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New RIA Goliath? What if Adobe bought Sun?

Posted by Alex Chriss on December 15, 2008

Is it just me, or would it not make some sense for Adobe to buy Sun?  With the new JavaFX, Sun has some pretty interesting RIA technology and a TON of engaged developers that I’m sure Adobe could roll into their engaged ecosystem.  They could sell off the hardware groups to HP, roll OpenOffice.org into Buzzword & Connect, and give developers a full suite of RIA tools (including great mobile support).  

Microsoft & Google are going to duke it out for RIA development dominance and seperately Sun and Adobe might have an uphill battle.  But together…hmmmm.

Just a thought.  

Adobe Mrkt Cap: 11.34bn

Sun Mrkt Cap: 2.96bn

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Competition heats up for Adobe Air – Is it real?

Posted by Alex Chriss on December 9, 2008

Appcelerator announced today that they raised $4.1MM in funding and are launching their direct competitor to Adobe Air, Appcelerator Titanium.  I think this is tough market to try and beat Adobe in.  Unless Adobe pulls the plug on Air (highly unlikely), they have four major advantages:

1) First-mover advantage – Adobe already has some adoption, and when the “big-boys” are the first mover, it’s a heck of an uphill battle for a startup to climb into contention.

2) Distribution:  Titanium claims they can package the runtime environment with the app.  That’s very cool but so can Air.  And this game isn’t about packaging up installs on the first app – it’s about complete market penetration to create a seamless experience for the end-user.  Adobe is darn good at desktop distribution (see Acrobat) and has pre-existing channels.  As a developer, you really have to see a major advantage in Titanium to adopt.

3) Success-stories:  Air hasn’t blown the market away, but some apps are starting to pick up steam.  I use Tweetdeck every day now and we’re building a couple of Air apps for Intuit customers.  It feels like there’s about to be an onslaught of high-quality AIR apps to hit the market, and that’s tough for a startup to face.

3) Viability: Giving developers a choice is great – but smart developers are wary of building on technology that could be gone in a year.  $4.1mm lasts about a year, and I’m sure Adobe will tell you it takes a long time to build a strong and thriving developer community.  

After attending Adobe Max and seeing the passion the Adobe developer community has, Appcelerator has a tough road ahead.  They either need a couple of huge success stories or a big distribution partnership to become viable.  That said, excessive hubris destroys all, and Adobe needs to extend their lead.

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Flex Camp Boston this week!

Posted by Alex Chriss on December 8, 2008

We’ll be sending some engineers and product managers from the Intuit Partner Platform and handing out some goodies at Flex Camp Boston on Friday (Dec 12th).  Looking forward to seeing Mr. O’Connor. If you plan on going ping me and let me know so we can hook up . (Twitter: @acce)

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New Video’s of QuickBooks Customer Explorer posted

Posted by Alex Chriss on November 28, 2008

Universal Mind has updated their Customer Explorer app (built in Adobe Flex) with new videos of how to get your Intuit QuickBooks data into the app and use their geo-spatial technology to gather insight on your customers.  The app is free at Intuit Workplace.  The possibilities here are endless.

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Adobe Max kicking off!!!

Posted by Alex Chriss on November 15, 2008

Come find us if you’re at MAX – Here’s where we’ll be and when.  I hope to see lots of you at the party Sunday night and the Birds of a Feather session on Monday.  it should be a blast!

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Heading to Adobe Max next week looking for flex developers

Posted by Alex Chriss on November 13, 2008

I hope to see many of you at Max next week.  Intuit will be hosting an event Sunday night and have a good size presence at the conference.  Check out our booth and come find me if you want to learn more about the Intuit Partner Platform.

We’ll be demo’ing some pretty slick Flex apps built by some of our developers.  You can follow my Max experience on Twitter.  See you there!

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Review of the Intuit Partner Platform apps

Posted by Alex Chriss on November 9, 2008

Oliver Marks just posted a nice review of the Intuit Partner Platform.  This week Oliver was a judge on a contest we ran leading up to Adobe Max in two weeks.  It’s very exciting to see the apps some of our developers have built on the platform.  If you’re at Max, stop by our booth and check them out (most are built in Flex).

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