Moving to Adobe Creative Cloud: Five Hidden Benefits for IT

Moving to Adobe Creative Cloud: Five Hidden Benefits for IT

In 2013, Adobe announced the end of perpetual licensing and the introduction of a new subscription-based model, known as Creative Cloud. While this change was met with enthusiasm by many customers, it raised some concerns with others.

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5 Reasons to Consider Adobe Creative Cloud & Acrobat DC

5 Important Reasons to Consider Adobe Creative Cloud & Acrobat DC

If it’s been a while since you upgraded your Adobe software, you’re missing out on some serious benefits for your business. This year, Adobe released two major game-changers; Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and Acrobat DC. Both come with an impressive line up of new features and cloud capabilities, not just enhancing productivity, but also completely transforming everyday work tasks.

Our team has chosen their five compelling reasons to upgrade now:

1. Creative Cloud is the new norm for software distribution from Adobe

While Adobe has decided that Acrobat, Lightroom and Elements will continue to be offered as stand-alone versions, moving forward, the only way to buy all other Adobe software will be through Creative Cloud. If you’re still on Adobe CS 6 or older, and holding out for CS 7, a word-of-advice: don’t.

2. The economics of Creative Cloud work to your advantage

We’ve spoken at length about the pros and cons of Adobe subscriptions. While some see this as a way for Adobe to squeeze customers, many see it as a smart move, and frankly, a downright bargain. The regular price is $840 per user, however, if you are migrating from previous versions of Creative Suite 3 through 6, you can upgrade for only $480.

The most apples-to-apples comparison would be between clients who’ve purchased Creative Suite Master Collection with active maintenance and renewed annually:

Adobe Creative Cloud Licensing Matrix

From an IT, procurement and accounting perspective, monthly subscriptions are a no-brainer – they make things a lot easier, more efficient and cheaper.

3. Subscriptions mean 100% compliance – and less risk

This isn’t just about renting software. With Adobe moving to a 100% subscription model for Adobe Creative Cloud, the implications for your software license management is significant. With Creative Cloud subscriptions, you also reduce the risk of software piracy within your organization.

4. Collaboration in the cloud will change how your team works

Clearly, cloud integration will be enhanced between all of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications, allowing designers to explore, create, publish and share work more easily than ever before. A cloud-based clipboard will make doing work on any device seamless, moving assets from one device to another with ease. Collaboration also gets a boost thanks to Adobe’s integration with Behance a site that allows creatives to show off their work and solicit feedback.

Adobe acknowledges that this (and some other public cloud features) won’t be appropriate for government, education and other customers, so it’s creating SKUs and versions of Creative Cloud to meet their specific needs.

5. CS6 is no longer available for purchase

As of March 2015, CS6 is no longer available for purchase whether you are a commercial, government, or an education client. Adobe will continue to support and offer security updates and patches for now, but for how much longer is unclear.

If you have questions about this change, you can view the official Adobe CS6 policy change FAQ or contact your Softchoice Account Manager directly.

Move to Creative Cloud and Save

To learn more, schedule a call with one of our Adobe licensing experts, contact your Account Manager, or email the Adobe Team. We’ll work with you to understand your existing Adobe licenses, and then make cost-saving recommendations.

Demystifying Adobe Licensing for Your Business

Demystifying Adobe Licensing for your Business

If you are a commercial or government entity, there’s a good chance you’re currently using Adobe software within your organization. How confident are you that you’re on the right buying program, and getting the best price?

Not leveraging the right buying program has a financial impact (you could be missing out on cost saving opportunities), and carries the risk of non-compliance. While neither of these things are desirable from a business standpoint, navigating the complexities of Adobe’s Licensing Programs feels even less so.

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