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In 2013 I Wish ...

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I see 2013 as the year of adaptability for DAM, and by that I mean systems that easily adapt to IT environments as well as user needs.
 
DAM needs to seamlessly share information with other business systems and provide users the files and information they need as soon as they need it — even if they’re working in an application separate from the actual DAM system. DAM should adapt on the fly to meet user and business needs, not the other way around. — Edward Smith, Editor of DAM Learning Center and Product Marketing Manager at Extensis

The Twelve Days of a DAM/MAM Christmas

partridge_peartree_shutterstock_86038096.jpgOn the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me,

  • Twelve workflow diagrams drumming
  • Eleven copyright lawyers piping
  • Ten change management requests a-leaping
  • Nine metadata fields dancing
  • Eight user-experience scenarios a-milking the design team
  • Seven servers crashing … again
  • Six search strings a-laying
  • Five golden file formats … if only
  • Four calling vendors with proposed solutions
  • Three integration plans that work (ho ho ho)
  • Two turtle dove taxonomies
  • And a DAM solution that works in our company!

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DAM Lowdown: North Plains & FocusOPEN Update, Widen & ConceptShare Integrate

It’s the last DAM Lowdown of the year. And, in digital asset management news before the ball drops, North Plains and FocusOPEN update, the DAM Survival Guide goes free, WebDAM looks for partners, Widen and ConceptShare get together, and there are DAM changes a-happening. 

REVIEW: Free DAM Survival Guide Provides Intro for Organizations

Digital asset management, according to David Diamond’s DAM Survival Guide, is “like dental floss.” If you use it every day, the “long-term benefits are significant,” even though both are inconvenient, tedious and do not display their benefits immediately. 

WebDAM Adds Network for Referral, Technology and Reseller Partners

Digital asset management provider WebDAM is launching a Partner Network with three flavors — Referral, Technology and Reseller Partners.

Widen Integrates with ConceptShare, Offers DAM Creative Markup & Review Tools

Digital Asset Management (DAM) software company, Widen has integrated with ConceptShare to make DAM software a more collaborative tool.

DAM Lowdown: Brightcove & ADAM Partner + North Plains Keeps Reinventing

Only a few DAM weeks left in 2012 … and, in recent news from the world of digital asset management, Brightcove gets together with ADAM, DAM Coalition relaunches, Axle stays simple, clouds challenge earth, North Plains buys another company and Santa gets updated.

'Twas the Night Before DAM Deployment

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Cloud DAM vs On-site: There is No Real Contest

One needn’t go far to find a juicy argument that pits Cloud-based (SaaS) digital asset management against on-site (on-premises) or installed solutions. The debate is everywhere, and it seems the primary arguments are always the same.

Brightcove and ADAM Software Partner to Improve DAM Video Capabilities

Media flow and marketing technology software provider ADAM Software has partnered with Brightcove to bring DAM Video services to the cloud platform.

North Plains, Still Reinventing Itself, Acquires MRM Vendor VYRE

Continuing a buying spree that is helping to shape its new identity, creative asset management vendor North Plains has announced its purchase of VYRE, a provider of marketing resource management and brand asset management software.

DAM Lowdown: Cumulus's Latest, Copyright Questions, DAM in Cloud or On Premises

DAM news has been slowing down over the past week, as DAMers anticipate and prep for the holidays. In this week’s digital asset management news, Cumulus fixes some bugs, copyright gets murky and WebDAM looks skyward. 

Digital Content is Everywhere - Do You Know Who Owns the Copyright?

Actor and music lover Bruce Willis recently caused a media furore when it was thought he intended to take on Apple to win the right to leave his iTunes library in his will.

The explosion of digital content has turned "copyright" into a term we all need to understand, and if Bruce is struggling to make sense of it all then he isn’t alone.

DAM Lowdown: Extensis Get Cultured, Microdata Becomes Standard

Another DAM week gone by. And, in recent digital asset management news, Extensis Adlibs, ScreenFlow gets Flowtility and Microdata could, one day, become your new best friend.

DAM Lowdown: Southpaw, Daydream, Daminion and Cakes Versus Cars

Yet another DAM week. And, in digital asset management news, Southpaw offers TACTIC solutions, DAM gets a “content lifecycle,” a rebuttal ices the DAM cake, Daydream has a major upgrade and Daminion unveils a minor one.

Kaltura Eyes Social Enterprise Video Asian Expansion with US$25m in Funding

Open source video platform provider Kaltura has raised a round of US$ 25 million in additional funding from new investors Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc. and ORIX Ventures, as well as existing investors Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, .406 Ventures and Avalon Ventures. Kaltura says it will use the funds to support a planned expansion into the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

DAM Lowdown: ADAM's Teamwork 1.1, Picturepark Hints at 2013 Release

It’s been another DAM week … and, in digital asset management news, banks envision the new world order, ADAM releases ProductViewer and an updated Teamwork, and Picturepark teases the future.  

DAM Vendor Southpaw Releases Custom Solutions for TACTIC

DAM vendor Southpaw Technology has released a suite of commercial solutions to extend the capability of TACTIC, its open source asset management product.

Rebuttal: Open Source DAM Solutions - Like Buying a Cake or Buying a Car?

I often read Edward Smith's contributions to CMSWire and he does a good job of presenting DAM concepts in a way that is straightforward for non-experts to understand. However, I disagree with a number of the points raised in his recent article, "Open Source DAM Solutions: More Control for Those Who Need It,"  as I believe it misrepresents this category of software license.

The Metadata Lifecycle for Digital Content

Classifying metadata values along a “content lifecycle” timeline is an interesting exercise that can make your DAM easier to use and maintain. Applying the categories Historical, Current and Future, you’ll find that each metadata value describes something related to the content’s origin or history, its current state or its future use.