You will be redirected in 30 seconds or close now.

ColdFusion Authors: Yakov Fain, Jeremy Geelan, Maureen O'Gara, Nancy Y. Nee, Tad Anderson

Related Topics: ColdFusion

ColdFusion: Article

Where's ColdFusion Headed Under Adobe?

Simon Horwith Speaks With David Mendels, Senior Vice President of Adobe's New Enterprise and Developer Solutions Business Unit

"Adobe has been very successful in selling into the enterprise. This can only help ColdFusion going forward," says Dave Mendels, SVP of Adobe's new Enterprise & Developer Solutions business unit (pictured), in this exclusive interview with ColdFusion Developer's Journal.  'Scorpio' is still on course, Mendels confirms, and the ColdFusion product development team is already hard at work devising the best way to harness synergies between CF and Adobe’s LiveCycle products. 

Simon Horwith: You must be very excited about the completion of the Adobe acquisition.  Can you share your thoughts on what it will be like working at Adobe?  

David Mendels: Adobe is an innovative, exciting company which I’m thrilled to now be part of.  As we’ve worked through the details of the acquisition it has become clear to me that Adobe and Macromedia share a common vision and commitment to customers and technology innovation.  We have overlapping customers, and not that much overlap in technologies. The end result is that I really believe that the new combined company is greater than the sum of its parts.

This is the second time that ColdFusion has been acquired by a new company. The Macromedia/Allaire acquisition ended up being a very positive step in the evolution of ColdFusion, despite initial community fears and misgivings.  What does this acquisition mean for ColdFusion and its legions of dedicated users?

DM: The ColdFusion product team is already working on the next great release of ColdFusion codenamed Scorpio, a project that was started before the merger was announced, and one that has continued throughout the transition. Now that we are part of Adobe, we have many new opportunities to leverage and integrate with other Adobe technologies to bring more power to ColdFusion.  The product team is excited about the possibilities and is currently hard at work evaluating how to best leverage Adobe’s powerful set of technologies for use in Scorpio. In addition, Adobe has been very successful in selling into the enterprise. This can only help ColdFusion going forward.

The developer segment of the market is not one that Adobe had traditionally been involved in.  What do the Adobe upper management and decision makers think of ColdFusion and its users?

DM: First of all, Adobe management and decision makers are a very good mix of folks who have been at Adobe and folks who have been at Macromedia and Allaire—so it is not like you have a whole new team.  Kevin Lynch is still our chief software architect.  I am still running the CF and Flex business (and now LiveCycle too).  Damon Cooper is still leading the CF product development team. Ben Forta is still our evangelist. And so on. The new Adobe is indeed very interested and committed to the developer market. This is in fact one of the big reasons that Adobe was interested in acquiring Macromedia. Adobe recognizes that ColdFusion is an important, healthy part of the business and has a continued commitment to move the ColdFusion business forward.  This begins with Scorpio

Okay, then where does ColdFusion fit into the Adobe product strategy?

DM: ColdFusion fits squarely in the new Enterprise and Developer Solutions Business Unit.  Here we will focus on leveraging the combined LiveCycle, Flex and ColdFusion technologies to provide a rich set of technologies for building and deploying both Web and document-based solutions. The developer market has of course always been a key market for Macromedia and is now also a key market for Adobe. 

Can you offer any insight into potential future integration between ColdFusion and Adobe products and technologies?

DM: We’ll it is too soon to make any specific announcements—we have a lot of work to do. After recently shipping Merrimack (aka ColdFusion MX 7.0.1) the whole CF team has been totally focused on planning for the future.

Having said that, there are two types of integration that we are looking into.  First, there are capabilities in both ColdFusion and Adobe’s LiveCycle products that could provide mutual benefit to each other.  These include reporting, workflow, document generation, forms design, charting and graphing and more.  The respective product teams are now working together to determine how to best leverage these capabilities in both product lines. 

Then there are some obvious areas like PDF document generation.  Given that we introduced PDF document generation, in its most basic form in the last major release of ColdFusion, it will be natural for us to extend this capability to leverage the rich set of capabilities offered in PDF.  Things like digital signatures, dynamic forms, workflow and more.  Adobe also offers a forms designer product that could potentially offer ColdFusion a more productive forms design capability. 

I’m not committing to anything here, but the product team is looking at all of this and more.  And we want your input. As usual, send us ideas at [email protected].

Can we expect any changes to the pricing or packaging of ColdFusion?

DM: No, we don’t have any plans in this area. It is always possible at some time in the future, but you shouldn’t expect any specific changes based on the acquisition by Adobe to current offerings.

