Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Creative Cloud for Government?

This week, Adobe made some announcements at the MAX 2013 Conference in Los Angeles. Here is Adobe’s letter addressed to its Creative users across all markets and disciplines about these changes, and below is a quick recap of the key announcements:

1) Major Updates to the Creative Cloud: Adobe announced a significant update to Adobe Creative Cloud, its flagship offering for creatives. Available in June and packed with new features, Creative Cloud reimagines the creative process through a set of “CC” desktop applications and cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. See the full press release here.

2) Accelerating their Shift to the Cloud: Adobe has seen the adoption of its Creative Cloud solution, and they have decided to focus their creative software development efforts on that platform moving forward. While Adobe Creative Suite® 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. See the full press release here.

Also released was a comprehensive description of Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Enterprise offering, as well as an Enterprise FAQ and a short, succinct Government FAQ section.

"Available in July, government customers will be able to purchase the Creative Cloud Desktop Applications subscription via Adobe’s CLP-G licensing program. The Creative Cloud Desktop Applications subscription includes all of the available CC apps, plus Acrobat and Photoshop Lightroom. These applications can be deployed locally and do not require server-based license validation during the term.

What is the CLP-G program?

CLP-G is a contractual procurement program specifically setup to transact business with government agencies."

It remains to be seen if government purchasing agents will go for a subscription based software purchase - and one that expires at the end of the term.

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