Articles on Widen sunsetting Orbit – why no migration path from ‘DAMLite’?

Digital Asset News has a good article on Widen Collectives Sunsetting their free DAM solution, SmartImage, which serves the “free” DAM Market – free not considering adoption, development, training, implementation, training, and other corporate adoption costs.

Personally, I feel a vendor might be better off developing a free or open source DAM “lite” system that offers an easy migration path, and a usefully similar UI, with basic functionality. I thought that was kind of the purpose of such an acquisition. DAM News wisely cites Bynder’s closure of Orbit, equally ill-considered, IMHO.

Bynder cites  “focus,” which they say is a good thing, but things take time to come into focus, and a good free solution that is similar or offers a relatively smooth migration path to your product allows the kid of test bed that can be idea for small-to-medium-sized companies considering and cutting their teeth on DAM, arguably their largest market. Yes, it would cost money and time, but it could also provide a feature test-bed, be monitored for user-interface improvements using things like Clicktale’s UI monitoring tools that track mouse movements and interface confusion without freaking out the paying customer base. Short-sighted, short-term profit focused, I’d think as an IT buyer of expensive systems.

Widen Close SmartImage: More Proof That The Current DAM Software Market Does Not Scale

DAM Update, October 5, 2018

Happily or unhappily, your DAM job will never really be done, as this article on Digital Transformation from CMSWire so aptly points out:

“One way to approach digital transformation as an ongoing process is to transform internal processes by taking a cue from customer-facing improvements and optimizations. By allowing the customer to lead, organizations can ensure that the problems they are trying to solve with digital transformation are important to their clientele. When taken as one problem or process at a time, organizations can spend time testing and iterating on their solutions without upsetting the core ecosystems at work.”

Widen announced its 8th Annual Summit, October 8-10 in Madison, WI, USA:

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Widen, a provider of digital asset management (DAM) software, will host the 8th annual Widen Summit from October 8 to 10 in Madison. More than 180 creative, marketing and technology professionals and 100 Widen employees will gather at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. This year’s theme, “Create the moment,” explores how brands can better harness marketing technology to produce memorable experiences.

The annual Widen Summit unites a community of Widen customer administrators, marketing leaders, technologists, librarians, and creatives who lead the world’s most respected brands. They share experiences, tactics, and strategies that strengthen businesses and create strong connections with customers.

The 2018 Summit features six keynotes speakers:

Deanna Ballew, VP of Product Development at Widen
Kerry Bodine, founder and CEO of Kerry Bodine & Co., a customer experience consultancy
Matthew Gonnering, CEO of Widen
Scott Sharp, Creative Operations Advisor at WestJet Airlines
Nina Brakel-Schutt, Brand Strategist at Widen and Jake Athey, VP of Marketing at Widen

An interesting and educational article, that applies to more than just Agile Programming:

How to Build a Sustainable Agile Culture

Organizations can improve their agile efforts by focusing on five common challenges:

 

  1. Support and protect agile values with strong leadership.

  2. Help teams and stakeholders to self-organize.

  3. Manage your portfolio with outcomes, not outputs.

  4. Systematically remove sources of waste and delay agile teams face.

  5. Measure and improve value delivered with frequent feedback.

And, an an interesting speculation on a potentially disruptive development in the DAM/EAM Market:

Is Audio the next big Digital Asset to track?

As we edge towards 2019, its clear to see the growing role of audio content in our daily lives. From morning news readouts to late-afternoon podcast sessions, Google claims that 72 percent of those who own a voice-activated speaker use the device as part of their daily routine.

Sunday DAM Update, Sept. 30, 2018: C-CAM on metadata, DAM San Diego Discount

This seems like an interesting learning Webinar:

C-CAM Webinar Series
MOST COMMON MISTAKES WHEN DESIGNING METADATA SCHEMAS
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Also of note: Sign up now for a $100 discount to…

Henry Stewart Team’s DAM San Diego 2018 – Agenda Announced
Nov 15-16, 2018
Don’t miss the Early Bird Discount at this link.
Bookings made by Friday October 5 save $100.

 

DAM Profile: Heather Hedden

Heather Hedden, @hhedden, is a professional taxonomist… in short, she helps humans organize, classify and tag large groups of things so they can be found. What use is an image system if you can’t find the things in it? This is one of the most basic functions of a Digital Asset Management system.

From one of her profiles:

“I am a taxonomist and author of the book The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc., 2010, 2016). I have designed and developed taxonomies and metadata strategies for web and internal content management both as an independent consultant and as an employee in different organizations, currently Gale/Cengage Learning. I also teach online workshops in taxonomy creation. I was the founding chair of the mentoring committee of the Taxonomy Division of SLA and was the founder and past manager of the Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies SIG of the American Society for Indexing.”

