The Labor Day holiday may have stretched into Labor Week for the DAM Lowdown, but have no fear. Everyone's favorite weekly digital asset management column returns with: Updates from Canto, Adds Video Support, SaaS is More Than a DAM Acronym, Web Content Management Sees a DAM Future, Stock Keeper 1.0 Arrives, and DAM Stew.

Updates from Canto

DAM Lowdown regular Canto shows up in the DAM headlines twice in this edition.

Firstly, Canto -- already a sponsor of the Createasphere conference in New York City next week -- is hosting a session titled: "Heroes of Digital Asset Management". This session will focus on best practices and pitfalls with speakers from the Green Bay Packers, World Wrestling Entertainment and the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.

Second, Canto releases a new whitepaper called "Building a Better Dam". The document covers the following topics:

  • Metadata design tips that help you ensure you’re tracking everything you need both now and in the future
  • User account configurations that simplify permissions assignments for more secure systems
  • Ideas for keeping metadata fresh and accurate
  • Keeping users interested in the DAM Adds Video Support, DAM Becoming Commoditized? now supports video uploads with automated transcoding that makes the uploaded content immediately viewable in a browser. That announcement, in and of itself, isn't much to get excited about. However, the idea that a cloud-based storage service is quietly becoming a digital asset management system is interesting.

One of my favorite writers in the DAM space, Naresh Sarwan, writes at DAMNEWS about how as web cms products reached maturity they began to become commoditized. Mr. Sarwan warns us that the same kind of commoditization could be just over the horizon for the digital asset management product landscape.

SaaS, SaaS and More SaaS

Cloud Pricing Isn't Easy

Every DAM vendor either has a cloud-based offering or has one on the roadmap. As the offerings proliferate, customers are struggling to sort through the different pricing models offered both by DAM vendors and SaaS vendors. Derek Singleton, writing on the Enterprise Software Advice blog, covers 5 key points for those trying to learn about the Cloud.

Open SaaS as an Alternative to Customer Lock-in

Jim Shaw, General Manager of Acquia, writes at Channel Web about one of the dirty secrets of the rise of Software-as-a-Service. Mr. Shaw calls out the fact that portability between cloud services is difficult if not impossible. If customers can't leave a provider, then they are locked in.

Mr. Shaw goes onto recommend that customers look to Open SaaS as a viable alternative to avoid potential problems with vendor lock-in.

North Plains Chooses Layered Tech to Enable TeleScope

As North Plains prepares to roll out the next generation of its TeleScope platform, it has chosen Layered Tech to provide the cloud infrastructure for TeleScope OnDemand. If TeleScope Demand is on your shortlist, you will want to research Layered Tech as well -- if you buy one, you are buying both.

IntelligenceBank Brings Its SaaS SharePoint Alternative to the US

Australia-based IntelligenceBank doesn't offer a traditional DAM solution as much as it offers a knowledge management system, a la SharePoint, that includes digital asset management. If you are looking for such a solution but hate the idea of giving Microsoft any more money, then IntelligenceBank is worth a look.

Is DAM the Future of Web Content Management?

Tony White, founder of Ars Logica and former leader of the Gilbane Group's Web Content Management practice, writes at FierceContentManagement about the history of commoditization in the Web CMS market. The interesting point for readers of the Lowdown is that Mr. White sees web content management vendors continue to build in marketing asset management (MAM) capabilities.

Overall, Mr. White's piece adds more credence to the growing opinion that there is consolidation coming to the Web CMS and DAM markets.

Stock Keeper 1.0 Arrives

Dedicated readers of the Lowdown know that I usually save product announcements for the Stew. However, sometimes a new product arrives that I want to shine a little more light on. This week we have the debut of Stock Keeper.

Stock Keeper is a media management tool designed for designers who manage images, media and stock photography. An interesting feature is a built-in web browser for finding and saving online stock media. I know there are amateur and professional designers out there who could use this new tool.


Web Search Groups in Stock Keeper

Stock Keeper 1 is only available for the Mac, has a trial version available, but only costs US$ 19 to buy.

DAM Stew

Beta Version 2.6 of Elvis DAM Has Left the Building, with Custom Plug-ins

I know that was an obvious quip, but I couldn't resist. Dutch Software releases a new beta version 2.6 of the Elvis DAM platform.

Desire2Learn Goes Social with Latest Update

The Desire2Learn Learning Suite, an e-learning platform, adds integrated social networking tools -- including Google+ and Facebook -- along with enhancements to grading, assessments and assessment tracking.

COMO Unveils Proxsys PX Version 7.0 at IBC 2011

If you were at IBC2011 this week, then you could have seen the latest updates to the media asset management platform from COMO Computer & Motion GmbH.

Stan Scoggins, Senior VP at Universal Pictures, Talks DAM and Disaster Recovery

Stan Scoggins of Universal talks about DAM and Disaster Recovery. from Createasphere on Vimeo.

F+W Media Selects Ingram's CoreSource

The selection of Ingram Content Group's CoreSource platform by F+W Media, Inc. tightens up an existing partnership around print-on-demand and distribution.

Automating the Story-Centric Workflow

Claudia Kienzle writes at TVTechnology about real-life newsroom automation and digital asset management.

KIT Digital Changes Face

DAM Lowdown regular KIT Digital has a new look and "corporate identity".


Twitter Shout-out of the Week

@Social_Media_H -- I try to recognize actual "people" in this section, but I am making an exception for my friends at Social Media Helper. If you need help with social media, and don't we all, please look them up.

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