University of Sydney gets on Adobe’s Creative Cloud

Tertiary institution decides to pilot Adobe’s online product suite

The University of Sydney has implemented a pilot program to allow staff and students to use Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

The announcement comes as Adobe rolls out its Creative Cloud, including Creative Cloud Student Teacher Edition, throughout educational facilities in A/NZ.

Adobe ASK region education sales manager, Wayne Weisse, said the University of Sydney has already been a Creative Suite site license customer for four years, and the pilot forms the next step in that partnership.

“They use the Cloud as an extension to creativity and improving collaboration within the university,” he said.

The institution already had Adobe’s products in all of its labs and faculties, but Weisse said the move to the Cloud was to drive further innovation.

“They have an innovation team at the university and look how they can be at the leading edge of communication and productivity,” he said.

“Not only for the staff, but for the students engaged in those specialist areas such as creative arts and visual communications.”

Weisse adds that the next innovation for the university was how to increase productivity for the faculty and provide more timely updates while at the same time stimulating creativity from an education aspect.

“They’re looking at better ways to attract and engage their students,” he said.

“They’re quite keen to ensure the creative thinking process is available to their students and staff to explore at any time.”

Weisse said the Creative Cloud lets the staff do that even when they are not on campus.

“It allows them to access the same tools and applications from remote locations without having to be on the university network.”

Back to school

While the Cloud is enjoying popularity among businesses, Weisse admits that “a lot of schools are not ready” for Creative Cloud.

However, since there are no further updates to Adobe Creative Suite 6, Weisse said schools can stay on it if they choose.

Even so, Weisse said there are numerous institutions that want to move onto the Cloud.

To that end, Adobe has announced a program where its education customers can transition to the Cloud under the Education Enterprise Agreement.

Weisse describes it as a subscription-based licensing program modelled on the same application set as the one in Creative Cloud.

“Schools and higher education institutions can move to an FTE [full-time equivalent] based licensing model in preparation for the Cloud when they’re ready,” he said.

“You can go to the Cloud today if that’s what you want, but if you’re not quite ready for that we still have a regular licensing model.”

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.