Will your small business be impacted by the Adobe Business Catalyst decision?
Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) has announced it is discontinuing Business Catalyst, with deletion scheduled for March 26, 2020. The end of life of this popular Content Management System (CMS) has surprised the thousands of businesses that use the platform.
Business Catalyst is an all-in-one CMS designed to help businesses and digital agencies manage their websites and eCommerce. It integrates sales, services and marketing features.
Carlfred Giles of WordPressMaven represents many of the small business owners who will be affected by this decision from Adobe. He says his partnership with Adobe Business Catalyst started 10 years ago and it is the CMS platform he has relied on.
For Giles and other business like his, it means finding another CMS before the 2020 deadline Adobe has announced. And although two years might seem a long time, there are businesses with many websites and massive amounts of data they have to export to a new platform. Not to mention businesses who have allocated thousands of dollars to become a Lifetime Partner and the learning curve of a new system.
It is extremely important to note Adobe said it will take down all Business Catalyst servers on Jan 6, 2020. And when this happens, the data of all its customers will be deleted. This is why you should find a new solution as soon as possible. Granted it is easier said than done, but the process has to begin.
This is especially important when it comes to supporting because Adobe Business Catalyst said it will only continue to repair critical issues such as security, payments or customer data, but it will not be fixing minor items with small impact and available workarounds. The company goes on to say this work will be limited to bugs with high security or high stability risk. So the sooner you find a viable alternative and migrate your data, the better it will be for you, your customers and security.0