Posts in Category "Open Government"

September 29, 2014

Moving to AEM Forms: It’s Easier Than You Think

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Adobe is well known for our PDF forms capabilities and the LiveCycle platform that has made it possible to deliver and integrate enterprise document solutions with our customers’ back-end systems. While PDF form capabilities and LiveCycle have matured, many organizations find themselves facing new challenges, serving an increasingly mobile and Web-centric world. Consumers,  citizens, and patients expect the same engaging experience in their business transactions that they enjoy in their day-to-day e-commerce Web interactions.

 

 

1) How do you enable citizens, employees, and other stakeholders to intuitively interact and collaborate with your organization across a growing array of devices in the market today?

2) How do you personalize the digital experiences that span every channel, from forms to websites and mobile apps, then automate related backend processes?

3) How do you gather and analyze data on the effectiveness of your website and forms to identify ways to continuously optimize experiences and minimize costs?

As a market leader in Web Experience Management and Digital Marketing, Adobe provides the best tools to address these new challenges. Earlier this year, we launched Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Forms. The AEM Forms solution leverages AEM Web Content Management capabilities, along with analytics from the Adobe Marketing Cloud, to help organizations easily develop, publish, and manage enterprise forms and documents for desktops and the mobile Web. This is especially beneficial in heavily regulated environments, such as government or healthcare, where security and workflow transparency are crucial.

We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from customers about these new capabilities—but also a bit of confusion on how they can leverage them in their existing Adobe LiveCycle infrastructure. Do our customers have to do an expensive and time-consuming technical migration from LiveCycle to AEM Forms? Not at all; a lengthy migration isn’t required to take advantage of the new rich features in AEM Forms.

AEM Forms encompasses all of the capabilities of the LiveCycle platform and more. Existing LiveCycle customers can seamlessly upgrade their existing applications and can start developing customized forms for the Web and mobile devices. All of the powerful and mature capabilities of the LiveCycle platform are available to AEM Forms customers. So if you are excited about the possibilities of AEM Forms but worried about what it will take to get there—don’t be.

Check out the benefits of AEM Forms and contact us to learn how to upgrade today!

 

 

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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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January 24, 2014

LiveCycle update: Forms, documents, and the Adobe Marketing Cloud

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Research shows that 85% of all business processes begin with a form… but what happens next is up to you.

The following post by Arun Anantharaman, Sr. Vice President of Products at Adobe, was published in the LiveCycle blog this week, and provides details about Adobe’s continued commitment to innovate in this space.

Stay tuned; more to come…

2013 was an exciting year for LiveCycle. I want to take a moment to update you on how we are continuing to invest and innovate in forms and documents, and provide an overview of our 2014 plans.

In 2013, we introduced LiveCycle ES4, a major release that extends rich form and document experiences to mobile users. Shortly afterwards, we began integrating these capabilities into Adobe Experience Manager, enabling  organizations to easily create, manage, and publish forms and documents in conjunction with a market leading web content management solution. To date, we’ve released three form and document capabilities:

The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Over the last three quarters, many customers have migrated to Adobe Experience Manager forms and documents while preserving their investments in LiveCycle forms.  By integrating form transactions and document confirmations into their web and mobile engagement strategies, they can extend their reach and maintain brand consistency while managing all assets from a single platform.

We will continue to provide updates to LiveCycle customers, while deepening our integration with Adobe Experience Manager to help government, financial institutions and other regulated industries easily engage with citizens and customers through secure, compliant, yet easy-to-use forms and documents. Stay tuned as we announce new features and releases in 2014.

Arun Anantharaman
Senior Vice President Products
Digital Marketing

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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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October 2, 2012

Adobe Acrobat Turns It Up to 11!

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Adobe Acrobat is widely used throughout the public sector, in federal as well as state and local governments, to harness the power of the ubiquitous PDF file format. Yesterday, Adobe marked a new milestone with the release of Acrobat version 11!

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Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM of Acrobat and Document Services at Adobe, further describes some benefits of Acrobat XI in the article below which was originally posted to the Adobe Document Services blog.

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October 1 marks a major milestone for the Adobe Acrobat business. We’re launching Adobe Acrobat XI. Acrobat XI software with cloud services is a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges for creating, consuming, sharing and securing PDF content across devices and platforms.

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August 30, 2012

Optimizing Human Services for a Mobile World

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Mobile technology is no longer an optional luxury. Research shows that in 2011 more smartphones shipped than personal computers. Therefore, a truly effective Digital Government requires a strategy that moves beyond merely porting traditional web content to mobile devices. This post will explore why agencies must think about designing mobile service experiences from the citizen in, rather than from the system out; delivering personalized content and applications that are optimized for how citizens expect to use their devices.