She has written The Accidental Taxonomist. Her book is hard reading, as a highly specialized subject written by someone with a deep understanding of the field, and the kind of nitty-gritty that probably doesn’t appeal to those who say things like “…cut to the chase,” and “…give me a high-level takeaway!” — a group that includes most executives, who like to think they are focusing on the big picture. While that’s a charmingly simple point of view, the gruesome, sausage-making details of how things work determine if it will succeed and last, and Hedden is the kind of person who actually makes things work, and work right in the long run.

She has been working in the field since 1993. Heather has a Company, Hedden Information Management, and a blog, so if you are not still hung up on the fact that there is an American Society for Indexing, both are worth delving into, especially if you are wondering how you are going to be able to classify all your digital assets, and to familiarize yourself some of the work from this remarkable mind, in a field you are going to have to know something about if you are going to build or run an effective Digital Asset Management system.

DAM/EAM News Summary, September 29, 2018

IndianWeb has a short but useful article entitled What is the difference between a DAM and a CMS? It is neither long nor very detailed, but covers the essentials.

A little more on RFIs and RFPs: Know your DAM Requirements.

More on DAM procurement, MediaValet has published 2 short articles, DAM Procurement Considerations Part 1: On-Premise vs. Software-as-a-Service

and

DAM Procurement Considerations Part 2: Scalability

Digital Asset News has a great and more complex article entitled Leveraging Intrinsic and Extrinsic Value: Understanding Why Successful Digital Businesses Are Cash Rich which is well worth a read!

DAM/EAM News Summary, September 18, 2018

Widen Collective

The Widen Collective’s blog site, https://digitalassetmanagement.com has a decent article on “What to look for in a DAM/EAM Administrator“. Nothing shocking, but well thought-out and a good baseline for a job description for your Execs and HR department.

They also released a downloadable paper called “Understanding RFIs and RFPs” (PDF) which has a good template/baseline of FRP questions (Registration required). It is not actually quite so much about understanding RFIs and RFPs, but one does come to an understanding of them based on the categories and excellent questions under each, including some clever ones you might not have thought of

They are experienced enough to factually point out that “[t]he most helpful DAM system evaluation tools are a good internal assessment, development of user scenarios, and a prioritized list of requirements from a DAM system.” This is the hardest work that goes into giving your DAM/EAM project, vendor and team the best chance of success, and that’s all on you and your teammates… or, probably, available for a price. There’s an argument to be made that a potential vendor has more experience building these with the energetic participation of your company, if that’s part of what you need. But, you will have to pay for their time, and it may not help you as much with an RFP that goes to several vendors.

PicturePark

Like Widen, PicturePark has a community service, a bit different, called the DAM Guru Project, “A DAM Community of 1,000+ Members from Around the World: DAM Guru Program connects DAM experts with people who need their help – for free” Their Twitter account is here.

Their site has calls for volunteers, a job registration database and member profiles, some thoughtful articles specific to our industry, webinars, and a related LinkedIn discussion group.

There is apparently a blizzard of market analysis reports, which you can get weekly via Google Alerts for ‘Digital Asset Management’ and ‘Enterprise Asset Management’, which you likely have already set up.

DAM Glossary, Part Two

Following on his A DAM Glossary of Common Terms, John Horodyski has released his second and equally useful A DAM Glossary of Common Terms: Part Two at CMSWire.com.

Readers interested in this topic can also refer to https://damglossary.org/ , a wikipedia of DAM terms, “…a resource containing definitions relating to Digital Asset Management and related fields. It covers a range of different subjects including metadata, hardware, interoperability, asset manipulation.”

DMEXCO Conference, Cologne, Germany

DMEXCO – Digital Marketing Expo & Conference

DMEXCO is a conference and Exposition going on today and tomorrow in Cologne, Germany. There are an unusual number of DAM/EAM vendors exhibiting this year, including, but not limited to:

Bynder
Picturepark
Censhare
Celum
and Pixelboxx

There are nearly 1,000 exhibitors, across virtually all the topics around Digital Marketing.

You can get tickets here.

Halls 5.1 – 9
Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1 | 50679 Cologne

 

This week in Digital Asset Management — Wed. September 12

Among Digital Assets, documents count. DM Magazine has awards-voting out, where you can vote for Doc Management solutions: DM Magazine Doc Management Awards voting

Here is the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.

