Posts tagged "DAM"

Virtual Moment Rebrands as WebDAM, Focuses on DAM

Maybe it’s because of the growing popularity of SaaS, but Virtual Moment, LLC has announced that it is changing its ‘Doing Business As. . ‘(DBA) name from Spitfire Photo Pro to WebDAM, and said it will concentrate its resources on SaaS digital asset management (DAM).

 

As a completely hosted web-based DAM company, WebDAM offers its flagship product as hosted digital media management with full support — including storage, managing archiving, searching and retrieving functions to enterprises, as well as full collaboration capabilities.

Only two years old, the company said that the name change reflects its decision to concentrate on building the WebDAM brand, as well as a move from digital photo management into fully fledged digital asset management to the exclusion of everything else.

None of their existing customers, which include Stanford University, Inter-American Development Bank, or the Sodexo Corporation, will be affected by the move. New customers will all come in under the new brand and domain name.

They also say that the rebranding will be accompanied by a complete reorganization of resources that will enable development teams to create new products at a faster rate than previously.

What is WebDAM?

Let’s have a quick look at what they are offering. WebDAM is a web-based, hosted digital asset and image management product designed to give users access to web tools that will centralize, manage and distribute image files throughout an enterprise.

At the moment, the company concentrates on five main product areas. These include:

1. Centralized Database

All digital assets will be kept in the same area of the company’s centralized database that will enable users upload or access their assets from any browser and at any time of the day.

2. Online Collaboration Tools

Images and assets can be shared across an enterprise using distribution features that include lightboxes, high-res image download tools and email. Online reporting tools also gives users access to download reports with full tracking and defined access privileges

3. Search

Image retrieval based on automatic meta-tagging, using the companies new image searchtechnology which includes captioning abilities. Images can also be tagged using custom fields specified by company, division or department needs.

4. Brand application

Webcam feature comes with the ability to extend a company’s brand identify across entire image galleries with the help of technicians that ensure the brand is standardized across all your assets.

5. eCommerce

If required, users can also deploy an eCommerce add-on to create an integrated shopping cart directly from your online database. Users can set their own pricing and usage rules and dictate how orders are filled.

WebDAM is designed for organizations of all sizes with pricing based on disk space and user requirements.

SAP Teams with Open Text for Digital Asset Management (DAM)

And for the third course, SAP will also be serving Open Text’s (site) Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution. Announced today, SAP and OTEX enter the third wave of the existing 20-year-long relationship by offering DAM as part of the global reseller agreement.

Open Text DAM Under SAP Brand

Before today, SAP has been reselling Open Text Document Access, Archiving and Invoice Management products under SAP branding. Most recently, SAP also started reselling Open Text ECM.

Open Text DAM for SAP, one of the components of the Open Text ECM Suite, will be positioned as part of marketing resource management (MRM) and intellectual property management (IPM) capabilities of the SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) application. The new name has also been chosen: SAP Digital Asset Management application by Open Text.

What’s the Value Proposition?

Since Open Text DAM will be sold in conjunction with SAP CRM, SAP Digital Asset Management should be able to support the entire marketing process from planning, developing content, execution and results measurement.

Some of the product features include the ability to collect, manage, search and distribute various types of digital assets. Ingesting, logging, transcoding and archiving of rich media content is also part of the integrated offering.

SAP Intellectual Property Management application brings in the angle of organizing, collaborating and tracking digital content.

Trying to Solve DAM Challenges

The joint venture tries to focus on enterprise marketing departments and media/broadcasting/publishing companies that have a need for management (and re-use, as we know this is important) of large amounts of digital assets.

DAM is on the rise with increased adoption of digital marketing channels, yet many organizations are faced with challenges around standardized processes and proper tools for content asset creation, publishing, maintenance and distribution.

 

Improved Document Management Workflow the Focus of infoRouter v8.0

The latest version of Active Innovation’s document management software comes with a number of upgrades most of which are focused on improving the workflow module and related tasks. These improvements make it more responsive than previous versions (v7.2 and v7.5) and optimize it for higher traffic volumes.

In terms of  workflow, the infoRouter improvements are specifically related to the steps within the workflow and the number of tasks that can be assigned to each step. Let’s take a look.

Active Innovations And infoRouter

Active Innovation’s infoRouter document management software is an Electronic document management software and content management system that comes with a number of modules including digital asset management (DAM), records management and document archiving as well as the standard document management features like document imaging, scanning, workflow and storage.

The New York based company’s recent release brings it up to version 8, changes to which have been made at the request of its community and the community’s response to the regularly published and updated “feature wish list”.

With this version the community must have been concerned about the workflow, or the increasing importance of workflow in document management software, because that is the focus of version 8.

Earlier infoRouter Workflow Processes

In previous releases, the workflow system came with a number of serial tasks, or steps. Each step contained a single task that had to be completed by one or more users. The only option for these users was to either “Approve” or “Reject” the document. An “Approve” vote advanced the document to the next step whereas a “Reject” vote simply ended the flow.

Once a document was submitted to a flow, all edits to the document were restricted until the document was either approved or rejected.

infoRouter Workflow Version 8.0

Steps

In this new version an almost unlimited number of steps can be created to form the workflow process. Each step in a workflow can now group together a number of tasks. This means that unlike in previous versions a given step may contain a number of different tasks assigned to different individuals.

When a step includes more than one task they are all run in parallel. All tasks on the same step are executed at the same time and independent of one another. When all tasks on the step are completed, the execution of the workflow advances to the next step.

Tasks

The task structure has been improved to include multiple parameters. These parameters allow workflow designers to define the requirements of the task by simply selecting from a list of check boxes.

Workflow designers can make sure that a series of tasks are performed before the task can be marked as completed by the assignee.

Tasks include:

  • Edit
  • Postpone
  • Change Priority
  • Change Finish date
  • Edit Next step
  • Edit user
  • Edit all steps

There have also been upgrades to the task distribution lists, task redirection, document edits and document editing. The full list will be available in the release notes due to come out in February 10.

Other Improvements

Apart from improvements to the workflow, there have also been a number of improvements to other features that are worth a mention.

They include:

  • New and Improved User Interface: The user interface has been streamlined to introduce navigational improvements. A new set of descriptive icons and artwork has been introduced.
  • Import/Export Tool: This tool has been introduced to replace the WebDAV interface and provides a controlled environment to upload and download documents from client workstations.
  • Document Tagging: Document tagging allows users to tag documents with a label. This tag gets applied to the current version of the document and can later be used to determine the state of the document at a point in time.

It also comes with support for multiple languages under a single server-based installation which means that infoRouter can work and integrate into multinational enterprises allowing users in different parts of the world to work in their own language.

This version of infoRouter is already available to buy. An upgrade tool has been provided to upgrade from previous versions, while clients participating in the subscription program, the new release can be downloaded free.