Beth Lovett

Beth Lovett oversees all Adobe outbound communication, demand generation, and overall marketing programs for Government.

Prior to Adobe, Beth spent nearly 15 years in consulting and solutions marketing roles at VeriSign, webMethods and Manugistics. Beth hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Logistics and International Business from the Pennsylvania State University, including a semester studying European Community Law and Economics at the Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands. Beth is a Washington, D.C. area native now living in San Francisco.

October 1, 2010

Adobe Director on User Experience and Government: Part 3 of 3

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Our recent conversation with Steve Webster, Adobe’s director of Technology and Experience Innovation, concludes today with the last in a three-part series. Today Steven discusses:

  • 0:05 – Open Government Initiative and user experience
  • 3:30 – Future of customer experience

If you haven’t yet, you can check out the first two parts of the conversation here and here. And remember to check out Steven’s blog here and to follow him on Twitter at: @swebsteratadobe

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September 30, 2010

Adobe Director on User Experience and Government: Part 2 of 3

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Our recent conversation with Steve Webster, Adobe’s director of Technology and Experience Innovation, continues today with the second of a three-part series. Today Steven discusses:

  • 0:05 – Customer experience
  • 2:20 – User experience in government

Part three, which we’ll post tomorrow, covers:

  • Open Government Initiative and user experience
  • Future of customer experience

If you haven’t yet, you can check out the initial part of the conversation here. And remember to check out Steven’s blog here and to follow him on Twitter at: @swebsteratadobe

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September 29, 2010

Adobe Director on User Experience and Government: Part 1 of 3

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We recently sat down with Steven Webster, Adobe’s director of Technology and Experience Innovation, to get his perspective on customer and constituent experience and the Government market. This is the first segment of a three-part interview with Steven. In today’s video he discusses:

  • 0:05 – His current role and background
  • 1:05 – A typical day for him and his team
  • 2:30 – The importance of user experience

In parts two and three, which we’ll post over the coming days, Steven covers:

  • User experience and government
  • Open Government Initiative and user experience
  • Future of customer experience

You can read more of Steven’s thoughts on technology and experience innovation on his blog here. And you can follow him on Twitter at @swebsteratadobe

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September 14, 2010

Creative Suite 5 solutions for Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice agencies

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This week, Government Bits is honored to feature a guest post by Jim Hoerricks, a renowned Photoshop Instructor, bestselling author of Forensic Photoshop — A Comprehensive Imaging Workflow for Forensic Professionals , and a court qualified expert witness in Forensic Video Analysis. Jim also works for a law enforcement agency in one of the US’ major metropolitan areas, and his thoughts on the Forensic usage of digital imaging technology are featured in his Forensic Photoshop blog. He’s also a longtime user of Adobe technology, and will be making an appearance at Adobe’s upcoming live, free seminar for Public Safety and Law Enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, which you can learn more and sign up for here.

In 2009, Jim addressed Criminal Justice students and practitioners about how each tool in Adobe Master Collection CS4 could improve their agencies’ visual communications and imaging workflow. Since CS5 launched in April 2010, we thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss how new features in each tool can improve productivity, enhance existing workflows, and save valuable time. Thanks again to Jim for his excellent and timely contribution!

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Thank you to Adobe! This is Jim Hoerricks. So often, we think of Criminal Justice as laws, procedures, court cases, and lots of PT (and If you don’t know what PT stands for, get down and give me 20). I’m here to tell you that the state of modern policing is that … and much more. To illustrate my point, I’ll go down the list of Creative Suite products and show you how each piece fits perfectly within the Criminal Justice curriculum. By the time we’re done, I think that you’ll agree with me that owning the Creative Suite 5 Master Collection is the way to go.

