Adobe is undergoing a change with regards to how its employees are being treated. Currently, Adobe has two main business models: On-demand and Hybrid. Hybrid has been the standard business model for many years. In a recent interview, Adobe CEO John Morrison explained that the company is changing its business model in preparation for the shift to On Demand.
What does this mean to employees? It means that your career paths may be affected. You will not always know exactly what path you are taking. However, if your goals and objectives are clearly defined, then this change should not affect you. In fact, it should increase your confidence because now you have more freedom to choose your own future path in Adobe.
One question that many employees ask is “Will we lose our jobs when this change takes effect?” The answer to this question is probably not. Adobe is simply undergoing a business change and does not intend to make any drastic changes to its business model. In fact, it is laying off too many employees to balance out the new system.
Many employees are concerned that they will no longer be able to create hybrid master projects. This worry is unfounded. With the new system, when a hybrid master project is ready to be submitted, you will be able to create it immediately. Your previous hybrid master project can still be submitted, but it will take longer than before.
Another question that many employees have is “Will we lose the opportunity to collaborate as part of a larger company when this change takes effect?” This fear is unfounded again. The business relationship between Adobe and its customers has always been strong, and Adobe is always willing to listen to feedback to improve customer satisfaction.
One business partner that was very concerned about this change, asked me this, “How will I be able to communicate with my team if we cannot meet over a specific point in the day?” This is now an issue of the past for Adobe. With one click, you can connect with your team at any time. There is no longer a need for employees to report to anyone, and we can discuss anything without having to raise our voice to each other. It also means there is no longer a need to schedule all meeting minutes in one day or even on a weekly basis.
The only drawback to this change is that the training programs that were designed to teach employees how to use the new system are being affected. Most of the training programs were based on lectures. But once the change takes effect, all presentations will need to be based on real-time situations. This requires additional training for everyone. In addition, all future new employees will have to be trained using the new procedures, and this can take weeks or months depending on what the company’s policy is.
This change is not without controversy, but it is something that many people are probably well accustomed to. There are those that are not. What remains to be seen is whether or not this type of change will increase employee turnover or reduce it. It will most certainly affect morale, but if you’re a leader who values your employees’ skills more than their paycheck, this could be a benefit to you. But remember, this type of change is just one of many, and the type of change that makes the most impact on your business will come from the business owner making the change.
Before the release of the CCPro technology, Adobe had already announced major changes to the way that Flash movies are shared across the Internet. Now they are introducing a new type of sharing called Web Partitioning. Web Partitioning allows multiple users to have different domains where they can have Flash games, PDFs, and other types of content on the same server. It is still in developmental stages, and there are many questions that remain unanswered. Only time will tell if it is as secure and efficient as Adobe has claimed.
One huge question that is likely to be answered within a few months is how will employees react to the introduction of Web Partitioning? Will they view it with fear and avoid using the new software, or will they embrace it whole-heartedly? The answer will likely be found through extensive testing. Only time will tell if this change is good or bad for Adobe’s business model.
When it comes to business change, what is important to stay abreast of is the latest trends and how they impact your company. Keep an eye on new technologies, and be prepared to adapt or completely change your business strategy if needed. Change is inevitable, but staying ahead of the curve will greatly increase your profitability and increase your chances for success.
Provided by Antonio Westley
Disclaimer: This article is meant to be seen as an overview of this subject and not a reflection of viewpoints or opinions as nothing is definitive. So, make sure to do your research and feel free to use this information at your own discretion.