8 Ways Adobe Creative Cloud Can Help Grow Your Business

We’re all looking for ways to be more efficient at work, and having the right tools can help save time and energy at every organizational level.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Teams and Document Cloud are two platforms with a suite of apps that not only help teams collaborate better and faster, but streamline everyday workflows so people can focus on creative and strategic initiatives that drive business. Here are eight ways that Adobe can help businesses work smarter instead of harder.

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1. Adobe Creative Cloud improves collaboration across teams and time zones.

As companies become increasingly online, teams are increasingly spread across the world. That makes for a diversity of backgrounds and ideas, but it can also create challenges when time zones only allow for a few overlapping hours for collaborate with key colleagues or teams.

Adobe Creative Cloud lets everyone work on their time, but on one platform where documents automatically sync so everyone is working off the same files. You don’t have to wait around for someone to upload/download files or email out their changes, or sort through multiple versions of files with names like v1, v2, final, or finalFINAL to try to figure out the latest one you need. Instead, one team can seamlessly pick up right where another left off, so everyone can work together, even if they’re physically apart.

2. Creative Cloud libraries build greater brand consistency.

No matter how organized or disorganized a company is internally, a key tenet of business is not letting your customers or clients see the organizational seams. One way to do that is brand consistency across all your channels. Creative Cloud libraries allow everyone in the company to access to the most up-to-date and approved logos, icons, branding, toolkits, fonts, and more, so you don’t have one team working with current assets while another is using old assets from a couple rebrands ago. Libraries streamline the process from brainstorm to execution, as you’ll spend less time tracking down assets and guidelines from individual work stations and more time actually designing and creating.

3. Teams can work seamlessly across devices.

Creativity may strike at any time, and when it does, you want to be able to capitalize. With Adobe Creative Cloud for teams mobile apps, you can work wherever and whenever you want, quickly capture your ideas in the moment, and share them with your team from a phone or tablet. You can also make changes to files on-the-go and don’t have to worry about rushing back to a laptop to make sure they’re uploaded correctly — everything syncs across devices, so the version on your mobile device is consistent with the version on your desktop, as well as those of your teammates.

4. Managing feedback from multiple stakeholders becomes less burdensome.

Anyone who works with multiple stakeholders knows that getting one approval, let alone several, presents a challenge. Trying to chase feedback via emails and attachments can be a full-time job, and emails get buried or forgotten in inboxes more often than we’d like. Adobe Creative Cloud lets you share files from within the apps, and stakeholders can add comments and annotations directly to the files from their browsers. That allows for centralized feedback and real-time revisions from multiple people, and less back and forth via email or chat, which ultimately saves everyone time.

5. Multiple creative products on one platform improves efficiency.

No one program can solve all of a company’s problems, but Adobe Creative Cloud has more than 20 products, which covers a lot of ground. Having one suite of products that work in parallel and pull from one common library creates efficiencies across channels and formats. You can use Adobe Stock to create moodboards, Photoshop and Illustrator to create logos and designs, After Effects to add animations, and more. All the while, you can leverage assets from one file to another, so designers can easily switch between apps based on the project and its goals.

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6. Central admin saves your IT team hassles.

Managing who needs access to what software (and which accounts need to be deactivated if and when people leave) is time-consuming, to say the least. Adobe Creative Cloud provides an admin console, so one central point grants permissions and licenses to anyone in any location. Users can then install and update apps on their own, and everyone works on the same version of the software. This helps IT teams provide only the creative tools a team will use use most, as well track how many licenses the company has vs. how many they actually need.

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7. Creative Cloud integrates with tools you already use.

Within any given work day, you’re probably using multiple programs to communicate, collaborate, and assign tasks. Adobe Creative Cloud has integrations and plug-ins with various tools like Slack, Asana, Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, Miro, and more. If there isn’t already an integration, you can build your own via APIs and SDKs. You can also automate tasks and add features so all your tools work in harmony, because there are few things more frustrating than using products and platforms that are incompatible.

8. Digital document sharing is faster and more secure.

A standard part of doing business and growing is adding new employees and working with freelancers, partners and agencies. Before any of those parties can get to work, there’s the issue of getting the right paperwork in place. Adobe Document Cloud eliminates a lot of the manual work of contracts and agreements by leveraging an automated, user-friendly e-signature workflow that works across devices. Document Cloud already works with Microsoft 365, Google Drive, Workday, box, and more, so getting signatures is easy.

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Originally published on SFGate.