Bridge CS5: Do you need to search your entire digital photo archive for photos that were taken by a camera with a specific serial number, or perhaps search for GPS coordinates that were encoded to JPGs taken by a cellphone camera? Do a metadata search in Bridge CS5, and you can view all those photos quickly. Even if you only buy one CS5 tool like Photoshop, you’ll get a copy of the Bridge, which is by far the best browsing tool for all Adobe filetypes. Not only that, but its capabilities for adding and searching file metadata are unparalleled. Bridge can also easily publish your images to printable contact sheets, attractive Flash slideshows, and even social media sites like Flickr and Facebook.

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September 13, 2010

Experience driven design and the Air Force

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Recently, Rob Tarkoff, SVP of Digital Enterprise Solutions at Adobe, spoke at the Air Force Information Technology Conference.  We asked Rob to share his thoughts on the importance of experience driven design in the military.

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September 2, 2010

Now available – sf.govfresh Broadcast Replay

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Last night, GovFresh and Adobe hosted 200 attendees at the inaugural GovFresh event, sf.govfresh.  The event was also live broadcast over Adobe Connect for those who couldn’t join the event in person.  A replay of the broadcast is now available.

Click here to view the replay.

The full recording is 1 hour and 27 minutes.  If you are looking for a particular speaker, please forward to the timestamps below:

  • Chris Vein, CIO, City and County of San Francisco: 3:20
  • Steven Peterson, Routesy: 18:15
  • Jill Seman, MomMaps: 24:15
  • Lawrence Grodeska, SF Environment: 39:40
  • Michal Migurski, Stamen Design: 47:45
  • Jay Nath, Director of Innovation, City and County of San Francisco: 54:20
  • Q&A: 1:01:50

Clips of event video will also be available soon.

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August 31, 2010

D4A Winner Profile: Visualization of Recovery.gov Data

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The winning entry for the Design for America Visualization of Recovery.gov data category was a collaboration between members of the statistical graphics working group in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University.  The team created a website that analyzes the America Recovery And Reinvestment Act, specifically who is getting the funds, who is giving the funds, what the funds are being spent on and other relevant information.  For more details on the site, why the team chose the category and challenges they faced, check out the video below.

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August 27, 2010

Chris Vein, San Francisco’s CIO, on sf.govfresh

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GovFresh will be putting on their first local event on Sept 1 in San Francisco. Adobe is honored to host the event at our facilities in San Francisco. We asked Chris Vein, San Francisco’s CIO, to give us some context for the event. See the Q&A below.

Q: Thanks for talking with us, Chris. Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your role with the City & County of San Francisco?

A: Currently, I wear three hats:  I am the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City and County of San Francisco (City) and also the Director of the Department of Technology.  In addition, I chair the City’s information and communications technology governance organization.

Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed with an amazing number of opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors working with wonderfully talented people on projects where creativity was required.  As a facilitator of change, I enjoy taking a bunch of different and disparate parts and creating a sustainable solution.

Q: For folks who aren’t familiar, tell us a bit about the City’s open government efforts. How long have they been in place and what is DataSF?

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August 26, 2010

Adobe VP/GM on Web Conferencing and Government: Part 3 of 3

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Our recent conversation with Arun Anantharaman, VP and GM of Adobe Connect, continues today with the last in a three-part series. Today Arun discusses:

  • 0:05 – Managed services options
  • 0:50 – Key trends in the web conferencing market
  • 2:35 – What’s next for Adobe Connect

If you haven’t yet, check out the first two parts of the conversation here and here.

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August 25, 2010

Adobe VP/GM on Web Conferencing and Government: Part 2 of 3

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Our recent conversation with Arun Anantharaman, VP and GM of Adobe Connect, continues today with the second of a three-part series. Today Arun discusses:

  • 0:05 – Web conferencing deployment considerations
  • 2:00 – Cloud-based web conferencing solutions

Part three, which we’ll post yet this week, covers:

  • Managed services options
  • Key trends in the web conferencing market
  • What’s next for Adobe Connect

If you haven’t yet, you can check out the initial part of the conversation here.

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