Jeff Lawrence News & Analysis
| Tuesday Feb 10, 2015
We heard from Digital Asset Management (DAM) vendors at the beginning of the year as they shared their 2015 roadmaps and visions of where the DAM industry was headed beyond 2015. The ensuing conversation made me want to hear the other side of the coin: what the DAM community wanted or needed from DAM.
I asked the community these questions: Did the industry get it right? Are vendors developing the features and functionality your organization needs? If you could get DAM vendors to build one thing just for your business, what would you ask for?
| Wednesday Jan 7, 2015
A number of vendors in the DAM industry were asked one question, "What innovative new features and technologies will you offer in 2015?" And while the DAM and MAM industry is diverse, four clear trends emerged. We covered the plans for reimagined user interfaces and approaches to making video more accessible yesterday, which leaves us with the question of interoperability between systems and vendor's efforts to meet the demand for built in business intelligence and analytics.
| Tuesday Jan 6, 2015
It’s that time of year when we look back at the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to the possibilities the future holds. This post started with a simple question asked of more than a dozen vendors: What innovative new features and technologies will you offer in 2015? The response was overwhelming. Vendors walked me through their 2015 technology roadmaps and shared their visions of where the digital asset management (DAM) and Media Asset Management (MAM) industry is heading beyond 2015.
| Tuesday Dec 30, 2014
If you chose a theme song for Digital Asset Management (DAM) technologies in the past year, it might be "Ball of Confusion."
As you'll see below, our Top 10 stories include headlines on why you need DAM software, why you may not need it and how to choose the right software if you do. However, the broad discussion of this topic by 10 CMSWire authors will help almost anyone find their own path more easily.
| Thursday Dec 4, 2014
Installing a new digital asset management (DAM) system can be overwhelming. It requires a great deal of planning and coordination across multiple departments and groups. One of the biggest tasks is the migration of existing assets from one or more sources into the new DAM system.
While your vendor may offer a simple way to migrate old assets into the new DAM, they'll rarely spend the time to see how your organization can get the most value out of old assets. So before you jump in, take the time to consider the opportunities a content migration can offer.
| Friday Nov 7, 2014
The number of DAM vendors on the market can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of DAM vendors, many of which provide very good solutions, which can make it hard to choose the right vendor for your organization. Start by developing the project goals and the key problems to be solved and then filter, filter, filter.
| Monday Oct 13, 2014
Does your company have multiple asset management systems? If so, have you ever thought, wouldn’t it be great if all of these systems worked together? Interconnected systems would allow you to streamline workflows that improve efficiency, reduce costs and help your organization to bring digital products faster to market.
| Thursday Sep 4, 2014
Are you maximizing the value of your digital asset management (DAM)? Understanding the complexities of DAM lifecycles and building efficient workflows can be a daunting task. DAM vendors often do a very good job of getting the DAM up and running, but do not have the deep understanding of your assets and business needs.
| Wednesday Aug 6, 2014
The last thing creative staff want to do is add metadata to their assets and upload them into an asset management system. They want to create, not spend any amount of time performing administrative tasks. And I don't think it's a good use of their time either.
But these tasks are essential. It doesn’t matter how great the content is if you can’t find it, and if you can’t find it, you can’t use it.
| Wednesday Jul 9, 2014
I dropped my daughter off last weekend for her first overnight summer camp in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. We stopped at her cabin during our tour of the camp, and she decided to stay behind with her counselor while we finished the tour. When we returned, her counselor informed us she was building a dam in the nearby stream. She was knee deep in the stream with a bunch of other little girls, lifting heavy rocks to stack across to make wading pools. As they built the foundation for the dam, the water continued to rise until they had a deep pool of water to cool off in.
Watching their progress made me think about how to approach building a DAM. What’s the process to deliver a successful DAM project? Much like the little girls in the stream attempting to stack rocks to create wading pools, a DAM project consists of many building blocks to create a successful project.
| Wednesday Jun 4, 2014
It's a delicate balance to develop a hybrid strategy for Digital Asset Management. While Cloud SaaS solutions appeal to many organizations as a way to reduce costs and infrastructure, there are compelling reasons not to move all assets to the cloud. The secret to finding this balance lies in understanding what assets should be moved to the cloud and what should stay in-house.
| Wednesday May 7, 2014
You have spent the time gathering requirements and fully understand the needs of your organization and have determined that a SaaS DAM solution is the right fit for your company.
Before you sign that contract you may want to make a trip down to the accounting department to fully understand the financial implications of a SaaS DAM solution. And you should be prepared to make a strong argument for adding budget to your operating budget.
| Tuesday Apr 8, 2014
The choice between cloud-based and in-house DAM used to be easy. Between the high cost of cloud storage and bandwidth, and the limited capabilities of SaaS (software as a service) solutions -- the argument for in-house DAM was clear.
Cost is no longer the sole determining factor. Cloud computing and storage costs have lowered in the last few years, making SaaS a viable choice for many organizations. SaaS DAM vendors have responded to customer needs by offering new features and functionality that directly compete with the capabilities of in-house solutions -- such as integration tools for social media -- which places them squarely on the competitive playing field.
| Monday Jul 29, 2013
You’re sitting in an IT strategy meeting when suddenly someone says, “We need a DAM project!” Someone else responds “Don’t we already have enough damn projects! Why do we need a DAM?"