Schools are promised savings of 30 to 35% on new Adobe software thanks to a deal between the Ministry of Education and Adobe Systems.
The agreement covers products including PageMaker, PhotoShop, Illustrator and Acrobat, popular graphic design tools used in secondary schools.
Previously, Adobe only offered discounts when a minimum of 10 to 20 licences were purchased, but now it will discount on all purchases, offering potential savings of several thousand dollars on a typical school purchase.
Douglas Harre of the Ministry of Education’s ICT Strategy Unit contrasts this with a two-year deal between the government and Microsoft signed last September. That involved the government paying the software giant $10 million in return for giving schools access to a range of Microsoft software products.
“The Ministry isn’t paying any money [to Adobe]. The schools have to pay for the software themselves. They just get it at a cheaper price under the different type of licensing programme,” he says.
Harre says the deal follows the Ministry of Education using its bulk buying power to achieve the discount. He expects the savings to be ploughed back into training teachers to use the software.
Already many of New Zealand’s 2700 schools use Adobe software.
“They aren’t being told to use Adobe, but [it is] available at a cheaper price. The deal does not cost the taxpayer anything. It’s a win-win situation,” Harre says.
Purchasing agency Edsoft will operate the discounted licensing programme.
Craig Tegel, managing director, Adobe Systems, Pacific and South East Asia, welcomed the deal as a way to foster the designers of tomorrow.