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A few weeks ago, I wrote a feature article, Finding Signs Of Life In DAM about why some people are saying ‘DAM is dead’ and what could be done about it.  In the first piece, I attempted to diagnose the problem and came up with some possible lines of enquiry to devise solutions, including digital asset supply chains and interoperability.  The article was debated at some length on the DAM News LinkedIn group and two contributions from Jim Jezioranski and Eric Fulmer in particular persuaded me that DAM user education should get added into the list of topics to cover in this series (although I should make it clear, there were some good points raised by other people involved also).

Turning to the digital asset supply chain, in the next article, I have examined why this I believe this aspect is integral to the process of assigning relevant metadata to digital assets.  I propose some tentative options for implementing more efficient supply chains which would simplify the metadata entry process for users (although I also acknowledge there are risks and trade-offs which will need to be carefully navigated)

A digital asset supply chain means being able to make explicit the implicit connections between the sources and destinations of assets: in other words, where they came from and where they are going.  If there is greater awareness that digital assets are not just disconnected entities, but an appreciation that they will need to get ingested into DAM solutions (and used afterwards) then there is a greater opportunity to acquire contextual information about them which can be used later for metadata-related purposes.” [Read More]

With the exception of Mark Leslie’s excellent article about digital supply chains,  most of the material I read concerning this subject covers subjects like ‘creative operations’, workflow or marketing operations management.  While those are not invalid subjects, the potential to use digital supply chains as both sources of metadata and digital asset operations governance tools has not yet been given sufficient attention and I hope my article will add to the number of voices who intend that to change in the future.


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WoodWing Add Webhooks To New Elvis DAM Release

April 21, 2017 Vendors

Earlier this week, on the WoodWing blog, I saw a post by Jaap-Van-Blaaderen concerning their new ‘Webhooks’ feature which is new for their Elvis DAM 5.23 release: “In the simplest terms, one of the key benefits the REST API provides users is to run searches across Elvis and deliver results back to the other software solution. […]

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Are G2 Crowd Digital Asset Management Software Reviews An Authoritative Source?

April 10, 2017 Vendors

Last month, G2 Crowd released some press about their revised rankings of the ‘Best Enterprise Digital Asset Management Software’, based on their user reviews: “G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, today released the Spring 2017 Enterprise Digital Asset Management Software Grid report to help businesses make the best digital asset management technology […]

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Finding Signs Of Life In DAM

March 31, 2017 Opinion

Earlier this month, there was a post on the Digital Asset Management LinkedIn group by Hector Medina, with the title Is DAM Dead?: “I’ve been in DAM for more than 20 years, having worked for Canto, Celum and most recently, Picturepark. To be honest, I planned to leave the industry because I don’t see it […]

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IntelligenceBank Upgrades DAM Solution

March 24, 2017 Vendors

Earlier this week, Cloud DAM vendor, IntelligenceBank announced some upgrades to their DAM solution.  This is the PR quote from Tessa Court, their CEO: “We are thrilled to announce our biggest new feature launch in the history of IntelligenceBank. The foundation of these ‘super 7’ new capabilities are direct from customer feedback, and will give marketing […]

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Aprimo Acquires ADAM

March 17, 2017 Industry News

Yesterday, DAM vendor, ADAM announced that they had been acquired by MRM firm, Aprimo.  Here are the quotes from their respective bosses, first John Stammen, CEO of Aprimo: “Our merger with ADAM will further expand our marketing asset management solutions and enable us to offer a complete enterprise-class content solution. The combination creates a robust platform that addresses […]

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DAM Interoperability In 2017 – Where Do We Go From Here?

March 17, 2017 DAM Interoperability

Tim Strehle of Digital Collections and Margaret Warren of ImageSnippets have contributed an article with the title: Improving DAM Interoperability In 2017 which is part of our Improving DAM In 2017 series: “DAM products have improved a lot in the last few years: They are now cloud-enabled and more user-friendly, they support video and let us share content better than […]

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Improving DAM In 2017: Building Time Machines For Digital Assets

March 9, 2017 Opinion

Continuing our series on Improving DAM In 2017, I have written an article with a suggested architectural model which DAM solution developers may wish to consider. In The Digital Asset Transaction Management System – A Time Machine For Digital Assets, I outline a granular and modular API-First method for recording digital asset activity and modifying […]

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Improving DAM In 2017: The Expanding Universe Of Digital Assets

February 24, 2017 Opinion

Medhat Mahmoud  has contributed an article to our Improving DAM In 2017 series with the title Digital Assets From IoT To Blockchain Will Become Everyone’s Business.  The piece is about how the range of uses the digital assets is expanding exponentially: “The fast pace of today’s evolving technologies, falling hardware costs, wireless ultra speed advancement like […]

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Improving DAM In 2017: Should Social Media In DAM Be More Like Facebook?

February 17, 2017 Social Media and DAM

Denzil Ford of MediaValet has contributed a feature article as part of our Improving DAM In 2017 series with the title Should DAM Be More Like Facebook?.  In the piece, she considers how social media engages users (with particular reference to Facebook and Slack) and whether there are models that could be employed to allow DAM interfaces to acquire some […]

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Improving DAM In 2017: Creating The Conditions For DAM Innovation

February 10, 2017 Opinion

Martin Wilson from Asset Bank has contributed a feature article for our Improving DAM In 2017 article series with the title: Creating The Right Conditions For Innovation.  In the piece, he discusses some of the reasons why DAM innovation has stalled (or at least slowed significantly) and suggests various developments which might get it re-started once more, […]

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