Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced that Cisco Systems, Inc. is using Adobe Acrobat software for more secure document-based processes, to boost employee productivity, and refine external communications. The Cisco legal department, for example, has adopted Acrobat and the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) in an effort to help simplify and speed the process of finalizing contracts. By deploying Acrobat, Cisco expects to simplify document workflows and provide employees the ability to share documents with customers and business partners in Adobe PDF. This helps Cisco maintain a clear paper trail to monitor all authorized edits to documents, and helps protect files from unauthorized changes prior to final distribution. In addition, Cisco has used Acrobat Professional to create Web- based forms for data collection.