Asset Management--The Search Is On
FLM's MAM solution is modular; it can be customized for each client, installed and maintained at the client site or maintained on FLM's servers. Built with an open architecture, the solution is platform-independent and accessed via intranet, secure extranet or a Web-based browser.
This solution is one of more than 60 currently available to aid the printing industry, and others, with the digital management of digital assets. Each solution has its own set of features and capabilities, custom options and service packages.
Among those 60-odd players in the DAM arena are the following:
Canto: Perhaps the granddaddy of all DAMs is Canto Cumulus. With a market share of 7,113 client/server systems at the end of 1999, Canto Cumulus 5 is the latest version of this robust, versatile DAM. An estimated 70,000 customers use the native Macintosh or Windows Cumulus client software and an estimated 25 percent of the installed base uses the Cumulus Web Publisher Option, which gives unlimited client access via the Internet.
Another estimated 15 percent use the Browser Option, which gives royalty-free access to Cumulus catalogs via CD-ROM publishing, increasing the number of people worldwide who benefit from Cumulus solutions into the millions. Current server platforms supported are Mac OS and Windows NT with support for four more server platforms to be released soon.
Artesia Technologies: This Washington, DC-based company counts The Washington Post, General Motors and The Library of Congress among its customers for the TEAMS solution. This diverse customer base works in a "manage globally, work locally" environment, including images, streaming video and audio to continually produce cutting-edge online and off-line products while maximizing shared digital assets.
Banta Integrated Media: Banta's BoSolutions suite of e-commerce and digital content management tools unites comprehensive digital content management, plug-ins for popular desktop publishing software, i.e., QuarkXPress, Web-based e-commerce and variable data publishing for print or online delivery in a framework of modular components.