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2011 Adobe Education Year in Review

Earlier this year, I had the terrific opportunity to join Adobe. Over the course of the last few months, I’ve been impressed with the company’s commitment to student and teacher success around the world. What really stands out for me is the way in which Adobe software lets students create and express themselves in amazing ways. I’ve seen 5th graders make video games in Flash and  10th graders create terrific movies in Premier.  I’ve had the opportunity to see university students create works that are just stunning (especially when at the ADAA event in Taipei). And I’m confident that this was a turning point year in terms of the impact and power of creative software in education. With 2012 coming up fast, I want to reflect on some high points of 2011 that will set the stage for the new year.

The Launch of Adobe Digital School Collection – We just announced the latest edition of Adobe® Digital School Collection (ADSC) for K-12 students and educators. ADSC gives students a way to visually express what they’ve learned across curriculum and prepares them with the social media skills they need to communicate effectively in the digital world.  We estimate that about 1,000,000 K-12 students were empowered by Adobe software as part of ambitious 1:1 programs around the world.

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Program Hits Critical Mass – This year, more than 145,000 students entered into the ACA program through our partnership with CertiPort. This is a great way to help students gain the skills needed to both enter college or the workforce.

Announcement of Adobe Touch Apps – One of the most exciting developments this year was Adobe’s introduction of  six intuitive touch screen applications that put professional-level creativity capability in the hands of millions of tablet users across both iOS and Android. Photoshop Touch, in particular, is a product that I think students and teachers will be thrilled with. Check it out here:

Schools Worldwide License Adobe Solutions – This year, more than 45 universities worldwide made the full Adobe portfolio available to their students across all departments – not just design. Just imagine interacting with a computer-generated avatar to learn about nutrition or creating an interactive image of genetic data. See what Case Western University is doing and how others are benefiting from our education programs here.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Delivers Higher Education in Tablet Form – More and more schools are turning to DPS to publish rich, engaging publications for both iPad and Android tablets. The Holidays came early to Adobe EDU team when we received an unsolicited video from the University of Oregon, highlighting their use of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite titled “The Making of a Digital Magazine.” Check out this video that made our day:

Adobe Education Community Keeps Thriving – I was privileged to attend the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards ceremony and was truly amazed by the talent and sophistication of the entries. Please check out the 2011 ADAA Yearbook for a closer look. We received a record-breaking 4,600 entries in 2011. Job well done!

This is certainly an exciting time for Adobe Education, educators and students as digital advances provide an opportunity to transform children’s learning and education. Stay tuned and don’t forget to follow us @AdobeEDU for the latest updates. I wish you all a happy and safe Holiday Season, and a terrific new year!

Navigating the Digital Publishing Landscape

At a recent publisher event in NYC, Todd Teresi, Adobe’s VP & General Manager of Media Solutions discusses the evolution of publishing, focusing on the current tablet revolution, and exploring the impact on the industry and new opportunities for publishers. Visit the Digital Publishing blog for more details and to watch the keynote.

eBay’s X.Commerce – an Innovator’s Toolkit

In my daily conversations with our Adobe team members, partners, and customers, the incredible pace of digital innovation is a big topic of discussion. From smart phones to tablet devices, high-speed mobile networks faster than your DSL connection, and social changing the way we connect – we see that running a business today has more challenges and more opportunities than ever before. Digital commerce is bringing the world via their tablets, smart phones and social networking sites to your storefront – and the question I have for you is: Are you ready?

I see many businesses struggle to understand how these new digital innovations translate into ways to better connect with a global audience of potential customers. For smaller businesses, eBay’s new X.Commerce platform – a cloud-based toolkit designed to power business innovation – will come as great news. The platform aims to level the playing field of the digital wave and put helpful technologies into the hands of people who want to innovate no matter the size of their business. We are excited to be part of it.

One of the powerful technologies from Adobe that eBay offers in the X.Commerce platform is analytics – the ability to measure data about how customers interact with your business and how your current online approaches and practices are working. Adobe SiteCatalyst has long been considered the gold standard in web analytics. As one of our earliest customers eBay has seen firsthand what measuring data can do for a business.

Analytics unlocks the power of your customer data. If you want to better know your customer, the details are within the data. Need a realistic snapshot of your business? That’s in the data, too. How is your site being used and what changes could you make to increase sales? Which of your products are your customers Tweeting and Facebooking about and how it is impacting your business? Getting answers to these questions means you can invent faster and better meet the needs of your customers, and that leads to more revenue. This is really cool stuff – and it means that you can drive your business success in new and meaningful ways.

We are excited to power the web analytics of X.Commerce and look forward to empowering eBay retailers with increased functionality in the future using additional offerings from the Adobe Online Marketing Suite. When you are taking action on your data – that is where the magic really happens.

It’s your data for the taking and if you aren’t using it, watch out because I can guarantee your competitors are gleaning valuable business insights from theirs.

I’d love to hear your experiences with going digital and how analytics has helped your business. Share your story by emailing me at customersuccess@adobe.com.

-Brad

Flash Brings the Web to Life

With dozens of tablets and new smartphones coming to market over the coming weeks and months, developers want to know how to deploy and monetize their apps across screens without having to rewrite apps for every platform and device – from smartphones, to tablets, netbooks, televisions, and others. Check out new videos just posted to the Flash Platform blog that give an update on mobile apps and the breadth of Flash content on the Web available on exciting new devices, like the upcoming Dell tablet.

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