Posts in Category "Department of Defense"

April 9, 2014

DCO Unified Capabilities: Collaboration without Boundaries

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DCO Innovation Environment Now Available

Defense Connect Online (DCO), powered by industry leading Adobe Connect and Adobe Experience Manager, has proven itself as an invaluable collaboration service to over one million registered users, across both classified and unclassified DoD networks, since its launch in 2007.

Now, with the availability of our DCO Innovation Environment, the possibilities are endless.

To provide the US military with the next generation of DCO services featuring even more flexibility for expanding use cases, including virtual training and telemedicine, the DCO Innovation Environment was developed. It enables users to leverage a powerful set of seamlessly integrated modules that greatly enhance the DCO experience.

Referred to as DCO ‘Unified Capabilities’ (UC), this innovative offering provides DoD personnel with immediate access to a configuration environment with solutions that redefine the “art of the possible.”

Based on the past decade of experience and user interactions, the DCO team has deployed this innovative toolset to help users worldwide conduct their missions more effectively and efficiently.  More details are available in this comprehensive whitepaper: https://connect.dcocloud.org/dcoucoverview/

New DCO UC capabilities include:

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October 28, 2013

Creative Cloud for Government: Winter 2014

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If you haven’t been following the buzz around the Adobe Creative Cloud, we recently announced our 1.4 million paid subscriber mark, with Enterprise adoption accelerating rapidly. Our customers are overwhelmingly choosing subscriptions instead of perpetual model licenses, and we’ve seen very strong adoption across Government segments.

Defense, Civilian, State and Local IT procurement specialists are looking to Adobe’s ETLA (Enterprise Term License Agreement) model to keep initial costs down, shift licensing costs into the Operations/Management budget, and realize the value of Adobe’s ongoing innovations in multiscreen design and development.

One such innovation involves a new technology called “Perspective Warp” wrapped into Photoshop CC. With this integration, digital imaging professionals can easily change the perspective of images, whether they are manipulating perspective of one image or compositing multiple images together. Here’s a video tutorial on this long-awaited breakthrough feature.

If you’re looking for Government success stories around rapid adoption of new creative technologies, be sure to register for our free Adobe Digital Government Assembly on February 6th, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. Come hear from technology leaders, senior agency officials and industry pioneers as they discuss three core themes that will serve as the foundation for government agencies moving forward: engage, transform and drive results.

One of the technical challenges many agencies face involve the rapidity of CC updates currently shipping, and keeping desktops up-to-date. Also, in many government IT environments, end users of Adobe desktop software are constrained to a thin layer of bandwidth, and users are not administrators. Many clients are completely disconnected from external networks, and if they do have connectivity, their internet access outside the firewall will be closely monitored, constrained or proxied.

For Government IT and procurement personnel seeking a comprehensive overview of Creative Cloud offerings for Government, including technical deployment tips,  we offer this new video and its associated slides. In the video, we discuss the specific policies around deployment that IT Directors will need to address from behind their network constraints. We also address how the rolling updates to our desktop products will help support your mission of keeping your networks secure, stable and uniform, and how to deploy those updates securely and efficiently behind your firewall.

 

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March 24, 2013

US Army using Adobe Connect to provide situational awareness

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The US Army in Afghanistan is using Adobe Connect to provide a place to meet 24/7/365 for the people and organizations involved in trying to keep the peace. This includes 20 or more base clusters and many NATO partners. The main room typically has 20 or more attendees in it at all times of the day – keeping in touch with what is going on. The main focus is sharing a map of current incidents and deployments. Breakout rooms are used when attendance in the main Connect meeting room begins to grow and various side conversations develop.

Viewing a map of the area gives the entire team situational awareness

(The map gives all attendees on the team excellent situational awareness)

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February 14, 2013

Enabling Rapid Innovation in Government

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I’m the “cinephile” in my community. I have a regular email list of 10-20 guys whom I’ll ping for impromptu movie nights. When I travel for work, I’m always trying to “sneak in a movie” after hours. During Oscar season I am especially vigilant to try and see as many Best Picture contenders as possible before the Big Night.

This past weekend I saw Zero Dark Thirty. It was particularly interesting to me, as Adobe’s Digital Media solutions consultant for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community (DoD/IC). As such, I was looking for any sign of Adobe software that might have been used to apprehend suspected terrorists — just as I do when watching Homeland — because hey, I might have sold it to them!

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Of course, which specific software is leveraged by which specific agency for which purpose is often classified information. However, I can tell you that many of the latest innovations in Adobe software help keep America safer and more secure, whether it’s for rapid intelligence gathering, secure data dissemination, high-quality visualization, or forensically analyzing and reconstructing digital evidence.

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January 11, 2012

May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?! Not so fast.

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With each New Year, there is a propensity to want to leave the past behind us. Resolutions to start anew are often key drivers behind seasonal surges in new gym memberships and other short lived self-improvement initiatives.

Enterprises typically seize the beginning of a new cycle to re-invent themselves as well. However, regardless of the reason for the fresh start, forward-thinking leaders find ways to harvest lessons learned and relationships established in the past, and leverage them as they plan for the future.

