From the ini­tial beta announce­ment of Adobe CQ Cloud Man­ager this March at our U.S. Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Sum­mit to our gen­eral avail­abil­ity news in May and con­tin­u­ing through to today, the CQ Cloud engi­neer­ing team has been work­ing tire­lessly to deliver crit­i­cal fea­tures on a con­tin­ual basis. The goal is to pro­vide mar­keters, such as your­self, with a best-in-class solu­tion to take dig­i­tal cam­paigns to mar­ket in less time and with fewer resources. It’s been our aim, as it remains today, to take the painful and insanely tech­ni­cal details out of the mar­ket­ing cam­paign process; to enable you take con­trol of what’s most impor­tant to you: cre­ativ­ity and busi­ness innovation.

 When our beta was first released, we offered a fully cus­tomiz­able Adobe CQ offer­ing in the cloud so you could expe­ri­ence how a SaaS solu­tion could afford more con­trol over how you man­aged CQ resources – when­ever you needed it most. The days of hav­ing to wait for IT to pro­vi­sion, stage, and go live were offi­cially over.

And when we offi­cially launched Adobe CQ Cloud Man­ager and CQ Cloud (our subscription/term based licens­ing) offer­ing, we were thrilled with the over­whelm­ing num­ber of peo­ple who signed up for accounts. The best part of all—it was free for our customers!

Since then, we haven’t been rest­ing on our lau­rels. In fact, we’ve released new fea­tures on a monthly basis and will con­tinue to inno­vate at a sim­i­lar pace to pro­vide you with the capa­bil­i­ties needed to com­pete in today’s com­pet­i­tive dig­i­tal mar­ket­place. With our upcom­ing Octo­ber release, for exam­ple, we’ve added sev­eral key new fea­tures that will empower you to take your cam­paigns even further.

For exam­ple, we’ve added sup­port for one of the lead­ing infra­struc­ture providers, Rack­space. Now, not only can you pro­vi­sion CQ instances on AWS EC2 but also Rack­space. Ded­i­cated Rack­ers out there will know this builds on our exist­ing work together, includ­ing new CQ sup­port as part of Rackspace’s Crit­i­cal Appli­ca­tion Ser­vices.

We’ve also taken it one step fur­ther by pro­vid­ing you fur­ther choice: You can now select which Ama­zon Machine Instance size you want and, maybe even more crit­i­cal, we’ve added the abil­ity to choose to which regions you can pro­vi­sion. So, if you’re focused on deploy­ing in EMEA, it can be done. If you want to deploy across mul­ti­ple regions, check. In fact, you can deploy wher­ever Ama­zon and Rack­space have dat­a­cen­ters. Pretty cool, right?

I guess the point I’m try­ing to make is that, you, as a dig­i­tal mar­keter, shouldn’t be restricted by your ven­dor but, rather, should have flex­i­bil­ity and choices.

Again, we’ll con­tinue to inno­vate and pro­vide you with the fea­tures and options needed to gain that sus­tain­able com­pet­i­tive advan­tage. You can count on that from us.

If you want to go deeper on the new fea­tures and enhance­ments we roll out each month, keep your eye on our CQ Cloud forum. My col­league, Samartha (@Samartha), posted most recently about our Sep­tem­ber release and we’ll con­tinue to use that forum as a chan­nel to pro­vide you all the details. And I plan to check in here con­sis­tently, as well, so stay tuned. In the mean­time, you can keep in touch with us in com­ments, and on Twit­ter @AdobeWEM and@CQDev.

Chris Nguyen

Adobe CQ Prod­uct Marketing