Below are the special feature articles we have published in DAM News.
OpenAI GPT-4 image input support: 6 ways it’s a game-changer for DAM
Dan Huby of Montala (provider of ResourceSpace) takes a look at the latest version of OpenAI’s ChatGPT platform, and how leveraging its support for image input has the potential to provide numerous benefits for DAM.
Headless DAM: Why It Is Relevant for Omnichannel Commerce?
Dietmar Rietsch of Pimcore explores the various benefits of Headless DAM, including scalability, efficiency, and improved interoperability.
An Introduction to the SimpleDAM API Protocol
Ralph Windsor introduces the SimpleDAM API protocol and provides some background to what it is and where to find out more about it.
The Implications of Generative AI for Digital Asset Management
Ralph Windsor examines what implications Generative AI might have for Digital Asset Management and how DAM solutions could be enhanced by it.
Why Resilience and Flexibility are Critical Factors for Successful Enterprise Digital Asset Management
Ralph Windsor discusses the recent so called ‘revolving door’ phenomena in DAM implementations where vendors get replaced far sooner than originally anticipated because their platforms lack the attributes necessary for long-term success.
The DAM Software Market’s Customer Acquisition Problem
Ralph Windsor examines the recent trend for funded DAM vendors acquiring independent firms and wonders if the market really is consolidating or if something more expedient is occurring.
The Rise and Demise of Facial Recognition in DAM
Martin Wilson explores how the usefulness of facial recognition technology for DAM applications may have been restricted by recent privacy and data protection legislation.
Rebuttal: The Rise and Demise of Facial Recognition in DAM
David Tenenbaum presents some counter-arguments to Martin Wilson’s article about the limitations of facial recognition that have been imposed by data protection legislation.
The Rise of Open SaaS and its Implications for Digital Asset Management
Dan Huby discusses the concept of Open SaaS and what it means for DAM.
DAM is the Keystone to Modular Content
Ed Breault explains how Modular Content is an enabler for content operations and why a DAM with native support for the concept is so important.
DAM Scalability Challenges – The Digital Asset Supply Chain
Ralph Windsor discusses potential DAM scalability issues in-relation to Digital Asset Supply Chains, as well as techniques to resolve them.
Will Synthetic Stock Content Save DAM?
Mark Milstein examines the role of synthetic content and its implications for DAM
David Tenenbaum discusses a new paradigm for searching DAM systems without using human-entered metadata.
Four Tips for Smoother Digital Asset Management Implementations
Ralph Windsor presents four recommendations that increase the likelihood that DAM initiatives will be successful.
Attributes of Effective DAM Vendors in 2021
Ralph Windsor examines the numerous challenges and opportunities for DAM vendors in light of emerging supply chain and delivery model trends.
Copyright Concerns Following Brexit – A Changing Era of DAM?
An article exploring the post-Brexit copyright landscape and its implications for DAM and beyond, from Fotoware’s CEO Anne Gretland.
The End of The ‘Roy of The Rovers Era’ In The DAM Software Market
An article discussing the gradual trend towards increased professionalism in the DAM software market.
A Simple Technique For Cloud DAM Customisation Without The Need For Unique Instances
Ralph Windsor describes a straightforward method to allow Cloud DAM systems to be customised for individual client users without the need to create separate custom editions.
The Implications of Covid-19 For The DAM Industry – Part 1
In the first of this two part article, Ralph Windsor examines the implications of Covid-19 for the DAM sector, including comparisons (and differences) with the 2008 financial crisis as well as the fundamentals which might come into play as lockdowns being to end.
The Implications of Covid-19 For The DAM Industry – Part 2
In the second of this two part series, Ralph Windsor considers more of the effects of Covid-19 on the DAM market. In this piece he examines whether DAM Lite will return, the threat from Dropbox, the role of Digital Asset Managers and the likely impact on what remains of on-premise DAM.
Re-Visiting Pure and Applied Digital Asset Management
Ralph Windsor reprises the debate over Content DAM vs Content Management and considers whether the wider field of DAM may need to divide into what he refers to as Pure and Applied Digital Asset Management.
IEN Third Annual DAM Practitioners’ Summit – Breakthrough Solutions for the Management of Enterprise Digital Assets
Jeffrey Marino reviews the IEN DAM Practitioner’s Summit held in New York earlier this year.
How to Accelerate your Ideas to Market through Product Asset Management
Alan J. Porter, Director of Product Marketing at Nuxeo investigates the role of DAM in Product Asset Management (PAM).
Why People Really Are More Important Than Technology In Digital Asset Management
Ralph Windsor considers the underlying commercial reasons why people are the most important element in DAM.
Annella Mendoza explores the roles and responsibilities of DAM team members in a concise and practical guide to DAM deployment and change management.
Kevin Groome discusses the numerous ways in which DAM can fail to live up to its ROI expectations and how to avoid some of the more common traps.
What Roles Are Required For DAM Vendor Selection Teams?
