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Jun 20, 2011 10:11 AM

Just spent some considerable money investing in the LiveCycle suite for our Government agency.  We bought into the suite, as it was well reviewed on Gartner.  I wanted to look into purchasing another module for Output ES2 and went to the Adobe website.  There is no more LiveCycle now.  Replaced with "ADEP" Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform.  They won't even use the name LiveCycle any more.  No call from our sales rep.  No pre-announcement.  No notice when we just spent another 55K this month on LiveCycle licensing. 


Adobe, bad bad move.  This is a marketing nightmare for whomever dreamt this up.  Bad bad bad bad move. 


Now, if we want to add any functionality, we must spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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    Jun 20, 2011 10:41 AM   in reply to Livecycle Architect



    Thanks for the post.   Yes, we have made changes to the branding and packaging.   We just announced the new release and the ADEP name publically today and are just starting to roll out the new brand.   LiveCycle is now part of the Adobe Digitial Enterprise Platform. As an existing LiveCycle customer you can still purchase modules such as Output or buy more licenses for modules you already own.   You will not be required to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to ad functionality.


    Let me know if you have more questions or want me to put you in touch with your account rep.

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    Jun 20, 2011 4:14 PM   in reply to Livecycle Architect

    Hi again.   I located the FAQ you mentioned.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) that information is incorrect.


    You CAN purchase additional modules that you did not previously own.   We are working on updating the FAQ information.  My apologies for the misinformation.  There are lots of i's to dot and t's with a big launch and I guess we missed one.


    As for LiveCycle, BPM and the analyst community, we have worked extensively with the analysts to inform them about ADEP.   LiveCycle Process Management will continue to be part of Document Services and the new platform.    Major changes are not required to upgrade to the newest version and Gartner is well informed about how Document Services fits in with ADEP.  We'll make sure our position in the MQ isn't lost.


    I really appreciate your feedback and we'll get the FAQ updated shortly.

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    Jun 21, 2011 11:15 AM   in reply to Livecycle Architect



    Ok, let me try to clear some things up with some clear statements.


    LiveCycle services such as Forms, Output, Process Management etc. have become what we call Document Services in ADEP. They still extend the capabilities of a JEE application server. There are a number of enhancements to these Document Services.   There are no significant architecture changes from ES2 and upgrade from previous LiveCycle versions is straight forward.   LiveCycle (Document Services) provides a core set of capabilities within ADEP, and we will continue to support and enhance them.  There will be new releases of LiveCycle/Document Services in the future and they will be available under maintenance and support.  



    Let me reiterate:

    1. Document Services == LiveCycle services such as Forms, Output, Process Management, etc.

    2. LiveCycle is not being abandoned, in fact it provides core capabilities within Adobe Digital Enterprise Platform.

    3. There will be additional releases of Document Services (nee LiveCycle) that you will be entitled to under M&S. These services will ship as part of ADEP, but you can continue to use the services you have and buy other services if you require them.



    Clearly we need to make some changes to the FAQ to explain this better.  Sorry for the confusion.

    Hope this helps.

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    Jun 21, 2011 6:28 PM   in reply to Livecycle Architect

    Glad I could help.  The FAQ will be updated and the training of the Sales team and partners is underway and ongoing.

    Thanks for you patience and for voicing your concerns.

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    Jun 22, 2011 11:11 AM   in reply to Livecycle Architect

    You will probably have noticed that the LiveCycle content has been restored to which should make finding the marketing-related content easy for you.


    Now, if you would like a "non-marketing" description of what "ADEP" really is, take a look at Jayan's post from yesterday on the LiveCycle blog: rand-its-services-become-part-of-broader-capability.html. It is really clear and concise.


    Now, if you have any other questions, concerns, or anything for that matter. Call 1-800-866-8006 (Adobe main number) and find me in the directory. I will be more than happy to ensure you have a clear and concise picture. On the same note, IM me directly with your real email address (do not post it to the forum in a reply) and you can be nominated for the prerelease program for early exposure to new technology.


    Lastly, if you would really like to get some hands-on with ADEP then I would suggest attending the Max pre-conference CEM session. We'll be covering ADEP in great detail.



    Lee Sutton

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