Adobe in Enterprise

The Internet — the ability of networks to network together — supports various applications, such as The World Wide Web of interlinked hypertext documents. But The Web is merely one application built atop The Internet, and The Internet supports many uses beyond the common WWW system.

Bob Gourley has a good overview of this beyond-the-web aspect of Adobe technologies in “What CTOs should know about Adobe”. It shows PDF as a document platform, beyond its Web use for brochures, and how this interacts with communication technologies, management technologies and the rest.

Sometimes you want everyone else in the world in your network, and web browsers are (ideally) safe vehicles in which to do such universal exploring. But sometimes you want to grant greater permissions to a trusted local network, and this enables new types of client applications, beyond a general browser.

My favorite line: “Adobe has adopted a philosophy of being able to work with every other capability in the IT stack. So if you are using Sharepoint or Oracle Fusion Middleware or Java or Endeca or whatever else, Adobe is likely going to work just fine.” It’s that common theme of removing fragmentation, uniting silos.

The big takeaway: “It is certainly OK to think of PDF when you think of Adobe. It is a great, open format. But think also of the other great enterprise-class capabilities they are providing.” Same holds true if you swap “SWF” for “PDF”, and “web” for “enterprise”.

[via Andrea Mangini, Jingleyfish]

One Response to Adobe in Enterprise

  1. [jd sez: Generalized rant follows; no direct relevance to the topics discussed above.]
    As long as you’re running windows that is.
    The Acrobat team’s opinion that the Mac OS is only used for “makin’ purty pitchers” and is unused by anyone in the enterprise outside of that is well-known and documented in various places.
    Basically, if you don’t have 20,000+ seats and are 100% windows, the Acrobat team doesn’t care about you.
    Flash? Sure. Use it up. On windows, it runs fast and well. On anything else?
    You enjoy your crashing and slowdowns.
    Etc. Etc.
    If Adobe would be honest and say “We only really care about Windows in the Enterprise, and anything from us for other platforms is incidental or Photoshop”, well, you would at least gain points for corporate honesty.
    [jd sez: … we’d only be honest if we lie as you wish? That’s weird!]
    But if you aren’t on Windows, Adobe is anything but a good partner.