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Join Us At MacIT/MacWorld 1/31: What The Creative Cloud Means For IT

Headed to San Francisco next week for the MacIT/MacWorld event? Here are a few tips:

1) Ravens jerseys are not so popular at the moment in SF.

2) You shouldn’t leave town without going to the Mission and having a Papalote Mexican Grill burrito drenched in their amazing salsa. Or your mouth will resent you.

3) Adobe’s session on Thursday 4:45pm – 5:30pm will be THE best session of the entire conference.*

*Okay, so I just looked at the lineup and that statement might not be completely accurate. Chip Pearson from JAMF’s keynote is likely to be great. Oh, and I didn’t see that the likes of Rich Trouton and Randy Saeks are also speaking Thursday. Those guys are always good. So I guess I can’t even state that we’ll have the best session that day. Man, looks like on our time slot we are up against a DNS session that looks pretty good. And “iPads on Planes” sounds cool. Although seems like they missed their chance to call it “iPads on a Plane.” So okay, so let’s say the we will have one of the top 5 sessions at the conference during the Thursday 4:45pm – 5:30pm time period. Yes, I feel confident about that statement. Although I bet there might be some compelling conversations out in the hall during that time period.

In all seriousness we are really excited to be participating in the conference as a sponsor and getting to engage directly with the Mac IT community. Our session was initially entitled “Managing Adobe Software: Taking IT To The Next Level” but I’ve taken that Keynote presentation and I’ve Control clicked on it and chose Move To Trash. That’s right, I’ve scratched the whole talk so that we could bring you the latest info around managing the Creative Cloud. The new talk is called “What The Creative Cloud Means For IT.” What? You don’t have to manage the Creative Cloud yet in your environment? Well one great thing about conferences like this is the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve, to be the first on your block with the scoop, the 411, the…oh you get it. Plus we will have an unveiling of something new. And there will be prizes. Prizes!

And this year I will be joined on stage by the new Product Manager of the IT Tools, Karl Gibson… all the way from Dublin, Ireland. That is 5091 miles/8192km. Traveling 7689 miles/12,372km we have our QE Lead for the IT Tools, Rahul Baiswar, all the way from Delhi, India. And coming all the way from San Jose, California (wait, that is just a train ride away) is Eric Wilde, who is not only my fantastic guy and manager (it’s review time btw) but Eric is also my partner in internal advocacy for the Enterprise IT admin. We are all excited for the event and can’t wait to see old friends in the community and meet new ones.

Here’s the details of the season. Hope to see you there. Did I mention there was going to be prizes?

MacIT 2013

Session ID: 2396

Title: Managing Adobe Software: Taking IT To The Next Level What The Creative Cloud Means For IT

Date: Thursday 1/31/13

Start Time – End Time: 4:45pm – 5:30pm

Room: 3006

Jody Rodgers | Sr. Product Manager | Enterprise + Volume | Digital Media | Adobe Systems

A Brand New, Fabulous, Animated Video Walkthrough about the Old, Boring CS6 Offline Exception Process

*** Guest Blogger Jerry Silverman, Senior Solutions Consultant for the US Public Sector at Adobe***

Remember back when CS6 came out and Adobe announced that whole new Activation policy, wherein the installer would reach out to the internet to validate your serial number, confirm its correspondence with your Adobe ID, and activate your license? That was awesome.

No, seriously, that was awesome. It helps honest, hardworking creatives ensure that their license and software is genuine, and helps them keep track of their licenses, retrieve lost serials, stay connected with Adobe support, and access a ton of Adobe Community benefits. I’m not nearly as eloquent as our Customer Advocates and Business Transformation folks, who elaborate on these benefits here and here.

End of gushing review. How many of us can’t get onto the internet sometimes? OK, that looks to be about half. Which of us can NEVER get onto the internet? OK, all of us can, or else we wouldn’t be reading this. But how many of us serve a population of disconnected desktops, or secure desktops on classified networks, or desktops behind super-strict firewalls that only access a handful of domains? I see many more hands.

