Australian DAM integrators and consultants, DataBasics have written an article on their blog: Digital Asset Management (DAM) – Image Library Requirements Guideline which covers some key issues and questions to consider when implementing DAM. The questions include:
- Do you know what your assets are?
- Do you know where your assets are?
- Do you know how many assets you have?
- Do you know who has access to your assets?
- Do you have rich, descriptive layers of metadata associated with your assets?
- Do you know how your assets have been and will be used?
They continue by examining DAM business processes, workflows and classification (of assets). There are several other useful points raised also.
“If you’re tasked with designing and implementing a DAM Image Library within your workplace, there are simple steps you can take during the early planning phase that will make the process a whole lot easier for you. Over the years, we’ve worked with many different industry sectors and have found that regardless of the industry you’re in, there are essential business questions that need to be answered for effective image library deployment.” [Read More]
The article is medium length and does not skim over the detail nor go into excess detail and it’s not a whitepaper, so can be accessed without registration.
I have both read and written about the DAM subject for a fair number of years now; pitching the level of detail is not easy. Those without much expertise tend to re-state the obvious and not contribute much, others who know a lot about DAM can get too in-depth, too quickly. A lot of prospective DAM users need to understand the key issues first before they get involved with something more demanding (from a time utilisation perspective) like a paper, webinar or book. This article addresses that need very well and introduces the follow-up questions that you will need to consider in more detail as you go further into a typical DAM implementation exercise.