Eating our own dog food! Adobe goes Green!

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You’re probably saying to yourself; "ok Tim, you’ve gone off the deep end on this one. Eating your own dog food and being green go together in many ways, but for Acrobat in the AEC and EPC community, it’s not totally obvious." I love it when I get to mess with you all a little. But this will become so apparent after I explain.

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So here at Adobe what I mean by "Eat our own dog food" is we use all of our technology daily. Our LiveCycle Products such as Adobe LiveCycle Designer, Adobe LiveCycle Forms, Adobe LiveCycle Form Manager, Adobe LiveCycle Document Security, Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server, Adobe LiveCycle Workflow drive our daily workflows anything from travel requests to ordering a new computer, no paper is generated in our processes. We create PDF’s of all files and protect them with Policy Server. We even scan in our receipts for expenses to PDF to cut the paper trail. We use digital signatures to sign all legal documents, and of course use all of the creative products and dv products to create our customer facing documentation and web site. So really we are our best and worst customers! Best customers because we use every product we create (all 72) and worst because since we wrote the code we can "Call the baby ugly" if we like. Well, we really don’t do that, but there have been some really great…let’s say….exciting discussions that have gotten to the point that we had to take it to the soccer field, programmer’s vs field! But, I digress.

But as Adobe is a leader in technology, we are also leaders in other areas, one that jumps out is that did you know that the Adobe offices in San Jose are Platinum LEED Certified! Yep, Adobe spent close to $1.3 million dollars to upgrade our offices to get our certification. I know, I know, that sounds like a lot, but check this out, in our first year we saved around $1.2 Million in utilities cost, and with government rebates and such saved $1.5 plus Million!!! So, we made green going green!! (I crack myself up!) I bring this up because we are partners with the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and helped them streamline their LEED submittal process with our LiveCycle Designer and LiveCycle Forms tools. You can see all the info by clicking here and see a video by clicking here.

A really cool piece was done (click here for video) on the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (which they used Acrobat 7 Professional and Acrobat 7 3D to cut the amount of paper they had to deal with) and they also show Adobe’s LEED process. We are proud to be a Platinum LEED certified building. It helps us tell the story better, when you eat your own dog food!

Remember to put some life in your life

Tim Huff
Acrobat for AEC
Acrobat in the AEC and EPC Industry

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5 Responses to Eating our own dog food! Adobe goes Green!

  1. Macromedia ate it’s own dog food by rebuilding using ColdFusion. If Adobe is serious about eating its own dog fodd, it needs to promote ColdFusion more and use it for more of its projects instead of PHP or Ruby on Rails or ASP.NET…—————————————————————–Tim ReplySean, we do use all of our own tools to build our site we are implementing our spry tools for Ajax, of course we use Dreamweaver and Flash and our Store is using Coldfusion. We will be implementing Apollo soon, check out our Labs site which is using Flex to design the front end.

  2. That is pretty awesome! Not only are Adobe talking the talk – they are walking the walk. Congrats and keep the iniative up!——————————————————————–Thanks Peter, we are trying to now expand this to our smaller offices. Heck, I’m thinking turning my home to a LEED certified home, and keeping a diary of it here, so stay tuned. Keep checking backTim

  3. Jasmine Chng says:

    Kudos for Adobe to making the effort with the green building initiative! Companies who invest in the green track will see benefits in the long run, including savings in energy. One other benefit companies may not realize upfront is that green offices a fringe benefit for employees.Here’s an article in Fast Company illustrating how Genzyme’s supergreen headquarters has kept employees happy, healthy, and workin’ wicked hard.——————————————————–Tim ReplyJasmine,Thanks for the artical link, I think all this green talk is inspiring me to take my home and get it LEED Certified. Here in Texas it gets a bit warm in the summer! LOLThanks for Reading and please keep dropping byTim

  4. @Tim,Yes, I’m very familiar with the site – I put together the original engineering team that rebuilt using ColdFusion (it was a BroadVision application before that) and that is the core of now. As an ex-Adobe guy, I’m also familiar with the heavy use of LiveCycle and PDF forms in the daily workflows internally – I was no fan of PDF until Adobe acquired Macromedia… but I just didn’t realize how powerful PDF was! It really is amazing.My comment was really aimed at the other satellite sites that Adobe has been building lately and was intended as more of a reminder that Adobe has one of the best dynamic scripting languages around and whenever you talk about eating your own dog (a Macromedia phrase that Shantanu prefers to restate as drinking your own champagne 🙂 ColdFusion should get a mention for server-side stuff!

  5. Hi Tim,I’m trying to green up my office. Currently, drawings get printed on A1 or A0 sheets of paper, and then marked up with highlighter pens.Adobe Acrobat would seem to be ideal to replace highlighter pens – but I’m running into a couple of issues.I see you also blog about the construction industry, so perhaps you could contact me so we can discuss my issues?Cheers :)Rob