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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Blending Cloud and Desktop Applications

At Cloud Expo, Adobe’s Ken Toole to discuss what moving to the cloud has done for the company and its customers

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In 2013, Adobe took the bold step of moving from a perpetual licensing model to a subscription-based model to sell its creative software. The world is becoming more connected, collaborative and mobile, and Adobe wanted to make the shift to meet those needs. The process began in 2012 when Adobe launched the first phase of Creative Cloud, which provided Adobe's full set of creative applications as a membership. In the year since, Adobe built the infrastructure to store and share files in the cloud, and acquired Behance, a thriving social network used by millions of people to connect, showcase their work, and discover other talent. For users, there is a blending of sorts of cloud computing and desktop applications: Customers will continue to install and use the creative applications on their desktop just as they always have, but the apps will increasingly be part of a larger creative process centered on Creative Cloud.

In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Ken Toole, Senior Director of Engineering at Adobe, will walk through the process the company took to make such a dramatic business transition, and what moving to the cloud has done for the company and, more importantly, its customers.

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Speaker Bio:
As senior director of Engineering at Adobe, Ken Toole is responsible for the day to day engineering effort required to deliver Adobe's flagship Creative Cloud service. His work includes the development, quality, and engineering operations of a wide array of hosted services at the infrastructure and e-commerce level. Other responsibilities include contributing to Adobe's strategy and technology delivery to support third-party developers and large enterprise customers that rely on Adobe's creative products to drive their businesses. Toole's engineering team is spread between China, the U.K., India, and the United States.

Toole joined Adobe in 2005. Prior to Adobe, he spent six years at Microsoft where he was responsible for test engineering for the Microsoft Project Server platform. He oversaw automated and manual validation of all infrastructure components, public APIs, and the overall performance, scalability and administrative features of Project Server. Before his time at Microsoft, he was an officer in the U.S. Army where he managed international logistics and transportation.

Toole is an experienced public speaker, having given keynotes and many other presentations at developer conferences, trade shows and industry events on topics such as publishing, business process management and change management.

Toole earned a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Pacific University, and completed required course work for a Master's degree in information systems management from Bowie State University. He also earned an MBA from the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.

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