Adobe Retires the “LiveCycle” Brand, Its Services Become Part of Broader Capability

On June 20, 2011, Adobe announced its new “Digital Enterprise Platform” software or ADEP. The platform is designed to address a new problem domain that Adobe and others have identified as “Customer Experience Management” or CEM. See here for Forrester Research’s blogs on CEM.

Here is a whitepaper from Craig Randall (Adobe’s Principal Architect for CEM) that explains Adobe’s thinking in detail.

For customers with extant investment in Adobe LiveCycle and are wondering about what all of this means to them, here are some points to consider:

1) The enterprise services, and the orchestration capabilities that LiveCycle provided will all continue to be available as part of the new Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform software. They will henceforth be called “Document Services” hosted by a Document Server.

2) “Document Services” will continue to be J2EE (JEE) applications requiring a J2EE appserver such as JBoss, WebSphere or WebLogic. For persistence, Document Services will continue to require a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) such as Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 or MySQL.

3) Day CQ5 will become a “Customer Experience Solution” named “Web Experience Management”. There will also be other Customer Experience Solutions.

4) Mosaic will henceforth be called “Composite Application Framework”

5) LiveCycle Data Services will become “Data Services”

6) “Data Services”, the “Composite Application Framework” and the “Customer Experience Solutions” will be collectively called “Experience Services” hosted by an Experience Server. They will execute within an OSGi framework, not J2EE (no Tomcat, JBoss, WebSphere or WebLogic required). The specific OSGi implementation Adobe has chosen is Apache Felix. For persistence, Experience Services will be using a JSR-283 compliant Java Content Repository (JCR) – no relational database will be required. However, integration with RDBMSs can still be done, if your application requires it.

Here’s a simple equation to remember:
ADEP = LiveCycle + (Day) CQ5 + Mosaic + Data Services + “Customer Experience Solutions” (formerly “Solution Accelerators”)

We will be renaming this blog once the Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform software is released.

For those interested in the history of Adobe’s LiveCycle brand, see this.

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