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Adobe Licensing Changes
Today, I dialed in to an Adobe webinar sponsored by Digital River and The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) with Adobe representatives included in the webinar. The topic was to discuss this whole licensing change. Essentially they communicated that the concurrent licensing for the Creative Suites are going away - they will offer an Enterprise package of the Master Collection, priced according to your FTE, and you can install it on all university owned machines. (They have some fancy acronyms for these licensing structures, and a whole sales pitch on value added features like more frequent updates, cloud features, etc. - but reading between the lines it sounds like more expense and more complexity). This Enterprise package model is their most cost-effective option, as opposed to individual licenses of the individual apps. From doing some rough math, this means an over 1,000% pricing increase for our institution. I guess to be "nice," adobe has decided to offer this enterprise package at a "great" price IF AICUP can get enough of it's members to "drink the koolaid" and gather a cumulative 10,000 FTE count among its members. Even if we manage to get that pricing, again with rough math, our institution is looking at over a 300% price increase. Additionally I'm told that deployment methods for future Adobe products will be changing because of the licensing structure. Some of us in the webinar asked the Adobe rep for details, and he told us that he "could not tell us any details at this time without having us sign non-disclosure agreements." I certainly didn't appreciate the legalese answer, especially when they are proposing changes for late summer after most of us in higher ed have finished our summer deployments. Have any of you been impacted by this big change? Thoughts? Plans of action? Can your institutions afford this radical price increase?