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Below are special features we have run in DAM News.

July 2016

Snapshots Of The Past, Present & Future Of Social Media + DAM

Denzil Ford of MediaValet discusses the role of DAM in Social Media  and asks if the human aspect is at risk of being made subservient to the technology

How Microservices And Cloud Services Are Changing DAM

Martin Wilson of Asset Bank discusses the increasing role of Microservices and their relevance to Digital Asset Management.

AI For DAM: Reliability, Liability And Risk Management

Ralph Windsor considers the reliability of AI technologies and discusses who has liability for them if they fail.

April 2016

AI In DAM: The Challenges And Opportunities

Martin Wilson of Bright Interactive discusses issues with AI technologies in relation to Digital Asset Management and proposes some solutions to resolve them.

March 2016

Re-Defining The Meaning And Scope Of Digital Assets – Part 2

Ralph Windsor concludes the second of this two part article series.

February 2016

Re-Defining The Meaning And Scope Of Digital Assets – Part 1

Ralph Windsor examines the different meaning of the term ‘digital assets’ and considers the changing the value proposition of DAM.  This is the first of a two-part article.

January 2016

Appreciating The Value Of Digital Assets: Understanding The Potential Of DAM In 2016

Ralph Windsor describes how innovation might be restarted in DAM by re-examining the value generated from digital assets.

What Does 2016 Hold For DAM?

Hassan Kotob, CEO of North Plains asks if DAM’s ‘moment in the sun’ has arrived?

December 2015

DAM Analytics: A Smarter Approach to Creative Marketing

Libby Maurer, product manager at Widen, considers the need for deeper analysis of asset usage in DAM using some example scenarios.

November 2015

Document Assets In Digital Asset Management Solutions

Ralph Windsor discusses the role of document assets in DAM systems and some different methods for handling them.

September 2015

DAM Student and DAM Professor Combine Forces for DAM Good

Deb Fanslow discusses the new Special Library Association DAM Section.

June 2015

Why Interoperability Standards Are So Critical To The Future Of Digital Asset Management

Andreas Mockenhaupt, Director of Professional Services for Canto discusses the OASIS sponsored standard, CMIS4DAM.

April 2015

DAM Guru Program Members Respond To DAM Innovation Slump

Ben Smidt collates responses to our “What’s Holding DAM Back series” published in February this year.

Who Needs a DAM Librarian? Part IV: The Rise of the Information Professional

The final part four of Deb Fanslow’s article series: Who Needs a DAM Librarian?

March 2015

Artificial Intelligence & Metadata Cataloguing: Advice For Digital Asset Managers

Ralph Windsor discusses the role of AI techniques when applied to digital asset cataloguing and offers some best practice advice and recommendations.

February 2015

Part three of Deb Fanslow’s article series: Who Needs a DAM Librarian: An Open Cover Letter

Part one of the ‘What’s Holding DAM Back’ series by Jeff Lawrence: What’s Holding DAM Back: The Customers
Part two by David Diamond: What’s Holding DAM Back: The Vendors
Part three by Ralph Windsor: What’s Holding DAM Back: The Media

December 2014

Part two of Deborah Fanslow’s article series: Who Needs a DAM Librarian: Information Professionals: A Field Guide

Anna Cotton from Brandworkz discusses how simplicity is the key to success for effective DAM: DAM Simple: How To Select The Right Digital Asset Management System If You Are A Marketer

November 2014

Devising Strategies For Consolidating DAM Solutions Using A Service Oriented Model

Ralph Windsor analyses consolidated DAM solutions and considers an alternative, service-oriented approach.

October 2014

Who Needs a DAM Librarian? Part I: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

Deborah Fanslow responds to David Diamond’s call for librarians to be more forthright about the benefits they can bring to DAM initiatives.

August 2014

The Broken IT Analyst Market And Evaluation Options For Cost-Conscious DAM Buyers

Ralph Windsor assess the impact NetScout’s lawsuit against Gartner and considers methods that cost conscious DAM buyers can use to self-evaluate DAM products.

June 2014

External DAM Hosting – The Questions You Should Be Asking

Dan Huby of Montala discusses potential risks with external hosting and methods that can be applied to mitigate them.

April 2014

DAM Good? Yes, It Can Be! – How To Make Users Love Your Digital Asset Management System

Neil Monahan of Brandworkz, discusses how to enhance the usability of your DAM system and therefore generate a higher ROI.

February 2014

Digital Asset Management And The Politics Of Metadata Integration

Ralph Windsor examines the political and technical issues with DAM integration requirements and considers some methods of mitigating them.

January 2014

How To Avoid Wasting Your DAM Budget: An ROI Oriented Approach To Digital Asset Management Implementation

Ralph Windsor provides an alternative approach to evaluating DAM ROI which is more credible than many quantitative techniques which DAM ROI infographics are frequently based on.

November 2013

The Digital Asset Management Specialisation Debate

Ralph Windsor considers the DAM specialisation debate, including topics such as DAM platforms vs dedicated applications.

