The value to Adobe by embedding tags is more than making documents standalone for records management purposes, actually enabling Adobe's document centric workflow / BPM. Bruce Silver covers Adobe's BPM capabilities in great detail in his 2006 Report Series. I need to re-read this myself!
Other areas of interest around these types of intelligent documents include:
- Audit history embedded in document
- Managing workflow outside of the enterprise
- Semantic web technology
- Enhanced searchability
- Document authoring
- Security around embedded metadata
- Digital Rights Management
Intelligent documents are presenting new opportunities and issues to organizations. I would like to understand and write about this in more detail, so if you have any thoughts on important areas to focus on, let me know.