Dam News & Analysis
| Thursday Aug 28, 2014
As a consultant, I have seen many DAM projects unfold that ranged from nearly perfect to raging fiascos. In the spirit of learning from mistakes made by others, what follows are some of the most common DAM project failures and tips on handling them.
| Tuesday Aug 26, 2014
“The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” -- John D. Rockefeller
The question I hear most often from clients in all industries is how do I “succeed” with DAM -- how do I make it a successful system and provide real and meaningful benefits to the organization?
The short answer is that there is no “silver bullet” as to what success is. Success means many things to many people. In many ways, success is having the cognitive capacity to internalize what success may be, and then having the strength to achieve that success and applying that in all that you do. Success in DAM starts by defining what your customers and business want to do with digital assets and then creating the plan to achieve it. What DAM success is not is buying the software and hardware and then pushing the button; DAM is far more than that.
| Monday Aug 25, 2014
In a world with increasing numbers of rich media assets and a diverse set of distribution channels, organizations are taking a closer look at rich media management tools like digital asset management (DAM). However, the market is fragmented, and relatively few big-name vendors offer DAM solutions. The Forrester clients I speak with are often new to DAM (or new to next-generation, customer experience-focused DAM), and are looking for advice on where to get started. What questions should you ask when considering a new DAM system?
| Thursday Aug 21, 2014
(UPDATED 8/27) With the announcement of Microsoft’s partnership with the DAM vendor ADAM last month, it would be easy to say that Microsoft has de facto conceded defeat for SharePoint, a MS tool often promoted as a DAM. This would be a mistake; SharePoint and ADAM were never really competitors. Despite the claims of some enthusiastic sales people, SharePoint has never really been functional as a true DAM system. This new partnership solidifies SharePoint’s role in an overall DAM strategy as a file sharing and workflow tool that can be integrated with true DAM system – and especially so with ADAM, as they share the .NET code base.
One question still lingers: will Microsoft continue to promote SharePoint as a DAM tool while using ADAM both internally and as the DAM solution in their cloud offerings? Both the question and its answer open up the complex world of DAM marketing and branding for those in the industry.
| Wednesday Aug 20, 2014
You've invested time and money in creating a new digital asset management (DAM) system -- and then you find your people have stopped using it and reverted to their old ways of managing and sourcing digital assets. That's frustrating, but it happens sometimes. If you know the reasons why this happened, you can get started on fixing it.
| Tuesday Aug 19, 2014
As the digital marketing landscape evolves, so too does the practice of digital asset management (DAM). Gleanster’s 2013 report on DAM found 67 percent of survey respondents planning to increase budget for content management tools and initiatives this year. In a world increasingly dominated by digital experiences, digital assets fuel the customer experience -- but many brands still separate DAM and other strategies. By siloing their teams and their technologies, these companies effectively stifle their success.
By integrating DAM with customer experience management (CXM), brands can quickly and easily deliver rich media content. This contributes to more personalized, relevant and efficiently-delivered customer interactions. Three magical things happen with the marriage of CXM and DAM.
| Tuesday Aug 19, 2014
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of adding information professionals to digital asset management teams. While the rest of us are focused on the how-much and how-to of making a new DAM fly, it’s an information professional’s job to ask, What are you trying to do?
It’s a question that can lead to more successful DAM programs, but it’s a question that is best asked by someone who knows what to do with the answer. And those people are all too often not in the room.
| Monday Aug 18, 2014
Although digital asset management has arguably been around since at least the 1990s, the virtual explosion of multimedia has catapulted it near the top of the stack for many organizations. Despite its middle age, DAM is often presented like a new answer to the growing reliance on multimedia digital content and delivery.
There is a debate between: a. Those who see DAM as sufficiently different from other content management challenges and their solutions that it needs new strategies and new computer systems designed specifically with DAM in mind. And b. Others who see DAM as just a unique form of enterprise content management (ECM) for which today’s ECM systems, with a little tweaking, can do just fine.
| Friday Aug 15, 2014
We live in an image rich world. We take thousands of pictures on our personal devices with ease. And brands are committed to visual storytelling now more than ever.
Like many organizations, you may find yourself at a crossroads between how you’ve managed digital content up until now and how you plan to address future digital asset management (DAM) needs.
| Thursday Aug 14, 2014
Creating unique digital experiences aren't easy. If we look at how organizations address the challenges of content creation and management, it quickly becomes clear that we're struggling to match our content production capabilities with the speed of the market. If an organization is slow to collaborate, unable to share digital assets, or labors to fully utilize its content technology and tools to be productive, it will be slow to deliver digital experiences at the right time, place and channel. Here are three quick tips to improve collaboration and reenergize creative and marketing.
| Wednesday Aug 13, 2014
Digital asset managers often find themselves in the difficult situation of trying to explain or defend the arcane arts of DAM systems management to both business owners and asset creators. Business owners know they need DAM, but can have trouble justifying the resources to fully support it, let alone take it to the next level.
But once the conversation turns to how we can support digital storytelling through integrated content management, we find that we can better align the role of DAM with the business vision. This is a better story to tell than droning on about the importance of metadata (and yes, metadata is still important!).
| Tuesday Aug 12, 2014
While I believe DAM belongs in the same sentence with customer experience management (CXM), “omnichannel,” “engagement” and “marketing automation,” I am also convinced that your creative professionals cannot be productive (and thus have more time to do “engaging” things) if they’re wrestling with how your DAM handles creative files, collaboration and creative workflows. You need to fix this problem before you jump on the Experience Management bandwagon.
| Friday Aug 8, 2014
Despite 2013 being generally acknowledged as the time when both DAM users and software providers saw the need for improved interoperability, very little has happened towards making that goal become a reality. The DAM industry is guilty of self-obsessed and narcissistic behavior or (at best) an apathetic and fatalistic attitude that assumes interoperability is someone else's problem which might never get solved anyway. System developers are more interested in telling you how brilliant their products are; consultants and analysts highlight the issue, but do not offer any solutions.
Meanwhile, the ongoing DAM interoperability crisis smoulders away and users whose assets are sourced from another system (whether another DAM or a different class of enterprise application entirely) continue to grapple with complex and expensive custom integration projects that try to fill a void which should be occupied by a definitive industry-wide standard.