The problem with the Activation policy for CS6 perpetual licensees (and see here for the difference between perpetual licensing and Creative Cloud subscription licensing) is that if you raised your hand on that last question, and your end users sometimes install their own desktop software, those end users are basically unable to use that software, because they won’t be able to activate it via the internet.

Of course, you (their IT Admin) could use AAMEE  and deploy their software to them silently via the Command Line. And plenty of environments allow for this type of thing.

However, if you can’t use AAMEE for any reason, or if the end user lacks the enterprise deployment infrastructure necessary for AAMEE… what’s a creative to do?!?

Your end users can complete the Offline Exception process, detailed in this dated, flat, unmoving slide deck, or in this brand new, fabulous, animated video walkthrough on Adobe TV:

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/creative-suite-in-the-enterprise/activating-adobe-creative-suite-6-via-offline-exception/

Special Adobe Discount For Mobile Device Management Event

IT admins have been patiently waiting around for more work to be thrown on their plates for sometime. “Please, if only I had another device/platform I could support on top of more current work!” is their cry. In case you have your Sarcasm Meter™ turned off or are new to reading my posts, let me assure you this is my attempt at humor. But honestly, from the conversations I’ve had with IT staff lately, this is right on the verge of not being funny. So much is being thrown at IT staff right now and the explosion of tablet usage in corporate and school environments is posing some significant challenges. Some organizations are trying to manage them to the same degree as their desktop/laptops but it seems like a lot of folks are doing the wait and see game. Similar to what we saw when Macs started finding their way into corporate environments, there were many who said “Maybe they’ll just go away.” Well they didn’t. And iPads and Android tablets aren’t either.

So now that I painted that glum picture for you, let me make it worse… and then a little better. To make things worse for you, Adobe is making some awesome touch apps for tablets that your users will most likely want installed the moment you start your coffee break. Seriously, this is some cool stuff. Apps like Adobe Collage and Adobe Photoshop Touch are likely to become standard tools within your design groups you support. I am not giving you a marketing pitch here, more like a head’s up. Some of our touch apps debuted on Android but the full set of the iOS ones are coming down the pike. In case you thought this was new territory, we already have like a dozen iOS apps in the App Store.

Now I said that I could make it better for you. It is a small gesture, but a heartfelt one nonetheless. Our friends at MacTech are putting on their first MacTech InDepth: Mobile Device Management event next week in San Francisco on December 7. We are sponsoring the event and we have a special link below that will save you $200 off the on-site registration fee. This will be a great opportunity for anyone with an existing Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategy to be exposed to solutions and strategies from experts in the field. And if your organization’s MDM strategy has been “let’s wait and see” then this is certainly the time to get your feet wet and see what is out there and how your peers are starting to manage these devices (i.e. what they are doing for security, monitoring, and managing apps.)

Your discounted link (saves $200 off the on-site registration price of $495 — just $295 and includes lunch)

http://www.mactech.com/indepth/specialreg?rid=Adobe

I’ll be there as an attendee. I am not speaking or running a table or anything like that. But if you see a bearded guy with glasses wearing a black and white AAMEE shirt, please introduce yourself. Dang, now I must remember to wash that shirt, pack it, wear it that day, not shave, nor wear contacts.

Jody Rodgers | Senior Product Manager | Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite | Adobe Systems

See You At Educause 2011

Education is near and dear to us and Adobe. It is near and dear to me personally, in fact I once managed computer labs for the Arts Institute of Seattle. So I know first hand some of the challenges of meeting the demands of students and faculty. To learn more about what is going on in the world of education today I am headed off to the education in technology event, Educause 2011, in Philadelphia later this month.

After running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the theme from Rocky on my iPod, I’ll be ready to take on the world and give some AAMEE demos at the Adobe booth. Adobe’s booth is #601 and here’s the schedule for my sessions:

Wednesday Oct 19
2:30-3:30 pm
IT Deployment Tools For Adobe Desktop Suites

Thursday Oct 20
12:30pm-1:30pm
IT Deployment Tools For Adobe Desktop Suites
(Same session, but this time with more feeling and animated arm movement.)

There are lots of other great sessions at the Adobe booth so stop by and say hello.

Jody Rodgers | Senior Product Manager | Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite | Adobe Systems