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The following article, sponsored by Adobe, was recently featured in the August 2012 edition of “Policy and Practice,” the magazine of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).

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June 29, 2012

After the ACA Ruling: Bipartisan Consensus on Health IT

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Dissecting the Decision

Yesterday, as the Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a couple caveats were highlighted in the court’s ruling. Regarding the mandate, most people understand the law is economically sustainable only if all citizens participate. The court established that the penalty to be paid by those citizens who refuse to acquire health insurance essentially amounts to a “tax.” Therefore, congress was within its constitutional rights to include such a mandate/tax/penalty in the law.  Although to some it may seem the Supreme Court’s ruling was based partly on semantics, ACA proponents declare it a victory since everyone was previously burdened with the shared costs of caring for the uninsured by way of increasing hospital charges and insurance premiums.

The court also ruled that expansion of Medicaid to offer more citizens health coverage may proceed, but without the ACA stipulation that US states that don’t comply would be denied matching federal funding for their original Medicaid programs. So states may now choose whether to participate in the federally-funded expansion.  Note:  the ACA already included a similar provision (Section 1332: Waiver for State Innovation) that allows for states to opt out so long as they offer citizens the same level of quality care at a cost that is equal to lesser than the ACA, but not until 2017.

Looking Ahead

As focus shifts from the law’s credibility to its timely implementation, Health IT will play a prominent role in the delivery of affordable care to more than 30 million new customers. Many provisions of the ACA rely heavily on IT to raise awareness, determine eligibility, manage payments, improve decision-making, measure quality, and more.
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I recently moderated a two-day conference on Government Health IT in Washington DC where Janet Marchibroda, Health IT Chair at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), spoke on the topic.

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May 24, 2012

Digital Government: More Than Just A Pretty Interface

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To anyone passionate about applying technology to drive transformative change and improve the way we live, this week is shaping up to be a tough one to beat in the public sector. It’s been like receiving a gift-wrapped box of energy, laser focused on government innovation and modernization.

Yesterday, President Obama issued a memorandum to the heads of all US executive departments and agencies calling on them to leverage “technological advances to fundamentally change how they serve their customers.”  

The memo, entitled “Building a 21st Century Digital Government,” goes on to explain:

“For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different Government programs in order to find the services they need. In addition, at a time when Americans increasingly pay bills and buy tickets on mobile devices, Government services often are not optimized for smartphones or tablets, assuming the services are even available online.”

As a follow-up to Executive Order 13571 (Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service) which he signed in April 2011, the president’s memo also announced the release of a new Government-wide strategy developed to accomplish the monumental goal of enabling “more efficient and coordinated digital service delivery” across all agencies.

Simultaneously, yesterday in New York City at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012, Steven Van Roekel (US Chief Information Officer) and Todd Park (US Chief Technology Officer), launched this landmark initiative to thousands of attendees excited to learn the details.

The comprehensive accompanying strategy, entitled “Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People“, includes a 12-month road map that emphasizes three priority actions:

  •  Encouraging agencies to deliver information in new ways that fully utilize the power and potential of mobile and web-based technologies
  •  Ensuring the safe and secure delivery and use of digital services to protect information and privacy
  •  Requiring all agencies to establish central online resources for outside developers, and to adopt new standards for making applicable Government information open and machine-readable by default

In today’s interconnected global economy, such leadership will likely provide a blueprint for similar international efforts as government enterprises worldwide mobilize to optimize efficiency and offer citizens digital experiences on par with those offered by their private sector counterparts.

To that end, we recently hosted the first annual Adobe Government Assembly (AGA) for Canada. The recent creation of Shared Services Canada, a new agency dedicated to optimizing service delivery, has brought new attention to efforts there to “improve the efficiency of IT services across the Canadian federal government and ensure value for taxpayers’ dollars.”

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February 1, 2012

2012 Adobe Government Assembly… coming soon

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Please join Adobe for its annual Adobe Government Assembly, February 8th, at the National Press Club.

The AGA is a forum for federal, state and local IT, acquisition and security professionals to discuss strategies and actionable tactics for meeting today’s challenges and revolutionizing tomorrow’s government operations. You’ll hear from public sector leaders and industry experts on the key issues of advancing citizen engagement, implementing innovative technologies and protecting critical information.

Keynote speakers include GSA’s David McClure, Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, and best-selling author Peter Sims.

Click here to register.

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