sharing options. There is no longer the need for a traditional PC; Adobe Connect Mobile 2.0 enables device to device collaboration.
With Adobe Connect 9 and Adobe Mobile 2.0, we are powering the use of web conferencing in mission critical business processes across organizations.