The shutting down of Business Catalyst is for Adobe to concentrate on products that resonate the most with their customers.
Last 25 March, Adobe announced that they are ceasing all developments that involve Business Catalyst (BC). The decision has been made in order for the company to pay more attention to fresh, innovative and more customer-centric products.
Adobe is committed to delivering exceptional software and services to our customers. It’s in our nature to innovate and try new things, and it was in this spirit that we acquired Business Catalyst in 2009. As we re-focus on products that broadly provide our customers with the most value, we are now announcing the end of life for Business Catalyst. – Adobe’s official statement
Business Catalyst was founded in 2004 by Australian entrepreneurs, Bardia Housman and Adam Broadway, as a software as a service (SaaS) solution for building and managing business websites. It has e-commerce and email marketing tools when it was acquired by Adobe in August 2009.
All developments pertaining to BC systems have ended on 26 March 2018, affecting all existing websites – trial and paid sites as well as partner sites. And customers can no longer purchase new sites or upgrade trial sites to paid version starting 27 August 2018.
Adobe is encouraging users to start downloading their data and export them to other platforms.
Nevertheless, the American multinational software maker affirmed that they will continue to host the affected sites until they are able to migrate to other enterprise-level hosting solutions or up to 26 March 2021 when all BC servers will be taking down.
We are extending the End of Life timeline from 2 years to 3 years, with the end of life now scheduled for March 26th, 2021. We hope this additional year will give our valued customers and partners sufficient time to move clients to a different platform. – Business Analyst update
Even if developments are already discontinued, Adobe and BC will still be doing bug fixes but limited to issues that have a high security or high stability risk.
The company, which is best known for Photoshop, extended their appreciation to BC users and customers for their support and promised to do everything to “make a smooth transition to a third party service.”
For further details, visit Adobe forum.