April 18, 2013

Sneak Peeks of the Latest Advances at Adobe MAX 2013

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If you haven’t already noticed, Adobe recently leaked a whole bunch of Sneak Peeks of our core Creative Cloud applications, including refreshed versions of all the Professional Video Tools, plus Dreamweaver, Edge Reflow, and of course yesterday’s sneak peek into the future of Photoshop…

Law Enforcement, Forensics and Intelligence agencies across the world have been waiting for this feature since MAX 2011, when Adobe first revealed the above capabilities in an early private Photoshop beta.

This year, Adobe MAX 2013 will be the premiere venue to learn about the latest Creative workflows for print, web, video and mobile design. If sequestration has limited your travel, you might be able to convince your manager with this “Why Attend MAX?” list, which notes a complimentary one-year Creative Cloud subscription for all attendees.

If you can’t convince your manager, make sure to check out our upcoming Digital Government roadshows for the Defense Department, Federal Civilian agencies in Baltimore and Atlanta, as well as our ongoing Executive and Technical Webinar series. If you can’t attend MAX, we will bring it to you!

If indeed you ARE going to Adobe MAX 2013 and are a GovBits reader, you are cordially invited to attend any & all of the Government-specific events taking place at the conference!

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April 4, 2013

Need assistance and don’t know where to turn??

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You know that feeling you have inside when you are prepping for a virtual meeting and need one last item configured, but you don’t know where to turn?  Well, I’m here to tell you you are in good company.  I’ve done it myself…**blushing**…and I should know better!

I wanted to create a blog with a list of resources you can go to when you are in a jam and need quick assistance.  So, I have put this together below for your viewing pleasure.  I would bookmark this blog so you can quickly access this in the future.

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Creative Cloud Packager

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In the past I have written about the virtues of Creative Cloud. Today we made a great step forward in Creative Cloud for Teams. Now you may be wondering what great feature I’m going to talk about. This new software is a tool for IT administrators to use to deploy Creative Cloud Team, we call it Creative Cloud Packager.

This new software for deployment means that the IT department can now configure Creative Cloud Team to suit their organization. More specifically, an administrator for a Creative Cloud Team account, can now download directly from the application all of the Creative Cloud products and updates (regular and feature), define custom installation behavior and at the end have a native MSI or PKG that you will use with your deployment tool to install on all machines you manage.

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Up until now the Creative Cloud offering really didn’t have as much relevance in the government space because it required the users to be  administrators on their computers and in very few instances was this the case. This now means that Creative Cloud Team could be a viable offering for our some of our state and local agencies, as well as smaller departments in the large government organizations because now it can be deployed through standard IT deployment methodologies. For many smaller government agencies it is really great to have access to all the tools and the updates, as well as some of the services offered in Creative Cloud.

For those IT administrators who are reading this post, the following video will walk you through the Creative Cloud Packager.

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April 3, 2013

Modernizing Contract Management for Health Providers

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Successfully managing busy physician practices requires working closely with a wide range of insurance providers—which gets increasingly complicated as the number of physician providers and patients grows.

University Physicians Network (UPN) is a multispecialty medical group with 1,600 doctors who work at  many of the leading hospitals and clinics in and around New York City, including the prestigious New York University Medical Center. UPN’s doctors serve patients covered by 20 insurers that regularly require contract review and approval. In the past, that meant printing contracts, mailing them to physicians, and submitting signed contracts to insurers. The process could take weeks.

With Adobe EchoSign, UPN automated the process without the need for special software or accounts. With only email and web access, signees can securely view and sign documents in just minutes.
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April 1, 2013

The Omnipresent Cloud

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Over the past week, my family has been observing the Passover holiday, during which my daughters (ages 7.5 and 5.5) are learning all about the Hebrews’ journeys through the desert of Sinai. During those 40 years, the Hebrews were provided shelter, nourishment and guidance by “Clouds of Glory” which followed their meandering path unceasingly, and became enshrined in the liturgy, ritual practice and common identity of modern Hebrews.

Of course, those Clouds and “the Cloud” we typically discuss in technology provide identical benefits: security, stability, omnipresence, and mobility. These days, without “the Cloud,” our modern technological society would cease functioning; our documents, data, and identities have been inextricably bound into the nebulous digital ether, in which 99.99999% uptime isn’t good enough, and only infinite redundancy is sufficient. 

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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the Cloud is no longer a dream for some Government agencies; it’s happening. This week, Business Insider reported that a large Intelligence agency plans an unprecedented, 10-year relationship with Amazon Web Services as a “private cloud” implementor. This is the first of such news from the Intelligence sector, but it’s surely not to be the last.

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March 29, 2013

Telework with Adobe Connect

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I engage with a variety of civilian agencies as they prepare to rollout their telework program.  Everyone is looking for a tool to support their mobile worker and provide them with an interactive, rich environment that includes video, audio and desktop sharing among many other features.  Multiple device and cross operating system support is also a requirement.  You never know who you will need to collaborate with online!

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March 26, 2013

Adobe Supports OpenStand

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The following post originally appeared in the Adobe Standards blog.

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On March 9th, at the Open Future  reception at SXSW, Adobe announced support for the OpenStand  initiative. Our rationale for this was simple – OpenStand is good for the Web, good for users, and good for Adobe. It increases innovation, openness, and allows greater participation in evolving the Internet.

The Internet is built on standards. These standards come from all sorts of organizations – some formal and supported by governments, some less formal and created by industry associations, and some driven by users who believe in collective action. OpenStand takes a simple position on these organizations – if the organization is open, transparent, balanced, has due process in creation, and has broad consensus – then the organization and its specifications are legitimate.

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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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March 22, 2013

Events: Civilian Road Show and MAX

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It’s finally Spring, which means warm weather (I hope), longer days, and most importantly, the Adobe Civilian Government Road Show and MAX!

One of the best parts of my job is being able to get out and meet with our customers to help them understand and use our products more effectively. We’re taking our demos on the road in late April/early May for three Adobe Digital Government Forums:

  • Baltimore, April 25
  • Atlanta, April 30
  • Denver, May 2

More details on the venues, registration, etc. will be coming soon. In the interim, have you registered for Adobe MAX yet? MAX will be held May 4-8 in Los Angeles, CA. It is the premiere event for designers, developers, and other content creators and creative professionals to learn about our digital media tools. There are always tons of hands-on sessions as well as government-specific topics and gatherings, so it’s a great opportunity to learn more about our products and how they can benefit your agency. We’ll have several members of our government team onsite at the event as well.

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Also, if you’re not able to get out to some of these events, let the events come to you; our webinar series features a variety of topics for technical and executive audiences. 

Hope to see you soon!

 

 

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March 14, 2013

Adobe Acrobat PDF Security Webinar

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Government customers at all levels, federal, state & local and civilian agencies are always concerned about security. For good reason, according to an IDC report, nearly 36% of government agencies have experienced an information leak in the past 12 months. We know it’s a problem, but what tools can be used to help us stem the leaks of information?

Next week, on March 21st at 2 pm est, I will be delivering a webinar to address these points. I will be covering two major topic areas. The first, primarily for IT managers, will discuss application security in Adobe Acrobat and what this means to their agencies.

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Screen shot of Protected Mode in Acrobat XI. If you don’t know what this means, join our webinar to learn.

The second area I will cover will be for users of Acrobat. I will discuss how to secure your PDF documents and how to remove sensitive information (commonly called redaction) from your PDF documents. I find many times users of Acrobat assume their PDF files are secure because they are a PDF. This is not the case. In Acrobat XI we can apply security at the onset of creating our PDF documents, which is a real time saver.

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