Adobe Pursues Enterprise Goals
PDF would become the standard of corporate document management if company had its way and Microsoft didn't interfere.When you think about enterprise software, Adobe Systems is probably not the first company you think of. But during 2005, the company best known for PhotoShop and Illustrator is hoping the change that. Of course, if Microsoft were really watching closely, Adobe might find itself with a serious challenger. Adobe is trying to turn its Acrobat portable document format into the lingua franca of corporate document management. If you have enough money, Adobe has a family of servers that work with third-party document management solutions to provide a complete solution for document storage and recovery. The company has also claimed a space in forms management, offering servers that, for example, allow any Acrobat Reader user to store partially filled forms for completion later. This is something the Reader software wont do by itself and I have to wonder if the reason it doesnt has more to do with protecting Adobe revenue that maintaining control of data.
Adobe has also recently announced a deal with GeoTrust to provide secure digital forms, assuring users that their information is safely encrypted and will only be sent back to the proper e-mail address for processing. Adobe is making something of a big deal out of its ability to provide document security in a file format that, while open, it controls.