by Zach Holmes
By now, you are probably aware that massive changes have occurred in the land of Adobe. In this post, I’d like to summarize these changes and help identify your options in accommodating your creative users with the tools they need to build your brand. Adobe’s Creative Suite has seen a profound overhaul in the last year with many additions and changes, not the least of which is a change from volume licensing to subscription.
While new features abound—and we’ll go deeper into these changes in future posts—the switch from perpetual licensing to subscription has been by far our most challenging. New management console, new deployment model, new purchasing process: it’s all different. Since Creative Suite can no longer be purchased as a volume license, this is a platform that you will need a crash course in.
Luckily, the Creative Cloud Admin Console is a vast improvement over Adobe’s LWS volume license management website. After accepting an invite from your Account Manager, you will quickly discover that the console is ridiculously simple to navigate. If you were so compelled, you could outfit your marketing department with Adobe’s latest Creative Suite offerings within a few minutes after your first login—prior to making a purchase. Yes, Adobe will still charge you, but you will no longer need to wait the obligatory 3–5 business days for your software to be made available to you. It’s available immediately. This ability comes courtesy of Adobe’s new ID based authorization model.
When you accept an invitation to join Creative Cloud for teams, your agreement is activated. When you add a seat, and enter the email address of the recipient, they are invited to download the software you have selected for them. Upon launching their software, they are prompted to log in using their Adobe ID, which, voila, matches the email address you entered into the console. Your user will now have a desktop application that gives access to all of the revolutionary tools and services Creative Cloud has to offer.
If your organization prefers to centrally manage all software deployments, you may perform packaged deployments using the Adobe Packager Tool, downloadable from within your admin console. The configuration options in Packager will allow for a deployment that’s in keeping with your IT policies. You can create packages by discipline or department: one package for print tools, one for Web tools, and one for video/animation tools, etc. You store them locally and deploy whichever package fits the request being made. You may use SCCM, Jamf, or other third party software management tools to make the push.
Product updates may be managed with the same workflow, or can be automated using Remote Update Manager. RUM can be selected in the package creation process, and will allow for team-wide simultaneous updating. You can invoke it remotely through command line or from remote management tools. This will ensure everyone is on the same version and mitigate help desk calls from users unable to collaborate on files.
Our Adobe team at PC Connection is always available to take a deeper dive on this platform with you. We are happy to work with Procurement, IT, Creative Directors, or Finance to ensure your migration to the current Adobe version goes smoothly. We can also schedule Connect Sessions to demo the admin console or packager tool, and we’ll review your overall Adobe environment and provide you with a comprehensive analysis. Our deliverables will allow you to budget, roadmap, and apply strategy to the way your organization purchases software. Unlike the software itself, this product is free. Oh, and it’s called “ALO” (Adobe Licensing Optimization). Just let us know how we can help.