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/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.

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).

Expensive Reports

A wide variety of expensive reports on the DAM and EAM market are available. There are lots… and while they would be fantastic for an IT Director, CTO, or Program Manager to use in selecting the Right DAM/EAM For Your Company, they are not geared toward this useful purpose, unless you are particularly clever at getting your CFO to spring for four-figure reports. Here are some examples:

Global Digital Asset Management (DAM) Software Market 2018 Application, Size, Revenue, Types, Trends In Future, Scope To 2025

Global Digital Asset Management (DAM) Market 2017 | Market Status and Outlook (2017-2022)

2018-2025 DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT (DAM) SOFTWARE REPORT ON GLOBAL AND UNITED STATES MARKET, STATUS AND FORECAST, BY PLAYERS, TYPES AND APPLICATIONS

To take just one,

GLOBAL DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE MARKET STUDY REPORT COMPRISES SALES CHANNEL: DIRECT MARKETING, INDIRECT MARKETING PREDICTION 2025 

…from IDA Report, which states in it’s summary:

“The report reflects the strategic opportunities in the Digital Asset Management Software market and plans the features that will be driving the development of the market. Digital Asset Management Software industry report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Digital Asset Management Software market by revenue, by production capacity, by applications, by types, by region, and more.”

and

“Digital Asset Management Software Market Segment by Manufacturers includes: Bynder, Webdam, Adobe, Canto, Widen Collective, IntelligenceBank, Third Light, OpenText, Brandfolder, Oracle DIVAdirector, Asset Bank, FileMaker, Brandworkz, Percolate, Algoba Systems, MomaSoft, Pimcore, SproutLoud, Adgistics, Daminion Software, JGSullivan Interactive, Razuna, Zeticon, Montala, Shutterstock Company, Picturepark, TrustRadius, Strata Company, and many more.”

As is typical for these, they favor the analyst or journalist, not the corporate researcher, and they cost in the range of $3,600 USD.

We have several of these on our “Big 11 Vendors” that we’re going to start with, building a table of criteria.

We picked these (somewhat randomly, we admit, not having read the Expensive Reports,) because we’re familiar with them, they are large, and have good data on their websites… Either we’ve implemented the software in the past, or possibly their marketing departments just do a good job. Currently, they are, in alphabetical order:

APrimo/ADAM
Bynder
Canto
Censhare
Celum
Digital Collections
fotoware
MediaBeacon
OpenText
Picturepark
PixelBoxx

How does one go about choosing which of the 130 or so vendors one is going o take the time to demo? Well, we hope to reduce some of that pain for you, with a table of the basic criteria we assembled in the last post; and then expanding that list as time and feedback from you allow. More soon!

–Alex