DAM, that week went quickly. In recent digital asset management news, North Plains releases two Xinets, there’s a new Elvis, DAM can be valuable when it’s invisible, FocusOPEN has an update, SDL Tridon has a major new release, and a return to return on investment. 

Xinet Digital and Central

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North Plains, which bought production asset management vendor Xinet a year ago, has announced Xinet Digital and Xinet Central. The Web-based Xinet Digital will let agencies set up branded client portals for campaign assets, and Central combines rich media assets from repositories into a centralized, enterprise-wide location.

Central uses North Plains’ new ConnectR technology, which streamlines asset and related metadata transfer, for tying together satellite Xinet servers.

The New Elvis

Say hello to the new Elvis, version 4.0. Woodwing has released an updated version of its Elvis DAM system, which is now integrated even more into the company’s flagship product, the Enterprise multi-channel publishing system. New features include searching and managing assets within Enterprise’s editorial management application, Content Station. Woodwing bought Elvis in October of 2012.

Invisible DAM

DAM vendor NetXposure is happy when some of its users don’t know its DAM system is there. The DAM vendor has embedded its systems for several major clients, where the DAM becomes the uber-system for other integrated systems but remains hidden under custom interfaces.

FocusOPEN v3.4.5

FocusOPEN is out with version 3.4.5 of their open source DAM system, featuring the ability to configure metadata fields by user group, export metadata as XML or CSV, filter users by role in user manager and other enhancements.

SDL Tridion 2013

In keeping with the release news, SDL Tridion has released the 2013 version of its Web CMS. Features include bundling of content assets to better manage cross-channel marketing campaigns, a redesigned workflow engine, and a streamlined Experience Manager for managing content creation, social media interaction, analytics and deployment across channels.

O Canada; Canto CEO

LA-based cloud workflow and media asset management provider DAX LLC (formerly Sample Digital) has opened its first international office in Toronto.

Canto, maker of the Canto Cumulus DAM system, has announced a new CEO. He’s Jack McGannon, formerly chief executive officer of Document Sciences. Outgoing CEO Ulrich Knocke told the board in late 2012 that he wanted to spend more time developing products, and he will travel the world before undertaking his next job.

The Return of Return on Investment

Ralph Windsor has been thinking a lot about the ROI of DAM Systems. Last week, we noted his article on the subject over at Digital Asset Management News. This week, he’s penned another take on the same subject here at CMSWire. In it he shares the "range of hidden ROI benefits to DAM that cannot be easily measured pre-implementation because they are only available once a DAM solution is in place." Curious to find out what hidden gems might be lurking in your DAM system? Read more.