Application Development: How Adobe Has Infiltrated the Enterprise

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-06-17 Print this article Print
How Adobe Has Infiltrated the Enterprise

How Adobe Has Infiltrated the Enterprise

by Darryl Taft
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.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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