Community interaction and involvement have long been the hallmark of the ColdFusion experience. Be it bloggers, user groups, conferences, the community has always enjoyed a close relationship with the ColdFusion team. Will this relationship continue under Adobe, and can we expect Macromedia to nudge Adobe into becoming a more developer-centric company?

DM: Yes. The same people that have been building and maintaining ColdFusion over many years are continuing on with the product.  We are absolutely committed to maintaining continuing communications with the ColdFusion community.  The Macromedia team is now an integral part of Adobe so you can expect that the community focus that you’ve experienced in the past will continue moving forward. When Macromedia acquired Allaire, lots of Allaire customers worried that Macromedia was not as developer-centric as Allaire had been. Those fears proved unwarranted, Macromedia took the best of the Allaire developer experience and combined it with the best of the Macromedia experience, and the end result proved beneficial to all. I expect that same will happen here.  By the way, check out Adobe’s bloggers at blogs.adobe.com.

Do you have any final comments on the future of ColdFusion?

DM: Yes, I do.  ColdFusion and the loyal community of developers who have played such a key role in its evolution for the past 10 years are important to Adobe, today and in the future.  As ColdFusion is acquired and integrated into its new Adobe family, I remain passionate about ensuring that Adobe continues to focus resources on moving ColdFusion forward, leveraging the rich family of products and technologies now offered by Adobe. 

ColdFusion MX7 has proven to be an incredibly successful product. This success is primarily the result of combining a proven solid architecture with features and technologies that solve real problems. Incidentally, the re-architecture that was ColdFusion MX means that ColdFusion and LiveCycle are built on the same Java foundation – the pieces fit together really nicely.

The ColdFusion product team is cooking up some exciting new capabilities for Scorpio and we look forward to once again providing new, critical advancements in what developers can build and how they build them.  And finally, we thank you for your continuing commitment to ColdFusion and we look forward to delivering innovative, groundbreaking new releases in the months and years to come. 

Comments (8) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.

Most Recent Comments
Edward Borland 01/03/06 01:46:43 AM EST

Allaire was more developer centric in that it provided more resources to communicate with developers. This was probably an expensive thing to do.

I found Allaire's engagement with the developer community much more active than Macromedia. I think the lack of responses to questions and comments by Macromedia staff on the Macromedia Cold Fusion forums demonstrates this.

The Allaire members from Team Allaire were far more responsive, but as the organisation grew focus did shift away to bigger customers. Peoples questions and comments to Macromedia for the most part go unanswered on the forums. This is frustrating when for the most part so many of the postings are absolute gold for product fixes and enhancement.

Here's hoping Adobe improves engagement and interaction with Cold Fusion customers and developers through their support forums, continues to improve the product and keeps its shareholders happy so it can continue to do so :)

queZZtion 12/09/05 07:44:48 AM EST

> [from the article] The respective product
> teams are now working together to determine > how to best leverage these capabilities in
> both product lines.

So there is going to be some kind of integration vis-a-vis reporting, workflow, document generation, forms design, charting and graphing? Sounds like something that will take well over a year, maybe 18 month. Is that right?

Rajeeb Rashjavnan 12/09/05 05:29:59 AM EST

Please continue to be writing about the CF, it is good and easy to use for basics. very powerful too for web use.

DevRaymond 12/09/05 03:09:19 AM EST

This is all very reassuring to hear.

Ugh 12/08/05 06:19:03 AM EST

>>ColdFusion and LiveCycle are built on the >>same Java foundation

When Mendels says this isn;t he aware of the criticisms that this decision have provoked-JSP isn;t the answer to all problems

swisstony101 12/08/05 06:04:35 AM EST

We just started using FusionReactor to remote monitor our CF servers and it's the mustard! Look here: http://www.fusion-reactor.com/screenshots.html

They have a free version for developers.

milner 12/08/05 05:59:47 AM EST

It's hard to believe that Macromedia is no more. First Allaire, now Macromedia. Any bets on how long before Google buys Adobe or something?

Sam Kelter 12/08/05 05:55:56 AM EST

Macromedia destroyed a number of popular websites by creating chromeless Flash animations which give you full-page Advertisements inside your current browser window, effectively blocking the majority of content you're trying to read, and not even your pop-up blocker can stop them...

@ThingsExpo Stories
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
I think DevOps is now a rambunctious teenager - it's starting to get a mind of its own, wanting to get its own things but it still needs some adult supervision," explained Thomas Hooker, VP of marketing at CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessio...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that the upcoming DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO New York event will feature 10 companies from Poland to participate at the "Poland Digital Transformation Pavilion" on November 12-13, 2018.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
The best way to leverage your CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at CloudEXPO. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audienc...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader Sergey Grebnov provided an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
JETRO showcased Japan Digital Transformation Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo® at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.