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Digital Asset Management Reading List Oct. 2017: Pivots and Blockchains

Here’s the last month’s Digital Asset Management articles which had a lasting impression on me – picked from the constant stream of blog posts you can see float by on Planet DAM. For more curated DAM links, see the weekly Digital Asset Management.com Links and Tracy Wolfe’s 10 things on the 10th.

My reading list arrives pretty late this month – the links below are all from September, and it’s almost November already…

Two of my favorite articles deal with vendors “pivoting”: In Knowing when It’s Time to Start Over, David Diamond interviews Ramon Forster about the change of direction they’re taking with the upcoming Picturepark Content Platform. And Max Dunn tells the story of how their “Silicon Connector” product name keeps redefining the product.

I’m still unsure how much of an impact blockchains will have on DAM, but I’m happy I finally understand their potential thanks to Ralph Windsor’s two-part series called Blockchains: Catalysts For Innovation In Content DAM and his CMSWire article From Value Chains To Blockchains. Ralph is not the only one looking at blockchains, see Alexandra Lilienthal’s Will Blockchain Disrupt ECM or Is it Just a Lot of Hype?.

Speaking of ECM, I think there’s a lot to learn from DAM related disciplines – check out Jack Saville’s definition of Enterprise Content Management and Martin White’s look at the next generation of Enterprise Search. Miles Kehoe advises us to improve Enterprise Search by putting your metadata to work. Which brings us to…

Metadata: Heather Hedden writes about the NISO Technical Report on vocabulary management issues, David Diamond explains synonyms in practice, and Emily Kolvitz knows how to create a taxonomy in 5 easy steps. John Horodyski talks about the importance of metadata.

Other: Don’t miss Nora Gehin’s ultimate list of DAM integrations and Emily Kolvitz’ collection of DAM resources called Do your DAM homework.

The differences in perspective between practitioners and management are the topic of both Deb Fanslow’s Closing the DAM Expectation Gap and Jake Athey’s What your leadership wants to know about DAM and content performance.

Taylor Fleischner lists 3 steps to DAM migration, Annella Mendoza spells it out in her DAM News article on High Value Digital Assets And Migration.

WoodWing publishes a webinar video: How Artificial Intelligence brings value to your existing archives using Elvis DAM.

I haven’t watched all of it yet, but Mark Davey’s webinar The DAM Zeitgeist: Maturity Model Data Analysis 2017 (registration required) seems to be an interesting look at DAM customers and vendors through the eyes of a DAM consultant. Tony Byrne’s tip for vendor selection is to run competitive bake-offs.

Martech Advisor features a nice overview article by Abhinandan Ghosh – (DAM)n, it Makes Life Easier! MediaValet has 8 sports analogies to help you manage a DAM project.

Industry news: In September, Bynder’s “freemium” DAM product Orbit becomes generally available. Spencer Harris reviews it on DAM News: Bynder’s New Platform Hasn’t Quite Made It Into ‘Orbit’, with a “foreword” by Ralph Windsor. Emily Kolvitz’ is sure that free cloud-native tools are changing the industry. Ralph Windsor announces the forthcoming 2018 DAM Vendor Pricing Survey. G2 Crowd publishes its “Best DAM Software” fall 2017 rankings.

Conference reporting: Max Dunn shares his takeaways from Print 17 and DAM Chicago. Frédéric Sanuy also reports from DAM Chicago 2017, while Sofie Samrell summarizes QBank’s DAM Day.

DAM experts: I enjoyed the conversation between Susan Wamsley (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) & Richard Urban (Corning Museum of Glass), and Henrik de Gyor’s interview with Mark Leslie (adidas). Debra Risner (Hallmark Cards Inc.) compares DAM to sharing toys as kids. DAM vendors introduce Venkatachhalam Chinnaswamy (censhare) and Friederike Hein (Nuxeo).

Screencasts and screenshots: The “Great DAM Bake Off” censhare demo at Henry Stewart Chicago 2017, MerlinOne’s workflow engine, Libris visibility and access permissions, MediaBeacon, Canto Cumulus 11.

Case studies: Stage Entertainment, San Francisco Travel, New Teacher Center, Medical Research Council, Zebra Technologies Corp.

See you soon for the November edition…