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Digital Asset Management Reading List Apr. 2017: Evolution and Trends

Here’s the Digital Asset Management articles from March 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.

I highly recommend reading Ralph Windsor’s article Finding signs of life in DAM: Diagnosing what has gone wrong, along with the comments. Metadata entry, finding assets, and interoperability are at the heart of DAM, yet our systems aren’t exactly great at those. (Ralph also criticizes the lack of innovation in DAM in an IntelligenceBank-triggered “rant”.)

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:29:00 +0000

Erik Dietrich: The Polyglot’s Dilemma

Erik Dietrich – The Polyglot’s Dilemma:

“The idealists report to upper management, which consists entirely of opportunists. The opportunists, the organization’s real strategic players, manage everyone. […] They get idealists (journeyman and regular) to believe that the company’s interests mirror their own. And they get them to force that culture on pragmatists who don’t buy it, but don’t fight it.

[…] In the current world of software development, learning multiple languages and notching more and more techs makes for good business.  But it makes for good business in a perpetual subordinate, journeyman idealist context. […] You’ve never figured out how to solve anyone’s actual business problems — you’ve only figured out how to make yourself a perpetually sharp saw for others to use.

[…] I encourage you to stop notching languages and frameworks as part of a Sisyphean spring against the motion of the treadmill.  Instead, take a critical look at what your company has you doing, and start trying to think in terms of the business problems you solve for them instead of the languages that you know.

[…] It will make you expert in an area and give you a framework for solving, rather than transforming problems.  Experts have an easier time getting both contract and fulltime gigs, and they can also move fluidly into consultative or managerial roles.”

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:28:00 +0000