Adobe India to Focus on Mobile Products

by Manu Sharma    Aug 05, 2009

Having made a mark in the internet space, Adobe Systems now sees a large part of the mobile development based out of India. The company, which has a strong engineering presence in India, has made a significant contribution to its products including ColdFusion, Flex and ColdFusion Builder software.

Now another area of focus for its India centres is software technologies for mobile products, including content and application platforms. The company expects to play a major role in taking mobility beyond voice and achieve its potential as a content and application platform.

Talking to CXOtoday, Ananth Raman PN, director of engineering, Adobe Systems, said, As we have a lot of products on the internet, we need to provide a seamless platform for the mobile as wel,l and the India engineering centres will provide this integration on the mobiles.

Adobe has about 1,300 employees based out of India centres. A large number of Adobe’s products and their global impact is driven by technologists and business professionals from India. In fact, some of the products like ColdFusion development were entirely out of India, he said.

The company has come out with Adobe Flash Lite, a lightweight version of Adobe Flash Player, a software application published by Adobe Systems. This version is intended for mobile phones and other portable electronic devices like Chumby and iRiver, and allows users of these devices to view multimedia content and applications developed using Adobe’s Flash tools, which had previously been available only on personal computers.

We have a strong mobile team presence in India and besides Adobe is also working with a number of system integrators (SIs) like Infosys, Wipro, and TCS, among others, he said.
Several of Adobe’s leading products are now conceptualized, created and driven from the India office. Some major products for which the India office has this responsibility include Adobe Illustrator, PostScript, FrameMaker, Premiere Elements, Photoshop Elements and Captivate.

Adobe Systems India started its operations in 1997 and has two engineering centres in Bangalore and Noida. The centres consist primarily of software quality engineers and developers. The company has five strategic business units of which print and publishing unit is headquartered in India.