More and more firms are offering both installed and cloud-based versions of their software these days, especially applications that have collaboration as their modus operandi. Adobe Systems is no exception, especially since most of its tools are collaborative in nature. Devx looks into the latest cloud offering from Adobe.
Just months after launching Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2 (ES2), Adobe has created LiveCycle Managed Services, a cloud-based version of the suite that runs on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Adobe LiveCycle ES2 helps companies to extend the value of existing back-end systems by engaging users with collaborative rich internet apps (RIAs) and guided forms, streamlining internal processes, managing correspondence, and strengthening information and document security.
The big picture of Adobe’s managed services launch is that it confirms the vendor’s commitment to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) — cloud computing markets predicted to grow rapidly over the coming years. IDC, for example, estimates the worldwide market for cloud computing services in 2009 was $17.4B and could reach $44.2B by 2013.
“Adobe’s managed services for LiveCycle is a natural evolution of Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2,” says Tim Hickernell, lead analyst, Info-Tech Research Group.