The bank picked LiveCycle partly because it is cross-platform, he said. Because it is browser-based it can run on Windows, Linux and Macintosh desktops, and it can work with several different databases and application servers on the back-end, he said.
He is using an older version of the software, but is interested in ES 2 because it has a new, model-driven development environment that should let his developers write less code when creating business processes, he said.
One challenge for Adobe is that some CIOs still view it as a creative tools company. "That's less of a problem than it was, but as an enterprise software vendor they're a lot smaller when you stack them up against IBM, Microsoft and Oracle," said Melissa Webster, an IDC analyst.
LiveCycle is usually priced per CPU, per document or per user. Deployments start at around $50,000 at the departmental level and scale to millions of dollars for large, company-wide deployments.