In this Adobe supplier profile you will find a special nine page report from Computer Weekly analysing the challenges facing Adobe, along with figures about its financial performance, the services it offers, its place in the market and what the future may hold for the supplier.
You will also find up to date news and tips on Adobe in addition to further Adobe resources and whitepapers from TechTarget’s research library.
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Overview of Adobe
Adobe Systems specialises in software products for the web and print design professionals, enterprises and service providers. It was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke, who established the company after leaving Xerox PARC to develop and sell PostScript page description language.
In 1985, Apple Computer licensed PostScript for use in its LaserWriter printers, which helped spark the desktop publishing revolution. Adobe’s early, and now firmly established, products were Acrobat and Reader, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
In 2005, Adobe acquired its former competitor, Macromedia, and this bolstered its portfolio with more high-profile products such as Coldfusion, Dreamweaver, Flash and Flex, which it continues to develop under the Adobe brand.
Adobe has enjoyed a long-term relationship with Apple, which at one point owned a fifth of the company, but relations soured recently when Steve Jobs announced that Flash was too “proprietary” for its iPhone and iPad devices.
Adobe’s products have also been the target of hackers for more than a decade, and its users face licensing complexities. However, Adobe recently posted record quarterly revenues, and is now building momentum in enterprise business process management, collaboration and online marketing.
This special nine-page report from Computer Weekly analyses the challenges facing Adobe, its financial performance, the services it offers, its place in the IT market and its future strategy. Packed with graphs and diagrams, the report is essential reading for any organisation already working with, or thinking of working with, Adobe
Key Facts about Adobe
Revenue: $2.946bn fiscal 2009.
Product brands: Creative Suite, PostScript, Acrobat and Reader, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Coldfusion, Dreamweaver, Flash and Flex.
Employees: 8,715 worldwide.
Operations: Six business segments: Creative Solutions, Enterprise, Knowledge Worker, Omniture, Platform and Print and Publishing.
History: Founded in December 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnock, and named after Adobe Creek, which ran behind Warnock’s home in Los Altos, California. In 1985, Apple Computer licensed PostScript for its LaserWriter printers, which helped spark the desktop publishing revolution. In 2005, Adobe acquired its former competitor, Macromedia, for $3.4bn, creating the web and print design software giant that Adobe is today.
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Major Adobe acquisitions
Frame Technology Corporation, 1995
GoLive Systems, 1999
Accelio Corporation, 2002
Day Software Holding, 2010
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Adobe whitepapers from TechTarget’s research library
• CRX 2.2 from Adobe—the development platform for today’s complex, content environment
• Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management
• The Forrester Wave: Web Content Management For Online Customer Experience
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Key executives at Adobe
President and CEO: Shantanu Narayen
Chairman of the board: Charles Geschke
Chairman of the board: John Warnock
Executive VP and CFO: Mark Garrett
Senior VP, general counsel, and corporate secretary: Karen Cottle
Senior VP: Naresh Gupta
Senior VP global marketing: Ann Lewnes
CTO: Kevin Lynch
Senior VP and chief software architect: Tom Malloy
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