Posts in Category "Government initiatives"

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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March 10, 2014

United We Stand: Adobe & DOD enter a Joint Enterprise License Agreement (JELA) across branches

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Today, Adobe and the US Department of Defense announced the award of a Joint Enterprise License Agreement (JELA), providing unparalleled access to Adobe software throughout the Army, Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The agreement, valued at over $40.5 million, symbolizes an historic milestone for a strategic partnership that spans decades.  Moreover, it highlights groundbreaking cooperation across DOD branches and departments in order to drive overall organizational value.

By consolidating procurement and diversifying delivery options of Adobe solutions, DOD is effectively shortening implementation cycles for a wide range of mission-critical use cases that require digital content creation or data capture, processing, approvals, and dissemination from any device.

And while DOD realizes significant economies of scale as it invests in the Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) platform and Creative Cloud with this JELA, such standardization on these technologies that inherently improve productivity and workflow efficiencies shall deliver measurable operational savings as well, today and long-term.

This JELA significantly boosts Adobe’s efforts to help cost-effectively optimize countless DOD programs, from logistical support to military health. And we proudly look forward to supporting DOD and its global missions for many years to come.

For more details, see the press release.

 

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February 21, 2014

Defense Connect Online (DCO): over 1 MILLION served

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Yesterday, Defense Connect Online (DCO) reached 1 million self-registered users who have participated in the mission-critical online collaboration environment, powered by Adobe digital government solutions.


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DCO supports the Joint Information Environment as a popular enterprise-wide DOD managed service for communicating information in real time while increasing efficiency and security. DCO leverages Adobe digital government solutions including Adobe Connect web conferencing and Adobe Experience Manager, as well as Jabber XMPP services, to provide advanced web conferencing, presence & awareness, and chat capabilities to the Department of Defense. These same technologies, based on Adobe Experience Manager and HIPAA-compliant Adobe Connect, are leveraged across other government agencies, as well as  top Fortune 500 companies and healthcare enterprises worldwide, for their mission-critical collaboration, content management, eLearning, and telemedicine needs.

 

DCO has experienced incredible growth since its inception in October 2007 among users from both, DoD classified and unclassified networks. Accessing the service via their computer desktops, laptops and mobile devices, users have consumed over one billion meeting minutes in 2012 and 2013 combined (with over 670 million minutes in 2013 alone) for use cases ranging from public health management to secure real-time multimedia communication in combat zones worldwide.

 

Additionally, DCO has surpassed over:

·         50 million minutes of web conferencing per month

·         315,000 web conferencing sessions per month

·         1+ million chat messages per week

 

DCO services, including the DCO Connect mobile app, are free of charge to all DoD personnel and contractors who have Common Access Cards (CAC). To sign up for a DCO account, visit https://www.dco.dod.mil.

For over 30 years, Adobe has been proudly committed to empowering agencies throughout the US and around the world to transform the way they interact with citizens, commercial organizations, and even each other.

 

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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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July 10, 2013

Adobe Connect: Emergency Response & Event Coordination

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Adobe’s online collaboration and eLearning platform, Adobe Connect, is not solely used for webinars and telework efforts.  It has also been used to help coordinate response efforts for emergency and planned events.  The Homeland Security Information Network, HSIN, has remarked on their use of Adobe Connect in support of the Boston response and Kentucky Derby in the May edition of The HSIN Advocate.  Here is a link to The HSIN Advocate and their recent use cases – http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSIN-7d10c4.

 

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June 26, 2013

Payers Use Journey Mapping as Customers Navigate the New Healthcare Landscape

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The model for customer acquisition, conversion and retention is rapidly changing in countless ways for health insurance companies in the US; there’s no disputing that. But the real story behind that headline is that it’s about time!

Specifically, it is all about time… the time wasted when an applicant struggles to find relevant information whenever and however she chooses to research her options. It’s also about the time it takes a member to redundantly provide information to a health plan despite the fact that it already has his entire profile stored someplace. Finally it’s about the minimal time that young healthy “invincibles” typically spend with their healthcare providers annually, and the resulting limited opportunities to build relationships or establish brand loyalty among this coveted demographic.

In record time, health payers have come to realize that their members and prospective customers are not a monolithic bloc that responds well to the traditional one-size-fits-all approach for engagement.

The value is in the journey

The Affordable Care Act marks the beginning of a new chapter for healthcare payers. Rather than focusing primarily on transactions with brokers or large organizations for group health plans, the market has shifted to require direct engagement of individuals and families, making empathy and outreach more important than ever. Consumers, as a whole, are more technologically literate and expect their healthcare experiences to be personalized, intuitive and ubiquitous, like online experiences offered by most other industries today.

