Adobe licence deal secures £1m savings for UK policing


The Police ICT Company has secured a licence deal with Adobe to provide police forces with Adobe Digital Media software at reduced cost under one contract.

The three-year Enterprise Term Licence Agreement provides a bespoke, cost effective purchasing option, delivering upwards of £1m immediate cashable savings and long term efficiency savings, as well as increased software options and services to policing. The contract will be centrally managed by The Police ICT Company.

In the first instance, 25 forces, representing 63% of the UK police workforce, have signed up to the agreement. More Forces have indicated a wish to come on board with the deal later this year.

Martin Wyke said: “Policing over the years has faced a challenge with decentralisation of software making it difficult to manage, restrictions to critical updates/patches and accessibility issues when software is not suitable for secure networks. Short term measures to reduce costs often come at the expense of a reduction in services or updates that in the long-term can create security concerns and reduced access to cricitical software changes.

“The major benefit of this new agreement is in its simplicity and ability to be extended, as member forces are able to deploy the products to colleagues above a 5% minimum user licence threshold at no cost and without the need to undertake onerous software asset management.

“The Company has worked hard with Adobe to negotiate a deal that is attractive to participating members.  As a single client we have been able to generate prices that an individual force could not achieve. I have been extremely grateful to Adobe for the will, commitment and flexibility they have demonstrated which has helped secure this agreement and we are delighted to be forging a constructive relationship with one of world’s largest computer software suppliers.”

Peter Cummings, Adobe’s Director Public Sector EMEA, said: “Adobe is delighted with this ground-breaking agreement with The Police ICT Company, which provides police forces with the most efficient and economical way to licence Adobe software. The focus has been to simplify software management so that police forces can now concentrate on the value from using the latest versions of Adobe products. It will also be much easier to share best practice and new innovations.”

The benefits of the agreement include:

  • One three-year contract covering a majority (25) of police forces and 63% of the UK police workforce, managed centrally by The Police ICT Company
  • Acrobat Professional on a site licence for all participating police forces
  • Transferability of Creative and Print & Publishing products between participating police forces
  • The ability to include additional future products for ease of licensing with participating police forces
  • Long-term reduction in costs associated to licensing compared with ad-hoc programmes
  • Ease of software deployment through an Enterprise Dashboard
  • Full flexibility to updates and upgrades
  • Full compliance for the contract term
  • Anonymous offline deployment of software suited to secure environments
  • A high level of service and support from Adobe direct.