DAM Lowdown: DAMMY Award Nominees, IBC2011, Autonomy Acquisition Impact, DAM Stew

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The DAM Lowdown is back with: DAMMY Award Nominees, IBC2011, The Impact of the Autonomy Acquisition and another helping of DAM Stew.

DAMMY Award Nominees are Released

At the Createasphere Digital Asset Management Conference and Expo in New York City on September 23rd, the second annual presentation of the DAMMY Awards will be held. The categories and nominees are:

Best Storage, Archive and or Preservation Solution

Best Example of Asset & Media Repurposing

Best Strategy or Solution for Digital & Media Asset Management During the Acquisition of Content

  • Harris
  • ADAM Software
  • US Navy Visual News
  • Herbalife International
  • UPS
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Extreme Reach
  • 5th Kind

Best Strategy Ease of Use for End-User Interface

  • Citrusbyte
  • FilmFlip ApS
  • ContentBridge
  • Showtime Networks
  • MediaRecall by Deluxe
  • Thomas Mockenhaupt - Vitras

DAMMY of the Year

  • Steve Cronan -- 5th Kind
  • Pieter Casneuf -- ADAM Software
  • Jimbeau Andrews -- HotClickVideo Worldwide, Inc
  • Henrik de Gyor -- K12 Inc.
  • The Widen Team -- Widen Enterprises
  • Thomas Schleu -- Canto Software
  • Jason Peterson -- ContentBridge
  • Paul Nicholson -- Showtime Networks
  • Charlie Gray -- Motorola Mobility


If you are looking for a reason to visit Amsterdam in early September, the International Broadcasting Conference is being held from the 8th through the 13th. According to the IBC, this is the "leading global tradeshow for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of broadcasting media and entertainment."

If that isn't reason enough to make plans, here are two more:

  1. ViewCast will be presenting the newest, and unreleased versions, of both its Niagara Streaming Media Appliance and Streaming Media Management Software.
  2. Philip Hunter writes that he expects metadata to be one of the hottest topics of the conference both on the exhibition floor and in the meeting rooms.

HP Acquires Autonomy, What is the DAM Impact?

The biggest story from last week was the acquisition of Autonomy by HP. Naresh Sarwan, writing at DAMNEWS, provides an excellent overview of the potential impact this merger could have on the digital asset management landscape.

My takeaway from Mr. Sarwan's piece is that this type of consolidation will continue and will even occur within the open source community. Much like there are a small number of major RDBMS products available, all of which are backed by a huge vendor, the ECM/DAM market will likely shake out in a similar fashion.

DAM Stew

While we don't have any delicious video to serve up this week, we do have some meaty morsels for you to munch on from the DAM industry.

Netxposure IO

NetXposure unveils an Adobe Air application called IO that enables the automatic synchronization of files between a remote DAM system and the local file system.

Learning Opportunities

A Letter to MerlinOne's User Community

David Breslauer, writing on the MerlinOne DAM Blog, provides an update on multiple products in the MerlinOne product suite.

PGA Tour Builds MAM System on Redhat Linux

In an attempt salvage content from an existing videotape library, the PGA Tour has implemented VizRT's Viz Ardome MAM system on Redhat Linux.

Paradox of Choice

A VP of National Sales at DAM vendor WAVE Corporation writes on the WAVE corporate blog about the paradox of choice and how it applies to the myriad of offerings in the DAM, ECM and MAM space.

Createasphere NYC: Open Source DAM

The aforementioned DAMMY Awards are not the only cool happenings at upcoming Createasphere DAM conference. There will also be a special session on open source digital asset management systems.

Canto Grows Through Acquisition

Canto, makers of the Cumulus digital asset management platform, has expanded its professional services footprint through the acquisition of Vitras GmbH of Linden, Germany.

SnapCrowd Debuts to Challenge All Websites in Existence

Okay, that may be slight hyperbole. But, SnapCrowd -- the self-proclaimed "most advanced digital asset management platform on the market" -- appears to be a mash-up of Flickr, Google Docs, YouTube and Spotify.


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Twitter Shout-out of the Week

@niels_goossen -- According to his bio, Niels Goossen is a "no-nonsense Sales Manager" at ADAM Software. Special thanks for the continued support from the ADAM Software guys.

As always, thanks for your time and attention. I will see you next week.