Ralph Windsor and Charles Russell assess the type of staff who need to be included in DAM vendor selection exercises.
Subconscious and Conscious Data: Where AI & Machine Learning Could Create Genuine Value for DAM
Ralph Windsor proposes an alternative approach to generating value from AI for DAM using the concept of subconscious and conscious data.
Henry Stewart DAM NY 2019 Attendee Feedback
Ralph Windsor asks a number of DAM experts who attended the Henry Stewart New York DAM Conference for their feedback about the event and also invites them to consider a number of other topical DAM discussions.
Building a Business Case for a DAM Solution
Charles Russell and Ralph Windsor consider the issues that DAM users need to consider when assembling a business case to get funding for a DAM solution or wider DAM initiative.
Interview With David Diamond – Part 1
In the first part of this series, Ralph Windsor, Editor of DAM News, interviews David Diamond, author of The DAM Survival Guide, founder of the DAM Guru Program and former Marketing Director of DAM Vendor, Picturepark.
Interview With David Diamond – Part 2
In this instalment, Ralph Windsor asks David whether he thinks that the characterisation of vendors as being the ‘villains’ of the DAM world is fair and also whether the role of partners is increasing or declining.
In Frame Time Based Descriptive (IFTBD) Metadata
Peter Flood explains the concept of In Frame Time Based Descriptive (IFTBD) Metadata.
Interview With David Diamond – Part 3
In the third instalment of his interview with David Diamond, Ralph Windsor asks him whether the DAM market has ceased to innovate, what he thinks of Dropbox and also his take on DAM Lite.
Review – IEN (Insight Exchange Network) DAM Practitioners’ Summit 2019
Jeffrey Marino presents an overview of the Insight Exchange Network DAM conference held in New York at the end of January 2019.
2018 DAM Vendor Pricing Survey
The 2018 DAM Vendors Pricing survey is the only study of vendor pricing available in the Digital Asset Management industry. A sample of vendors provided pricing indications for five unique scenarios from graphics studio through to enterprise (along with a control ‘average’ system) and the results are collated and discussed with an analysis section as well as figures. This report is over 7,500 words and contains 35 charts and diagrams.
Trends in the Current DAM Market and the Implications For 2019
Ralph Windsor assesses the DAM market in 2018 and discusses what the prevailing trends might mean for 2019.
Using Professional Services Partners For DAM Implementations
Ralph Windsor discusses the different professional services partner models used for DAM implementations, the risks of each and offers some advice on how to manage them.
Attributes of Effective DAM Consultants: DAM Initiative Lifecycle Expertise
Ralph Windsor continues the feature article series on the attributes of effective DAM consultants by considering a consultant’s ability to work across the entire DAM initiative lifecycle.
Leveraging Intrinsic and Extrinsic Value: Understanding Why Successful Digital Businesses Are Cash Rich
Ralph Windsor proposes that successful digital businesses are cash rich because they are better able to leverage both their intrinsic and extrinsic value and that referring to them as ‘digital asset businesses’ would be a more accurate description.
Attributes of Effective DAM Consultants: Experience
Ralph Windsor opens this feature article series on the attributes of effective DAM consultants by examining the role experience has to play.
Understanding DAM System APIs: A Primer For Non-Technical DAM Users
Ralph Windsor provides non-technical users with an overview of the issues surrounding APIs and how to decode some of the terminology that is used about them.
Re-Architecting The DAM Software Market For Longer-Term Sustainability
Ralph Windsor considers potential solutions to the issues discussed in the preceding article about homogenisation of DAM technology and business risks to the DAM sector. This article is the second part of the series.
Is The DAM Software Market Sleepwalking Into Becoming A Digital Sharecropping Business?
Ralph Windsor discusses the homogenisation of DAM technology and the business risks from building on top of larger cloud technology platforms like Dropbox in the first of a two part article.
The DAM Difference: Filename vs Metadata
Spencer Harris discusses the benefits of using proper filenames for digital assets and provides some examples
Bynder’s Orbit Product Review Update
Spencer Harris reviews Bynder’s Orbit DAM solution and the updates made to the product since its public release in September 2017
Blockchain And Content DAM: Myth, Reality And Practical Applications
Ralph Windsor describes how blockchains could be used for improved interoperability and digital asset supply chain management as a consequence
Blockchain Is The Transactional Internet – Not The Internet of Money
Ralph Windsor examines why blockchains are better described as the Transactional Internet rather than the Internet of Money.
Combining AI With Digital Asset Supply Chain Management Techniques
Ralph Windsor examines some options for using digital asset supply chains in combination with AI to generate better automated metadata.
High Value Digital Assets And Migration
Annella Mendoza examines the concepts of intrinsic and extrinsic value in digital assets and applies it to digital preservation.
Bynder’s New Platform Hasn’t Quite Made It Into ‘Orbit’
Spencer Harris reviews Bynder’s Orbit free Content DAM system.
