Since Adobe announced its increased focus on Digital Marketing and Digital Media, the LiveCycle team has met with dozens of customers and partners to discuss the future of LiveCycle. They are all passionate about our technology and the solutions we provide and have been excited when we have shared our plans with them. I’d like to share those plans more broadly with you.
To start with, we remain committed to creating further innovations within the LiveCycle product line and supporting LiveCycle customers. We have a large install base of customers using LiveCycle for Business Process Management, Forms, Security, and Document Generation based applications and solutions that are mission critical to their business. Adobe fully intends to continue to support, maintain, and enhance the products that they are using.
There are a number of priority areas that we will make investments in going forward. The areas which we see as the core offering for LiveCycle ES and are prioritizing our engineering investment around are:
- Modules: Reader Extensions, Forms, Output, Digital Signatures, Rights Management, Process Management, PDF Generation
- Tools: Workbench, Designer
- Solutions: Correspondence Management
- ECM Connectors: SharePoint, IBM Filenet & Content Manager, Documentum
- Advanced Offerings: Data Services
We’ve already begun to deliver on our commitment to invest and innovate. In December, we shipped a service pack for our August 2011 release and also shipped a new feature-packed version of LiveCycle Data Services for Java EE. Next on our agenda, we will release ECM connector enhancements and updates in the first quarter of 2012. Looking forward to the second half of 2012, my team is already hard at work on the next version of LiveCycle ES that will include many product feature enhancements. Keep an eye on the product blogs and forums to see how they will be leveraging HTML across LiveCycle as they start ramping up for prerelease drops.
As we mentioned in an earlier post, Adobe will have a direct selling relationship within select markets like government and financial services. Additionally, we will leverage our long-standing partner community to represent LiveCycle across all markets.
I hope this helps you understand the future of LiveCycle and I look forward to sharing more information about our 2012 release as the year progresses.
Vice President and General Manager