August 2013

In the second part of this article, Ralph Windsor examines how DAM systems currently get used to distribute assets to Social Media platforms and how a value chain model might change that.

DAM Value Chain: Social Media – Part Two

July 2013

DAM Value Chain: Social Media – Part One

Ralph Windsor assesses the role of Social Media and how it relates to DAM and the DAM Value Chain.

Making It Big In DAM

A feature article by Ralph Windsor that first appeared on DAM Coalition about scaling up DAM implementations.

June 2013

How To Encourage All Your Employees To Use Your Digital Asset Management System

Brandworkz discuss some strategies for getting users to engage with your Digital Asset Management or Brand Asset Management portal so they can become evangelists for your brand.

Preparing For Digital Asset Management

A feature article by Ralph Windsor that first appeared on DAM Coalition about activities to carry out before a DAM implementation is commenced.

May 2013

Resolving The DAM UX Paradox

Ralph Windsor discusses how interoperability and specialisation by vendors could be applied to resolve usability conflicts between different types of DAM users.

Configurable Workflow Systems

Remko Noteboo, Co-Founder and CTO, Southpaw Technology considers the ‘industrialisation’ of Digital Asset Management and the potential for streamlining  content production processes.

Become A DAM Superhero

David Diamond discusses what is required for managers to circumnavigate potential DAM implementation pitfalls so they can becomes DAM Superheroes for their organisation.

April 2013

DAM Vital Signs – Performance Review Techniques To Enhance ROI

Ralph Windsor discusses various user feedback, auditing and review methods to improve the ROI obtained from your DAM systems and satisfy the needs of your users more effectively.

March 2013

Interview with David Diamond about DAM Guru

Ralph Windsor interviews David Diamond about the DAM Guru Program.

An Introduction To DAM Findability Techniques

Ralph Windsor summarises some advice for enhancing the findability of your assets.

A German translation of this article has been provided by Ilka Martin: Eine Einführung in DAM Auffindbarkeitstechniken


The DAM SaaS Survival Guide – Protecting Yourself From Risks When Using Hosted DAM Systems

Nick Broookes and Ralph Windsor provide some risk mitigation recommendations for prospective DAM SaaS users

Whitepaper: Buying Corporate DAM Systems

DAM News editors, Naresh Sarwan and Ralph Windsor offer managers a guidance document with best practice principles for DAM system procurement.

January 2013

Considerations For DAM And Collections Management Convergence Projects

Ralph Windsor discusses DAM and Collections Management projects for museums and cultural or heritage organisations.

The Digital Asset Management Value Chain: The Future Direction Of DAM In 2013 And Beyond

Naresh Sarwan and Ralph Windsor examine the Digital Asset Management Value Chain concept and what it may for the future of DAM.

September 2012

Big Data And The Integrated Future For Small DAM Systems

Ralph Windsor discusses Big Data and how to assimilate it into your Digital Asset Management strategy.

August 2012

Whitepaper – Revenue Generation With Digital Asset Management: A Guide For Managers

Naresh Sarwan and Ralph Windsor present this 13 page whitepaper with a selection of advice, strategies, techniques and recommendations for anyone considering using DAM for revenue generation initiatives (with specific reference to selling media assets such as images or video).

The Inhumanity Of DRM

David Diamond, author of the DAM Survival Guide and Marketing Director of Picturepark considers whether DRM is a self-defeating concept which DAM vendors are aggravating the worst effects of partly because of  a lack of interoperability between competing solutions.

June 2012

Proxy Files As Functional Metadata: Their Changing Role And What It Means For the Future Of DAM

Ralph Windsor considers the changing role of the proxy file in DAM solutions.

January 2012

Digital Asset Management Predictions For 2012: DAM Technology

We consider the state of DAM technology in 2012.  This is the second part of our feature article about DAM in 2012.

Digital Asset Management Predictions For 2012: The DAM Industry

We offer some predictions for how the DAM industry will develop in 2012.  This is part one of a two part article.

June 2011

10 Myths About Open Source Software

Ralph Windsor discusses some myths about open source software.

January 2011

Digital Asset Management Predictions For 2011: DAM Technology

Our predictions for the technological developments that will affect DAM in 2011.

December 2010

Digital Asset Management Predictions For 2011: The DAM Industry

We outline our predictions for the DAM industry in 2011.

Wikileaks & The Financial Crisis: Lessons For Managing Risk With Cloud Hosted DAM

An article by Ralph Windsor which originally appeared on the Daydream website about managing risks with Cloud DAM.

March 2010

The Inconvenient Truths of Enterprise Digital Asset Management

A about the complexity of deploying DAM solutions into enterprise IT environments which originally appeared on the Daydream website.

July 2009

Open Source Digital Asset Management Software: Why Freedom Doesn’t Mean Free

A post about open source software by Ralph Windsor originally appearing on the Daydream website.

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