With the emergence of a robust digital ecosystem, including social networking, mobile devices, and cloud computing, that’s now easier than ever to achieve. But sustainable results still require an innovative enterprise platform and an adaptive strategy.

Before the holidays, I was invited to participate as a panelist at the 2011 Government Mobility Forum in Washington DC. The theme was “Revolutionizing Agency Communications and Citizen Service” and the keynote was delivered by Phil Simon, best-selling author of “The Age of the Platform.” Afterward, we explored ways that technology may be deployed to extend the reach of personalized interactions, thereby providing incremental value with every touch point for the customer, citizen, or patient.

See full encore video here.

Digital communications strategy is at the heart of efforts to modernize user experiences throughout the public sector in North America and worldwide.

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November 11, 2011

New Video from ‘Intersection of Security & Information Sharing’ Event

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Last week, we sponsored a seminar in Washington, DC presented by Federal Computer Week on the “Intersection of Security and Information Sharing: How to Improve Government Efficiency in a Security-Conscious World”.

The seminar brought together government professionals, senior government officials, technology and security leaders, and industry executives to discuss security and the role of authentication in delivering information assurance and increasing business process efficiency for the federal government.

Aaron Lippold, senior technical advisor and computer scientist with DISA, spoke on “Forge.mil – Information Sharing and Secure Collaboration”. Our own John Landwehr, senior director of Enterprise Security Solutions, discussed “The Role of Forms Process Security in Ensuring Secure Information Flow”. And Steve LeSueur, contributing editor with 1105 Government Information Group, moderated a panel with Aaron and John on “How to Improve Government Efficiency in a Security-Conscious World”.

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October 20, 2011

Social Media to Mission Media in DoD: New Event Video

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Late last week, we hosted an event, along with Carahsoft and Blue Beacon Consulting, focused on the use of social media in the U.S. Department of Defense.

The event – Transitioning from “Social Media” to “Mission Media”: Using Social Media to Achieve DoD Missions – included a great keynote by Maxine Teller (@mixtmedia) and informative panel including our own Rob Pinkerton and:

  • Dana Clark (@PAODanaClark), social media manager, public affairs specialist, Army Corps of Engineers
  • Dr. Joseph Boutte, strategic advisor, Strategies, New Media and Collaboration, TASC Inc.
  • Dan Wade, social media and new technology chief for strategic communication, USSOCOM
  • Christopher Zember, deputy director, Information Analysis Centers, OASD(R&E), DTIC
  • Bill Annibell @billannibell), chief technology officer, Sapient Government Services (Moderator)

We had a chance to catch some time on camera with Maxine, Dana and Rob to capture their thoughts on the topics of discussion and the event. Check it out:

As always, we’re interested in your thoughts. Keep in touch with us here, on Twitter @AdobeGov ,and on Facebook, where we’ve posted some pictures from the event.

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August 15, 2011

Adobe Connect Selected in Expanded U.S. DoD Contract

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This morning, we announced the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which is an operating unit of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has awarded an expanded contract that includes Adobe Connect Web conferencing software to enable deployed troops, support personnel, and military leaders to collaborate more efficiently across locations worldwide. You can check out our press release here.

The contract was awarded to our partner, Carahsoft Technology Corp., which works with Adobe Systems Federal, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Adobe.

Carahsoft and Adobe will continue to operate, maintain and enhance Defense Connect Online (DCO), which includes Adobe Connect and has been in place since 2007. The system provides Web conferencing, presence and awareness, video conferencing, and chat capabilities. DCO is used across the DoD and supports over 500,000 registered users who, on aggregate, use the system for in excess of 35 million Web conferencing minutes per month.

You can check out the DCO Facebook page here.

And, as always, stay in touch with us on Twitter @AdobeGov and on our Facebook page here. Our colleagues on the Adobe Connect team are on Twitter @AdobeConnect.

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May 17, 2011

Adobe Desktop Tools in the DoD

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Adobe’s Acrobat and Creative Suite products are ubiquitous across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Over the last few years, we have amassed a compelling number of case studies in which agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers and many others use Adobe’s desktop tools to conceive, prototype, create, publish, distribute, track, optimize and secure documents and content ranging from simple inter-office communications to detailed technical schematics to high-level classified documentation. Whether it’s high-resolution digital imaging, HD video processing, enterprise-class RIAs, mobile app development, or redacting and encrypting sensitive PDF documentation — the DoD depends on Adobe Desktop.

Because of the broad familiarity that our DoD customers have with our desktop software, Adobe has “taken its show on the road” with a 17-date roadshow called the Create and Secure Military Tour 2011!

These half-day briefings are designed to help keep our customers ahead and abreast of the emerging trends in PDF and document security, publication design, web development and video post-production with practical introductions to the latest innovations in Adobe technology.

Included in these briefings are demonstrations of Acrobat X Professional, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encore, and other Adobe desktop tools. Hot topics so far have included: document encryption and security, forms data collection workflows, PDF Portfolios, creating apps for Android and iOS devices, HTML5 best practices, smoothly editing multiple streams of HD video in real-time, and much more.

Check here to see if we’re coming to a city or military installation near you soon!

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