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adobe acquires business catalyst

Miles Design - Sunday, January 24, 2010

On 31 August 2009, Business Catalyst was acquired by Adobe. I am really excited about this and can't wait to see the features and advancements Adobe will bring to BC. Below are excerpts from emails received from BC that I'd like to share with you. Hopefully this answers any questions you may have. For more information see BC's statement here or Adobe's statement here.

Here at BC we're unanimously excited to be joining Adobe. Adobe is a company that the team and I have always admired. Their products are widely known and used, from PDF to Flash®, Photoshop® to Dreamweaver®, Flex® to AIR®. Their community of web professionals is vast and vibrant, and their approach to business is open and innovative.

Firstly, I want to emphasize that when it comes to our system, our support and our dedication to our Partners and customers – it is business as usual. As a result of this deal we have not currently planned any significant changes to things like:

  • How we provide technical support
  • How existing Partners and Resellers create and build new sites
  • The continued operation of the Business Catalyst system

Secondly, while we're not ready to share any specifics just yet, the future of Business Catalyst is very exciting. Within Adobe, we'll continue to innovate and improve the Business Catalyst software with the help of our new friends inside Adobe. So while the future will hold some changes, we're hoping most of them will be positive for you and your customers.

In the short term we are focused on a number of integration tasks including the migration of BC to Adobe data centers. We don’t expect this to impact your customers and we will provide ample information in advance of any move. Other short term tasks include:

  • Replacing SiteWalk with Adobe’s InContext Editing
  • Releasing a new Business Catalyst Extension for Dreamweaver
  • A new self-help system (to replace our Wiki)
  • An enhanced user interface to make BC easier to use

Please feel free to post any questions or comments below.