In an update released by DALIM, they state: DALIM SOFTWARE Takes an Active Role as a Primary Sponsor at the Henry Stewart DAM Chicago 2018

And a different version of a GLOBAL DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE MARKET BY MANUFACTURERS, REGIONS, TYPES AND APPLICATIONS, FORECAST TO 2025

Conferences, more research reports

Conferences:

If you want to attend a conference on Digital or Enterprise Content Management, here are the major ones coming up. Of course, this late in the yearly budget, unless you’ve planned for it, getting approval from your CFO may be tough, so make sure to plan for the May 2-3 DAM NY Conference while putting in next year’s budget! It comes from that 300-pound Gorilla* of DAM symposia, Henry Stewart Conferences, and it comes early in the year, before all the C-levels are worried about end-of-year numbers.

We search so you don’t have to:

DAM Chicago – Henry Stewart Conferences

September 12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“As the Midwest’s largest conference dedicated to Digital Asset Management, we provide a unique environment to exchange knowledge, experiences and build long lasting professional networks. We examine through real world case studies, interactive panels, workshops, roundtables and tutorials, the latest thinking and new developments in the world of DAM – all from the user’s perspective.”

DAM San Diego – Henry Stewart Conferences

November 15-16, 2018 – San Diego, California, USA

“As the West Coast’s leading conference dedicated to Digital Asset Management, we provide a unique environment to exchange knowledge, experiences and build long lasting professional networks. We examine through real world case studies, interactive panels, workshops, roundtables and tutorials, the latest thinking and new developments in the world of DAM – all from the user’s perspective.”

CANADIAN CONTENT ASSET MANAGEMENT

November 28, 2018, Probably in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“A group for Canadian professionals in the content management community involved in DAM, MAM, Brand, Production and Creative Asset Management, Rights Managers, MLIS and Archive professionals, and the allied business operations. Canadian Content and Asset Management (C-CAM) is dedicated to build and promote the practice of Digital Asset Management (broadly defined) across all industries in Canada. The C-CAM group offers the experienced, and the new, an opportunity to be part of a community, develop relationships and promote learning / education, as we all face the challenges of growing libraries of digital images and video assets.”

AMIA 2018 (Association of Moving Image Archivists)

November 28 – December 1, 2018

Portland… Probably Oregon. (No, really, if you poke around for a few minutes, they finally indicate which Portland on the Hilton Hotel page.) #amia18

“As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent corporate and national archives, media companies, libraries, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve and provide access to our media heritage in digital and analog formats.

“For further information, visit www.AMIAnet.org and follow AMIA on Facebook, Twitter (@AMIAnet) and Instagram (@AMIArchivists).”

DAM NY – Henry Stewart Conferences

May 2-3, 2019

“The Art & Practice of Managing Digital Media – all from the user’s perspective.

“As the world’s largest conference dedicated to Digital Asset Management, DAM New York is a unique environment to exchange knowledge, share experiences and build long lasting professional networks. Join 100+ speakers across 60+ sessions covering Metadata, Integration, AI, Automation, Creative Operations, Corporate Archives, Video Workflow, Rights Management, Semantics, Governance and more.”

More Research and Reports:

Here are some interesting older and ewer work that seem useful to the DAM/EAM shopper:

The Forrester Wave™: Digital Asset Management For Customer Experience, Q2 2018

“In our 30-criteria evaluation of digital asset management (DAM) providers, we identified the 13 most significant ones — Adobe, Aprimo, Bynder, Canto, CELUM, Cognizant, MediaBeacon, Northplains, Nuxeo, OpenText, Stylelabs, Webdam, and Widen — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals make the right choice.”

Market Guide for Digital Asset Management Published: 16 November 2016

“Digital asset management is undergoing a renaissance as marketing leaders face new challenges in managing the growing volume, variety and velocity of content assets. This Market Guide will help marketing leaders make sense of a very fragmented landscape.”

Representative Vendors:
Adam Software, Adobe, Brandmuscle, Bynder, Canto, Celum, censhare, Digizuite, Elateral, MediaValet, North Plains, OpenText, Percolate, Pica9, SAS, WebDAM, Wedia, Widen, Workfront

Digital Asset Management – Research, Decision Tools, & Custom Advice

“Digital Asset Management Research, Decision Tools, & Custom Advice

  • Learn how much these tools really cost
  • Learn how to negotiate a better deal
  • Learn about hidden costs and gotchas”

* Fun fact: Adult male Gorillas weigh from 136 to 195 kg (300 to 430 pounds). Adult females Gorillas weigh from 68 to 113 kg (150 to 250 pounds).