We provide Adobe Contribute to quite a number of our clients. (From the Macromedia days too)
With the semi announcement (only semi, since Adobe haven’t released anything yet) it posed a question about where is Business Catalyst going to fit within the product offerings of Adobe.
Looking at what there currently is, the only thing I see is the relationship between Dreamweaver and Contribute. That developer / publisher relationship is what CMS is all about infrastructure-wise, the snippets of information released by Business Catalyst, show that GoodBarry, blogged about here, will cease to exists as a retail offering and the more “serious” Business Catalyst will be the sole offering.
This is not going to be an issue for a while, current users of Contribute won’t be disadvantaged for a few years at least if there is a discontinuation of Contribute.
I am wondering if Adobe is seeing “Software as a Service” being a new stream of revenue.
I liked their subscription service for their products, and with GoodBarry they were charging $47 (AUD I suppose) per month.
Possibly a way of generating additional revenue from a product like Contribute is to move to a web based system.
Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see how Adobe will get behind the product.