Adobe Adds Workflow Technology with Acquisition

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-03 Print this article Print

Adobe acquires a small business-process software vendor, Q-Link Technologies, as it builds up its enterprise document management line of business.

Adobe Systems Inc. on Monday acquired a small business-process software vendor to build greater workflow technology into its document management offerings. Adobe, of San Jose, Calif., said it had bought Q-Link Technologies Inc. and its Java-based workflow technology. Adobe plans to integrate it into the Intelligent Document Platform part of its business, which focuses on using Acrobat and PDF to manage documents within enterprises. Terms of the acquisition were not released. Q-Link is a privately held company based in Tampa, Fla., that has customers in the government, financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications industries.
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Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, Adobe Chief Financial Officer Murray Demo said the acquisition is part of the companys push to extend its Acrobat software and PDF file format further into the enterprise not only for creating and sharing documents but also for automatically tying into workflows and back-end systems. "For customers looking at document workflow with Acrobat and PDF, we will want to be able to offer a more complete solution for them," Demo said. Among its recent enterprise moves, Adobe earlier this year added bar code technology to its PDF forms to make it easier to move information from paper into electronic form. Late last year, it also introduced a server-based version of its Acrobat PDF creation software. Also on Monday, Adobe reported that it expects to exceed its previous earnings target for its second fiscal quarter ending June 4. Adobe now expects earnings per share of between 39 cents and 44 cents on revenue in the range of $390 million to $410 million. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews, analysis and opinion about productivity and business solutions. Be sure to add our enterprise applications news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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