we're a company of about 50 people working in print and design, out of which we have about 10 users working with Adobe software everyday (mostly PS and AI).
We're obviously excited about the Creative Cloud, but from the IT point of view, being forced to use individual Adobe ID accounts for each user is an utter mess.
Therefore it is absolutely essential for companies like ours to know if there will be any "company-wide" or "volume" or "team" subscriptions with the ability to manage installed applications (or distribute them) in a more centralized manner.
Additionally, i hope that the per-user subscription cost in case of teams of 5 or 10 or more would be less than an individual account.
One more issue - sometimes users are cut off from accessing the internet on their workstations in order to steer them away from distractions. Is the software installed on the machine through Creative Cloud always checking for internet connection and validating the installation? Or is there some TCP port that should be left open to enable users to use the software without needing to enable their general internet access?
All in all - many thanks for making this an exciting new way of using the software, lowering the initial cost of ownership - this is bound to be a revolution, especially after all the creases have been ironed.
An Adobe resellers should work with you to find the best particular option in your particular circumstance.
This page gives some additional information about the option:
Adobe Creative Cloud™ Team Ready is a Transactional Licensing Program (TLP) offering for small and medium businesses as well as teams within larger organizations. Businesses that purchase Creative Cloud Team Ready get immediate access to CS6 Master Collection plus access to additional tools and services, including Adobe Edge, Adobe Muse™, and Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® (coming later in 2012), when they are available. This offer is available through Adobe's reseller partners only.
The Creative Cloud Team Ready offer will be available on May 7, 2012. The same date as Creative Cloud Membership. This will enable Adobe Volume Licensing customers to purchase a 1-year subscription to the CS6 Master Collection now, and then when the CCM Team offering if available, they can migrate easily from the CS6 Master Collection to the Creative Cloud Team.
All subscription products do connect to the internet once a month in the background to confirm the subscription status but this could just be added as firewall exception like you described.
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