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Delivering on the promise

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing, trusted by 10 of the top 10 retailers, 10 of the top 10 automotive manufacturers, and 7 of the top 10 banks. Our solutions and services empower enterprises to engage consumers, modernize processes, and improve outcomes by more securely deploying personalized content across all media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve quantifiable business success.

In healthcare, we help our federal, state, and commercial customers to identify and educate diverse populations with unique needs and motivators; then, deploy effective marketplaces that deliver unique targeted experiences across every channel and screen to drive participation and retention. In fact, Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions are trusted to help power federal, state, and private health insurance exchanges in over 30 states.

In subsequent posts in this series, you’ll hear firsthand from some of those innovative customers and learn how our partnerships empowered them to forge confidently into the evolving healthcare landscape.  After all, for better or worse, it’s about time!

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June 5, 2013

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Uses Adobe Connect To Dispel Tornado Myths

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This is a great way to showcase how Federal agencies use Adobe Connect collaboration services to educate the public.  Read below…

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130605-908886.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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May 29, 2013

Digital Marketing think tank explores how Canadian Government drives citizen engagement

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The key to creating a stirring conversation at an early morning meeting – aside from fuelling the participants with copious amounts of caffeinated beverages – is tabling a topic of shared interest in front of a vibrant group of professionals.

Such was the case when an impressive array of marketers and communicators from the Canadian Federal Government, Crown Corporations, and non-profits were brought together to discuss the challenges they face when attempting to engage citizens through digital marketing at a breakfast think tank held in conjunction with the 2013 Adobe Government Assembly.

With no fewer than 18 government departments represented at the table, the discussion commenced following introductions. Session moderator Mark Emond of Demand Spring kick-started the conversation by asking the group what digital marketing and the associated outreach meant to the departments in attendance.

 

An enthusiastic exchange of ideas

Very quickly, the group’s interest in the topic was evident and an enthusiastic exchange of ideas was under way. From a historical perspective, the initial mandate of government on the web was to move every print-available communication online – automatically – regardless of suitability. But, did we still need printed communication? And what of Canadians without online access to digital resources?

What was clear was that digital marketing wasn’t the end game, but a means by which the government could ensure its greatest reach and be inclusive to all its constituents, a notion tabled by Adobe VP of Brand Marketing John Travis and seconded by the group in its entirety.

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November 15, 2012

Honoring veterans by improving benefits claims processes and information access

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This week, with the commemoration of Veterans Day in the US (and Remembrance Day in Canada), we honored those who have selflessly served in our country’s military with honor and distinction so that the freedoms we cherish may endure.

As a veteran of the US Coast Guard,  I am proud to highlight a few of the ways that Adobe is collaborating with Veteran Affairs agencies in North America to improve access for disabled veterans and modernize administrative operations. In many cases, due to gains in efficiency, some resources may be reallocated to the actual care of the veterans these agencies are committed to serve.

 

  • Streamlining workflows for management of benefits claims

US and Canadian VA agencies, including the US Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), have standardized on multiple Adobe solutions, like LiveCycle for BPM, transforming processes to collect, track, and automate the millions of benefits claims they receive every year.

The organizations have since reported reduced data error rates and significant improvements in efficiency throughout their enterprises, achieving the simple goals of fewer administrative delays and more timely service delivery for our veterans.
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  • Extending usability of veterans’ health records and other critical information

Considering that most systems of record were implemented before today’s mobile revolution, it’s no surprise that many of them do not natively support remote usability of enterprise information and multi-channel functionality for self-service apps.

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September 22, 2012

Forecast for Digital Government: Partly Cloudy

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The adoption of cloud computing has steadily become one of the most significant enablers of innovation in recent years. From providing mobile access to remotely synchronized folders, to delivering on-demand streams of new video releases, the cloud has transformed how consumers interact with their devices in countless ways (often quietly behind the scenes).

Further blurring the line between private and public sector innovation, government agencies are increasingly turning to the cloud for similar technical advantages that translate directly into business value for their enterprises as well.

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In fact, IDC predicts that public IT cloud services will see gains at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.4 percent—five times that of the IT industry overall between 2012 and 2016. But despite promises of significant gains in agility, scalability, and reliability, most public sector executives commit to extensively crunching the numbers on ROI and addressing security concerns (at both agency and content levels) before taking the plunge into even the most popular cloud service models, including:

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