DAM News Round-Up – 25th November 2019

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

Does Your DAM Have A User and Asset Activity Audit Trail?

My co-contributor Ralph Windsor has recently written an article exploring the topic of user and asset activity audit trails, and how they should be considered a crucial component of any DAM system.  Comparing the audit trail to the ‘black box’ flight recorder of an airplane, Ralph details its key uses, both for forensic analysis of the application and to generate custom reports based on the system’s usage.  He also highlights the importance of an audit trail as source data for artificial intelligence and machine learning purposes.

Choosing a Digital Asset Management System: SaaS, Hybrid, or Hosted?

Digital Asset Management software provider ImageRelay addresses the question of what kind of DAM system you should choose.  The blog post covers the three main delivery models that are available: SaaS, On-Premise, and Hybrid, along with providing a useful breakdown and table that allows a quick comparison of the pros and cons of each model.  Although not hugely detailed, it’s an easy-to-digest starting point for those tasked with deciding which method of implementation might best suit their organisation.

How Technology Can Help in the Fight Against Crime

Norwegian software company FotoWare have recently interviewed Nigel Abbott, Managing Director of UK DAM supplier, Xenario, to discover how FotoWare is assisting in crime prevention.  Starting from their lowly beginnings with North Wales Police over 20 years ago, the article tracks FotoWare’s growing usage to the point where it is now used by more than 80% of the UK’s police force.  It’s an intriguing look behind the scenes of Digital Evidence Management (DEM) and touches upon the UK government’s 2013 ‘Cloud First’ initiative and how it will affect the future storage of such sensitive digital assets.

The Importance of Version Control for Managing Digital Assets

Librarian and metadata expert with DAM provider Widen, Molly Hamm, has posted an article exploring the topic of version control and its role within a Digital Asset Management system.  Molly highlights the key reasons for implementing version control, including the elimination of inconsistencies, traceability, and having a full history of any given asset.  She also explores how version control, combined with permissions and roles, can regulate access to assets, and the convenience that versioning can bring to third-party integrations and the whole supply chain in general.

Avoiding Potholes on the Road to Effective AI Deployment

Product marketing strategist Priyanka Tiwari has written an engaging and detailed article on Artificial Intelligence and how companies might go about starting their journey along the AI path.  Using the metaphor of a bicycle, she takes us through the various strategic milestones of AI deployment and the ‘potholes’ that businesses will need to avoid when planning their roadmap.  If you’ve yet to investigate whether Artificial Intelligence can help your organisation, and how to go about it, this would be a good place to start.

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