Blockchains: Catalysts For Innovation In Content Digital Asset Management – Part 1
Ralph Windsor discusses the innovative role Blockchains could have for Content Digital Assets in the first of this two part article.
Blockchains: Catalysts For Innovation In Content Digital Asset Management – Part 2
Ralph Windsor follows up with the second part of this series by describing both some example alternative uses of blockchain technology and how Content Digital Asset Services Exchanges could improve innovation and interoperability in Content Digital Asset Management.
Why Bitcoins Are Digital Assets Rather Than Cryptocurrencies
This article by Ralph Windsor was first published for Atlas Pulse in April 2016 and discusses why digital assets rather than cryptocurrencies is a more suitable term to describe bitcoin and related assets.
Ralph Windsor examines the term ‘digital asset’, breaking down its various definitions and what exactly it means in a DAM context.
Enterprise Discontent With Current DAM Solutions And The Impending Future Of Digital Asset Management
Ralph Windsor describes current issues with content-oriented DAM solutions and the impact that application delivery innovations might have on the DAM market.
Metadata And The Findability Of Assets
Annella Mendoza discusses the significance of metadata and why it is integral to the adoption of DAM solutions by users.
Finding Signs Of Life In DAM: Interoperability 1.0
Ralph Windsor continues this series of articles by discussing DAM interoperability and describing the foundation of a potential interoperability protocol as well as a method by which some progress could be made towards its development.
Finding Signs Of Life In DAM: The Role Of Integrated Digital Asset Supply Chains
Ralph Windsor follows up the first article in the ‘Finding Signs Of Life In DAM’ series with an analysis of how digital asset supply chains could be optimised to help solve the relevant metadata problem in DAM.
Finding Signs Of Life In DAM: Diagnosing What Has Gone Wrong
Ralph Windsor, DAM News editor offers an opinion on why DAM is being described as ‘dead’ and discusses the role of digital asset supply chains and interoperability as potential sources of a solution.
Improving DAM Interoperability In 2017
Tim Strehle of Digital Collections and Margaret Warren of ImageSnippets discuss the issues facing DAM interoperability initiatives and consider how these might be addressed.
The Digital Asset Transaction Management System – A Time Machine For Digital Assets
Ralph Windsor, DAM News editor offers a requirements specification for a digital asset transaction manager that enables the review and modification of the previous state of digital assets
Digital Assets From IoT To Blockchain Will Become Everyone’s Business
Medhat Mahmoud discusses how digital assets will increasingly touch everyone’s lives and the implications this has.
Should DAM Be More Like Facebook?
Denzil Ford of MediaValet proposes some ideas to allow DAM interfaces to achieve higher levels of user engagement by utilising principles from social media platforms.
Creating The Right Conditions For Innovation
Martin Wilson of Asset Bank discusses why innovation has stalled in DAM and what thought-processes need to be employed to restart it again.
Improving DAM In 2017: Better Ways To Engage With Your Vendor
Ricky Patten of DataBasics kicks off our Improving DAM In 2017 series with this article containing some recommendations for engaging with DAM vendors in a more effective and conscious manner.
Why Do We Call DAM A “Library” For Digital Assets?
Denzil Ford of MediaValet discusses the DAM as library analogy and observes that (as with libraries) there are more dimensions to DAM than just being stores of content.
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.
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.
Re-Defining The Meaning And Scope Of Digital Assets – Part 2
Ralph Windsor concludes the second of this two part article series.
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.
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.
Hassan Kotob, CEO of North Plains asks if DAM’s ‘moment in the sun’ has arrived?
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.
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.
DAM Student and DAM Professor Combine Forces for DAM Good
Deb Fanslow discusses the new Special Library Association DAM Section.
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.
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?
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.
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
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
Devising Strategies For Consolidating DAM Solutions Using A Service Oriented Model
Ralph Windsor analyses consolidated DAM solutions and considers an alternative, service-oriented approach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Digital Asset Management Specialisation Debate
Ralph Windsor considers the DAM specialisation debate, including topics such as DAM platforms vs dedicated applications.
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
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.
A feature article by Ralph Windsor that first appeared on DAM Coalition about scaling up DAM implementations.
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.
Ralph Windsor discusses how interoperability and specialisation by vendors could be applied to resolve usability conflicts between different types of DAM users.
Remko Noteboo, Co-Founder and CTO, Southpaw Technology considers the ‘industrialisation’ of Digital Asset Management and the potential for streamlining content production processes.
David Diamond discusses what is required for managers to circumnavigate potential DAM implementation pitfalls so they can becomes DAM Superheroes for their organisation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Myths About Open Source Software
Ralph Windsor discusses some myths about open source software.
Digital Asset Management Predictions For 2011: DAM Technology
Our predictions for the technological developments that will affect DAM in 2011.
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.
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.
Open Source Digital Asset Management Software: Why Freedom Doesn’t Mean Free
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