Campus-wide access to Adobe Creative Cloud
Adding to this efficiency is Thomas College’s transition several years ago to the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing platform, which supports Microsoft Office 365. The combination of Office 365 and the college’s Active Directory enables students and faculty to use a single sign-on (SSO) to access third-party applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud.
Named User Licensing creates seamless access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications because licenses are not tied to specific devices or serial numbers. IT staff no longer have to install software. Instead, using a federated identity, end users can simply sign on to their computers or mobile devices using their Thomas College email address and password in the Active Directory. As a result, instructors are integrating applications into the classroom—for instance, using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop in sports marketing classes.
“For us, it’s the best of both worlds,” says Rhoda. “Students can access Adobe applications without having to remember any additional credentials, and with minimal assistance required from IT.”
Rhoda estimates that his team now spends a few minutes tending to desktop installations, versus half an hour or more for each instance previously. Updates are automatically pushed to computers on campus using the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, helping Thomas College maintain licensing compliance. In addition, Thomas College can grant end users access to Creative Cloud apps on the platform of their choice—whether they’re using a Mac or Windows computer or an iOS or Android device—without compromising security.
Thomas College is also taking advantage of Adobe’s Shared Device License for shared environments, such as libraries and computer labs, to make the same versions of Creative Cloud software available on all campus computers, replacing serialized licensing altogether. This will bring the benefits of cloud-based collaboration to the entire Thomas College population.
“With Adobe, it’s as much about the applications you’re using as it is about all of the services, storage, and collaboration tools in the background,” says Rhoda. “We can’t wait to make all Adobe Creative Cloud apps and services available on our school computers.”