Department of Defense to standardize on Adobe's platform

Department of Defense to standardize on Adobe's platform

Summary: An enterprise licensing agreement over 3-years means that Adobe's Creative Cloud and other tools will manage docs and forms as well as marketing material for the U.S. Army and Air Force.

TOPICS: Cloud, Government US
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Adobe on Monday said it won a three-year enterprise licensing agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense to standardize on the company's Creative Cloud and other products.

The deal, which was valued at $40.5 million, means that the Army, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will standardize on Adobe products. The contract was awarded to CDW's government unit, which partners with Adobe.

For the Department of Defense, the crux of the Adobe contract revolves around forms and documents via Adobe's Experience Management. The military will be able to create forms, process them and capture data via mobile devices.

As for the Creative Cloud, the military will use Adobe's software to publish marketing material and distribute them online.

Topics: Cloud, Government US

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  • !?!

    Did anyone ever bothered to check Adobe's record in regards to the security of their products, from Flash to ColdFusion? Gawd, someone has a very, VERY good lobbyist....
    • So true.

      I can't think of another vendor with a worse record of security holes in their code than Adobe. I predict disaster.
      • Not Microsoft?

        Microsoft doesn't have a worse record of security holes than Adobe???? C'mon! ... Ben Myers
  • Lotus Forms works great

    Will this be an improvement - for soldiers and personnel - over the current Lotus Forms ("Pure Edge")? The Army already screwed over Guard soldiers with its move to DISA's enterprise e-mail service. Based on that experience, I am highly skeptical of any improvements.
    • Sure

      Sure, it will be an improvement -- here's the thing.

      The PDF file format is a wretched and nasty disaster, seemingly designed to cause security issues (because it was never designed at all -- its a conglomeration of one-off features glued together randomly over time starting from Postscript).

      However, the software is available everywhere. It is buggy, it is crashy, it has a security vulnerability every couple seconds. I am not debating that, I'll acknowledge that the PDF format is pure garbage, and that the apps that deal with it (not just Adobe's but most apps that read it) are a menace.

      But find a device that can't doesn't already have the software to open a PDF file, and potentially fill out a PDF form and save it, already installed.

      Meanwhile, Lotus 3.5 forms signed with a CAC can't open in 4.0, and historic forms signed with expired certificates are dicey at best. The platform is buggy, and has problems, and really the only reason it has a better track record than Acrobat is because nobody uses it.

      If someone outside the military sends a document, what is the single most likely format it is going to be in? Going to require people outside the military to buy IBM form licenses, versus going into Google Docs, Office Online, Microsoft Office, or Open Office and hitting save as PDF?

      I mean that is the issue.

      So far as the rest of creative suite, while Adobe's security record is abysmal, Creative Cloud is the standard multimedia suite. It is the set of apps for video editing, photo editing, illustration and publishing that everyone uses. If you go to college, it is the suite they'll use.

      It's fine to point out that there are many alternatives out there, but Corel's lacking more than 3/4 the capability of Photoshop, The GIMP can be difficult to use and is still lacking some corner features, Paint.NET is lacking some features, and basically the Adobe stuff is what everyone uses.

      I am not saying that Adobe's security record is great -- it is horrible and shows an utter disrespect for all their users' data. However, the common alternative apps are all lacking features that the Adobe suite has, and those features are needed.
      • Not all Corel products are lacking...

        Paint Shop Pro X6, and Draw are quite close to Photoshop. Painter is in the neighborhood, the rest are quite behind. PSP, I have been using since 4.x in the Jasc days, is the image editor bet. PS and PSE for a lot less money. And perpetual licensing, not subscriptions.
  • The suite is only a "standard" for amateurs

    If you really know your stuff, you avoid Adobe like a radioactive zombie, and that even goes for Photoshop. Whoever approved this at the DoD needs a serious butt kicking.