Application Development: How Adobe Has Infiltrated the Enterprise
Long known as a maker of tools for professional designers and Web developers building more consumer-oriented applications, Adobe can now attest that it is making inroads into the enterprise and showing no signs of letting up. Adobe technology such as LiveCycle is helping the company find its way into many enterprise environments, such as health care IT and government IT. Meanwhile, Adobe has found ways to push its core technology, such as PDF and Flash, and including Adobe AIR and Flex, into the enterprise to deliver RIAs (rich Internet applications) and more. Adobe's presence in the enterprise puts it into even greater competition with Microsoft, which has a foothold in enterprise departmental systems. The two companies are locking horns on several fronts, from design tools to development tools, to RIA platforms, to productivity and collaboration software.