As the planning gets into top gear for 2008, I'm pleased to be spending some more time working with Acrobat Connect Professional. I've normally been using it for live meetings where we can pull together people from around the globe into my virtual room and share resources, whiteboard, see each other and collaborate, no matter what hardware/software platforms everyone has.
However, the live meeting is probably not Acrobat Connect's most powerful use. It's a massively powerful tool for the delivery of e-learning, like the presentation voiceovers I've been delivering for the Adobe Academy recently (see old blog entries)
I noticed today that Royal Phillips have just adopted Acorbat Connect for the same reason....
Royal Philips Electronics has deployed Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional software to provide 135,000 registered users of its Healthcare Learning Management System with synchronous training, video conferencing and Web seminar clinical and technical programs.
The company has seen Acrobat Connect Professional enhance the training experience, while at the same time complement the onsite training held at customer locations in more than 100 countries and Philips Global Training Centers in Europe, Asia and North America.
Royal Philips Electronics develops over 100 training modules annually, many of which employ synchronous elements. The ability to archive seminars will make these synchronous elements available to people unable to attend the live sessions and provide supplemental refresher training as well.
"The use of Acrobat Connect Professional supports our goal of simplifying healthcare for our customers and partners, as well as enhancing training opportunities for global marketing, sales and distribution teams," said Douglas Dell, Global Director of Learning Services for Philips Medical Systems, a division of Royal Philips Electronics.
"It also supports our overall strategy of enhancing the customer experience through the lifespan of system ownership. With Acrobat Connect Professional, our Learning Services business can offer quality, interactive e-learning programs to the users of our advanced medical equipment and help ensure better patient care management," added Dell.
Royal Philips Electronics seamlessly integrated Acrobat Connect Professional software into its in-house SCORM-compliant Learning Management System. Incorporating synchronous elements into its specialized healthcare education programs enables the organization to more securely deliver training programs globally without limitations of connecting through firewalls or requiring software downloads, which represent an obstacle for many healthcare institutions. The Adobe Flash Player software makes it easy for users, content authors and technical staff to use.