Adobe and IBM iX introduce Design Systems as a Service

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Adobe Systems will collaborate with IBM iX, IBM’s design studio, to provide customers with what they call Design Systems as a Service (DSaaS).

The two companies have been acquainted with each other for years. IBM is the system integrator for Adobe and provides, among other things, the Adobe Experience Cloud applications. Now, both companies are also going to actively collaborate with a view to the creative sector.

By building the new Design Systems as a Service offering on Adobe XD, IBM is helping iX design teams and developers gain faster access to create new digital designs, collaborate and bring them to market, says Adobe.

Increased efficiency

The new Design Systems as a Service helps customers set up a business model focused on collaboration within the organisation, so that teams can work faster, smarter and save costs. The idea is that teams with the new Design Systems as a Service spend less time redesigning existing design elements, so they can focus more on creating new business ideas and strategies.

Customers of Design Systems as a Service are assigned a dedicated support team, to support the rollout of the design system. After the implementation, customers also have the option to fully outsource their design system to an external team.

The collaboration also allows customers to use other plug-ins in the Adobe Experience Cloud. This would help users to deploy creations through all marketing channels and customer contact points, allowing them to create, manage and monetize their own content, Adobe concludes.

Adobe has also announced a co-editing function that is still in the beta phase. This feature enables real-time collaboration with other designers and, for example, the ability to keep track of document history.