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DAM Weekly Round-Up – 18th March 2019

by Charles Russell on March 18, 2019

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM.

Crisis, What DAM Crisis?

My co-contributor Ralph Windsor has recently posted an article in response to Ian Matzen’s excellent piece on the decline of professional DAM staff and its insidious effect on the industry.  Ralph takes the debate further and investigates the numerous reasons behind the looming crisis, including common myths such as the promise of software replacing staff, the feminisation of librarian type roles, and the ill-informed, upside-down decisions being made by executives based solely on the cost of the technology.

How Much Does a DAM System Cost?

CMSWire has just published an article summarising the results of the recent DAM News 2018 Vendor Pricing Survey.  As the DAM industry’s only source of pricing data, the piece investigates the themes and trends unearthed by the current report, along with highlighting the continuing reluctance and ambiguity surrounding vendor pricing strategies.  A free excerpt of the full report is available at the DAM whitepapers site, which can be purchased at a reduced price until 31st March.

20 e-Commerce Pros Share the Most Important Considerations for Scaling e-Commerce Product Photography

DAM solutions provider MerlineOne have published a great article concerning best practice and workflow advice for anyone involved in the production and publication of scalable product photography.  Comprising a series of responses from 20 industry professionals, the invaluable insights cover everything from lighting and equipment, through to the benefits of using third-party outfits to gain consistent results, and the importance of a well-organised post-production workflow.  Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a solo creative on Etsy, this is a must-read for anyone preparing product images.

Five signs that vendors influenced an analyst report

Real Story Group have donned their deerstalker and magnifying glass in this quasi-investigative article that examines the problem of skewed vendor whitepapers and reports, and how you might go about detecting the tricksy language and euphemisms they often employ.  Refreshingly, RSG aren’t pulling too many punches here, and the five pointers they provide should act as a solid rap sheet for those attempting to decode ‘vendor speak’ and gauge the validity of the claims they make.

EMMsphere Webinar: Digital Asset Ingestion – Achieving the Right Blend of Technology, Structure & Process

Services provider and martech consultants EMMsphere have recently announced the first of their 2019 series of webinars.  The subject of the upcoming event, scheduled for March 26th, is digital asset ingestion – the task of initially importing assets into your DAM system, along with tagging and organisation prior to its use.  Along with focusing on the technology itself, the webinar aims to give due focus to other important aspects of the ingestion process such as structure, process and governance.  Although the webinar is based around Microstock Solution’s large-scale ingestion technology, the takeaways should be relevant to any DAM platform. The speakers are Microstock’s Mark Milstein and EMMsphere’s VP Francisco Ruiz.

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Crisis, What DAM Crisis?

March 15, 2019 Opinion

We briefly covered Ian Matzen’s article The Coming DAM Crisis on the DAM round-up earlier this week.  I thought Ian’s post was probably the most insightful thing I’ve read about DAM for some time and I was inspired to write some more about this subject. For those who have not seen it yet, the thesis […]

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DAM Weekly Round-Up – 11th March 2019

March 11, 2019 Industry News

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM. The Coming DAM Crisis Ian Matzen has recently published an article on his Tame Your Assets blog highlighting the current crisis in the DAM profession.  With practitioners abandoning ship to join vendors or consultants, and DAM positions being […]

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DAM Weekly Round-Up – 4th March 2019

March 4, 2019 Industry News

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM. Review – IEN (Insight Exchange Network) DAM Practitioners’ Summit 2019 DAM News contributor and consultant Jeffrey Marino has written an in-depth feature review of the recent IEN Digital Asset Practitioner’s 2019 Summit.  As a relative newcomer to the […]

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2019 IEN DAM Practitioners’ Summit Review

March 1, 2019 Industry Events

Jeffrey Marino has written a review of the recent IEN Digital Asset Practitioners’ 2019 Summit for DAM News.  He offers some detail about each of the sessions which may be useful for those who either could not attend or who were contemplating whether to visit next year: “In summary, this year’s IEN Practitioners’ Summit was […]

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DAM Weekly Round-Up – 25th February 2019

February 25, 2019 Industry News

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM. Picturepark Releases New Content Platform DAM vendor PicturePark have recently announced the release of their new Content Platform.  Touted as an API-first solution to route any type of content between virtual and real systems, it allows users to […]

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IEN 2019 DAM Practitioner’s Summit – Feedback

February 22, 2019 Industry Events

The Insight Exchange Network (IEN) recently played host to its second annual DAM conference in New York.  DAM Federation member DAM Guru Program recently posed a number of questions to conference delegates in order to gain some valuable feedback about the summit.  Their responses have now been compiled and are presented across a two-part series, […]

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DAM News 2018 Vendor Pricing Survey Released

February 20, 2019 Vendors

In 2016, we published the DAM industry’s first ever vendor pricing survey and last year (in 2018) we repeated the exercise to get a more up-to-date picture of pricing trends.  Participants were sourced from the DAM Vendors Directory and invited to complete a questionnaire that covered numerous pricing scenarios.  We are pleased to announce that […]

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DAM Weekly Round-Up – 18th February 2019

February 18, 2019 Industry News

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM. DXM, DAM, CMS… Which role does each one have in ensuring the best possible experience for your audiences? Do you know the difference between DXM, DAM and CMS?  If not, DAM solutions provider Wedia have recently posted a […]

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DAM Weekly Round-Up – 11th February 2019

February 11, 2019 Industry News

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM. Another DAM Podcast Joins DAM Federation Another DAM Podcast has recently joined The DAM Federation and is a series of interviews hosted by DAM consultant Henrik de Gyor that invites DAM professionals from across the industry to discuss the […]

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Another DAM Podcast Joins DAM Federation

February 8, 2019 Industry News

Another DAM Podcast, a series of recorded interviews with DAM professionals made by DAM consultant, Henrik de Gyor has recently joined The DAM Federation. The archive contains of over 200 episodes and 150 unique interviews with DAM professionals from across the industry, with a key focus on end users (although some representative vendors with a […]

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