DAM News Round-Up – 20th January 2020

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

What is the Digital Asset Supply Chain?

My co-contributor, Ralph Windsor has written a feature item for Enterprise Content Buying (ECB) platform provider, Smint.io.  The in-depth article follows on from Ralph’s recent series of well-received Digital Asset Supply Chain webinars, held in September last year.  Covering the fundamentals of both conventional and modern supply chains, the concepts of value, bottlenecks, upstream, downstream and throughput are explained in simple yet effective terms.  Ralph also provides some simple, actionable advice for mapping out your own digital asset supply chain with a DAM system as its central hub, along with demonstrating how ECB platforms such as Smint.io can offer seamless integration and help minimise the inherent ‘friction’ in supply chains.  This is a must read for anyone involved in DAM, enterprise content or digital asset supply chain management.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Digital Asset Management?

If you’re still unsure whether your organisation requires a Digital Asset Management system, this blog article from DAM vendors ImageRelay presents a simple yet fair summary of the pros and cons.  Covering basic advantages such as efficiency, usability, brand consistency and scalability, the author earns extra points for mentioning the importance of context and the value that metadata adds by providing meaning, stating how “your content might as well be tossed in a filing cabinet without a label” if it doesn’t have relevant and concise metadata.  For the case against DAM only three items of evidence are presented: expense, user adoption, and complexity.

Intranet and ECM Taxonomies

Taxonomy expert and author of The Accidental Taxonomist Heather Hedden has published an article exploring the challenges of employing taxonomies across enterprise content management (ECM) systems.  The question of whether to provide a single taxonomy across the whole enterprise or to offer separate organisational units the chance to develop their own is discussed in some detail, along with presenting a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to  intranet taxonomy design.  Heather will be sharing more about this topic when she appears at the upcoming IntraTeam Event in Copenhagen this March.

An Enterprise Search Wish List for 2020

Martin White, Information Management and Enterprise Search expert presents his list of wishes for the coming year.  As a plea to vendors to provide more clarity, we’re given a startling glimpse at the potential complexity of managing basic information in multiple languages.  Other wishes include the formation of a vendor-based federation to assist in raising awareness of the potential of enterprise search, more attention being paid to UI management within federated search connectors, and better metrics in order to quantify the benefits, if any, of AI-assisted enterprise search.  Developers take note.

Third Light Launches New Chorus Webinar Series for 2020

Digital Asset Management software provider Third Light are staging a series of webinars to promote and support their flagship platform Chorus.  Beginning in January, these 30 minute sessions are primarily aimed at understanding and using the features within Chorus, although topics such as integrating Google’s Vision AI, metadata and training will no doubt include some useful tips that can be applied to any DAM system.  The first webinar has already taken place, but the next one is on Thursday, January 30th at 3pm GMT.

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