Everybody loves a good twist right ! Remember a certain film where the characters thought they were on a different planet, when it turns out they were on earth all along. What about that other film where the characters thought the best way to power a city was through the screams of children and then it turns out laughter was actually a better source of power, mind blowing twists people.
So what is our twist I hear you asking. Well today we are releasing Creative Cloud Packager 1.7 which has two new features. The first is a tweak to the UI to increase the prominence of the Creative Cloud Desktop App. Along with this change we have also introduced a new feature that provides the IT admin with the ability to disable the Apps panel of the Creative Cloud Desktop app. This allows IT to maintain control of application & updates whilst enabling there end users to access Creative Cloud services.
So the twist. We are embarking on a change to how we approach packaging. The first phase of this change has gone live today.
From speaking with IT admins over all these years what has become apparent is that in global organizations, what frequently happens is that IT admins tend to work in silos. Each packaging up their own software and updates and deploying to the machines they manage. Depending on the tool you are using there is little to no visibility of what other admins in your organization are including in their package. We would like to change this and encourage IT to be more collaborative. This will also have a positive effect on standardization.
Another aspect is that IT are not always aware that there are updates available for their package. Up to now the only way to get this information was to go to a blog that we host.
So with Creative Cloud Packager 1.7 we are introducing a new feature where your package metadata will be available to view in the Enterprise Dashboard for members in your organization.
This means when you or another admin in your organization create a package with CCP 1.7 and then logs in to the Enterprise Dashboard you/they will be able to see a consolidated view of packages that will contain the following information
Package Created by/on
OS package was created for
If the package is up to date
What updates are available for this package
For now this view is for informative purposes only and any interaction with the package itself needs to happen on the desktop and within CCP.
Note: For now this feature is only available in the Enterprise Dashboard.
So that’s our twist ! As I mentioned above this is the first phase and we have some truly amazing plans to transform the packaging experience as we enter in to 2015.
Finally as you may have seen on Twitter @Adobe_ITToolkit we are proud to be sponsoring the JAMF National User Conference again this year. I will be presenting on Wednesday 22nd October 3:30pm-4:30pm. We will be covering what the overall Creative Cloud Enterprise offering means to IT admins. I will also be joined on stage by Sachin Porwal , Computer Scientist for CCP and the always inspiring/controversial Jody Rodgers.
Karl Gibson | Product Manager | Enterprise IT Tools